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Updated: 6 May 2021


Antique Kusari Katabira (Chain Armor) for Samurai 01


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Title: Kusari Katabira 01

Signature: NO SIGNED
Age: Edo period
Material: hemp, metal (chain parts)

Body Length Shoulder Width Body Width Sleeve Length Weight
66 cm 42 cm (approximately) 46 cm 38 cm (approximately) 3,706g

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SKU: Kusari Katabira-01 Categories: ,

Title: Kusari Katabira 01

 An antique Kusari Katabira made of hemp. There are scratches on the fabric parts. Although some chains are partially rusted, chain rings are lined up neatly. 

What is Kusari Katabira?
 Kusari Katabira (鎖帷子) is a chain armor. Kusari means a chain, and Katabira is Hitoe (単衣, single linen) made of hemp that is used as underwear. It is also called Kikomi (着込み) because it is worn under clothes. This product is made with lots of small loops from thinly stretched steel wire, and these wires are connected to each other to make clothes.

What is the merits of wearing Kusari Katabira?
-Flexibility: Kusari Katabira is indeed weaker than metal armor. However, Kusari Katabira is easy to make, and it has good flexibility compare to metal armor as it fits the human body movements and allows its user to wear Kusari Katabira for a long time. And it has a higher protection effect than armor made of leather. Kusari Katabira reduces the power of sword slashing or spear attacks.

-Layering: Kusari Katabira can be layered with other clothing. Therefore, its wearer could cover joints where the metal armor cannot protect: for instance, neck, armpit, inside of the elbow, wrist, or back of the knee. Also, as another example, people of high states worn Kusari Katabira under their ordinary clothes, or, put Kusari Katabira with leather armor to guard their bodies robustly.

About us
 Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, original Japanese sword mounting, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on. 

Payment method
We accept payment through Stripe(Credit card) or Paypal. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. After confirming the payment from you, we will apply for an export permit. You can either pay in Japanese Yen or US Dollars. The price is decided in Japanese Yen. The price in US dollar is calculated automatically based on an exchange rate.

Shipping Duration
 We ship via EMS (Japanese Postal Service). It normally takes at least 5-14 days to receive any packages after you place an order.
It might take longer depending on the season or custom clearance. We will inform your order’s tracking number via email.

*Please keep in mind there is a significant delay expected in delivery with EMS in some countries due to the pandemic in the world. We offer free shipping only when we can ship by EMS. Therefore, if you like us to ship with a different shipping carrier such as UPS, we will charge additional costs. If you want to know the detail of shipping, please feel free to contact us.

How to make sure the condition
 We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision. 

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