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    Default chain sizes

    I see in the catalogue descriptions like;

    9ct Yellow 13/25 Diamond Curb
    9ct Yellow 10/23 Trace
    9ct Yellow 25 Spiga


    what do these numbers mean and how can i relate the to mm.

    i guess that must have been one of the days i skiped class

    Julian

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    Hmm I was wondering the exact same thing whilst trying to pick some trace chain from cooksons the other day. In the end I just went for the cheapest option and hoped it was the same as what I had bought previously

    Rachael x

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    I think Julian the images in the cookbook for chain are shown actual size so can just be measured off the page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwant View Post
    I think Julian the images in the cookbook for chain are shown actual size so can just be measured off the page.
    great: too bloody small to buy there must be method to the madness

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    It's the measuring scale used that's confusing as it's an imperial hangover rather than a wire gauge or mm measurement.

    The first number represents the diameter of the wire, the second number is the number of links to the inch.
    So 18/18 is made from 0.018" diameter wire and there are 18 links per inch.

    It's far from intuitive though. I ended up buying a couple of inches of all those I thought might be useful (in sterling obviously!), which I keep in their labelled bags so I know what I'm looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
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    It's far from intuitive though. I ended up buying a couple of inches of all those I thought might be useful (in sterling obviously!), which I keep in their labelled bags so I know what I'm looking for.
    Good idea. might have to pinch that one as I can never remember which one I need.

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    Lol George you are scarily organised :0)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post

    It's far from intuitive though. I ended up buying a couple of inches of all those I thought might be useful (in sterling obviously!), which I keep in their labelled bags so I know what I'm looking for.
    Ooh what a brill idea, I might pinch that one too

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    More amazing is all the stuff George knows. By the way Kwant ¿hola, qué tal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    I ended up buying a couple of inches of all those I thought might be useful (in sterling obviously!), which I keep in their labelled bags so I know what I'm looking for.
    Me thinks you have given us all a good idea and Cooksons will likely wonder why there is an influx of orders of 1" of several types of chain. Ta :-)
    Pauline x

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