Date Masamune was a skilled military tactician and one of the most dominant Daimyo during the end of the Sengoku Era through the early Edo Period. Although known for his military feats, Date Masamune was remembered for his prominent and trademark crescent moon maedate (helmet crest). He was maybe made more notable due to his missing right eye, giving him the name dokuganryū (独眼竜), or the “One-Eyed Dragon of Ōshu”. The Date clan primarily used a unique style of gomai-do (5 section cuirass) which have become known as Yukinoshita or “Sendai Do” named after the modern city of Sendai, Japan in which Date Masamune had founded. This style of samurai cuirass is based on a “yokohagi-okegawa” do design which features ito-mono plating. It was a popular style of armor because it offered many different options that would change the appearance. It was very robust and comfortable to wear.
The senior katchu-shi (Japanese armorer) at the Iron Mountain Armory have researched and carefully handcrafted this gendai-reproduction of Daimyo Date Masamune with a 32 ken suji-bachi kabuto (32 plate laminated helmet). We will of course be happy to craft your suji-bachi kabuto with a different number of ken (plate) or different style of kabuto, as you wish. We will also be more that happy to custom size and color your Date Masamune samurai armor set in accordance to your wishes. Standard options are pre-selected for you to design the samurai armor set as seen in the image above.
Features: Taisho Quality
- Traditional fully functional design
- Custom size, colors and options
- Has pretty yak hair
Handcrafted by the Iron Mountain Armory at the time of your order. Please allow at least 5 to 7 weeks for the crafting of this item.
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References: Samurai Archives / Samurai Armour: Volume I: The Japanese Cuirass by Tervor Absolon