My name is Alvin. I am a Ren Faire re-enactor based in San
Diego, California. I am currently in a Swiss pike group,
but I am obviously Asian, Filipino to be specific. I have
made a couple sets of leather lamellar armor and wish to
branch out into Japanese armor.
I have done some reading from Lord Effingham's Japanese armor
manual online but have not found a answer to this question:
Have Japanese armorers ever made thicker kozane by gluing the
flesh sides together?
I was told that whenever the fibrous sides of two straps of
leather are glued together, the strength of the new strap is
stronger than if the two straps stayed separate. I was
wondering if this knowledge was ever used by the Japanese in
If this really did happen, this would accelerate some of my
future armor making plans.