This Sanada Yukimura Kiritsuke Kozane is a Taisho class gusoku (armor set) crafted by the most experienced katchû-shi (Japanese armor smith) at the Iron Mountain Armory. Kiritsuke Kozane refers to the scale like plating, made along a single plate, creating a more robust version of the older hon kozane (true scale) lamellae style armor. This style of samurai armor was commonly used amongst high-ranking samurai warriors and Daimyo of the mid 16th to mid 18th century. Crafted in form of an Okegawa Nimai Do, a clam shell like cuirass that closes over the warriors chest utilizing a hinge under the left arm and tied closed under the right. This also made the armor easier to maintain and more durable in combat. This Taisho class samurai armor set is worthy of the legendary warrior in which it was crafted in honor of, Sanada Yukimura (真田 幸村, 1567 – 1615).
The Sanada Clan’s famous maedate (crest) is called “Rokumonsen” which represents the six coins believed to be needed to cross the river of the underworld. This mon expressed how the Sanada Clan had no fear of death, making them even more fearsome in battle. As a Taisho of the Sanada Clan, Yukimura brought great honor to his family name as he was known not only as a fierce warrior but an excellent military tactician as well. His reputation was well earned after he emerged victorious in many battles, even when he was vastly outnumbered. Most notably he won even more fame after organizing and leading the defense during the Siege of Osaka. The legends call him “Crimson Demon of War” and “The Last Sengoku Hero”. His kabuto is adorned with the antlers of a deer to personify his prowess for attack and defense.
The antlers (wood carved with clay texture) on Sanada’s helmet personify his unique ability of both defense and attacking. The standard color for this armor set is a vermilion or crimson color, sometimes with a suna (sand) finish. However, the Iron Mountain Armory is happy to honor your request to paint this handsome gusoku in any color / finish you would prefer, as well as use the odoshi (lace) color of your choice. Our katchû-shi are also happy to craft your yoroi with a different style of helmet, menpo and/or suneate to make your samurai armor custom to you. More options are available through the drop down menus. Also available in Kachi and Gashira class.
Features: Taisho Class crafting. Full sized and fully functional. Variation of paint, high quality cotton odoshi colors and traditional features. Includes display box and stand. The skilled katchû-shi at the Iron Mountain Armory handcraft this product at the time of your order, so please allow 5 to 7 weeks for crafting of this item.
To see the class differences, please view Samurai Armor Classes.
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