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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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.
Originally Posted by BushMetal
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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you could hypothetically toss it in a fire and bake off the zinc,
Originally Posted by churplaf
as for some bushcraft ideas you could use it for anything you want to not cut like the butcher gloves
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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.
Originally Posted by FarmerJohn
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.
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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.
I got a kit from hobby lobby that made one that was like this
NOT MY PICTURE
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.