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Nathan Kowalsky




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PostPosted: Sun 08 Dec, 2013 5:24 pm    Post subject: Mixing 8mm ID with 9mm Mail         Reply with quote

Quick question:

I've got a long sleeved coat of wedge-riveted/welded mail from Zeughaus that's supposed to have 9mm rings (no idea if ID or OD) but it's not long enough on the thighs, so I'm thinking of buying some of those 20cm squares of mail from GDFB UK and riveting them onto the skirt. However, they're 8mm ID. Does that even matter, or will this end up being a terrible mistake?
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Mart Shearer




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PostPosted: Sun 08 Dec, 2013 8:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Different ring sizes are used historically, generally with lighter rings on the skirting and sleeves and heavier over the body. Erik Schmid's examination of the Wallace A7 shirt gives evidence of shirts being patched together from different pieces of mail.
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Luka Borscak




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PostPosted: Mon 09 Dec, 2013 4:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yep, it's perfectly authentic, but you have to be aware that it will look quite different. Especially if steel colour will be different too.
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PostPosted: Mon 09 Dec, 2013 5:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Luka Borscak wrote:
Yep, it's perfectly authentic, but you have to be aware that it will look quite different. Especially if steel colour will be different too.

Indeed - and with some thought and cues from historical examples, that can be made into a fashionable feature instead of a flaw. Happy

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Nathan Kowalsky




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PostPosted: Tue 10 Dec, 2013 10:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cool, thanks guys! I think I might know what to do with my Christmas monies. Happy
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S. Sebok





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PostPosted: Wed 11 Dec, 2013 7:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I used 9MM rings to seal up my tie in the back 8MM chausses to convert them to full leg ones and it worked just fine, I bet they did use this stuff in period anyway as I've seen examples of mixed ring sizes on hauberks and whatnot.
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