This Yokohagi Okegawa Dō is in stock, sold as is and ready to ship. Sized to fit the average adult of 174cm (5′ 7″ +/- 2″) tall with a 104 to 109 cm (40 ~ 43″) chest. Finished with Black Suna and features Crimson Suna accent plating on the kusazuri (skirt). Complimented with quality black odoshi. The matching kabuto, menpo, sode, kote, haidate and suneate are also available in limited quantity and on sale now.
The Yokohagi Okegawa Dō is one of the most common 16th-century styles of samurai armor used by high ranking samurai and ashigaru (foot soldiers) alike. The Dō (breastplate or cuirass) is one of the major components of Japanese armor worn by the samurai class and ashigaru (foot soldiers) of Feudal Japan. The Dō was considered the most essential part of armor and might be the only piece of armor worn by a low ranking samurai or ashigaru when going into battle.
As samurai armor advanced, the Nimai (Ni-mai) style of Dō (2 piece) became the most common style, particularly the “Okegawa-Dō ” (tub-sided) which was made from riveted lamelle. The simplicity in design, comfort, easy maintenance and very reliable in battle, made this style of Dō the most common Dō of ashigaru and high ranking samurai alike. Although there are several styles of Okegawa-Do, the most common were crafted from 12 individual lames (front + back) and riveted together. The more common was known as Yokohagi Okegawa-Do which featured a horizontal plate design.
This style of Nimai Do features smoothed countersunk rivets which were used to fasten the lamellae (plating) together creating a smooth finish. Yokohagi is a horizontal plate design. Okegawa (tub sided) is a ni-mai (2 section) Do (chest armor) joined together with a hinge, making a “clam shell” style of armor. The traditional name for this style of Do is: “Yokohagi Okegawa Gendai Ni-mai-do”
This Gashira Class Do features a traditional pin hinge under the left armpit, which can be removed, after with an attached cord can be adjusted, to make a simple ni-mai-do, to better accommodate those with a larger or smaller chest. Some of the ita-mono may utilize some spot welding to strengthen the design for safety, maintenance and economic reasons. Removable Tate-Eri (shoulder padding with kikko plating) for added comfort and protection.
Features: Traditional Gashira class – Tosei Yokohagi Okegawa Do
- In Stock – Ready to ship.
- Full sized and fully functional.
- Traditional Design
This is an in stock item and will ship within 3 to 4 days from date of order. The Menpo is NOT included.
CHEST MONS: This Samurai Do can be ordered with a Mon painted onto the front plate. For an extra fee, you can select one from our list of Standard Mon’s, or have your own mon/logo applied for an additional fee.
To have your own Mon painted: #1: Select the “Custom Mon” option. #2: Complete the purchase through our Shopping Cart. #3: Send a high quality image of the Mon / Logo to the confirmation email you receive from us.
Note: We hand-paint these Mon’s, and they can only be simple “Clip-Art” style designs in a single color. If you would like a Mon but select a “Suna” type paint color, your Mon image may turn out blurry due to the paint texture.
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References: “Samurai Armour: Volume I: The Japanese Cuirass” by Trevor Absolon / “Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868″ by Kazutoshi Harada, Metropolitan Museum of Art