> The armour sold by Tozando and Marutake is good quality dress armour. It
>is NOT designed for combat. I do not know what fencing system you are
>refering to, but it certainly isn't strong enough for SCA.
I agree with Mykaru (Hi BTW), that the armour you are looking at won't
stand up to SCA combat, or to any kind of moderately heavy blow. But if
you are using a "light" touch contact system for actually hitting the
target, then it will work.
I know this because I have one of Kozando's armours, and I use it for
battle. Our hitting technique always assumes that the actual target is
unprotected, so the blow itself lands gently. This is why we can get
away with such a thin armour.
Even so, I have had to reinforce it, as the body armour was only held
together by spot welding which burst open when used for violent
movement. This I have replaced with rivets, and I've inserted an extra
2mm thick plate in the back to make it fit better and to stiffen the
whole body armour.
Kozando's metal work is only 0.8mm thick steel, which although of a
realistic, but light weight form, is not hardened the way the original
armours were, so it will dent easily. The plate work of an average 16th
century samurai body armour would be between 1.5mm to 2mm thick, which
is very similar to European armour. Most thinner armours were made for
the ashigaru, but even most of these are between 1.2mm and 1.6mm thick.
However, the thinnest armour I've ever studied was an early 17th century
Tatami-dou, that's the folding armour made of small rectangular plates
held together with mail, and sewn on to a hemp fabric base, where the
plates were only 0.4mm thick! Again they were shaped and hardened to
help stop them from bending. The armour was of high quality, and
probably was used for travelling, although similar armours were used by
the ashigaru in battle. But then it was better than nothing!
For myself, my current armour which is 20 years old and I got second
hand and cheaply, is only a stop gap, when I can afford it, I want to
get one in a heavier grade, more in keeping with a samurai warrior of
that era. And one where I don't have to worry about denting It by just
Good luck and happy armour hunting.
Head Of The Fight School