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Chain Mail Armor

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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Riveted Aluminum Mail Armor Shirt

#300138
This extremely light mail is fashioned of aluminum rings which have been riveted for durability. Diameter of each outer link is about 1/2 inch. Perfect for stage and reenactment, it only weights 7 lbs!
$324.95

Plated Brass Mail Armor Shirt

#300102
This mail armor shirt is made from 16 gauge butted steel in the International Pattern, 4 links through a 5th, and plated with brass for 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 23 lbs.
$179.95

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.
$179.95

Mail Armor Shirt

#300170
This mail armor shirt is made of butted 16 gauge steel links in the International Pattern, 4 links through a 5th. Outer link diameter of each link is about 7/16 inch and inner link diameter about 3/8 inch. Weighs 23 lbs.
$149.95

Riveted Aluminum Mail Armor Coif

#300150
This extremely light mail is made of aluminum rings which have been riveted for durability. The outer diameter of rings is about 1/2". Weighs 2 lbs.
$99.95

Plated Brass Mail Armor Coif

#300122
This mail armor coif is expertly crafted from 16 gauge butted steel and plated with brass for 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.
$69.95

Blackened Mail Armor Coif

#300076
This mail armor coif is expertly crafted from butted armor. Blackened for moisture resistance. Weighs 5 lbs/8oz .
$69.95

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.
$49.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Female Warrior Tigress Mail and Leather Costume

Bought this for my GF, it's really lightweight with aluminium rings and quality leather so if you have to alter it to fit your shapes it can be done easily.
Reviewed by: Christopher, June 27, 2021

Review of: Female Warrior Tigress Mail and Leather Costume

Well what can I say. Purchased for my lady, with her full approval and knowledge, so no surprises there. Very appropriate for the right venue. Excellent made, durable, and well, get one for your lady. Recommend.
Reviewed by: HOWARD, December 24, 2019

Review of: Riveted Dark Aluminum Mail Armor Coif

Best costume coif I've ever seen! Light, sturdy and a great color. The aluminum is sealed in a way that even seems like it will prevent snags, etc., in additional to minimizing oxidation.  Highly recommended... in honesty, I wish I could afford the full hauberk! All aluminum chain mail should be made this way.
Reviewed by: Alexander, September 10, 2019

Review of: Mesh Mail Shirt

My favorite chain shirt to wear to ren faire. Light and does not pinch the skin in my experience. Love it.
Reviewed by: Ryan, September 09, 2019

Review of: Mesh Mail Shirt

In my daughter's words "SHARP!  SHINY!  BRIGHT!"  Cut her some slack, she's five.  
It's light, strong, and maneuverable -- well worth the cost and, for those who have experience with heavier chain mail, this requires absolutely no assistance to put on.  I have purchased one for each member of the family for a lifetime of enjoyment and protection.  Enjoy!
Reviewed by: EDWARD, May 07, 2019

Review of: Riveted Dark 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: Mesh Mail Shirt

Reviewed by: JAMES, April 16, 2012

Review of: Riveted Aluminum Mail Armor Shirt

Reviewed by: John, May 05, 2011

Review of: Plated Brass Mail Armor Shirt

Got this as a Deal of the Day. Absolutely love it! I'm 6'3" and 270 lbs and it fits great. Only thing worth mentioning is the sleeves aren't elbow length, but all the way to the wrists. High quality mail shirt!
Reviewed by: Brody, March 23, 2011