The helmet was the most difficult part of a samurai armor to make and was usually the work of a master armorer, who could eventually sign the piece.

Helmet bowls (bachi) are classified depending on how they were built. There are several kabuto types, but a high-rank samurai would often have on his armor a multi-plate kabuto (suji-bachi and koboshi) or a kawari kabuto, a helmet with a spectacular or unusual shape.

Regardless of their shape, almost all samurai helmets were fitted with a frontal decoration called maedate and a neck guard (shikoro), at the end of which there were two wing-like projections named fukigaeshi.

The following samurai helmets are currently for sale:


Helmet shaped as a cloth headgear, Edo Period (1615-1867) 18th century
A samurai helmet with standing rivets, Haruta School
A samurai helmet with standing rivets, Saotome Iechika
Mid Edo period (1615-1867), 18th century
A gold lacquer helmet of momonari shape
Samurai helmet shaped as a human head, covered with horse-hair
Gold lacquered samurai helmet designed as a tall court cap
Momoyama period, 16th century
Hachi (helmet bowl of a samurai helmet) by Unkai Mitsutane
Russet iron samurai helmet shaped as a hook

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