This page provides detailed explanations for the order options clients have when customizing their samurai armor, clothing and accessories from the Iron Mountain Armory.

We try to make ordering fun and easy for everyone.  However with the many different options and terminology we understand it get confusing.  So we’ve made this page specially just to answer any questions you might have about these options.  Please click the text link for a visual example of the option.  If you have any questions please review our FAQ Page or please feel free to Contact Us directly.  We are always very happy to help you.

Suit of Armor Options

Kabuto Terms and Options by Iron Mountain Armory

KABUTO STYLES: Kachi Armors can be ordered with two styles of Kabuto, while Gashira Armors can be ordered with four styles of Kabuto (depending on model):

  • HACHI GOSHOZAN (Kachi & Gashira): A bowl style kabuto which refers to the high back of the helmet top section and translates to “rear victory mountain“.
  • ZUNARI (Kachi & Gashira): A robust 5 plate design bowl style kabuto which matched the natural contour of a person’s head.
  • MOMONARI (Gashira Only): A “peach shaped” helmet inspired by European and believed to be a bullet proof design.
  • SUJI-BACHI (Gashira Only): A bowl shaped helmet designed with individual plates overlapping  each other. – Simulated is a simple bowl helmet with simulated overlapping plates.

CREST OPTIONS: This gives you the option of changing, customizing or removing the front crest from the helmet. The crest can be wooden, brass cast or engraved with your personal symbol or one of these: 1 2 3

MON NUMBER: This option tells us which symbol you would like us to paint or engrave on different parts of the armor or box, you select.  These are some standard options  1 2 3

NUMBER OF PLATES: This option is available for “suji-bachi” style helmets and allows you to chose how many plates are used to craft the “bowl” section of your helmet.  Standard for Kachi and Gashira class armor is “Simulated” which means the helmet bowl will be crafted from a single sheet of steel and made to look like it is crafted from several pieces, unless you specify to have a number of plates (not available on all models).

KABUTO COLORThis option changes what color and texture the entire helmet is painted.

SHIKORO COLOR: Select the main color & finish for your “neck guard” to be painted. You can paint the bottom plate a differnt color by using the “Advanced Custom Options” below..

MAIN LACE COLOR: Select the main lace (odoshi) color you would like for your neck and throat guard to be painted. You can customize your lace patterns by using the “Advanced Custom Options” below.”

KABUTO RIVET OPTION:  Select if you would like your helmet to be smooth or have raised rivets.

  • Hachi Goshozan – This will add a row of rivets down each plate section.
  • Zunari – This will add rivets along the 2 center seams.
  • Momonari – This will add several rows of rivets, from front to back.
  • Suji-Bachi – This will add a row of rivets down each plate.
  • Hari-Bachi – This is a standard feature for this kabuto and features a row of rivets down each plate.

MENPO STYLE: This gives you the choice to select the style of face armor that will be crafted with your helmet.  Depending on which mask you select will give you more or less customization options.

MENPO COLOR: Select the main color and finish your mask and throat guard will be painted. You can paint the bottom plate a different color by using the “Advanced Custom Options” below.

MUSTACHE STYLE: Add character to your armor by selecting a custom mustache option.  This option is only available on certain mask / nose styles.

NOSE STYLE: This option is available when “Menpo” is selected, which is often the standard option for all helmets.  You can chose between the different noses available for the style of mask you selected.  Gashira Noses / Taisho Noses

KABUTO OPTIONS – Ring with Tassel:  This is the “Kasa jirushi no kan” which was a ring on the back of a helmet, designed to carry a small identification flag or, on later helmets, an agemaki bow (a specially knotted cord).  This is not available for all helmet models.

DISPLAY TYPE: A standard portable stand is included with every helmet order.  This option allows you to upgrade to a fully adjustable portable display stand or add a wooden storage / display box to your order.

KABUTO COLOR:  Select the main color & finish your helmet will be painted. You can paint individual helmet parts using the “Advanced Custom Options” below.

FUKIGAESHI COLOR: Select the color & finish the ears (fukigaeshi) will be painted.

SHIKORO BOTTOM PLATE: This option changes what color and texture the lowest hanging plate of the neck guard is painted, also known as “Suso no ita“.

SHIKORO HORIZONTAL LACE: This option changes what color lace (odoshi) is used on the lower lace that runs along the bottom plate of the neck guard. This is different from the mimi-ito.

