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    I work at a commercial kitchen/restaurant supply store and there are chainmail gloves in the showroom for butchers to wear so they don't cut themselves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushMetal View Post
    looks kinda cool

    have made chain before but not chainmail

    a chainmail bag would make a good strainer or maybe fill with hot coal to cook with in the bush

    how heavy is it?
    Just a quick note for safety for those who may not be aware. If you plan on using heat with your maille, do NOT use galvanized steel (or really any zinc alloy). Heating zinc gives off poisonous fumes that can quickly ruin your day.

    More here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_fume_fever

    Here endeth the public service announcement.

    On a related note, maille can be a lot of fun. I haven't picked the pliers up in a long time, but I used to achieve kind of a Zen-like state while assembling my projects. Perhaps I should get back into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by churplaf View Post
    Just a quick note for safety for those who may not be aware. If you plan on using heat with your maille, do NOT use galvanized steel (or really any zinc alloy). Heating zinc gives off poisonous fumes that can quickly ruin your day.

    More here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_fume_fever

    Here endeth the public service announcement.

    On a related note, maille can be a lot of fun. I haven't picked the pliers up in a long time, but I used to achieve kind of a Zen-like state while assembling my projects. Perhaps I should get back into it.
    you could hypothetically toss it in a fire and bake off the zinc,

    as for some bushcraft ideas you could use it for anything you want to not cut like the butcher gloves

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerJohn View Post
    you could hypothetically toss it in a fire and bake off the zinc,

    as for some bushcraft ideas you could use it for anything you want to not cut like the butcher gloves
    You could cook the zinc off, if you had a reason to be away from the fire for a while. Or, you could just eliminate the risk and grab some black baling/rebar wire; that stuff's plain carbon steel and dirt cheap. Saves you a fire, too. I picked up a few hundred feet for about 4-5 bucks at the Home Depot a couple years ago. Should be strong enough for any bushcrafty need.

    Not trying to stir any pots here, but I just thought people should be aware of the risks of heating zinc if they weren't already.

    I think gloves/gauntlets or simple reinforcement would probably be the most practical bushcraft applications of chainmail. Can't really see where a homemade chain would be better than a rope. Fancy lanyard, maybe?

    Edit: Looks like Airth beat me to the lanyard idea. Oh well.
    Last edited by churplaf; 07-24-2013 at 09:35 PM.

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    I would like to have some to protect myself from mountain lions. I am scared of mountain lions. Laughing Out Loud.

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    I got a kit from hobby lobby that made one that was like this

    NOT MY PICTURE

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    I used to do a fair bit of chainmaille. Found a few things hiding in a box. It is kind of meditative in it's repetition. Now I carve spoons.


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