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  • Japan was a country that has spent most of its history at war.

  • Province against province, warlord against warlord.

  • The struggle for money, land and power

  • was an endless series of battles, allegiances

  • and legend.

  • Armor was perfectly suited to the times, the terrain and the weaponry of the samurai.

  • but how functional is it really?

  • Does it stand up against full contact and live weapons?

  • Keep watching as we put a Taisho quality armor to the ultimate test.

  • The iconic image of the samurai, in full battle armor.

  • Often works about allowing the warrior to stand out and be recognized on the field of war.

  • But ultimately it needed to be tough and versatile, allowing for movement and speed.

  • Often warn for weeks at a time it was hard wearing and easily repairable.

  • Unique, practical and designed to withstand weapons of battle.

  • Perfectly suited to the samurai warrior.

  • So welcome to Fanhams Hall Hotel. A beautiful hotel with Japanese gardens over 2 acres open to the public.

  • There is a fantastic Air Show today, as well as many visitors, visiting the ground.

  • And we're here to test the armor.

  • The Iron Mountain Armory has been handcrafting samurai armor since 2005.

  • They offer the most authentic, economical and customizable samurai armor in the world.

  • They currently offer their armor in three separate classes.

  • The Kachi class, or foot soldier's armor is made for the samurai on a budget.

  • The Gashira Class or Officer's armor is crafted for the samurai who wants their armor ready for battle.

  • The Taisho class or General's armor is meticulously handcrafted by the most experienced armorers,

  • for the samurai who wants the highest in quality.

  • We used all 3 classes during our testing, including the Tatami Armour.

  • The battles on the Japanese planes made full use of samurai cavalry.

  • But for most samurai, the traveling and fighting was done on foot.

  • Once the army reached the mountains

  • in the high fortresses horses became unsuitable and the real legwork began.

  • This meant weeks or months spent walking, running and climbing,

  • while carrying everything they need for the battles ahead.

  • Samurai armor, therefore, needed to be comfortable and flexible

  • to allow the wearer to be able to carry out all of those tasks

  • without hindrance.

  • The armor should allow the ability to climb trees and scan the land ahead.

  • Climb into the mountainous fortifications of enemy strongholds, all the while dressed in armour.

  • Once battle commenced they would need to be able to move quickly and easily while fighting.

  • If knocked down have the ability to get up and

  • continue the fight

  • The armor would need to be light enough to allow for this but tough enough to withstand the treatment.

  • The Iron Mountain armor was tested under all these conditions.

  • After climbing trees, climbing mountains, rolling and fighting

  • the armour surprisingly comfortable. It took all of the impact with easy with no bruising.

  • Which is a great success!

  • Can you move in Iron Mountain Armor?

  • The answer is YES!

  • We fight on a regular basis at Muso Shugyo Ryu and we do not hold back.

  • So to be given samurai armor to train in was an absolute pleasure and we took it to town!

  • Well the armor certainly took everything we threw at it.

  • There were a few scratches and a few minor dents,

  • but easily polished out and fixed.

  • An absolute pleasure to fight in.

  • Muso Shugyo Ryu would definitely recommend Iron Mountain Armory as the armor to wear for combat.

  • The Taichi and katana are both swords worn by the samurai.

  • While in armor the taichi would be hung from the waist with the blade facing down.

  • While the katana, slightly shorter and less curved; would be worn through the belt, with cutting edge up.

  • Despite popular opinion the sword is not a main battlefield weapon,

  • as it is ineffective against most armours.

  • Think of it as a side arm for emergency use

  • and perfect for taking enemy heads!

  • So how effective will a katana be against

  • Iron Mountain Armor?

  • We decided to test this particular Taisho class suit of armor

  • because we've trained with it for over a year, in the heat, rain and snow.

  • Making it allot like a suit of armor a samurai would had worn

  • after a long march into battle.

  • After all this abuse, we will see if it can still stand up to the ultimate test.

