Dear all, I have been away from the Katchu scene for a while, but am now back again.
I am looking for an Etchu zunari Kabuto, i.e. a zunari kabuto where the central plate over the crown is overlapping the browplate instead of being rivited under it. I have no particular preferences concerning colour and other details, but condition should be good to decent with only minor loss of lacker, etc., no relic.
Please let me know if you have anything of interest you want to part with.
He actually had three. Here's the one I chose. Very simple (not even with a tsunamoto), but to me, elegant. This one's the real deal, with a shikoro with straight-edge last lame and no fukigaeshi. I love the extra wide flaring mabezashi. Here paired with my Iwai etchu menpo.
Are there any specialised schools/armourers/workshops making nerikawa kabuto (or menpo or other items)?
Jesper - The Iwai (that Luc has already mentioned) not only specialized in this type of menpo (Etchu, with yasurime), but also were known to work with nerikawa and as assemblers of armour.
Luc - It has been said that early Iwai school menpo had fixed noses, as does mine. Mine also has a black interior which seems original. There also seems to be a difference/variance in the modelling of the cheeks amongst the examples I've seen.