Here’s another one of those things our own adult sons have been begging us to carry. We couldn’t find what we wanted anywhere, though, so we developed our own!
Chain mail, also known as mail or maille armor, has been in constant use since at least the 4th century BC. Mail was known to be used in times past in India, Tibet, Japan, all over Europe, and more. Mail is used today in stab-proof vests and shark armor, because it is still a tough, flexible, durable material that protects the wearer.
Our Men of Iron Chain Mail Kit allows teens and adults to try their hand at this ancient art. Everything needed, including thorough instructions, are included. Supplies are sufficient to make two armbands and two bracelets. Chests are individually hand-lettered with a red-hot metal rod, just as medieval knights would mark their own casks, so each chest is unique and will vary in lettering from the chest pictured. All say, “Men of Iron.”
About 4.5 ounces of mail rings
Six clasps and attachment rings
Two pairs of pliers, which may vary in color and style
Wooden chest holding supplies, 6.1 x 4.1 x 4.3 inches
This is not a toy, but a craft kit, and is recommended for ages 13 and up, due to the complexity of the task. Pieces are small and could be a choking hazard, so don’t leave them lying around.