Tag: men

Do not underestimate the importance of the mengane!

The mengane (the metal faceguard on the men) has no design extravaganza, but it carries the critical task of protecting the face – obviously a fatal spot. The thick vertical piece that runs through the mengane is called the mune(棟), and the many pieces running horizontally through the to are Read More

It’s never too late to start Kendo, no matter how old you are

Kendo is not a sport, but rather Budo, so that’s why respecting the etiquette in Kendo is very important. Life is just like Kendo, a life-long pursuit of knowledge and practice. Lately, it has become very popular do “リバ剣” (Ribaken; Revival Kendo) in Japan, meaning that the parent’s decide to Read More

An image of Tozando Kendo craftsman assembling Men mask

3 points to look out for when choosing your Kendo Men

First of all, the point most people would prioritize would be to choose a Men that doesn’t hurt too much when you are hit. However, this is hard to know, so let me explain from the beginning. The Men Futon is usually stuffed with varying layers of cotton and felt, Read More

It’s only Shokko but surely Shokko

When looking at Kendo Bogu, whether it is online or in catalogs, you often see the word “Shokko” in the description of the Bogu. Shokko is part of the Kazari decoration on the Ago and on the Mune, and in general, most people thinks that it’s a name of the Read More

How safe is Tsukidare (Ago) actually against Tsuki?

Tsukidare (Ago) is a part that we pay much attention to as craftsmen, since any strike to this part comes with a lot of danger. When wearing the Men, many people tend to grab it by the Ago and wear the Men, however, it’s not good to do so, as Read More

Why is the inside of the Kendo Men’s Mengane painted red?

Red (vermilion) is a color that makes your field of view feel brighter. Japanese traditional tableware and bowls are often painted with red Urushi, the reason for this is that the red colors accents the contents of the bowl making them look brighter and more appealing. For example in clear Read More

What is Urushi?

Most people practicing Kendo knows that the Menbuchi, which is the rim of the men around the Mengane and the Do are traditionally painted using Japanese ‘Urushi’, also known as ‘Japanese wood lacquer’, however many might not know exactly what this is. Urushi is a kind of natural paint which is Read More

What is IBB Duralumin?

The IBB Duralumin Mengane uses the IBB technology for superior balance. While regular Duralumin Mengane are light weight and comfortable to wear, they tend to get damaged after some usage and are prone to deformation. However, while the IBB Duralumin Mengane is made mainly from Duralumin, it features 2 Titanium bars at Read More

What is IBB?

IBB, or Ideal Best Balance, is a special design technology that is used for making Mengane for Kendo Men. The Men is meant to protect the head of the Kendo practitioners, one of the most important parts of the human body. This is why Kendo practitioners are always  looking for a Read More