I've always wondered how effective chain mail armor actually was. It's been worn by just about everyone. From the Japanese to the Gauls to European knights during the High Middle Ages - heck even in the modern world from divers dealing with sharks to butchers who cut meat wear mail of some sort. But I'm curious just what sort of stopping power it had. How did it fair against swords and daggers? (German broadswords etc.) What sort of protection would it offer against against battle axes? (I'm thinking against Viking battle axes) Was it it any sort of use against arrows? (say perhaps against the English longbow or the Mongolian compound bow) What about a bolt from a crossbow? (From European to Chinese) Surely WMA enthusiasts must have done some modern tests of this sort. Has anyone read much about this or seen video clips? What would a set of mail armor weigh in comparison to a set of plate armor? Was plate armor overall more effective than mail armor? Or was it horse for courses? Each one being used in a different time against different weapons? Bring on the discussion!!!