Little Star Enterprises, Inc. was formed in June 2001 with the mission to provide the most authentically-crafted, reproduction samurai armor, swords, accessories and clothing with traditional customer service, at the fairest prices possible. It is our mission and privilege to bring you the best handcrafted reproduction samurai armor possible. Its our honor to be part of preserving the art and culture of the Samurai and the armorers of ancient Japan. We take great pride in our company, our commitment to our products and our clients. This is why we travel to meet with our artisans and armory regularly. Our secured online store is designed to provide you with detailed information and clear images of all our products, as well as provide you with many customization options and a secure checkout.
As the leading online retailer of authentically crafted and customizable samurai armor since 2001, it continues to be an honor to share our passion for the history and culture of the Samurai and their armor. We are proud to offer a full line of authentic, handmade reproduction Japanese Samurai Armor (Yori or Gusoku), Samurai helmets (Kabuto), clothing, weapons and accessories from the world-renowned foundry of the Iron Mountain Armory. Keeping with traditions, we still believe in the old motto: “The Customer Is Always Right” and we stick by that. We believe the word of mouth is the sincerest form of advertising, which is why we want YOU, the customer, to be happy with your experience working with us. This philosophy has kept us in business for over 17 years. If you are not happy – we are not happy and we will do whatever we can to make you feel happy and comfortable with ordering from us (both before and after). We want you to know that we will work hard to make sure that you will receive our best service, best products at the best possible price.
We formed the Iron Mountain Armory in 2005 in order to support the traditional katchû-shi (Japanese armor smith) to help research, preserve and develop this dying art. We believe in quality over quantity, which is why each piece of armor is handcrafted by our skilled katchû-shi at the time of your order. All products handcrafted by Iron Mountain Armory have been researched, developed, then battlefield tested until warrior approved. If there is a particular customization or item that you would like, that isn’t offered in our online store, please contact us. Please view this trailer to see Iron Mountain Armory yoroi and accessories in action:
All of our armors are full sized, wearable and combat ready. We offer most reproduction Samurai armor suits in FOUR DIFFERENT CLASSES:
Kachi (Foot Soldier):
Quickly handmade with some attention to detail. Perfect for the samurai on a budget.
Crafting Time: 15 to 20 Days
Materials Used: Bowl-style kabuto, steel construction, hemp, brocade, cotton, nylon, minimal fittings, faux leather and faux hair. (materials may differ depending on model)
Our “Kachi Class” armor was known as “munition quality armour” and is or basic model, offered in response to our many clients who want to own a suit of Samurai armor but at a more economical price. This class of armor is crafted using more simple, modern techniques and tools, made with economical synthetic materials. The basic design lacks a removable nose, some brass fittings and some riveting. It also lacks the padding under the shoulders and back to make the armor more comfortable; however this padding can be added separately. Because the armor is made more quickly, there may be slight blemishes in the paint and lacing.
The Kachi class features a basic but still traditional Gendai design. Modern material, tools, techniques are used to make this yoroi more economical.
Expertly handmade with all quality materials and good attention to detail.
Crafting Time: 25 to 35 Days.
Materials Used: Bowl style kabuto, steel construction, traditional brocade, hemp, quality cotton, brass & copper fittings with genuine leather. (materials may differ depending on model)
Our “Gashira Class” yoroi are the next step up from our “Kachi Class” and are handcrafted by our experienced katchû-shi (armor smith) at the Iron Mountain Armory, using quality materials and traditional crafting methods with some modern techniques and tools. Much like the Taisho Class, each suit has been heavily researched, and a lot of care is put into their historical accuracy. However, the principle difference between the Gashira-class and Taisho-class, is that the Gashira Class is crafted with the typical bowl-style kabuto (simulated laminate) which was common for the average samurai. Our Gashira Class samurai armor is made specifically for collectors, exhibitions, re-enactors, martial artists who want an authentic “Gendai” samurai suit of armor without the added expenses of a more traditional design and crafting methods.
The Gashira class features a more traditional design over kachi class and include features such as, real animal hair, genuine leather, removable / interchangeable nose, brass fittings, shoulder padding with kikko (armor plating), opposable thumbs, leg support on haidate, extra materials, fittings, riveting, lacing and included storage / display box (hitsu) with stand.
Taisho (Commander Class) Armors:
are masterfully handmade, completely from high-quality, traditional materials, with great attention to detail & historical accuracy.
Average Crafting Time: 45 to 60 Days.
Materials Used: Laminated style kabuto, high quality steel, traditional brocades, hemp, quality cotton, art silk, brass & copper fittings with genuine leather. (materials may differ depending on model)
Our “Taisho Class” Armor is the next step up from our “Gashira Class” and the same yoroi many stores sell in Japan. Each suit is meticulously handcrafted by the most experienced katchû-shi of the Iron Mountain Armory, using the highest quality materials and most traditional methods possible. Each suit has been researched and modeled after actual samurai armor in private collections or museums, so they can be accurate and detailed in every way. For example, a single helmet can consist of over 32 different hand-spliced steel plates, individually riveted together. Even the most tiny detail of sewing kikko (small armor plates) in the shoulder and neck padding, adding for extra protection, while keeping comfort and flexibility. This class of samurai armor is made specifically for private collectors, museums, historical re-enactors, martial artists and those who demand the highest detail and quality.
The Taisho class features a more traditional design over the “Gashira Class” and include features such as more traditional crafting techniques, laminated kabuto, art silk lacing, more traditional, more detailed fittings, higher quality materials and highest level of attention to detail / quality.
Daimyo (Warlord Class) Armors
are exceptionally handcrafted, from fine-quality materials and with great attention to detail.
Average Crafting Time: 45 to 65 Days.
Materials Used: Quality steel, traditional brocade, high quality hemp, high quality cotton, brass & copper fittings and other quality materials. (Materials may differ depending on model.)
Our masterwork Daimyo Class Armors are traditional Edo Era design, crafted to be beautiful works of art and until recently where only sold in Japan. In the Edo Period, the Daimyo spent much of their wealth on embellishing their armor, making it more decorative and less functional. Our Daimyo Class series suits, although fully functional, focus more on beauty than battle readiness. We use a mixture of genuine and luxery synthetic materials to help add an unmatched luster and shine to these striking artisan armors.
Please feel free to ask for more detailed pictures of our armors, about the production process, and any other questions you might have. We will be happy to provide you with any information you might need. We want your complete purchase experience and ownership of your Samurai armor to be the most enjoyable it can be. Remember, Little Star Enterprises, Inc. still believes in the old motto: “The Customer Is Always Right” and we do our utmost to stick to this principle. Word of mouth is a powerful thing. If you are not happy – we are not happy, and we will do whatever we can to make you feel happy and comfortable with ordering from us. We want you to know that we will work hard to make sure that you will receive the best service, best products and the best deals possible.
Our Samurai Armor will make an excellent addition (or beginning!) to any collection of Samurai Armaments, and with our prices starting as little as $99; can you afford to say no?