SHIKORO VERTICAL LACE: This option changes the color lace (odoshi) is used along the outer edge of the neck guard. This is different from the mimi-ito.

SHIKORO MAIN LACE: This option changes what color lace (odoshi) is used on the neck guard of the helmet and will replace the “MAIN LACE COLOR” option.

SHIKORO MIMI-ITO LACE: Add an extra row of lacing to your shikoro (neck guard) for an additional cost. If left blank it may match your MAIN LACE option selected above.

TARE COLORThis option changes what color and texture the neck plating of the mask section is painted.

TARE BOTTOM PLATE: This option changes what color and texture the lowest hanging plate of the mask neck protector is painted, also known as “Suso no ita“.

TARE LACE COLOR: This option changes what color lace (odoshi) is used on the throat guard of the mask and will replace the “MAIN LACE COLOR” option.

TARE HORIZONTAL LACE: This option changes what color lace (odoshi) is used on the lower lace that runs along the bottom plate of the throat guard. This is different from the mimi-ito.

TARE VERTICAL LACE This option changes what color lace (odoshi) is used along the outer edge of the throat guard. This is different from the mimi-ito.

TARE MIMI-ITO LACE: Add an extra row of lacing to your tare (throat guard) for an additional cost.  If left blank it may match your MAIN LACE option selected above.

KABUTO VISOR OPTIONS: Customize the visor of your helmet with embossed eyebrows and/or wrinkles.

KABUTO TRIM OPTIONS: Select this option to add a metal trim (fukurin) around the outer edges of your helmet. This option might differ depending on model and/or different options selected.

FUKIGAESHI CREST: Add a symbol (mon) to the ears (fukigaeshi) of your helmet. This can be a standard mon or custom design you can email us in “Clip-Art” format. Also known as a Suemon.

ADD PONY TAIL:  Add a horse or yak ponytail to the top of your helmet. This option might differ depending on model and/or different options selected.

Menpo Details, Terms and Options

MENPO COLOR: This lets us know what color you would like your face mask painted.

MUSTACHES: Add character to your armor by selecting a custom mustache option.
Note: This option may not be available depending on the “nose” option you select.

NOSE: This option changes the style of nose your mask is crafted with.  This option may effect your mustache options, depending on the nose you select.  Gashira Noses / Taisho Noses

TARE LACE COLOR: This option changes what color lace (odoshi) is used on the throat guard of the mask.

ADVANCED / EXTRA PAINT OPTIONS

TARE PLATE STYLE: This changes the plate style to the throat guard used on your mask.

  • Ita-Mono –  Solid plates
  • Kiritsuke Kozane – Simulated narrow scale plates
  • Kiritsuke IyoZane – Simulated wide scale plates

DISPLAY TYPE: This adds a custom table top display stand to your order.  This is a great way to display any mask when not on the armor.

TARE COLOR: This option changes what color and texture the neck plating of the mask section is painted.

TARE ACCENT PLATE:  This option changes what color and texture the lowest hanging plate of the mask neck protector is painted, also known as “Suso no ita“.

TARE HORIZONTAL LACE: This option changes what color lace (odoshi) is used on the lower lace that runs along the bottom plate of the throat guard.  If you add a Mimi-Ito, the Mimi-Ito lace will be added above the horizontal lace. This is different from the mimi-ito.

TARE VERTICAL LACE: This option changes what color lace (odoshi) is used along the outer edge of the throat guard. This is different from the mimi-ito.

TARE MIMI-ITO: This option changes or adds the lace (odoshi) is used along the outer edge (vertical & horizontal) of the throat guard.  If you select vertical lace, this will add another outer lace, making your vertical and horizontal lace second.

Dō Terms and Options by Iron Mountain Armory

MAIN ARMOR COLOR – This option changes what color and texture the chest and back of your dō is painted.

MAIN LACE COLOR – This option changes what color lace (odoshi) is used on your dō.

CHEST SIZE – This option changes the girth size of your dō.  While inhaling deeply, have an assistant wrap the tape measure under your armpits around the largest part of your chest.  In the back, you want the tape measure to wrap across your shoulder blades. The tape measure should be snug, but not tight.

NECK TO FRONT BEND – This option effects the distance between the very top of the dō to the very bottom of your dō plate.  The dō should rest where you waist and hips meet.  This length adjustment will help stop your dō from pressing into your chin when sitting.  Measure from where your throat meets your chest, straight down to your navel.  Do not measure the contour of your chest and belly, this should be measured with a measuring stick.

