Little Star Enterprises, Inc. was formed in June 2001 with a mission to provide the most authentically-crafted, reproduction Samurai Armor, swords, accessories and clothing with traditional customer service, at the best possible price. We are dedicated in keeping the tradition and culture of the Samurai alive…
Keeping with tradition…
It is our honor to be part of preserving the art and culture of the Samurai and the armorers of ancient Japan. We take great pride in our company, our commitment to our products and our clients. As part of our commitment we travel annually to meet with our artisans and armory to share information, new techniques and maintain relationships, to ensure our artisan crafters receive the support they need and our clients receive the quality they deserve.
All of our Gendai Samurai Armor, parts, clothing and accessories are full sized, wearable, historically accurate and combat ready. We always try to show detailed pictures and describe our products in terms which are most generally accepted by the academic community. We offer most reproduction Samurai Armor suits in THREE DIFFERENT CLASSES:
Kachi (Foot Soldier Class)
Kachi (Foot Soldier):
Crafting Time: 15 to 20 Days
Materials Used: Bowl-style kabuto, steel construction, hemp, brocade, cotton, nylon, minimal fittings, faux leather and faux hair. (materials may differ depending on model)
Our "Kachi Class" armor was known as “munition quality armor” and is our basic entry-level model. This style was typically loaned by the Daimyo to low ranking samurai or ashigaru while on a military campaign. Iron Mountain Armory offers it in response to many of our clients who want to own a suit of Samurai armor but at a more economical price. This class is crafted using more simplistic, modern materials, techniques and tools. The Kachi suit come standard with basic shoulder support, non-removable nose, faux fur mustache, faux leather, nylon lacing, hemp material, simulated chain mail, basic brass rivets. Depending on the model certain features can be added at an extra fee, such as padded shoulders, brass fittings, riveting and art silk.
The Kachi class features a basic but still traditional Gendai design. As noted some features are more basic, more modern material, tools and techniques are used to make this yoroi more economical, however, most parts can be upgraded or replaced over time to achieve a Gashira level quality of armor set. Because the armor is made quickly, and with less attention to detail, there may be slight blemishes or defects in the paint, lacing, stitching or other details. For a higher quality suit with good attention to these details, we recommend upgrading to a Gashira class samurai armor set if your budget allows.
Gashira (Officer Class)
Crafting Time: 25 to 35 Days.
Materials Used: Bowl style kabuto, steel construction, traditional brocade, hemp, quality cotton, brass, copper fittings with genuine leather & and some synthetic materials might be used. (materials may differ depending on model)
Our “Gashira Class” yoroi are the next step up from our “Kachi Class.” Each suit is handcrafted by our experienced katchû-shi (armor smith) at the Iron Mountain Armory. Our craftsman will use quality materials and traditional crafting methods with some modern techniques, tools and advancements in design. Much like the Taisho Class, each suit has been heavily researched, and a lot of care is put into their historical accuracy. The principle difference between the Gashira-class and Taisho-class, is that the Gashira Class is crafted with the practical bowl-style kabuto (simulated laminate) and some other machine stamped parts. Gashira class also feature some small modern design enhancements (like adding grommets and spot welding) to make the armor more robust and easier to main. Our Gashira Class samurai armor is made specifically for collectors, exhibitions, re-enactors and martial artists, who want an authentic “Gendai” samurai suit of armor without the added expenses of the more traditional design and hand crafting methods found in our Taisho class.
The Gashira class features a more traditional Gendai design over kachi class and include features such as, real animal hair, genuine leather, removable or interchangeable nose, brass fittings, shoulder padding with kikko (armor plating), traditional butted mail, opposable thumbs, leg / waist support on haidate, extra materials, fittings, riveting, grommets, extra lacing options and included armor storage / display box (yoroi bitsu) with stand. The attention to detail is a big step up from Kachi class, however, due to handcrafting of many parts there might be some blemishes that pass through our QC process. Although we work to avoid and fix blemishes / issues, through the QC process, they are a natural occurrence of handcrafting. Taisho class suits will have fewer (if any) of these blemishes that occur due to high standards and level of detail when crafting and review.
Taisho (Commander Class)
Taisho (Commander Class) Armors:
Average Crafting Time: 45 to 60 Days.
Materials Used: Laminated style kabuto, high quality steel, traditional brocades, hemp, quality cotton, art silk, brass & copper fittings with genuine leather. (materials may differ depending on model)
The Taisho class features a more traditional design over the “Gashira Class” which can only be accomplished with handcrafting. Some other features include laminated kabuto (helmet is made up of 5 or more plates handcrafted and assembled), art silk lacing, more detailed fittings, higher quality materials and the highest level of attention to detail and quality. Because the armor is crafted by hand there might be some small natural blemishes, however our QC review is more strict then Gashira resulting fewer (if any) issues.
Daimyo (Lord Class)
Daimyo (Lord Class) Armors:
Average Crafting Time: 60 to 95 Days.
Materials Used: Bowl or laminated style kabuto, high quality steel, traditional brocades, hemp, quality cotton, art silk, brass & copper alloy fittings with genuine leather. (materials may differ depending on model)
Our Daimyo Class series suits, although fully functional, focus more on beauty then battle readiness. We use a mixture of traditional and modern luxury materials to help add an unmatched "regalness" to these striking artisan armors.
The Iron Mountain Armory has been traditionally handcrafting Samurai armor since 2005 and believes in quality over quantity. Therefore, each piece of armor is handcrafted by our skilled kachushi (armorer) at the time of your order. All products handcrafted by Iron Mountain Armory are researched, developed, then battlefield tested and warrior approved. Please view this trailer to see Iron Mountain Armory yoroi and accessories in action:
Please be aware that there are low-quality imitation armors being sold through auction sites. These sellers have copied many of our older, and lower resolution, photos in order to sell their products, as well as copying those from other armories. Please do not be fooled by these poorly-made knock-off armors. Unfortunately, you will likely get less than what you pay for. You can review our blog to see images and read stories about these “factories”. If you have any doubts, ask to see more detailed pictures and photos of the crafting process. As you can see from our site, we take all of our own photos and have watermarked them to help stop copyright infringements. Please note that Iron Mountain Armory does not sell direct, we will always refer you to one of our dealers! Please review our FAQ page for more details and images of these armor scams.