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Although, it can rightly be said that each aspect of the Kendo Bogu have a direct effect on the comfort and performance of all Kendoka, it is the Kote in particular that play the biggest role in how we manipulate the Shinai, and excecute techniques. It is a common misunderstanding that, when purchasing a pair of Kote, a correct fit ensures the pair to be both comfortable, and easy to use. However, this is actually not the case.
Of course – a perfect fit is essential. However, it is wrong to say that a good fit equals ease of use. It is indeed possible that a perfectly fitting Kote is difficult to use due to an inefficient design. Therefore, it is imperative that not only do we have a pair of Kote that are made to our exact measurements, but are also made to an optimum design.
For the first time ever, our craftsmen have opened the doors of the Kendogu Workshop of Japan Co.,Ltd. - the makers of the MUGEN brand - to allow Kendoka from around the world to build the Kote of their dreams, whilst directly benefiting from our craftsmens' top-level expertise. These beautiful Kote are made exactly to the user's designs, and specifications. Your new set of the ultimate All Japan Pitch® Kote will looks breathtaking, and be a complete pleasure to use.
(Left >Right) Masahi Goto - Company Master Craftsman
Takahiko Kawabe - Chief Craftsmsan and Company President
Norio Kai - Head of Japanese Craftsmanship Activities
MADE TO ORDER IN MIYAZAKI, JAPAN
IMPORTANT – PLEASE BE AWARE THAT EACH SET OF 'ALL JAPAN PITCH®' - Fully Custom Kote ARE MADE INDIVIDUALLY, FROM SCRATCH, FOR EACH ORDER. NO CORNERS ARE CUT IN PRODUCTION OF THE MUGEN SERIES, AND WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON THE QUALITY THAT WE OFFER. THIS QUALITY REQUIRES TIME. PRODUCTION IS DEPENDANT ON THE WORKLOAD OF OUR CRAFTSMEN, AND THE AVAILABILITY OF THE REQUIRED MATERIALS, HOWEVER, IN GENERAL, PRODUCTION IS CURRENTLY ESTIMATED AT 10 to 12 WEEKS.
* NB: Although we are perfectly able to craft almost any size, please note that we might have to ask you for extra fees and extra crafting time if your measurements are out of the Japanese standards, since it will require extra materials, special designs and extra work for our craftsmen.
Posted by Michael on Jul 3rd 2019
The 2nd pair I've ordered from AJB, they hold up great for several years. The fit is perfect, the long wrist joint is comfortable, flexible, yet still protective. If you order a smoked deerskin palm, you get great fit, grip, and a nice smoked scent.
Posted by Paul Gattone on Jun 15th 2017
When I ordered the kote I assumed they would take a long time to be produced but took hardly any time at all. The workmanship is amazing and they fit perfectly. I could not be happier with this product.