ARMPIT TO WAIST – This option effects the distance between the armpit and waist of your dō, so the armor doesn’t push into your armpit while training or sitting.  Starting 8 cm below your armpit, measure straight down to your navel line.  Do not measure the contour of your chest and belly, this should be measured with a measuring stick.

KUSAZURI PLATE COLOR – This option changes what color and texture the hanging plates below the dō are painted.

KUSAZURI BOTTOM PLATE – This option changes what color and texture very bottom hanging plate, below the dō, is painted.

KUSAZURI LACE COLOR – This option changes what color lace is used for the hanging plates below the dō.

KUSAZURI BOTTOM LACE – This option changes what color lace is used for the horizontal lace at the very bottom hanging plate, below the dō. This is different from the mimi-ito.

KUSAZURI SIDE LACE – This option changes what color lace is used for the vertical laces, going down the outside of the hanging plates, below the dō. This is different from the mimi-ito.

MIMI-ITO COLOR – This option changes or adds a color or multi-colored lace (depending on model and option selected) to the bottom and side laces of the kusazuri.  This will be added in addition to the “side” or “bottom” lace, if either option is selected.  AKA “horizontal” and “vertical” lace.  

SHOULDER PAD FABRIC – This option changes the fabric used in the shoulder padding of your dō.  If left blank the standard fabric will be used which matches your color options

SHOULDER PAD LACE – This option changes the wide lace used in the shoulder padding of your dō.  This lace holds the kikko (armor plates) within the shoulder padding in place.

SHOULDER PAD THREAD –  This option changes the thread used to outline the kikko plates, sewn within the shoulder padding.  If left blank the “Shoulder Pad Lace” option will be used.

DŌ RIVET STYLE – This option changes your dō details by keeping a smooth finish or adding raised rivets to your dō.

ADD BRASS FITTINGS – This option changes the decor of your dō by adding or removing the brass fittings used to decorate the dō.

DŌ CHEST RINGS – This option changes the detail of your dō by adding 1 or 2 rings to the chest section of your dō, used to display tassels or hold a saihai or gunbai.

DŌ HOLDING RINGS – This option adds 1 or 2 rings to either side of your dō, used to hold bags, tie a weapon, gunbai and/or your sarashi in place.  Running your sarashi through the rings, will help hold your d firmly in place.  We recommend adding both rings if you plan to wear your armor, especially for training.  
DŌ BELT OPTIONS – This gives you the option to add an obi or sarashi to your dō. Obi is used under the dō to provide comfort when wearing and a sarashi is worn over to secure the dō in place as well as hold items, as well as tanto and katana.  
ADD BANNER HOLDER – This option adds the parts needed to attach a sashimono, war banner, to the back of your dō.
KUSAZURI OPTIONS – This option offers to make your kuzazuri detachable / interchangeable.  Commonly used in the past for fast repair / replacement of the kusazari or removable to fast and quite movement of troops.  
ADD YOROI BITSU (BOX) – This option offers to make your kuzazuri (skirt plate) detachable / interchangeable.  Commonly used in the past for fast repair / replacement of the kuzazuri, or removable for fast and quiet movement of troops.

DŌ MON OPTIONS – This gives you the option of painting a samurai clan, school or custom mon (symbol) to the chest of your armor.  Custom mon needs to be emailed to us in a “clip art” format and mono-color.

Sode Terms and Options

SODE STYLE: This option will change the different style of sode you wish to order.

SODE SIZING: This option will effect the length of your sode.  The measurement given should be from the outer corner of your shoulder to the top of your elbow.

MAIN ARMOR COLOR:  This option changes what color and texture the chest and back of your dō is painted.

BOTTOM PLATE COLOR: This option changes what color and texture the very bottom hanging plate is painted.

MAIN LACE COLOR: This option changes what color lace is used on your dō.

SIDE LACE COLOR: This option changes what color lace is used for the vertical laces, going down the sides of the sode.This is different from the mimi-ito.

HANGING ROPE COLOR:  This option changes what color the rope that hangs from the sode ring, connecting to the back of the do to prevent the sode from falling forward.

LEATHER OPTION: O-Sode option only, this option changes the color and design of the printed leather applied to the top of the sode.

ROW LACE COLOR: These options change the color of lace used on each plate from top to bottom.

