What is Hachi gane of Samurai Armor?
The term "Hachigane" refers to a piece of armor that covers the front half of the head, omitting the back half of the helmet bowl (Hachi). It is made by joining several iron plates with a metal fitting called "Tetsu Byou" and leather, or by stretching a single iron plate. There are various methods of construction, including those made with leather armor (Kawa Odoshi) and chain links (Kusari Tsunagi). Although it is simple in design without decoration, it had sufficient functionality and defensive power. Like a helmet (Kabuto), it may also have an eyebrow shield (Mabisashi) that covers the forehead, a turn-back (Fukigaeshi) facing the front, and a Tsuno Moto (base for the Kuwagata).
See more terms related to samurai armor in this samurai armor glossary