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    I have just purchased the kabuto. I snapped few quick photos. Some taken before oiling and with shikoro removed. The shikoro was included but it is not from the kabuto. It was probably sword tested. I suspect one school responsible for the execution of this ichimai kabuto. I don't want to make any suggestions though.It is mumei work. Please give me your thoughts.

    Last edited by Bartek; 10-10-2018, 03:56 PM.
    Bartek Bartosz Pasternak - Poland

  • #2

    Indeed this is an unusual kabuto... I'm no specialist so I can't say much about school nor age but I find it very interesting to study.
    Sword tested and possibly bullet tested ? 2nd photo shows two marks that could be bullet marks ?

    Waiting for comments from more knowledgeable members...
    Daniel GONY - FRANCE


    • #3
      to me, it's a nanban design of an English/Dutch Fiddler's cap, But it's not Japanese in design. The strike marks that are being assumed to be sword strikes render the device useless to a user, so maybe a vendor display item if done to show the makers prowess as a builder. If an actual battle scar, I;m sure the unfortunate wearer had his head beat in.


      • #4
        Thank you so much for showing this to us! It's quite rare to find kabuto with sword test.
        If I recall correctly this style is called Daikoku zukin nari (大黒頭巾形) and it is associated with one of the Tokugawa Ieyasu's armor. It is a bit "roundish" so I would say that this is a Maru zukin. Just one of the thousands of kawari kabuto nomenclatures.

        Considering the fact that the head would have been far from the metal surface thanks to the ukebari, if they are battle scars, the wearer should have been unscathed May I ask, how thick is it?


        • #5
          I’ve honestly never seen anything like this kabuto before. Very interesting. After reading Luca’s post, I remembered reading about the kabuto used by Ieyasu.
          Looking at the cuts, it’s quite obvious that these are ”tests” as they goes paralell to the tehen kanamono. It’s almost as if the kanamono been placed there after these cuts.
          These tests, be it from bullet or sword, are always a tad tricky to judge. In the best of times they were made back in the day, but we also know that modern-time dealers have been known to wack an armor part with the hope to increase the value as it can be sold with the label ”battle damaged”.
          Apart from the cuts, this kabuto have interesting features.

          Jan - Sweden


          • #6
            Very good kabuto, a kabuto with nice Korean influence .. Rare.. Good find Bartek.. 👌


            • #7
              Thank you for all replies.
              Interestingly the kabuto was purchased on a Frech flee market. I assume it's in Europe from at least early 1900's.
              After some consultations I believe it is Nagasone work. It sports number of Nagasone features including mabizashi with the convergent point in the middle. It is known that Nagasone made ichimai and some of their kabuto are unsigned.
              Dan, additional damages are probably not bullet marks.
              Luca, the kabuto isn't very heavy nor the hatchi plate thick.

              Picture from Chappelear book:

              Last edited by Bartek; 10-11-2018, 11:26 AM.
              Bartek Bartosz Pasternak - Poland