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Samourai Armor

Antique Armor

Authentic treasures of the ancient past

Genuine antique samurai armor, carefully restored by expert artisans in Japan.
A rare opportunity for collectors to own a true piece of Japanese culture and history.

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Premium Armor

Faithful replicas of authentic samurai armor

Modern recreations of authentic, original samurai armor. Handcrafted by Japanese craftspeople with decades of experience using traditional techniques and materials.
Fully customizable for design, size, materials, finishing colors, crest emblem and header board.

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Standard Armor

Battle-ready, wearable replica samurai armor

Lighter, modern materials make this armor both easy to wear and more financially accessible. Replica samurai armor, carefully modelled on authentic samurai armor. Fully customizable for design, size, materials, crest and colors, all according to your budget and needs.

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Which the best samurai armor for display?red arrow
1. Antique armor
This is 100% authentic, original samurai armor, worn by real samurai during Japan’s ancient past. It has been fully restored by expertly-trained Japanese artisans using traditional materials and techniques, making it a rare asset to display. No longer will you have to venture to a museum to see original samurai armor–marvel at the battles of yore and feel the samurai spirit come alive in your home or office.
2. Premium armor
Faithful recreations of traditional samurai armor using original designs, authentic materials and time-honored techniques make Premium-level armor is an asset for any home or office or as a prop on a film set. A more affordable option to antique armor, without compromising on authenticity.
3. Standard armor
Although this armor is designed for maximum wearability, it’s authenticity and striking appearance make it also fit for display.
Which the best wearable samurai armor?gold arrow
1. Standard armor
Standard armor uses modern, more flexible materials in place of iron and leather, which makes it light, easy-to-wear and durable – the ideal option for your next battle event, cosplay, or film and TV needs. The skill of the craftspeople ensure that it retains an authentic appearance.
2. Premium armor
From hammered iron plates to deer leather lining, woven chainmail and gleaming lacquered finish, this armor is created using fully authentic, premium materials. Painstaking attention to historical detail both inside and out means that Premium armor will be heavier and less flexible than Standard armor, making it perfect for those who want to simulate the true feeling of an ancient samurai fully girded for battle.
3. Antique armor
As this authentic samurai armor has been restored to a good condition by Japanese armor artisans, it is technically wearable. However, given the age, fragility and cost of this armor, it is best recommended for display.
What are differences between your armor types?
 Antique ArmorPremium ArmorStandard Armor
Best Suited For Display Display, wearable Wearable, display
Product Parts Full armor, as well as kabuto only. Other products subject to availability, please check the antique armor website listing. Full katchu armor - yoroi and kabuto. Full katchu armor - yoroi and kabuto.
Available Designs Subject to availability, please check antique armor website listing. Renowned samurai figures, as well as other historical or fictional characters. Renowned samurai figures, as well as other historical or fictional characters.
Customization Available No Yes - overall design, size, lacquer color for yoroi and kabuto, decoration, headerboard symbol may be customized. Yes - overall design, size, lacquer color for yoroi and kabuto, decoration, headerboard symbol may be customized.
Manufacturer Morisaki Marutake Sangyo Marutake Sangyo
Materials Kabuto - iron or aluminium plates, multiple layers of lacquer for a rich shine, Japanese washi paper decoration;
Yoroi - iron or aluminium plates, leather lining (cow or deer), multiple layers of lacquer for a rich shine, gold leaf decoration;
Header board - bamboo, leather (cow or deer), goldleaf.
Kabuto - iron or aluminium plates, multiple layers of lacquer for a rich shine, Japanese washi paper decoration;
Yoroi - iron or aluminium plates, leather lining (cow or deer), multiple layers of lacquer for a rich shine, gold leaf decoration;
Header board - bamboo, leather (cow or deer), goldleaf.
Kabuto - iron or aluminium plates, lacquer or regular paint;
Yoroi - iron or aluminium plates, lacquer or regular paint, FRP, synthetic leather, gold paint;
Header board - wood, FRP, synthetic leather, gold paint.
Price Range 200,000 - 10,000,000 JPY 778,000 - 3,888,000 JPY 300,000 JPY
Production Time TBC on visit to Morisaki Average is 2 months, but may be up to 6 months, depending on level of customisation. 5 days if the armor is in stock and no customisation is required. Average is 2 months, but may be up to 6 months, depending on level of customisation. 5 days if the armor is in stock and no customisation is required.
Other Inclusions Bitsu - Black wooden storage box, black armor stand. Bitsu - Black wooden storage box, black wooden display stand, assembly instructions. Bitsu - Black wooden storage box, black wooden display stand, assembly instructions.
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FAQs
Is this armor made or restored in Japan, and by who?

