Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does it Take to Make Chainmail?
The time it takes to make chainmail depends on many factors. How difficult it is to bend the rings, how complex the weave is, and how fast you can weave chainmail to name a few. However, I can put a couple of numbers to it. This calculation will be using the European 4 in 1 weave to make a chainmail shirt. When I am using 1/4 inch 16 gauge galvanized steel rings, I can close about 750 in 1 hour (about 13 in a minute). I can then make sets of five at a rate of closing 300 rings in 1 hour . I can then connect sets of five at a rate of about 256 rings per hour. Finally, I can connect two strands side by side at a rate of closing 180 rings in 1 hour. Now, knowing that the European 4 in 1 weave consists of about 60 percent pre-closed rings, 15 percent rings for making sets of five, 12 percent rings for connecting sets of 5, and 13 percent rings for connecting strands, we can calculate how much time it took to make my chainmail shirt.It took approximately 22,100 rings to make my chainmail shirt. Therefore, it took 13,260 pre-closed rings, 3,315 rings to make sets of five, 2,652 rings to connect sets of five, and 2,873 rings to connect strands. By dividing the total number of rings for each process by the number of rings per hour each process took, we can find the time for each process. 17.68 hours to pre-close rings, 11.05 hours to make sets of five, 10.4 hours to connect sets of five, and 16 hours to connect strands. 17.68+11.05+10.4+16= 55.13 hours to make a chainmail shirt.
Disclaimer: I am not the fastest at making chainmail. This was done in a closed environment, without distractions. Also, this is only the time to weave chainmail. If someone were to make their own rings, that time would have to be added on.
How Many Rings Does it Take to Make a Chainmail Shirt?
The chainmail shirt that I made took about 22,100 rings to make.
How Heavy is Chainmail?
The weight of chainmail depends on so many things, it's impossible to just put out a number. For example, it depends on the type of wire used, the type of weave, the aspect ratio of the rings, and other things. But, if you want to put a number to something, the chainmail shirt I made contains 22,100 rings, is made of 16 gauge galvanized steel wire wound around a 1/4 inch mandrel, and weighs a little less than 20 pounds.
Chain mail vs. Chainmail: What is the Difference?
There is no difference. It really is a matter of personal preference. Some people don't like using chain mail as a spelling because it could also refer to letters in the mail. People also spell it chainmaille or just maille. Just use whatever spelling you want.
Butted Mail vs. Riveted Mail: Which is Better?
The only reason reason riveted mail would ever be better is if you are getting shot by an arrow, or you want to show off how much time you spend making chainmail. Riveted mail takes a lot longer to make than butted chain mail because you have to take spend time riveting the rings as you put them together. It is a lot stronger, but there is no reason to have stronger chainmail if you aren't expecting to be shot by an arrow or attacked with a sword anytime soon. If you want the experience, then go ahead and rivet. I personally wouldn't spend that much more time on something that isn't necessary (yes, I know that chainmail in general takes a long time, but that's different...)
What is Chainmail AR?
Chainmail AR, or Chainmail Aspect Ratio, just refers to the the dimensions of rings used to make chain mail. The aspect ratio for rings is the inner diameter of the ring divided by the diameter of the wire used to make the ring. In order to find out more about AR, including how to convert the gauge of a wire to the diameter of a wire, or to use the Chainmail Ring Aspect Ratio Calculator, go to THIS PAGE.