MIMI-ITO LACE: This option changes or add a color or multi-colored lace (depending on model and option selected) to the bottom and side laces of the sode.

BRASS FITTINGS: The decorative brass fittings at the top of the shoulder armor. Kacho Sode do not have these.

BRASS RINGS: The decorative brass bracket and ring halfway down the sode. These rings will be fitted with a tasselled hanging rope. These ropes are Red by default, but can be ordered in White or Yellow by special order. Kachi Sode lack both of these features.

CLOTH BACKING: Each Sode is backed in cloth, which strengthen the shoulder plates, as well as help protect other parts of the armor from scratching or snagging.

KOTE STYLE:  This option changes the style of kote you customize and purchase.  1 2

MAIN ARMOR COLOR: This option changes what color and texture the armor plating is painted.

MATERIAL OPTION: This option changes the material used for the sleeve which makes up the kote.   Hemp and brocades are standard options.

MAIN LACE COLOR:  This option changes the lace (odoshi) color used at the top of the sleeve, used to tie the kote to the yoroi or around the body.  Typically not seen.

CUSTOM SIZINGThis option effects the sizing of the kote to better fit the wearer.  Please note the hand section of the kote is 1 standard size.

  • Shoulder to Elbow: This measurement should be taken from the corner of the shoulder, where the sleeve meets the shoulder on a shirt, to the center of the elbow.  Measure with the arm bent at a 90 degree angle.
  • Elbow to Wrist: This measurement should be taken from the center of the elbow to the wrist bone.
Haidate Terms and Options

HAIDATE OPTION:  This option tells us which style of haidate you would like us to craft for you.

  • Option 1: The most simple and standard design, flat armor plates are laced and layered like roof tiles.  This has a medium flexibility.
  • Option 2: The most simple and standard design, embossed armor plates are laced and layered like roof tiles.  This has a medium flexibility.
  • Option 3: Pyramid armor plates, embossed plating held together by kasari (butted mail). This has a maximum flexibility.
  • Option 4: Narrow armor plates (rafts), linked together by kasari (butted mail) This has a maximum flexibility.
  • Option 5: Narrow armor plates (rafts) with disk plates at the bottom, linked together by kasari (butted mail).   This has a maximum flexibility.
  • Option 6: Long, dome style plates, liked together with kasari (butted mail).  This has maximum flexibility.

MAIN ARMOR COLOR: This option lets us know the color & finish you would like us to paint the armor plating.

MATERIAL OPTION: This option changes the material or brocade pattern we will use to make you haidate.

LEATHER OPTION: This changes the leather color and/or pattern that is used on your haidate, above the armor plating.

MAIN LACE COLOR: This option changes the lace used to hold the armor plates to your haidate. This depends on style you chose for us to craft for you.

EXTRA OPTIONS

ENDING OPTIONS:

  • Padded Edge – Adds a padding around the outer and lower edges of the armor plate section.
  • No Edge – Removes the padding and edge around the outer and lower edges of the armor plate section.  The armor plates will come to the edge.

SUPPORT OPTIONS:

  • No Kosaru-Gawa – This removes the leather thong to the top center of the haidate, which can attach to the dō, to help keep the haidate from sagging.
  • Add Kosaru-Gawa – This adds the leather thong and hikiagewana to the top center of the haidate, which can attach to the dō, to help keep the haidate from sagging.

CUSTOM SIZING

WAIST SIZE: This lets us know how to size the length of the himo (belt) that ties the haidate around your waist.

HIP LENGTH: This adjust the length of between the waist and top of your thigh to allow more comfort and flexibility of the haidate when walking and seated.

THIGH LENGTH:This adjust the length of between the top of the thigh to top of knee, to provide protection and comfort.

Suneate Terms & Options

SUNEATE STYLE:  Use this option to select the style of suneate you would like us to craft for you.

MAIN ARMOR COLOR:  This changes the color and texture that we paint the metal armor plates.

MAIN LACE COLOR: Depending on the style you select, this option will change the lace used to tie the shin plates.

ACCENT LACE COLOR: This is the lace color used to tie your suneate to your shin.

MATERIAL OPTIONS: This option changes the material which your suneate is laced to.

LEATHER OPTIONS: This option changes the leather that is used on the inside of the shin, above the ankle.

HIZA LACE COLOR: This option changes the lace (knotting) used in the knee protection.

