- Oct 2013
- Planet Nine, Oregon
Here is Dan's article on mail:Reproduction mail armor should be roughly representative in terms of weight. Even if it is butted mail, the lack of rivets shouldn't significantly effect the overall weight. Even when you take rust into account, what would be the impact on weight? Maybe 10%, 20% at most?
Probably the greatest impact on weight on mail would be the size of the rings and and the thickness of the wire used. Heavier gauge wire, with tighter rings would be heavier than mail using lighter rings. Since, even after centuries, I still think we have a good idea of the thickness of wire used, and hence the overall weight of the mail armor.
The rings expand as they oxidize. A problem is that there was such a variety of mail; some had very thick riveted links, some double layers over vitals, or even double mail; almost as varied as scale.