The Kumi-gashira Hari-Bachi Kabuto is a Taisho Class bowl-style helmet crafted with multiple plates of steel, meticulously shaped by hand to join with the next plate; forming the shape of a bowl. The Hari Bachi kabuto features raised ridges or “ribs” showing where the helmet plates join together and features a smooth finis. This particular hari-bachi, we call Kumi-Gashira (mid ranking samurai – Lieutenant). It features a fukurin (decorative metal trim) and is adorned with a yak to symbolize the saihai (commander’s baton) used to direct troops. The Kumi-Gashira would dictate the orders of the Taisho (general) to his troops and move them as if by the hand of his lord.
You can order your Kumi-Gashira Hari-Bachi Kabuto with your choice of mengu (facial armor). The menpo (half face with nose – as pictured) is the most iconic style of mengu. The hanbo (lower face), was armor that simply protected the samurais cheeks and chin from the rope ties of the kabuto, leaving his face open to easily shout commands to his troops and not restrict his view or breathing.
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).
Our 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