HIZA THREAD COLOR: This option changes the thread used to outline the lace (knotting) in the knee protection.

SUNEATE LENGTH: This option changes the length of the suneate.

Kachi & Gashira Paint Options

This section contains examples of the colors we can pain our suits and pieces of armor. Please note that not all colors can be applied to all of our products, particularity on Kachi Armors. Check them out below!

Fudo Tosei Taisho Yoroi

Our popular Black is matte finish with a small reflective shine to it. A fantastic good-all-round color which can provide a neutral base for more elaborate lace colors. Due to painting process, the texture and level of shine may vary between separate orders.

Oda Clan Kachi Samurai Armor

Our Black Gloss has a lustrous shine to it, resembling the traditional “Kuro urushi nuri”.  Due to painting process, the texture and level of shine may vary between separate orders.

Our Black Suna is a paint that mimics a type of rough sand (suna) finish on the armor.  This texture gives the surface a light sand paper like feel and absorbs the light, making the armor look even blacker. The images show a little of a “grey” tint to the armor, this is because of the lighting used to take the pictures, without the extra light, the images would be too dark.  Due to painting process, the texture and level of darkness may vary between separate orders.

Our Black “Uzumaki” paint has a slight shine with a light ripple effect in the paint, mimicking a modest “tataki nuri” urishi, which was used on traditional yoroi.   This is a unique paint finish which adds a subtle difference and character to the yoroi.  Due to painting process, the texture and level of shine may vary between separate orders.

Our Brown Suna is a paint that mimics a type of rough sand (suna) finish on the armor.  This color brown was chosen to resemble a “Sabi nuri” type finish, which is a lacquered surface imitating rusty iron.  This texture gives the surface a light sand paper like feel and absorbs the light, making the armor look darker in lower light.  Due to painting process, the texture and level of shade may vary between separate orders.

G104 Iyozane Nimaido Gashira Samurai Armor

Our Crimson Gloss is a rich, deep red with a lustrous shine which resembles the “shu urushi nuri”, a traditional red lacquer finish used by the armor crafters of the Sengoku and Edo era.   Due to painting process, the texture and level of shine may vary between separate orders.  Images are for reference only and due to monitor color / resolution, color tones might be different.

Our Crimson Suna is a paint that mimics a type of rough sand (suna) finish on the armor.  This texture gives the surface a light sand paper like feel and absorbs the light, making the armor look darker, as it reflects no light. Due to painting process, the texture and level of darkness may vary between separate orders.     Images are for reference only and due to monitor color / resolution, color tones might be different.

Our Gold Paint is the choice of wealthy Daimyo, and works fantastically as either the only color or as an accenting color.  The richness of this gold paint is quite alluring.  Please know that gold paint does show imperfections in the paint more clearly and the tint may change throughout the parts of a single order.  This is a more sensitive paint then others.    Images are for reference only and due to monitor color / resolution, color tones might be different.

JNG02- Jingasa Gold Nami by Iron Mountain Armory

Our Gold Nami paint gives armors a regal and unique look to any yoroi.  Usually reserved for higher quality suits, the rich gold texture is given a “nami” or wave effect which is a hallmark of the regal armor made by the Kaga school of armor.  Due to painting process, the texture and level of tint may vary between separate orders.  Images are for reference only and due to monitor color / resolution, color tones might be different.

Red Menpo with Tengu

Our Glossy Red is a bright and striking color, and will allow you to stand out on the battlefield above all others. Bright Red was often used by those warriors who did not fear death, and welcomed all and any combat.  Due to painting process, the tint may vary between separate orders.  Images are for reference only and due to monitor color / resolution, color tones might be different.

JNG02 Jingasa Tetsu Nami by Iron Mountain Armory

Our Tetsu Nami has the color and texture of aged iron, known as “tetsu sabiji-nuri”, a lacquer process that allows bare metal to be exposed to the elements without oxidizing.  Due to painting process, the texture and level of tint may vary between separate orders.

G50 Goshozan Tosei Samurai Armor - Vermilion

Our Vermilion is a rich, darker red with a lustrous shine giving your yoroi a very traditional Japanese look.   The pigment was originally made from the powdered mineral cinnabar and was widely used throughout the history of Japan.  Due to painting process, the tint may vary between separate orders.  Images are for reference only and due to monitor color / resolution, color tones might be different.

Armor Paint Color & Finishes Options

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