Square Section Rings
We always have quantities of square section commercial spring washers in stock. These are commonly used to construct chainmail and ringmail garments and patches.
We also carry stocks of the above washers that have been electro plated or chemically treated to produce other finishes.
- Worn Steel = Oil quenched steel
- Bright Silver = Bright nickel plated
- Golden Mesh = Brass plated
- Copper Bronze = Copper plated
- Dry Black = Chemically coated carbon steel (water resistant)
Note that some metals are irritants, therefore it is strongly recommended that metal armour is not worn against the skin.
Round Section Rings
The Armchair Armoury produces all of its mandrel-wound round section rings in its workshop. The rings are wound with the ends slightly overlapped so that a tight butted join is achieved after they have been assembled. Stock sizes are 6mm, 8mm and 10mm. Other sizes from 5mm to 15mm may be made on request, so long as the required quantities make a viable economic proposition.
- HS3 High Tensile Spring Steel = 6mm ID, 1.2mm wire, 8mm ID and 10mm ID, 1.6mm wire
- 302 Stainless Steel = 6mm ID, 1.2mm wire, 8mm ID and 10mm ID, 1.6mm wire
- Pure Brass = 6mm, 8mm, 10mm ID, 1.6mm Spring Brass Wire
- Phosphor-Bronze = 6mm, 8mm, 10mm ID, 1.6mm Spring Brass wire
- Aluminium Alloy = 8mm, 10mm ID, 1.6mm Spring Aluminium wire
- Oil Blackened = HS3 High Tensile Spring Steel = 6mm ID, 1.2mm wire, 8mm ID and 10mm ID, 1.6mm wire that has been chemically treated to give a tough black finish ring
All of the Steel rings are suitable for full contact re-enactment garments, or for items that need to be tough and durable. Brass and Phosphor-Bronze should be used for decoration only and not in large patches that will be exposed to combat or similar stress. Aluminium is only suitable for LARP, Stage/Film, Show armour, Children’s garments and other light weight uses. It should never be used in combat.
By the use of different rings and materials, attractive pictures and designs can be created.
Ringmail is an open mesh type that can be made from a combination of ring sizes, e.g. 4/4, 5/8, 6/6, 6/12 etc. It is lighter than 4 in 1 European Chainmail and therefore easier to move in. 8/8, both Square and Round section meshes are frequently used for curtains, Fire Screens and protective Coverings.
An average size 6/6 vest requires 13,500 rings and a Hauberk 21,000 rings.
An average size 6/12 vest requires 6,000 rings and a Hauberk 9,000 rings.
This is a closed mesh made from interlinking similar sized rings.
An average size Chainmail Hauberk requires 40,000 6mm rings.
An average size Chainmail Hauberk requires 24,000 8mm rings.
We do not recommend the use or square section rings larger than 8mm for garments because of weight and comfort, but round section up to 10mm do not cause these problems. Garments can be shaped within the limits of the ring size used. As well as making 4 in 1 mail, our round section rings are also suitable for the construction of 6 in 1, ‘Kings mail’, and with the larger links, 8 in 1 mail pieces.
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The Armchair Armoury Ltd.
Fontigarry Farm Business Park,