6mm Pitch Machine-Sewn Mine Kote
The 6mm Mine kote comes in 3 variations: Clarino, Orizashi or Deer leather.
The orizashi and deer leather kote are dyed with real Japanese aizome (indigo dye). This kendo equipment will age with a subtle patina, the soft blue hues of which are normally associated with hand-made armor.
Edges are sewn with a pitch tighter than 6 millimeter as the tighter stitch make the edges stiffer causing them to hold shape better. This technique is borrowed directly from the crafting of hand-stitched armor.
The padding components inside of the futon are specially selected for their protection and durability traits. The kote padding is layered with different materials to provide for protection, durability, and resistance to sweat.
The right kote has an extra layer of padding added, as strikes to this kote are prevalent. This feature can be included in the left kote for customers that regularly employ jodan-no-kamae, to give some extra protection to that exposed left hand.
The Te-no-uchi (palms) comes in two variations: Japanese deerskin palms or "Micro-punch" palms
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Hand measurement for Kote Sizing:
Please provide the following two measurements:
- A: distance from the tip of the middle finger to the wrist.
- B: circumferential distance around the fickest part of the hand
- You may also send by mail a draw of the outline of your hands. Holding the pen or pencil upright in a vertical position, rather than at an angle, will produce a much more accurate rendition of your hand.