The Ronin was a Samurai with no lord or master during the feudal period (1185-1868) of Japan.
The Ronin Samurai would wonder the lands typically as a mercenary or hired body guard. The Ronin where also known for dueling for honor, fame and/or money.
Like regular Samurai, Ronin wore their two swords. Ronin used a variety of other weapons too.
One of the most famous of Ronin in history was Miyamoto Musashi as well as the legendary tale of The Seven Samurai.
During the Edo period, with the shogunate's rigid class system and laws, the number of Ronin greatly increased. Confiscation of fiefs during the rule of the third Tokugawa shogun Iemitsu resulted in an especially large increase of Ronin.
During previous ages, Samurai were easily able to move between masters and even between occupations. They would also marry between classes. However, during the Edo period, Samurai were restricted, and were above all forbidden to become employed by another master without their previous master's permission. Also, low-level Samurai, often poor and without choice, were forced to quit or escape their masters.
Each suit of Samurai Armour can be ordered with the customary black lacquered Gusto Bitsu (armour storage box) and a wooden stand for the display of the armor & instructions.
The armor is 100% wearable and fully functional.
All of our armour is forged in the traditional iron armour plating (lames) tradition.
However, we offer our armour in 3 quality ranges to help fit the needs and budget of our clients.
Kachi - Foot Soldier -
Our Kachi model armour is offered in response to our many clients who want to own a suit of Samurai armour but at a more economical price. This model is exactly the same as the Gashira model, but this model will have synthetic materials, such as satin instead of silk or the extra fittings.
There is no padding under the shoulders and back to make the armor more comfortable & a fixed nose piece for the Menpo. Because the armor is made quickly they might have blemishes in the paint. However, most people can only tell the difference between the two models under close inspection.
These suits of armour have the same overall construction as the Gashira models but just using more economical materials and less fittings. This level of quality suit was made knowing that damage may occur from future usage etc, so less attention to detail is put into them.
These suites are often requested by theater/movie studios, re-enactor groups or for costume. They are a good price for the quality.
Bowl style kabuto, 19 gauge iron lames, Satin, cotton, no fittings, faux fur lip and faux leather
Gashira - Officer -
The Gashira series armor is also crafted in a traditional Yokohagi Okegawa ni-mai dô with raised rivets popular in the Sengoku (Warring States) period.
The Gashira line is meticulously handmade with all high quality, traditional materials and good attention to detail.
Great painting, detachable nose piece from the Menpo,
bowl style kabuto, 19 gauge iron lames, Japanese silk, quality cotton, brass & copper fittings with genuine leather.
Absolutely stunning pieces of traditional craftsmanship.
Taisho - Commanding Officer Armor -
This armour model is made with the level of quality and expectations that a high ranking Samurai would expect. Using only the highest quality in materials; such as Japanese silk, organic cotton, buffalo horn, etc. Each suit of armour is made by our head master- craftsmen with a close eye to detail and quality control.
They are accurate and detailed in every way. For example a single helmet can consist of over 32 different hand-spliced iron plates (Laminated Style Kabuto), individually riveted together. Our Taisho model samurai armor is made specifically for private collectors, museums, re-enactors, martial artists and those who demand the highest detail and quality.
These suits are often ordered by collectors who want the finest quality armour without having to pay the high cost and taxes that they would as if they would had purchased it in Japan. Incredible high quality at an excellent market price and sold frequently to clients in Japan .
Laminated style kabuto, 19 gauge iron lames, Japanese silk, quality cotton, brass & copper fittings with genuine leather.
We are the ONLY exclusively licensed Dealer of quality armour for the world renowned Iron Mountain Armory and Little Star Enterprises Inc. in Australia.