A large scale example of the ABS mail used in the Lord of the Rings can be seen in the entrance to the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds in the form of a large curtain bearing the logo of the museum. Links were either butted together meaning that the ends touched each other and were not riveted, or the kusari was constructed with links where the wire was turned or twisted  two or more times; these split links are similar to the modern split ring commonly used on keychains. Kusari jackets , hoods , gloves , vests , shin , shoulder, thigh guards , and other armoured clothing were produced, even kusari tabi socks. Ottoman mail was constructed with alternating rows of solid links and round riveted links. Wear a long mesh shirt over a cool sports bra or crop top and denim shorts.
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However, when mail was riveted, only a strong well-placed thrust from certain spears or thin sword could penetrate, and a pollaxe or halberd blow could break through the armour. Strong projectile weapons such as stronger self bows, recurve bows, and crossbows could penetrate riveted mail. Some evidence indicates that during armoured combat, the intention was to actually get around the armour rather than through it—according to a study of skeletons found in Visby , Sweden, a majority of the skeletons showed wounds on less well protected legs.
The flexibility of mail meant that a blow would often injure the wearer,  potentially causing serious bruising or fractures, and it was a poor defence against head trauma. Mail-clad warriors typically wore separate rigid helms over their mail coifs for head protection. Likewise, blunt weapons such as maces and warhammers could harm the wearer by their impact without penetrating the armour; usually a soft armour, such as gambeson , was worn under the hauberk.
Medieval surgeons were very well capable of setting and caring for bone fractures resulting from blunt weapons. Several patterns of linking the rings together have been known since ancient times, with the most common being the 4-to-1 pattern where each ring is linked with four others. In Europe, the 4-to-1 pattern was completely dominant. Mail was also common in East Asia, primarily Japan, with several more patterns being utilised and an entire nomenclature developing around them.
Historically, in Europe, from the pre-Roman period on, the rings composing a piece of mail would be riveted closed to reduce the chance of the rings splitting open when subjected to a thrusting attack or a hit by an arrow. Up until the 14th century European mail was made of alternating rows of round riveted rings and solid rings. Sometime during the 14th century European mail makers started to transition from round rivets to wedge shaped rivets but continued using alternating rows of solid rings.
Eventually European mail makers stopped using solid rings and almost all European mail was made from wedge riveted rings only with no solid rings. Wire for the riveted rings was formed by either of two methods.
One was to hammer out wrought iron into plates and cut or slit the plates. These thin pieces were then pulled through a draw plate repeatedly until the desired diameter was achieved. Waterwheel powered drawing mills are pictured in several period manuscripts. Another method was to simply forge down an iron billet into a rod and then proceed to draw it out into wire. The solid links would have been made by punching from a sheet. Guild marks were often stamped on the rings to show their origin and craftsmanship.
Forge welding was also used to create solid links, but there are few possible examples known; the only well documented example from Europe is that of the camail mail neck-defence of the 7th century Coppergate helmet. Very few examples of historic butted mail have been found and it is generally accepted that butted mail was never in wide use historically except in Japan where mail kusari was commonly made from butted links.
Mail is used as protective clothing for butchers against meat-packing equipment. Workers may wear up to 8 pounds 3. Scuba divers use mail to protect them from sharkbite, as do animal control officers for protection against the animals they handle. Shark expert and underwater filmmaker Valerie Taylor was among the first to develop and test shark suits in while diving with sharks.
Mail is widely used in industrial settings as shrapnel guards and splash guards in metal working operations. Electrical applications for mail include RF leakage testing and being worn as a faraday cage suit by tesla coil enthusiasts and high voltage electrical workers.
Conventional textile-based ballistic vests are designed to stop soft-nosed bullets but offer little defense from knife attacks. Knife-resistant armour are designed to defend against knife attacks; some of these use layers of metal plates, mail and metallic wires.
Many historical reenactment groups, especially those whose focus is Antiquity or the Middle Ages , commonly use mail both as practical armour and for costuming. Mail is especially popular amongst those groups which use steel weapons.
A modern hauberk made from 1. One of the drawbacks of mail is the uneven weight distribution; the stress falls mainly on shoulders. Weight can be better distributed by wearing a belt over the mail, which provides another point of support. Mail worn today for re-enactment and recreational use can be made in a variety of styles and materials.
Most recreational mail today is made of butted links which are galvanized or stainless steel. This is historically inaccurate but is much less expensive to procure and especially to maintain than historically accurate reproductions. Mail can also be made of titanium, aluminium, bronze, or copper.
Riveted mail offers significantly better protection ability as well as historical accuracy than mail constructed with butted links. Riveted mail can be more labour-intensive and expensive to manufacture. Mail remained in use as a decorative and possibly high-status symbol with military overtones long after its practical usefulness had passed. It was frequently used for the epaulettes of military uniforms. It is still used in this form by the British Territorial Army.
Mail has applications in sculpture and jewellery, especially when made out of precious metals or colourful anodized metals. Mail artwork includes headdresses, decorative wall hangings, ornaments, chess sets, macrame, and jewelry.
For these non-traditional applications, hundreds of patterns commonly referred to as 'weaves' have been invented. Large-linked mail is occasionally used as a fetish clothing material, with the large links intended to reveal — in part — the body beneath them. In some films, knitted string spray-painted with a metallic paint is used instead of actual mail in order to cut down on cost an example being Monty Python and the Holy Grail , which was filmed on a very small budget.
Films more dedicated to costume accuracy often use ABS plastic rings, for the lower cost and weight. The metal coats are used rarely because of their weight, except in close-up filming where the appearance of ABS rings is distinguishable. A large scale example of the ABS mail used in the Lord of the Rings can be seen in the entrance to the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds in the form of a large curtain bearing the logo of the museum. It was acquired from the makers of the film's armour, Weta Workshop , when the museum hosted an exhibition of WETA armour from their films.
For the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome , Tina Turner is said to have worn actual mail and she complained how heavy this was. Game of Thrones makes use of mail, notably during the "Red Wedding" scene. Japanese Edo period mail jacket, butted rings kusari katabira. Close up of Mughal riveted mail and plate coat zirah Bagtar , 17th century, alternating rows of solid rings and round riveted rings. Close up detail of Mughal riveted mail hood kulah zirah , 17th century, alternating rows of round riveted rings and solid rings.
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