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Kenitai
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:43 am    Post subject: Samurai faceguards Reply with quote
I'm always fascinated by a full-armored samurai with a faceguard. Wether that'd be illustrations or miniatures.

I often wonder if they were actually used in battle?
Reason I ask is, in many modern Taiga drama's I never happened to see one wearing a mask. However, there is in The Last Samurai for example.
While I can understand the reason in the drama's to not use the masks, for purposes like having the actor's face visible at all time.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I believe the hanbô was more popular than the menpô(lower face) or sômen(full face). I'm pretty sure I've read that somewhere.
What I am sure I've read, from A.J. Bryant's armor site, is that few samurai actually used the menpô in the field, listing reasons of uncomfort and heat.

The hanbô is a menpô without the face, leaving only protection for the jaw/cheeks(depending on design) and the throat. While it was less obstructive, but still giving some protection and keeping the helmet cords away from the face, I could see why it was a more popular choice.

http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/katchu.html
Go to the section "Men yoroi"
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