Kikko Gane Do are light weight and flexible Do (cuirass) that are worn as lightweight tatami style armor or as auxiliary armor, under the samurai warrior’s Do. This style of kikko gane armor was worn by Daimyo, all levels of samurai, as well as some wealthy merchants and possibly shinobi (ninja). Kikko gane armor is with small hexagonal pieces of iron, sewn between layers of cloth to create tightly woven form of brigandine, light and flexible armor. The Kikko gane of the samurai warrior are capable of protecting from slashes, stabs and blunt force trauma. This auxiliary armor would have likely been worn as an extra layer of protection under the Samurai’s do (cuirass). Or as a light weight armor over a Yoroi Hitatari, with added kabuto, kote and suneate.
- Custom chest/waist size (fits snugly so order one size larger), custom height, color, pattern, material, and padding options.
- Additional padding for protection from blunt weapons available.
- Please note that this price is only for the Kikko Gane Kimono.
- Other items are sold separately.
This Kikko Gane Do is handmade by skilled katchû-shi (Japanese armor smiths) Iron Mountain Armory at the time of your order. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for crafting of this item.
4 / 5 – Chest / Waist Size – Best to order 2 cm larger on each dimension for a more comfortable fit.
C: Measure from where the chest meats the shoulder.
D: Neck to front Bend – Lowest part of your neck to your navel.
E: We suggest you start your measurement 5 cm below the armpit for a more comfortable fit.
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- Waraji Sandals – Bamboo straw sandals commonly used by samurai
- Waraji-Gake – Traditional type of Japanese sock that is to be worn together with the Waraji sandals
- Tabi Socks – Two toe section sock for use with sandals
- Yugake – Traditional samurai gloves
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References: Arms and Armor of the Samurai: The History of Weaponry in Ancient Japan / The Samurai: Warriors of Medieval Japan, 940-1600 / Samurai: The Code of the Warrior /