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    Authentic Edo period Japanese (samurai) mail and armored clothing, traditional samurai armor and Japanese and samurai weapons and other items.
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    Links to pictures of mail armor.

    Japanese mail. http://www.pinterest.com/samuraiantiques/japanese-mail-armor-kusari/ European mail. http://www.pinterest.com/samuraiantiques/european-mail-armor/ Indo-Persian mail. http://www.pinterest.com/samuraiantiques/indo-persian-mail-armor/
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    Antique Japanese 6 in 1 kusari

    I think the top image shows six split links connected to a single butted link, its the bottom image that shows all butted links doubled up with twelve links being used, would that actually be called 12 in 2, if so thats a type of kusari I have never heard of or seen before.
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    Antique Japanese 6 in 1 kusari

    On closer inspection it seems the the top set of images shows six split links connected to a central butted link, the bottom image looks like doubled up butted links, so actually two completely different types.
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    Antique Japanese 6 in 1 kusari

    A few pictures of some rarely seen Japanese 6 in 1 kusari, a very dense looking armor.
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    Japanese riveted kusari (chain armor)

    After looking at hundreds (at least) of detailed pictures online and searching images in every book I could get my hands on I finally found one picture of riveted mail being used in Japanese (samurai) armor. From: JAPANESE ARMS & ARMOR [Hardcover] INTRODUCTION BY ROBINSON, H RUSSELL 1969 P.58 http://www.amazon.com/JAPANESE-ARMOR-INTRODUCTION-ROBINSON-RUSSELL/dp/B000PSBYO8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299106081&sr=8-1 The image is listed as being an Early 19th century breastplate from Museo Orientale Venice. There is no way of telling if this is European mail imported to Japan or the Japanese variety as described in this book: Sakakibara Kozan, The Manufacture of Armour and Helmets in Sixteenth Century Japan pp 83-85. George Cameron Stone mentions a "kote with riveted European-style 4-in-1'' image # 475.10 in his book "A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor: in All Countries and in All Times". Unfortunately the picture in Stones book which is labeled as being riveted mail is not detailed enough to see the actual mail. I have asked a well known expert on samurai armor (Trevor Absolon) if he personally has seen any Japanese riveted kusari among the thousands of pieces he has come into contact with and he said that there was only one that he had been aware of. Upon hearing of my interest in the subject someone sent me an additional picture of what is supposed to be riveted kusari of Japanese origin, it has the appearance of being punched out of a thin sheet of iron and then riveted, it lies reasonably flat on the backing. This is the only other place I could find a reference on riveted Japanese mail besides Stones book.>>>>>Author Sakakibara, Kozan. Title The manufacture of armour and helmets in sixteenth century Japan = (Chukokatchu seisakuben) Translated by T. Wakameda ; Rev. by A. J. Koop and Hogitaro Indada, 1912 ; Rev. and edited by H. Russell Robinson, 1962. Publisher London : Holland Press, 1963. "karakuri-namban (riveted namban), with stout links each closed by a rivet. Its invention is credited to Fukushima Dembei Kunitaka, pupil, of Hojo Awa no Kami Ujifusa, but it is also said to be derived directly from foreign models. It is heavy because the links are tinned (biakuro-nagashi) and these are also sharp edged because they are punched out of iron plate".
  6. From the Return of the Samurai exhibit in Victoria B.C.Canada, a full suit of Edo period chain armor "kusari gusoku". http://s831.photobucket.com/albums/zz238/estcrh/Toraba%20exhibit/?start=all
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    Japanese (samurai)chain mail and armor clothing

    I do not think that any pattern of Japanese chain armor was meant to protect from arrows or spears etc for the most part, they had other types of armors which could be worn under a kusari katabira which would have been better protection from weapons other then swords. Light weight portable chest armors and vests made from kikko ( hexagon iron or leather plates) and karuta ( small iron plates ) could be worn under chain armor if needed. Here are a couple of examples. There were also various types of gauntlets, shin, thigh and foot guards available.
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    Japanese (samurai)chain mail and armor clothing

    If I get any measurements etc I will post them and as for size..the coat is quite large considering the size of the average samurai of the time. but several types of under armor was available to wear and room was needed for gauntlets and the various types of chest armor and armored vests that could be worn depending on the level of protection needed.
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    Japanese (samurai)chain mail and armor clothing

    I actually have one kusari katabira on loan to a member of mailleartisans, he is doing some wire measurments etc and will be writing an article when he is done, he is also hoping to make a replica to use in his martial arts practice. I do not have any wire gauge or ring i.d's myself. Some more pics of the blue one, it is a really well preserved and expertly made example and you can see one pattern merge into another pattern in different areas.
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    Japanese (samurai)chain mail and armor clothing

    A few new kusari items.
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    Not exactly scale but interesting.

    This is an interesting use of split rings and lacquered leather plates (kikko) sewn to a simple coat. Edo period Japan (samurai)
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    Japanese fish style scale armor

    I have searched every were and can not find another example of authentic Japanese fish scale armor so I am not sure were else it would have been used, this piece would be attached to the bottom of the helmet and would have covered the neck and shoulders and partially covered the face. Here is a link to a very nice replica samurai armor with a lot of this type of scale. http://www.toraba.com/detail.asp?c_urn=725&show=&urn=12879&pg=1
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    Those of you who have websites...

    Your right about having to promote a web site but If you have a web site with all your products and link your site along with the items you are selling on ebay or etsy ect them anyone who looks at one item for sale will be able to go to your website also.
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    Japanese fish style scale armor

    I see some nice scale work on some members items and I thought I would share this. I found this rare example of Japanese (samurai) fish scale armor "gyorin kozane" in the form of a helmet "kabuto" neck guard "shikoro". It is made from hardened leather scales sewn to cloth. The age is unknown but it appears to be quite old. This gyorin kozane shikoro would have been attached to the bottom edge of some type of a kabuto as neck protection. more pictures>>>> http://s831.photobucket.com/albums/zz238/estcrh/Japanese%20scale%20armor/
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    Those of you who have websites...

    I used Intuit for my web site, they offer a free trial and since all the tools are supplied I really wanted to learn how to do it myself. Not having done this before I can not compare Intuit to other sites but I have nothing bad to say at all with the service they provide and I have had the chance to learn something new. Depending on how many items and pictures you have on your site it can take some time to get it up and running but if you have the time I would recommend that you do it yourself instead of having someone else do it for you.