On 12/11/05, Ii Saburou Katsumori (Joshua B.) <tatsushu@...
> On 12/11/05, men_yoroi <men_yoroi@...> wrote:
> > I am stuck on a similar area.
> > I am planning on making a proper o-yoroi armour. I am working from
> > Effinhams website but an unsure of kebiki lacing in the dofor hon-
> > kozane. Whereas there is sinew or similar used in suguke lacing to
> > keep the do solid, I dont know how to do this with kebiki as the
> > bottom 4 rows are used for the shitagarami.
> > Any help would be extremely useful!
> > Thanks
> "Note that, contrary to common misconception, laced Japanese armour — at
> least in modern styles — does not move, and the lames are not flexible. The
> armour is held rigid by way of special pieces of lacing called " tomegawa"
> (lit. "stopping leathers"). If the dô you are making is laced, whether only
> for one lame or in entirety, you must open special holes in your plates in
> addition to those for the odoshi itself for these tomegawa. Tomegawa are
> short lengths of fine cord (I recommend artificial sinew) that pass through
> these holes and the upper-most row of lacing holes. This is what makes laced
> armours rigid. For sugake odoshi, there is one set of holes per row of
> lacing; for kebiki, it is one set of holes every 3" or so." - A. J. Bryant,
> "Nihon Katchu Seisakuben -- An Online Japanese Armour Manual: Making the
> Do", http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/katchu.ch07.html
> So, even though you are using those holes for the shitagarami, you are also
> going to use it for the tomegawa as well, just as you would have both the
> sugake-odoshi and the tomegawa through the same holes. Does that make
Okay, I just talked to Hiraizumi-dono and had some clarifications
made: O-yoroi don't use the tomegawa at all. If they aren't held up
by the leather, o-yoroi would basically collapse. The lames are
solid, but they aren't apparently held rigid in to each other.