The Gashira Suji-Bachi Kabuto is a “ridged” bowl-style helmet crafted with ken (multiple plates) of steel, meticulously shaped by hand to join with the next plate; forming the shape of a bachi (bowl). This Suji Bachi kabuto features raised ridges or “ribs” showing where the helmet plates join together. Iron Mountain Armory offers both laminated and simulated suji-bachi kabuto. Laminated suji-bachi will be crafted from individual steel plates, cut, shaped and riveted by hand to create the suji-bachi. Some spot welding may be used to help re-enforce the plating. Simulated suji-bachi will crafted with copper tubing to simulate the ridges, appearing like “So Fukurin” (Decorative moldings that fit over the raised ridges). The simulated “so fukurin” is typically painted over or can be left bare upon your request (request in Order Notes).
This particular Gashira class Suji-Bachi is pictured with the 18 Plate, kiritsuke kozane (Simulated Narrow Scale) shikoro (neck guard) and tare (throat guard), copper fukurin, and added Fukigaeshi Mons. However you can custom design your own Suji-Bachi Kabuto by using the many options available. The kabuto is embellished with cotton kebiki-odoshi style lacing (also referred to as “full lacing”). Any Gashira (NCO rank) samurai would certainly be honored to wear such a kabuto. You can order your Gashira Class suji-bachi kabuto with your preference of mengu (facial armor), menpo (half face with nose – pictured) with options mustache style or hanbo (lower face).
Features: Traditional handcrafted design. Gashira Class.
- Variation of paint, cotton odoshi colors and mengu designs.
- Full sized and fully functional.
- Includes portable stand.
Our Gashira katchû-shi at Iron Mountain Armory will handcraft this product at the time of your order. Please allow at least 3 to 4 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