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: Gashira Suji-Bachi Kabuto
- Variation of paint, cotton odoshi colors and mengu designs.
- Full sized and fully functional.
- Includes portable stand.
|Our skilled katchû-shi (armorers) at the Iron Mountain Armory will need at least 3 to 5 weeks, depending on options selected, and other scheduled orders, for the custom handcrafting of your yoroi.|
|For more information, please review our Order Options Explained, Glossary Terms or FAQ Pages. You can also Contact Us directly. We are always happy to be of service.|
Reference: “The Samurai Armour Glossary” by Ian Bottomley and David Thatcher
Love the kabuto, looks great on display in my room and even better when worn. The crafts put their heart and soul in the making and I couldn’t be happier. And any time I had a question or concern the IMA team was quick to respond and was very respectful. Excellent work.