The Hineno Suji-Bachi Kabuto is a “ridged” bowl-style helmet crafted with multiple kens (plates) of steel, which are meticulously shaped by hand to join with the next identical plate. These are all riveted together forming the shape of a hachi (bowl). The name hineno is the name for the style of shikoro (neck guard) and style of fukigaeshi (ears) most often used with this style of shikoro. The hineno-shikoro is a closed fitting neck guard with a lower edge that is shaped to the shoulders. The suji-bachi kabuto was the principle style of kabuto worn by high ranking samurai and Daimyo throughout the entire Sengoku Jidai (warring state period).
This particular Suji Bachi kabuto is masterfully crafted by the most experienced armorers at Iron Mountain Armory. It features raised ridges or “ribs” showing where the helmet plates join together, and are then riveted in place. The bugyo (rivets) can be filed flat for a smooth finish at your request. You can order your bugyo suji-bachi kabuto with your preference of mengu (facial armor), menpo (half face with nose) or hanbo (lower face).
Features: Traditional handcrafted design. Taisho Class.
- Variation of paint, art silk odoshi colors and mengu designs.
- Full sized and fully functional.
- Includes Deluxe Stand and Kabuto Bitsu (storage / display box).
The Taisho Katchû-shi at Iron Mountain Armory will handcraft this product at the time of your order. Please allow at least 4 to 6 weeks for crafting of this item (depending on the amount of plates requested).
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Reference: “The Samurai Armour Glossary” by Ian Bottomley and David Thatcher