This Custom Kote #4 set is in stock, sold as is and ready to ship. Sized to fit the average adult of 170 ~ 179 cm tall. Finished with Crimson Suna complimented black dragon art silk. The matching kabuto, menpo, sode, kote, haidate and suneate are also available in limited quantity and on sale now.
- Standard Size:
Shoulder to Elbow ~ 33 cm
Elbow to Wrist ~ 26.5 cm
The Kote (籠手, armored sleeves) are one of the three principle parts of the armor (called Sangu), that protected the extremities of the samurai in Feudal Japan. They typically extended from the shoulder to the first knuckle. Often they were crafted from hemp, linen, brocade or silk materials. Usually built with various types of iron plates and often kusari (iron chain-mail), sewn together in several layers and lacing at the top to secure to the watagami (shoulder strap), or around the samurai’s body. This style of sleeve armor offered adequate protection to the warrior without restricting movement in the arm and/or shoulder.
Our Kote feature several tying methods for different styles of use. The first tying method is to the watagami (shoulder strap) / sode kohaze (sode toggle), for those looking to use the Kote with full maneuverability during sword practice. The second option, is around the neck and over the opposite shoulder. The third, is tying them together at the back and front, and then sliding them on like sleeves of a shirt. Fourth, would be tying them across the torso and under the opposite armpit. A combination of options can also be combined. The idea is to do whatever feels more comfortable for the wearer.
To learn more about the unique history and development of Sangu armor like the Kote, you can read more in our blog article “About Sangu and Sode Armor Parts.”
- In Stock – Ready to ship.
- Full sized and fully functional.
- Traditional Design
This is an in stock item and will ship within 3 to 4 days from date of order.