WAZM Chainmail Lorica Hamata - Alternating Wedge Riveted - Flat Zinc Plated Rings - SNC330

WAZM Chainmail Lorica Hamata - Alternating Wedge Riveted - Flat Zinc Plated Rings

Construction: Alternating Wedge Riveted
Ring Type: Flat Rings - Mild Steel

Ring Size: 7 mm - 18 gauge
Finish: Zinc Coated

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This Lorica Hamata is made from alternating wedge riveted, flat, mild steel rings that have been finished with a zinc coating. Every row of links that have been riveted is followed by an alternating row of non-riveted, integrated links. This is done to bring down the man-hours required to create this armor and bring down its cost to the consumer. The shoulder pieces are lined with leather and the chest hooks are made from brass.

The chainmail Lorica Hamata provided good defense for Rome’s Legionaries and Auxiliaries for centuries. Its design predated the iconic plates of the Lorica Segmentata and was in use for centuries after the Segmentata fell out of use. Its design seems to have originated with Celtic tribes and it was adopted by the Romans in either their conflicts with them or the Iberians. Simple, but effective, the mail tunic has a second layer of mail covering the shoulders for added protection held in place with stylized chest hooks.

Rigorous debate exists to explain the Romans’ waxing and waning preference for the Hamata in conjunction with the Segmentata, with each having its own advantages and disadvantages. Both offer good protection, though the Segmentata seems to have an advantage in repelling projectiles, but the Hamata has more comprehensive coverage.

Production time and maintenance is also an important aspect to the often mobile Legions. The Segmentata was quicker to manufacture, but its creation required the presence of skillful armorers. The Hamata required many more man hours to create, but the work was simple enough that it could have been done by slaves. Though labor intensive to produce the 10’s of thousands of individually riveted rings, a Hamata could last for decades with care. The Segmentata required much effort to ward off rust. Also, the Segmentata was more difficult to don with its buckles and straps, where the Hamata can come on and off as a shirt. Regardless of their pros and cons, the Hamata may have superseded the Segmentata simply because the later Roman military became more ‘’barbarized’’ in its greater reliance on periphery barbarian tribes and client states for manpower. They may have preferred their native equipment and such mail armor was common to such tribes.

IMPORTANT SIZING TIP: To accurately measure whether you will comfortably fit into this coat of mail it is necessary to first wear the clothing or padded gambeson that you intend to wear beneath the chainmail. Then measure your chest size over these additional layers. This way the additional width of your chest with these accumulated layers is accounted for when determining if the mail will fit properly.

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