Tag: mengane

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

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 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

What is IBB Titanium?

The IBB Titanium Mengane features an all titanium construction which uses the I.B.B Technology in which the base-ring, center vertical spine, and horizontal bars are all thicker than in a Standard All-Titanium Mengane. The greater thicknesses of the materials, and in particular, the greater cross-sectional area at the points where Read More

What is All-Titanium?

Titanium is a lightweight metal with strength comparable to steel. It’s also known for being  highly corrosion-resistant, making it an ideal material for the Mengane. The standard All-Titanium Mengane is recommended for adults engaging in regular practice, or any practitioners performing at the national team level.

What is Duralumin?

Duralumin or Duraluminum is an Aluminum-alloy, in where the main components are copper, manganese, and magnesium. It’s the lightest and least expensive of the all-metal options for Mengane. Duraluminum is mostly recommended for children and lighter Kenshi, or for those who engage only occasional Kendo practice. The light weight makes it comfortable to Read More