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Heavy Steel Mail

My old steel set of mail. The mail weighs about 40 lbs. It's constructed of 14 gauge galvanized steel butt-rings, with 3/8" inner diameter. It's in a 4-in-1 pattern, with 3/4 length sleeves with a 45-degree shoulder.

Also in the picture to the right is the old SCA-style sallet helmet, and an imported breastplate, and my old "cheater" set of chain can be seen hanging from the shoulder.

The cheater-set was basically a chainmail dickie. It's just sleeves and shoulders. I wore that in the interim while making my aluminum set. Heavy steel isn't necessary when you're just costuming. This sort of 14g construction is necessary when using butt-rings for combat use (such as in the SCA). But it is fairly heavy.

Below is a picture of my 13th C kit back when I was using this heavy steel set. Now I use Aluminum for it.

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