- 公益社団法人 日本金属学会
- 日本金属学会誌 (ISSN:00214876)
- vol.78, no.4, pp.149-158, 2014 (Released:2014-04-01)
The manufacturing technique of steel chains used for four Japanese armatures from the end of Muromachi to the Edo period has been investigated. The chains used in Kusazuri (tasset) and two types of Kote (guntlet) were composed of steel rings in round and oval shapes while those used in Kusarikatabira (chainmail) was only round. As for the former ones, round rings were connected by oval rings. The diameter of steel wire of rings was about 1 mm. The steel wire was produced from steel plate with the carbon content of 0.11 to 0.40 mass%. Steel was forge-and-welded twice to make in plate and was cut in a bar. The steel bar was drawn into standardized wires by die with the draft percentage of about 25% and annealed. Drawing of standardized wire followed by annealing was repeated several times to make a wire for armatures. The crystal grains in wires were elongated in axial direction and the aspect ratio of grain in oval rings was larger than that in round rings. A wire was rolled around a stick and cut by chisel to make rings.