  • So the first two strike so we gonna look at is the Kabuto (helmet) and thethe body.

  • We're going to bring the sword straight down on top of the helmet . I'm not expecting it to work.

  • The helmet should absorb the blow. We are then going to move through with a good strike to the chest

  • or the DŌ. Now this could penetrate, it'll be interesting to find out.

  • Lets see what happens.

  • Well we can see the helmet took the blow exceptionally well.

  • It was dented and it was paint chipped.

  • but there's more going on than meets the eye.

  • When we turned around we see that the full force of the blow radiated to the back.

  • and was absorbed by the laminate

  • which exploded out words; exactly as it was designed to.

  • While theshowed extreme touch protection.

  • It literally got dented and scraped. The wearer in both of these strikes would

  • have known they'd been hit, but would have survived.

  • So we've seen direct blows to the helmet and the body.

  • would possibly bruised and concussed.

  • The sword is quite often very effective for cutting away the cords of the armor.

  • So we are going to attempt to cut the cords

  • to see if the Khazar drop way and then we should be attacking three targets. The shikoro.

  • Now I am expecting them to absorb the blow, but for the lacing to part and allowing it to fall away.

  • We are then going to come through with a strike to the most solid part, the Sode or shoulder guard.

  • Followed by attack to the plates themselves.

  • Will the cord hold or will the armor bend or will the sword penetrate ?

  • The sword cut through the cords with ease. Although it may take several cuts for the armor to fall away.

  • Both the shikoro and kuzari survived well.

  • Dented, some chipping and definitely the lace was cut.

  • But the samurai would had survived.

  • Now for me the weak part of the armor has always been the arm and the wrist.

  • We have quite solid armor on the forearm

  • and just chainmail on the upper arm.

  • I think we will probably be ok.

  • Possible broken arm, but not penetration.

  • But I really think the sword will cut through this chainmail.

  • Well I wasn't surprised that the strike to the lower part of the arm didn't penetrate.

  • The metal spines would had absorbed the blow.

  • But the big surprise for me was the chain mail strike.

  • Not only did hold, but the sword did not penetrate.

  • A broken arm possibly but again we would a samurai who would had survived.

  • So let's look at the face mask or "menpo" of the samurai

  • It was worn during battle to protect the cheeks.

  • The nose it detachable, because it did often become a hindrance.

  • Interestingly the longer the moustache the older and more valiant the warrior was.

  • We are now going to test it, with a good strike to the cheek.

  • And I am going to attempt to attack the throat, cut the cords; so that it falls away.

  • Giving me a perfect strike to the throat

  • The menpo took very minor damage. I am sure the warrior would of had a broken jaw.

  • The cords were very easy to cut. Exposing the throat for a secondary cut later.

  • I'm really interested in this next strike.

  • We are going to attack the padding under the shoulders.

  • Now this has lovely little hexagon patterns. But within that are small metal disks,

  • to help protect the wearer.

  • Will the sword penetrate?

  • Well the small metal disks in the padding certainly did their job.

  • The sword could not penetrate.

  • The Ryu-Jin sword certainly had a test of its own today.

  • Before we attacked the armor, we test cut against a dry bamboo mat.

  • One of the toughest things to cut cleanly.

  • And it went through like butta.

  • And after battering the armor mercilessly.

  • I fully expected it to be blunted, with lots of chips, damage and possible bending.

  • But the sword itself survived perfectly.

  • It is straight with a few minor chips which can be polished out.

  • But can it still cut?

  • Well we found out.

  • We cut again, with some dry bamboo matting and it went through with ease.

  • Ryu-Jin Swords have proven to be swords of quality.

  • The spear or yari were characterized by a straight blade

  • that could be anywhere, from several inches to more than 3 feet in length.

  • The blades where often made of the same steal the Japanese swords were forged with

  • and where very durrable.

