- Original Japanese-made "Mine" Pitch-zashi Kendo-gu -
Two decades have passed since the introduction of the immensely popular
machine stitched kendo-gu, "Mine”, in 1996.
It was a revolutionary event in the history of kendo as it was, and still
is, widely acclaimed as being superior to hand-stitched equipment.
Being fully manufactured in Japan, the "Mine" brand is custom
made at Mitsuboshi Direct. When "Mine" was first introduced,
was made between shiai and keiko versions. "Mine" was perfect
for any occasion. The more it is used, the better it becomes, which is
why it retains such a dedicated base of fans.
A main characteristic of "Mine" is that its first kendo-gu to
ever be produced with the innovative
stitching called Pitch-zashi. This is a special style of machine stitching
developed by Mitsuboshi in 1996.
It supersedes the hand-stitch method of production in that the futon is
softer and more comfortable,
but completely resilient to even the hardest blows. It was lauded as revolutionary
when it first appeared
on the market, and its popularity has not waned. "Mine" has stood
the test of time.
The thread in the Pitch-zashi is kept longer than usual which prevents
the futon becoming compressed
as it is passed through the machine. This results in a highly absorbent
cushion that easily withstands
the rigors of training while affording maximum comfort and protection.
It enables the kendo-gu to mold
itself to the body shape of the user, thereby reducing discomfort and resulting
fatigue. It makes ideal
movement in kendo a walk in the park.
The futon used in the kote was designed to be practical. As the main target
area, the padding on the
right kote is slightly thicker than the left. Mitsuboshi's Pitch-zashi
offers the utmost protection as it
absorbs the blunt force of the strikes like no other kote.
It is often said in kendo that the abdominal region (tanden) is where your
power is generated.
The Pitch-zashi tare supports the waist, and augments fast and agile movement
from the core.
"Mine" was not influenced by trends, costing, or keeping things
light. It was made to work, to be
the best fit and protection for the wearer, and be the best Japanese-made
Two decades later and Mitsuboshi's "Mine" is still loved by successive
generations of kendoka. This is testament to its superiority.
Being the most durable and reliable kendo-gu on the market, "Mine"
will be your lifelong friend in your pursuit of kendo. Every memorable
match and moving experience you have in your kendo career, "Mine"
will be a big part of the equation. There is nothing else like it.