The Armoury began with a small seed an idea that grew from gauntlets and greaves for protection in sword play and rough play as martial artists do, eventually full cuirass and helmets from leather and then leather and steel . Always willing to improve on the idea of “bash worthy” gear that is light and easy to wear and get in and out of the idea of using polyethylene covered in leather was born. Polyethylene is fully stab and slash proof, fully functional against extreme blunt trauma, and tested for riot gear standards in SA by our supply who meets all riot gear test standards.
The Chainmail is a creation all on its own; this often brings up images of Knights and Vikings in heavy gauge, fine rings , not to forget to mention Samurai, Mongol Warriors and Celts to name a few. Perfectly functional in 6mm diameter steel rings, hand rolled and handcrafted to spec. The rings are carefully interlinked in patterns to create impenetrable chain mesh structure.
Chainmail techniques have been used for centuries in Japan and Europe. Scythian graves about 5 century BC produce some of the best examples. Romans invading Gaul first came across the technique and early work shows bronze and iron links.
European mail use classical 4 in 1 linkage, Japanese favour more complicated patterns grid like 4 by 2 linkages. Many other patterns come from the Middle East and Persia.
The Chainmail Jewellery was a natural development, the once protective garment adapting chainmail technique and patterns for jewellery making.
The following chainmail patterns are undertaken regularly but any client pattern can be copied from spec and created. So the following patterns are available: Kings Mail, European English 4-1 and 6-1, Japanese 4-1 and 8-4 and 2-6, Byzantine Patterns, Flat mail, and variations on these.
Mail can be crafted from any chosen material i.e. Steel, stainless steel, silver, silver coated steel, brass, copper, gold, aluminium and titanium rings.
Creations and patterns are regularly produced by our Chain Smiths; find some fine examples in the gallery.