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Face guard

This piece of armour was designed to protect the face, cheeks, nose and throat. It is called menpo. Once the helmet was firmly attached to the head then...

Shoulder guard

Shoulder armour (sode) of this type came into being during the late 1600s, which was more rectangular in shape. This piece consists of long scaled plates (kozane) that were...

Thigh guard

Armour worn to protect the thighs were developed in the 1200s. Thigh armour (haidate) was apparently not worn by samurai as they were reported as being a hindrance to...

Chest armour

The chest armour, cuirass or do, is the main source of protection for the samurai. This do consists of the front and back plate (clamshell shaped or Hotoke-do) that are...