HARAMAKI-DO (cuirass) =========== Armours of scale construction that have no hinges and open under the right arm are called haramaki do. Their comfort and ease of wear and use makes them better than the o-yoroi for serious combat. The haramaki- do opens up the back - than the side like the do maru. They were originally retainer armours, as were do maru. Now, haramaki-do means any armour style opening up the back. The do, or cuirass, is the largest and most visible part of any given armour. As such, it really sets the feel for the suit. In fact, it is the design of the do that gives an armour its name, be it a yokohagi ni-mai do gusoku ("horizontally rivetted clamshell cuirass armour") or a go-mai dangaie haramaki do gusoku ("armour with a five-sectional cuirass with two stepped, different lacing styles, opening up the back"). Slot(s): torso Size: large Protection against: cut mediocre stab mediocre bash fair other mediocre
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