Our regal Egawa Okegawa Gusoku is a Gashira Class samurai yoroi crafted by our more senior katchû-shi (Japanese armor smith). The dō features egawa (printed leather) on the muna-ita/oshitsuke-ita/waka-ita (upper plates). We offer several patterns options, in both white and Fusube Gawa (smoked brown) leather style. This style of dō also has the optional fukurin (applied, decorative metal trim) along the edge of the plates for extra embellishment. You can also add a painted mon (symbol) on the chest.
This Gashira Class okegawa yokohagi dō is a “tub sided” horizontal plated, 2 piece chest design, joined together with a hinge, making it a “clam-shell” style of armor. This style of dō has horizontal, over-lapping plates that are riveted together, creating a very strong, shock absorbing, layered dō. This design was more economical, comfortable, less maintenance and yet more reliable in battle than any previous designs. This is why the Okegawa yoroi had become the most common style of armor used by all levels of samurai and their ashigaru during the 16th century. The full name for this particular traditional dō is: “Egawa no Yokohagi Okegawa Tōsei Ni-Mai-Dō Yoroi“
Features: Gashira Class crafting.
- Full sized and fully functional.
- Variation of paint, high quality cotton odoshi colors and traditional features.
- Includes display box and stand.
The skilled katchû-shi at the Iron Mountain Armory handcraft this product at the time of your order. Please allow 4 to 5 weeks for crafting of this item.
To see the class differences, please view Kachi Vs. Gashira.
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References: “Samurai Armour: Volume I: The Japanese Cuirass” by Trevor Absolon / “Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868″ by Kazutoshi Harada, Metropolitan Museum of Art