■ thread : pure silk
■ wakidate : antler・wood
carving (horns at both sides of
■ wakidate: antler・wood carving covered with gold leaf
(horns at both sides of the head)
■ rosary : gold leaf
”Armor of Tadakatsu Honda (1/4 scale)”
Armorsmith Suzukine-Yuzan has reproduced, at 1/4 scale, the full armor of the Sengoku warrior Tadakatsu Honda.
Tadakatsu Honda was one of the warriors who served under Tokugawa Ieyasu at the start of his campaign. Tadakatsu Honda is popularized as the strongest fighter, because he never once received an injury in the 57 battles he participated in. He donned a unique helmet that had deer antlers on the side and the face of a lion on the front. His armor was solid black and he was known to wear large Buddhist prayer beads (juzu) on his shoulders.
He is famously depicted with his unique armor in a painting named: Nagashino no Kassen (The battle of Nagashino).
This unique armor is faithfully recreated on a 1/4 scale.
The armor itself is formed from a series of plates created out of real cow skin (referred to as kozane), bound with black string.
The antlers are produced from wood and coated with a black paint. The prayer beads are also produced from wood and coated with thin layer of golf.
Suzukine-Yuzan’s armor is all handmade. Even though different materials may be used from their original counterparts, each piece is created separately and brought together to mimic the real armor’s design and feeling.
For those who adore Japanese history, culture, or just armor, this piece will make a fine addition to your collection.