Japanese Helmets, Japanese Kabuto, Samurai Helmets and Japanese Helms
Japan was not the first culture to utilize distinctive helmets to mark important individuals, although their helmets do carry a unique sort of appeal that goes above and beyond those of some cultures. Perhaps that is because of the high level of symbolism the helmets often feature. Dark Knight Armoury offers a number of Japanese helmets, also known as kabuto, that recreate the helms of noteworthy warlords and warriors from the Feudal Era. Of course, kabuto is not solely a reference to the ornate Japanese helmets, but to all styles of Japanese helmets. Here in this section, we offer a handful of impressive designs, all recreations that are based on the symbols and crests of notable Japanese daimyo who would have fought in the Sengoku and Edo periods. Of particular note are the helmets of Takeda Shingen, Date Masamune, and Oda Nobunaga - three powerful men who had a large influence on the history of Japan. Each helmet features a mempo or face-mask, as well as an ornate crest atop the helm, giving it a more unique and identifiable look. There is no denying that the Japanese helmet, or kabuto, has a very distinctive look and feel, and for the collector and enthusiast, nothing quite compares to owning one yourself. And you can get historic ones right here at Dark Knight Armoury.