The Okegawa Gashira Samurai Armor is our first and more popular reproduction yoroi in our Gashira Samurai Armor series. This Okegawa Kachi Samurai Armor is crafted by our senior katchû-shi (Japanese armor smith), at the Iron Mountain Armory using one of the most iconic armor designs called “Tosei Yokohagi Okegawa Ni-Mai Dō,” which loosely translates to a “Modern” Two Section Cuirass with Horizontal Plating Joined by a Pin Hinge.
“Tosei” is a term used to describe “modern” styles of samurai armor, but modern is also defined as being post 1500 A.D. It is stylized by the time period when the katchû-shi started using ito-mono plating, which are long single plates, overlapped and riveted or laced together, instead of the thousands of single iron “scale” plates, or kozan. This made the crafting of the armor faster and more efficient, as well as more durable in the evolving weapons & tactics of war – introduced by the arrival of the Europeans.
The Okegawa Ni-Mai Dō had become one of the most common armor designs used during the last 100 years of the Sengoku Era. This dō is crafted from overlapping individual lames (metal strips) that are smoothed over, then painted and laced with your choice of color. The kabuto (helmet), menpo (mask) and suneate (shin guards) armor style can be changed or customized upon your request.
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.
A skilled katchû-shi artisan at Iron Mountain Armory will begin to handcraft this product at the time of your order. Please allow 4 to 5 weeks for the crafting of this item.
To see the class differences, please view Kachi Vs. Gashira.
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