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Updated: 1 Apr 2023


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, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.

【Payment method】
 We accept payment through Stripe (Credit card), PayPal, Apple Pay or ChromePay, all of which are secure payment methods. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. After confirming your payment, we will apply for an export permit. You may either pay in JPY, USD, AUD, EUR or GBP. The price is set in Japanese Yen. Prices in other currencies are automatically calculated based on the latest exchange rate.

【Shipping duration】
 We normally ship via EMS (Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. It usually takes at least 5-14 days to deliver the package after you place an order. We will use DHL instead for those who ordered from Canada or Australia as EMS temporarily stops shipping to these countries due to COVID-19. We offer Free International Shipping as long as we can ship your order by either EMS or DHL (Australia, Canada only). If you prefer other shipping carriers, please contact us.  

 We will inform you of the order’s tracking number via email. Please make sure you fill out your valid email address correctly. 

*Please keep in mind that due to the spread of COVID-19, there might be possible delays in delivery. If you like to make sure if EMS shipping is available to your country, please contact us.

【How to make sure the condition】
 Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. 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. 

 It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of Samurai item and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.


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