Galvanized steel

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Galvanized steel is carbon steel with a coating of zinc. This protective layer prevents rust.

Galvanizing metal was not a period practice, but in the SCA the use of galvanized steel is common, not least because it is relatively inexpensive and low-maintenance: for example, the use of galvanized steel fence wire in the construction of maille.

A word of caution: it is best to cold-work any galvanized metal, because heating galvanized steel causes toxic fumes.