  • The yari is perfect for thrusting and slashing

  • and slamming enemy samurai to the ground.

  • All samurai would be expected to train regularly no matter what rank they were.

  • How will the Iron Mountain armor stand up to the thrusts, slashes and strikes of a yari spear?

  • The yari was the primary weapon of the samurai on foot and also on horse.

  • We're gonna to look at two classic strikes.

  • Yoko shabaki or "temple strike"

  • Followed by a thrust to the body.

  • And this spear is designed to penetrate.

  • Let's see what happens.

  • The yoko shabaki strikes proved to be ineffective against the armor,

  • even though it had already been struck hard by the sword.

  • While the thrusts didn't actually penetrate, they showed it is very easy to knock a warrior down.

  • There was some severe denting and two of the seams had burst.

  • But theis still fully wearable and functional.

  • The Iron Mountain Armory crafts their armor traditionally using laminated plating.

  • Each plate its design to flex and absorb the impact.

  • It's versatile, it's flexible, it's repairable.

  • The Yumi bow is exceptionally tall.

  • Standing over two meters in height and unique in design and use.

  • Able to be shot from horseback, from foot, from low ground positions, the Yumi was a great

  • long distance weapon. But needed years of skill to master.

  • The arrows are longer than their Western counterparts and could be fitted with a wide range of

  • arrowheads to devastating effect.

  • Japanese armor had to be able to resist the arrows from penetrating the body.

  • How will the Iron Mountain Armor fare against the Yumi bow and arrow?

  • Now the Japanese Yumi bow is unique in all of the world

  • perfect shooting from horseback and from low on foot.

  • At Muso Shugyo Ryu we practice battle field archery.

  • And I've shot many targets but this is the first time I've shot into armor.

  • The arrow definitely did not penetrate.

  • But it was purely a target arrow.

  • I can't help but wonder what an arrowhead would actually do this armor.

  • And I've decided to find out next.

  • What a difference a arrow head makes.

  • I must admit on a glass-fiber arrow it did throw the aim off slightly to the left.

  • But we had penetration.

  • From 35 feet, we saw it went in about a 1/4 of an inch.

  • Not killing the samurai

  • From 25 feet, we managed to get a penetration of about a 1/2 of an inch.

  • But once we moved closer to 15 feet, it penetrated a lot deeper.

  • But as you can see, the samurai would of had a nick

  • and not a kill.

  • Because, it would need to go through at least three inches to finish him off.

  • Once again the samurai has survived.

  • But one thing with me, the armor has survived so well so far.

  • I'd like to give it one more test.

  • The tanto was often worn with armor and used very in close and personal

  • Lets see what it does to Japanese armor.

  • Well we certainly bent the tanto.

  • But the armor is absolutely fine.

  • Once again the samurai has survived.

  • Iron Mountain Armory, samurai armor for the modern warrior.

  • As you can see the samurai armor crafted by the Iron Mountain armory,

  • holds up to the test.

  • Everything that we put the armor through, through grappling, fighting,

  • sparring, climbing trees, scaling mountains, it stood up to the test.

  • It held its own and still the armor works as designed to.

  • Its versatile, its flexible, it's repairable.

  • The Iron Mountain armory and Ryu-Jin swords are crafted traditionally.

  • They are the most authentic, economical armor and sword on the market today.

  • Of all the questions we are ever asked the most common;

  • "Is it really wearable?"

  • "Can you move in it?"

  • "Is it comfortable?"

  • "Is it strong enough for martial arts training?"

  • Don't just take our word for it. You've seen it for yourself.

  • The answer is yes.

  • Iron Mountain Armory, Traditional Armor for the Modern Warrior.

  • Iron Mountain Armory Traditional Armor for the Modern Warrior.

Japan was a country that has spent most of its history at war.

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武士鎧甲的終極考驗--鐵山軍械庫。 (The Ultimate Test of Samurai Armor - Iron Mountain Armory)

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