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About Albrecht

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    Medieval History, Dagorhir, LARPing, HEMA, Fencing, Brewing, Camping
  • Biography
    I'm slightly obsessive compulsive, a wee bit crazy, and quite excentric at times.
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    Northern Virginia
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    Swords, knives, guns, hiking, camping, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, archery
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  • The year you started making chainmail
    Early 2006

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  1. This TRL product could normally be found under Stainless Machine Cut rings. I see 7/32" and 3/8" but not 1/4". If you or someone you know has these on hand and wants to offload them let me know. I will pay whatever they cost and cover shipping. Alternatively, if anyone who works at TRL is aware of whether these will be restocked please let me know. My hope was to complete my full head-to-toe suit with these but looking at what I have left I don't think I have enough.
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    Looking for Armor Tailoring Patterns/Advice

    Fantastic, thank you for finding this for me!
  3. Basically, the website I used to use for directions on where to place expansions and contractions appears to be offline. I will post a link, hoping that someone who has been around for a while recognizes the website and can either point me to an archive of it or another website that contains the same information. http://homepage.ntlworld.com/trevor.barker/farisles/guilds/armour/mail.htm I have been making maille for a while and built several pieces of armor, but currently I am trying to really fine-tune and improve many of the pieces I have made. I am aiming for 12th-13th century. My current goals are the following: 1) Build a pair of chausses. I have yet to decide if they will be closed (like tights) or if they will be laced shut in the back. I will probably be able to manage this without a pattern through trial-and-error but won't say no to advice or opinions from those who have built them, particularly whether one or the other is more historically accurate. My goal is to have the chausses go all the way down the leg and cover the foot. Advice specifically surrounding the ankle area would be appreciated. I will probably buy some moccasins or boots to permanently attach to the chausses. In addition, how much padding was generally worn under the chausses in that timeframe? 2) Gauntlets, specifically mittens or bifurcated gloves (below) for a little bit more mobility. This is also something I should be able to manage without a pattern or with what I have found so far (the website hosting the image has some advice on construction), although I would not say no to any additional patterns or advice from anyone who has built them. I am currently torn on attaching them to my sleeves. Being able to remove them would be nice for a handful of reasons (huehuehue) but a lot of the patterns I am seeing depict gauntlets attached to the hauberk sleeves. Has anyone run into issues keeping the (leather) gloves in good condition if they are attached? Any hints on making sure the leather doesn't rot if you sweat a lot? 3) Modify my coif. I am generally happy with it but want to make a handful of changes to it. I need to expand the mantle (easy enough) and widen the skull so that it can fit a Cervelliere under it. From there, anything that can be done to make it fit snuggly around my face and chin would be ideal. I frequently see images of what appears to be ribbon or cloth running around the temple (visible in the above picture). I assume this is to help hold the coif in place and prevent it from shifting around when moving or fighting? Is this permanently attached to the coif or just drawn tight enough around the skull to remain put? Following that, I want to add a ventail (face mask). With regard to the ventail, I am mostly looking for advice on how to construct it or attach it. I have seen designs that show it hanging down over the breast and attaching on either side of the face when up, and I have seen others with the ventail hanging to one side and being pulled across the face and tying somewhere around the temple. Visually I am a fan of the latter; do I just build the ventail into the side of the coif? If you have worn this style, is it particularly annoying when it is hanging down and not attached to the other side of your face? Finally, what specifically does it anchor to on the other side of the face? I have never seen one close up enough to figure that out. It often just looks like a bunch of leather knots. My current progress can be seen in my profile picture.
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    Full Sleeve Hauberk

    Interesting, I had never considered banding the rings. One possibility I had considered was removing an isosceles triangle of maille from the wrist and narrowing up the forearm, then simply lacing them together to close up around my arm. I also considered attaching some leather and buckles but lacing seems easier and faster. My first suit had closed-hang sleeves but I did a poor job tailoring it. Every time I lift my arms I wind up lifting the whole suit. Side note: I enjoyed that documentary on the HEMA forums website. I had no idea that zero English armor survived from the 1400's. I had always thought that at least something (presumably a king's armor) had survived in a museum somewhere.
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    Full Sleeve Hauberk

