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Knotwork Links Chainmail

Ares Shackles

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These chainmaille shackles are handmade from 16 gauge, 5/16" inner diameter galvanized steel links and black anodized aluminum. The galvanization means these shackles will not rust under even the most aggressive use, unless you plan to file away at them. The anodized aluminum links will retain their color through many uses, and have minimal rub off. We have also washed these shackles to get rid of excess black rub off.

Three patterns are used in these shackles: the main cuffs are European 4-1 edged with Half Persian 3-1, and the chain connecting the two cuffs is a variant on box chains.

The cuffs can accommodate a wrist (or anything else) as small as 1/2" all the way up to 7.5" in diameter. They are ~ 1 3/4" wide, and are separated by 4 1/2" of chain. The wide cuffs evenly distribute any stress put on them, and the chain is long enough to allow some movement...There are hundreds of  hand coiled, cut, and closed links in these shackles, each closed with the utmost care. They have been inspected to make sure they are very comfortable.


Shackles shown closed with optional brass locks
Closed next to locks
Shackles shown closed tight on my 8 inch wrists
Shown cuffed tight
Close up of main pattern for cuffs
Main cuff pattern
Optional locks with three keys

Shackles shown opened with optional brass locks
Opened next to locks
Shackles shown closed tight around my pointer finger
Locked tight around finger
Closeup of pattern for interconnecting chain
Interconnecting chain pattern

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