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One of the earliest uses of metal protection was chain mail armor.  Made up of tens of thousands of interlocking rings, it was woven by hand and formed into protective shirts, coifs and even leggings. Chain mail, or more properly "mail", dates back to antiquity; the name itself is derived from the Latin "macula" meaning "mesh of net." It is believed to have been invented by the Celts and adopted by the Romans after their warring with them. The use of mail continued until the presence of gunpowder increased in the 16th century. 

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Arming Cap, Quilted

#201002
This arming cap is made of cotton and is thickly lined with fiber fill. Features quilted construction with a tie cord. Machine washable.
$29.95

Blackened Mail Armor Coif

#300076
This mail armor coif is expertly crafted from butted armor. Blackened for moisture resistance. Weighs 5 lbs/8oz .
$78.95

Blackened Mail Armor Shirt

#300058
This mail shirt is made from butted armor which has been blackened for moisture resistance. Features 16 gauge links combined in the "international" (four links through a fifth) pattern. Weighs 23 lbs.
$218.95

Hero's Mail Armor Coif

#300088
This mail armor coif is crafted from butted, 17 gauge steel rings of 3/16 inch diameter. Weighs 5 lbs/8oz.
$118.95

Mail Armor Coif

#300188
This mail armor coif exhibits 16 gauge links in the "international" (four links through a fifth) pattern. Outer link diameter 7/16 inch and inner link diameter about 3/8 inch. Weighs 5lbs/8oz.
$58.95

Mail Armor Shirt

#300170
This shirt features 16 gauge links combined in the "international" (four links through a fifth) pattern. Outer link diameter about 7/16 inch and inner link diameter about 3/8 inch. Weighs 23 lbs.
$178.95

Mesh Mail Shirt

#300433
The small links of this shirt are made of 028 gauge, 216 stainless steel. The outer diameter of the links measures 3/16 inch. Shirt features over 35,000 links. Weighs 5 lbs/8 oz.
$348.95

Plated Brass Mail Armor Coif

#300122
This coif exhibits steel rings plated with brass which gives it an attractive (and long lasting) look. Outer link diameter of each link is about 7/16 inch and inner link diameter about 3/8 inch. Weighs 5 lbs/8oz.
$78.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Mail Armor Coif

I just received this and am totally delighted with it.  I wasn't sure how good the quality would be considering the reasonable price but when I pulled it out and examined it, I was very impressed.  I put it on and walked in on my wife and son holding one of my recently acquired swords and once they were done laughing, they both agreed the coif looked very cool and quite authentic.  It fits great and though heavy...(as one would expect)...it is not difficult to wear for a long period.  This would be great at a Renaissance Fair or similar event.  I'm not sure where I'm going to use it but I'm glad I got it and I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by: Michael, January 12, 2018

Review of: Mail Armor Shirt

This is my first set of chain mail armor. I was surprised when I opened the package because the mail was clean and shiny. I was expecting a heavy coat of grease like many of the other products I have ordered. The fit is excellent on my XXL frame. The links expand a bit across the chest while bending or flexing. It had a couple of minor gaps in the armpit area but they were easily fixed with some of the spare links that fell out of the package. I will have to enlarge the opening for my head to fit through the hole. This is easily done with two pliers. While butted mail does not offer the same protection as riveted mail, I did not buy this fend off a Danish axe. Highly recommended.  
Reviewed by: Al, March 20, 2017

Review of: Mail Armor Coif

Bought this with the matching mail shirt and it looks great!
Reviewed by: James, February 11, 2017

Review of: Mail Armor Shirt

Fits right and looks good!
Reviewed by: James, February 11, 2017

Review of: Mail Armor Coif

I like it.I for got to put on a cloth on my head almost rip my hair off lol. I also getting more gear's 1 by 1 getting that mail chest next.Thank you.
Reviewed by: jimmy, December 19, 2015

Review of: Faux Mail Tunic and Coif Ensemble

I ordered the silver version, but received the gold. I actually liked it, so didn't bother mentioning it. That being said the item I did receive impressed me, it's quality is better than I expected and will help me to get a mental disability early retirement. So thank you , and I look forward to receiving the weapons I ordered hopefully I can sharpen them to help me on my "quest".
Reviewed by: James, July 20, 2015

Review of: Riveted Darkened Aluminum Mail Armor Coif

110% satisfied.
Reviewed by: Dominic, June 30, 2015

Review of: Mesh Mail Shirt

Another smash hit from MRL! Unbelievably comfortable, more so than many of my cloth shirts!!!!Amazingly strong.Actually stabbed myself in the belly with my brand new spear by accident, while I was wearing this and even though it was a full on blow(I walked into the point as I was finishing the shaft!) the only injury I received was a little,itty bitty scritch.The mail? COMPLETELY UNSCATHED. Not a ding or a link out of true.The welds held no problem.LOVE that it's welded!
LOVE that stainless,too.No kidding,it's DISHWASHER FRIENDLY! Verily,this mail sucketh not,nay,nor doth it biteth the wurzel.Forsooth,'tis the real deal awesome.
Reviewed by: Yvonne, February 09, 2015

Review of: Mail Armor Coif

An excellent product! This chainmail coif is well made and covers my large face with ease. While it is ideal for Renfaires and RPGS, I have tested it at my European Martial Artes School. It held up after repeated blows and protected my head beneath the helm. I highly recommend this product to anyone wanting an affordable chainmail coif.

Note: The opening for the face fits snuggly, but you won't be able to put your head through the hole of the coif like Sir Balian in Kingdom of Heaven or have it hang like a hoodie on your neckline.
Reviewed by: Jeffrey, April 05, 2013

Review of: Blackened Mail Armor Shirt

This is an absolute must for any armour: Chainmail. The black chainmail is a nice unique version to your armour. This version has a big impact to those who see it on you. It also gives a nice contrast to any armour plate you wear on top of it. Wearing chainmail for the first time,is also interesting. The weight is 23 pounds added to your own. You can feel it in the feet. It also "stretches" in the chest, very odd at first. Museum Replicas did a very good job creating this armour. Most of the links where well butted together. I waited about six months for the chainmail to arrive. It was worth the wait. Remember: they make these by hand in India. It took me a month to make a 9x9 square of chainmail. Thier hard work is worth your wait. I love this armour. Get one, it's all worth it.
Reviewed by: Curt, February 16, 2013