    I've been contemplating attaching my previously made coif to this as described above. Currently it is just a coif and mantle that manage to overlap any areas not covered by the haubergeon. Mitts are also on the table but I'm not entirely sure that I want to have them physically attached to the sleeves, and the same goes for the coif. Everything all-in-one is awesome but I like having the option of removing parts that have become cumbersome if, for instance, I've been at the Renaissance festival all day long and ha e reached a significant level of intoxication... A new pair of chausses is also on the drawing board; one that will match this suit in materials used. I have several pieces of plated armour that I will occasionally throw overtop the maille, usually just for added snazz, but that obviously increases my carry weight significantly as I made a point of ensuring that the plated steel was suitable for SCA combat. Which brings up something I've often wondered... awesome as it looks, was there ever a time period wherein significant plating overlapped full suits of maille? I've seen plenty of examples of nothing but maille and nothing but plate, as well as mostly plate with a few areas of maille protecting joints (sewn to the gambeson or arming jacket, I assume) but don't specifically recall both in full force. It seems that it would be excessive at that point. Snazzy, but excessive.
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    Full Sleeve Hauberk

    Thanks all! To be honest I didn't know the difference between the two terms but that's good information to have. I should be taking out for the first time next weekend. It'll be a little loose since I lack the proper padding but compared to my previous suit it'll be nice having full arm protection. If anyone gets a picture of me in it I'll post it here.
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    Photo of the closed underarm.
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    Sleeve on previously-posted hauberk. Expansions and contractions can be seen going down the taper the sleeve and create elbow room.
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    Full Sleeve Hauberk

    Photo of the underarm.
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    Full Sleeve Hauberk

    Been a loooong time since I poked my head in here. Here's something I've been working on for some time. Stats: 16g 1/4"ID, combination punched stainless steel rings and spring hard stainless steel rings. Weight: ~30.5lbs, ~40k rings. Time: no idea. Roughly estimate over 200 hours, maybe even close to 250. I took time to do my best in tailoring the suit, following the guidelines here. I used Hole Row contractions down the sleeves to taper them and a series of Knot Row expansions/contractions at the elbow to push the outside of the sleeve down a bit further. My goal there was to ensure a strait line of rings at my wrist with my elbow bent and to provide a little bit of baggage at the elbow so the sleeve wouldn't lock up on me. In spite of my efforts to spread these these expansions and contractions out as much as possible there are lots of very visible loose rings at the contraction points. My hope is that plated steel elements over and around them will cover them up or draw attention away from them. The underarms are closed and followed the suggestions in the above link. I will post a picture of the armpit below. I am able to lift my arms up forming a "T" with minimal stress or lifting on the body of the hauberk. Raising my arms any further (to praise the sun \[T]/) begins to lift the body of the hauberk to some degree. Expansions were installed over the shoulders to the back to create gussets and allow me to fold my arms over my chest without creating stress points over the back or locking the suit up. Before these expansions were installed I couldn't touch my elbows together in front of my torso. With the expansions I can do that easily and comfortably. Standard expansions over the hips were used and I may need to add more after I get a proper gambeson. In the right lighting, noticeable shading differences can be seen in areas which indicate different batches of punched rings. Basically, some batches were more dished than others. I suppose this places some emphasis on placing your full ring order all at once if possible, assuming you are obsessive compulsive like me... All in all I'm pleased with this and happy to see it mostly complete, minus an additional expansion or three.
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    IMG 20160519 181219787 Min

    Full-sleeve hauberk made from half punched and half spring hard stainless steel. 16g, 1/4"ID. Total weight: 30.5lbs, approximately 40,000 rings.
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    Flying with Chainmail?

    I've heard of passengers flying with ballistic armor. I doubt it will be an issue, just take it off before screening and explain why you are wearing it on the plane. I've considered doing the very same thing myself if I were flying somewhere and wanted my armor with me.
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    Not enough rings in bags

    In my two previous orders I've noticed that bags of 1614 anodized aluminum are consistently around 30 rings short. I've gone through four bags of violet rings and just finished with a bag of red rings. Did I miss a disclaimer somewhere or is there an issue in packaging? I sent an email a little less than a week ago but have not received a response.
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    Tax help...

    Thanks for the help, everyone. I'm fairly certain that I have not made more than $400 this past year so it will definitely be filed as a hobby. I'm just going to need to start keeping track of sales, etc in the future... that and probably hire someone to do my taxes for me xD
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    Tax help...

    I'm currently in the process of doing my 2010 taxes. I used to do everything by paper but I've decided to be lazy this year and use TurboTax. I've arrived at the state portion and it's talking about "use" taxes. Having spent over $1000 (tax free) at this website, my owed state taxes just jumped up quite a bit. A friend of mine is recommending I write the purchases off as a business expense but here's the deal: -I don't own a small business, this is still a hobby. -I make some money here and there, but nothing significant. -I don't have a website, business cards or anything else to imply that I actually have a running business. Can I legally write the purchases off as business expenses, not legally owning a business and paying the appropriate business taxes? If so, how would I do this? I'm a Virginia state resident, if that helps in any manner. Much thanks to anyone who can provide some assistance!