China's 2,600-year-old paperback munitions, which block both swords, pistols or names

At first hearing the name, few could imagine the mighty power of paper armor in ancient times, and even prevented swords and pistols in ba...

At first hearing the name, few could imagine the mighty power of paper armor in ancient times, and even prevented swords and pistols in battle.

 Ancient paper armor has incredible power. Illustration

Few people know that the ancient craftsmen in China invented paper armor, an invention never used in the West. This armor was used around 600 BC.

Invented 2,600-year-old paper armor

Despite appearing "fragile", the paper armor shows great potential in combat. To create this bizarre armor, it would be a mistake to not mention the ancient paper in China.


 The armor was used in China around 600 BC. Photo: Discovery

In particular, while the Greek-Roman civilization was flourishing in the West, the ancient Chinese developed their own paper, weapons, astronomy, mathematics, and advanced metallurgy. complex at the same level or sometimes even superior to the Mediterranean.

As we all know, China is the place to invent paper. Legend has it that, around 105 AD, an eunuch named Thai Luan was thought to be the first person to make silkworm paper.



 The pieces of paper were made from hemp in the Han Dynasty.Recently, however, researchers have also found evidence that hemp paper may have been invented earlier, circa 100 BC. Then, with the superior advantages such as low cost and light, writing paper gradually replaced the material to store characters such as bamboo card, tortoise shell and silk.
According to Greg Martin, an expert on ancient armor, shared in the MythBuster program, ancient Chinese people used paper armor very early, around 600 BC.
In particular, these paper armor are impregnated with resin or some other resin. Martin said that paper armor was superior to metal armor at the time.
Interestingly, the paper armor even appeared before the paper was published. They really became an item of ancient soldiers during the battle.
Made from 10-15 layers of paper made from mulberry bark, paper armor is even thought to be able to block the name shot.
To test the potential of paper armor, Discovery's Mythbusters program conducted a test to test the durability, comparing the strength and flexibility of this armor over armor. Steel used in the same period in Chinese history.
Test the power of paper armor: the results are unexpected!
To test their strength, the Mythbusters team created both paper armor, one of which was impregnated with resin, and the other was not. The paper used to make the armor is about 13mm thick.
Experts then attempted to use a variety of weapons to attack the paper armor, including the sword and pistol of the 18th century, and the 0.45 revolver used in the 19th century.
Watch video:

 
 Surprisingly, in most tests, even un-impregnated paper armor is as protective as steel armor and sometimes even superior.

However, the armor of the paper is also limited in its ability to withstand strenuous attacks and is "less vulnerable" to the impact of the 19th century revolver.

In general, the armor of the paper also demonstrates that it is no less capable than steel armor. Therefore, scientists have made a statement that it was feasible for the ancient Chinese to use paper armor to fight.


Great power, but papaya paper has a downside "dead" is very easy to disintegration when wet.

This shows that besides metal and leather, the ancients learned how to use a variety of materials to create protective armor.

However, a "fatal" disadvantage of paper armor is that they can quickly disintegrate when wet or subject to multiple attacks.

This is a constraint attached to the lightweight possession of the paper armor.

However, the invention of the armor using the available materials, which are capable of even surpassing metal armor, really impresses us.

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