Yes. Premium and Standard armor are handcrafted and restored by Japanese craftsmen. The manufacturers involved each have a long and rich history specializing in both samurai armor and swords.

The antique amor is restored by Morisaki, an Okayama-based samurai armor company. The Morisaki family’s quest to bring actual antique armor back to its former glory began three generations ago, and today their commitment to authenticity still endures.

The Premium and Standard armor replicas are made by Marutake Sangyo, a Kagoshima-based company whose expertly-crafted creations have been gifted to the Queen of England, seen throughout museum exhibits and public events and even featured extensively in historical dramas for Japanese national television (NHK) over 60 years. Like Morisaki, Marutake Sangyo possesses an unflagging attention to historical detail, using only the finest materials, designs and expertise.

How much can I customize my armor?
Premium and Standard armor can be fully customized to suit your size, design ideals, color, crest, and budget. Specify your customization requests in the enquiry form on the product page, an A-Janaika staff member will be in touch to assist you.
Are some armor better for display than for wearing? What are the differences between these two types?
Yes, some armor are more suited for display, others for wearability. For the differences, please see above [link to ‘What is the best armor for wearing/ display’ section].
How authentic is the armor?
If you are purchasing an antique, this armor is real armor that was worn by an actual samurai in the 12th-19th centuries, which has been restored using traditional techniques and materials. Premium and Standard armor follow the patterns of authentic armor. Where Premium armor uses all the materials of the original era, Standard armor is a modern recreation using some modern (non-traditional) materials.
How is your armor different from the traditional Japanese samurai armor of the 12th-19th centuries?
The antique armor are not different–they are actual armor from the era, and have been authentically reinvigorated. The Premium armor is only different in that is it made today. Everything else–the design, materials, and method of production–is the same. The Standard armor is the same in design and method of production, with some materials differing depending on the level of customization requested and customer budget.
Can I purchase components separately?
Premium armor and Standard armor are currently only available in full katchu samurai sets–yoroi (body armor) and kabuto (helmet). Antique samurai armor has some components available separately. More information on the of samurai armor components can be found here [link to samurai armor components page].
What type of materials are used in your armor?
Antique and Premium Armor are a combination of leather lining (cow or deer), lacquer paint and decorative gold leaf. Standard armor can be modified to suit your needs and budget–instead of iron, FRP is used for lightness and wearability, synthetic leather will be substituted for authentic cow or deer leather, and gold leaf paint will be used in place of actual gold leaf.
I’ve seen cheaper samurai armor on other sites that cost less. Why is A-Janaika’s armor more expensive?
The Premium and Standard samurai available on A-Janaika is recreated to exacting standards using authentic designs. This means your armor will be a direct representation of the armor worn by Japanese samurai. Depending on your chosen level of customization, the materials are also the same. A-Janaika’s armor is also created by Japanese artisans who have decades of experience in crafting samurai armor. The antiques are actual armor and accessories used by real samurai of the era, painstakingly restored by experts. Whether antique or replica, all armor is exclusively made or restored in Japan.
Do you ship internationally and if yes, how much is it?
Yes, A-Janaika ships internationally from Japan. The postage is the same for all types of armor. Minimum charge is $60, and maximum is $220 (to New Zealand, UAE, Turkey and Russia). North America - $70; South America - $190; Asia - $70 to $160 (average is $100); Europe - $80 to $100; Africa- $190.
What is the insurance policy for armor delivery?
A-Janaika covers 100% of purchase if the price of the item exceeds JPY 500,000. If the item is damaged or lost in the delivery* the customer receives either a 100% refund or a replacement item.

*Subject to insurance company assessment