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There are so many it's dizzying! How an entire industry can be so blinded and illogically defiant when science proves otherwise highlights why mailling deserves its negative stereotype. Sadly, living in an echo chamber only reinforces these beliefs and nothing will change that.

That being said, let's get started:
  • I use pinch-cut rings so I can close the rings on the inside diameter. - Well, there is an inside, outside, and another 358 degrees of diameters plus an entire cut surface that need to be flush.
  • It lets people know a person made it. - Not really because there are plenty of ugly machine weaves out there. (Hello, McFly, handmade chains should be as flawless as possible!)
  • Every good mailler knows saw-cut rings have material removed and this weave wouldn't be possible unless I used pinch-cut ones. - Pinch-cut rings are deformed and increase the aspect ratio more than a 0.008" thick blade decreases it, so enough with the delusions. Every good mailler - which this person is not - would use correctly sized saw-cut rings.
  • Pinch-cut rings give it an industrial, steampunk appearance. - If that's what you tell yourself about inferior rings, your minions will believe your lies, too. The weave is responsible for the look, not crappy rings.
  • My pinch-cut rings are cut so perfectly you don't have to close them properly to get a good closure. Think of all the time you'll save over your competitors! - He claims to value quality above all else but his actions and blog say the opposite. He epitomizes mailler arrogance and ignorance.
  • They are easier to close. - Of course they are! When they're that deformed there's nothing that has to or can line up save a jagged, sharp sliver.
  • They are less expensive. - If $0.001 extra per ring breaks your budget then you have chosen the wrong craft. People using that excuse have nothing of value to add to the artform.
  • Both machine-cut and saw-cut rings make high-quality chainmail. - Directly from the largest ring supplier's website! What do you think they will say when their business relies on selling inferior, dangerous, cheaply made, pre-damaged rings?
  • I cut my own rings as I have been doing for 25 years. Handmaking inferior rings bespeaks not of skill or talent. Some even weld their pinch-cut abominations. The bigger insult is calling them heirloom quality. Grape, cherry, lemonade...they drank the koolaid long ago!
  • You're the first person who's complained in my ten years of making chainmaille! - I guess you have found your niche. Then again, nearly all chainmaille is low-quality garbage so most people would never know the difference.

It's science and math, not an opinion or a subjective interpretation. Then again, we live in a fake news facts-mean-nothing world and maillers embrace this with an unbridled and unapologetic passion. They will argue incessantly and go on a verbal tirade when called out like every untalented, uneducable, cognitively deficient person.

The truth remains unassailable: Anyone who uses pinch-cut rings in any of their designs is only capable of making low-quality junk! The only acceptable use for pinch-cut rings is to show how ugly they are. Maybe you can practice a new weave to save your more expensvie rings knowing the test weave will never be seen. Jewelry is not an excuse unless you're a poser using pinch-cut rings.

Posted by M: September 1, 2022

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