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For a mail shirt in size XL you will need approx. 13kg mail rings. How do we make the rings? The brass wire is wound up, to form long spiral tube. This spiral tube is then hand-cut into the chain mail rings. These rings are made in the Czech, they are not a cheap low-quality-import.
Important note: The ends of the rings are not connected. Due to the physical properties of brass, these rings are not suitable for production of functional chain-mail armor. They are well suited as ornamental parts. These rings can be braided into mechanically unstretched parts of the armor (e.g. edges) or as second ring connections into any part. The rings can be made straight with pliers and so closed. The ring ends can be alternatively soldered, but this is rather laborious.
In the case of hand-forged blade our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it with hand on the anvil or under the monkey (drop hammer). By forging becomes the steel more compacted (denser). Industrially rolled spring steel blades are made by cutting steel plate into strips under drop shears. Then they are ground or milled/grooved and without further forging directly put into the annealing furnace and hardened in oil bath. The qualities of both kinds of blades do not differ from each other much since the industrial rolling is already very good. On forged blades usually have forge traces, which give them an authentic and unique look.