The Yokohagi Okegawa Go-Mai Do is a 5 section cuirass which was used by several samurai clans but made popular by the Date clan. This style of cuirass was favored by samurai because it not only offered many different design change options, but it was very robust, easy to repair and quite comfortable to wear. The “Yokohagi-Okegawa Go-Mai Do” design features 5 sections of ito-mono plating (layers of horizontal plates fastened together). The 5 sections are hinged with 2 swing plates, like a “saloon door”, under the right arm to wrap the armor around the warriors torso. This evolved form of samurai armor ensured that the armor maintained its shape, look and protection, regardless of the samurai’s body size or shape. If a section of armor was damaged, the hinges could be removed and swapped for a new section.
This Yokohagi Okegawa Go-Mai Do is a Gendai (modern) Taisho class reproduction of an exact model from the Sengoku Era (Waring State Period) and hand crafted by the most experienced crafters of the Iron Mountain Armory. From the production images, the Go-Mai Do #1A shows the Main Armor Color option of “Black Suna” and “Gold Nami” as the Second Armor Color. The main lace color is Black. Optional Fukurin (brass trim) and “Detachable Kusazuri” (hanging armored skirt). Detachable kusazuri makes it easy to replace your kusazuri or remove while your marching / sneaking to reduce noise.
Features: Taisho Class
- Traditional Sengoku Era design
- Full sized and fully functional.
- Various paint, cotton odoshi, accessory, customization and sizing options available.
Crafted by the Iron Mountain Armory at the time of your order, so please allow 4 to 6 weeks for crafting time.
Ordering Tips: Iron Mountain Armory recommends that you order one size larger AND one size shorter than the size required, as the armor is close fitting. The armor can close into itself if too big, but will be a little uncomfortable if fitted too tall. If you’re planning on wearing a yoroi hitatar or a kikko gane do under your armor, we suggest adding 5 cm to your chest size when ordering.
To see the class differences, please view Kachi Vs. Gashira.
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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