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The Samurai Ring is handcrafted with the traditional technology of the Samurai era, so it will awaken your inner Samurai.
The Samurai Ring is handcrafted with the traditional technology of the Samurai era, so it will awaken your inner Samurai.
28 backers pledged $4,574 to help bring this project to life.

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A long time ago, Japanese warriors, called “Samurai,” wore armor called “Yoroi” when they engaged in battle.

Today, Yoroi is known as a beautiful, unique art form. We have transformed this legendary armor into striking jewelry.  

Every single one of my rings is handmade, hand-painted, and inspired by Samurai armor. I use the traditional materials and technology of the Samurai era. 

What is the Samurai Ring?

The Samurai Ring -  Red
The Samurai Ring - Red
The Samurai Ring - Black
The Samurai Ring - Black

The Samurai Ring consists of two parts: the mask (Menpo) and the helmet (Kabuto). It is made of sterling silver and coated in “Urushi,” a special Japanese lacquer.

The Samurai Ring - Red (Crest Edition)
The Samurai Ring - Red (Crest Edition)
The Samurai Ring - Black (Crest Edition)
The Samurai Ring - Black (Crest Edition)

The Crest Edition Samurai Ring is a limited edition. A fourteen-karat gold crest has been added to the forehead of the Kabuto on this limited edition ring.

I have designed all 360 degrees of this ring with fine detail. Therefore, you can enjoy looking at this ring whether you choose to wear it or not. 

This ring will fit your thumb or your index finger.
Sizes: 15 to 25 (US sizes) available.
Color: Red or Black 

--Kanji Name Service (ring only)--

We'll translate your name into Japanese 'Kanji' name and write it inside of your samurai ring.

(For example)
James → 侍夢(Jim) Robert → 菩武(Bob) Michael → 舞蹴  
Mary → 舞璃 Linda → 鈴打 Elizabeth → 莉子(liz) 

 

How Do I Use the Samurai Ring?

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Samurai Pin

The Samurai Pin
The Samurai Pin

Here is the Samurai Pin. You can pin it to your lapel or use it as a badge. This pin has a sterling silver base and is also coated in Urushi.

Size : 30 x 30mm
Color : Red

--Kanji Character Service--

We'll write one Kanji Symbol inside the pendant.
Please select one of the four options below. 

- 侍 Samurai
- 智 wisdom
- 仁 benevolence
- 勇 bravery

智,仁, and 勇 are the three virtues of Samurai. 

Samurai Pendant

The Samurai Pendant
The Samurai Pendant

 Channel your inner Samurai with the mask pendant. In battle, Samurai warriors wore fearsome masks to intimidate their enemies and empower themselves.

You can use this pendant as the samurais once used their masks. The pendant also has a sterling silver base with an Urushi coating.

Size: 30 mm x 30 mm (1 mm leather cord included)
Color: Red

--Kanji Character Service--

We'll write one Kanji Symbol inside the pendant.
Please select one of the four options below.

- 侍 Samurai
- 智 wisdom
- 仁 benevolence
- 勇 bravery

智,仁, and 勇 are the three virtues of Samurai.


 
Rewards
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About Urushi 

Urushi is a kind of natural lacquer that is collected from the Urushi tree. It is an ancient craft that dates back to 7000 BC, the Jomon period of Japan. It is a very rare natural material that can only be collected at a rate of one glass per tree.

It is twice as valuable as silver. It is both heat and acid-resistant. Moreover, it retains its shape for thousands of years. Ultraviolet rays are Urushi’s only weakness. Samurai armor makers used Urushi because it is weatherproof and rust-proof.

My goal

I aim to create a series of Samurai rings and accessories. If this initial project is successful, I plan to make additional variations of the Samurai ring and return to Kickstarter with a full collection. If you are intrigued by these Samurai pieces, please support the project. 

As an Urushi artisan, I want to revive Urushi culture and spread it around the world once more. I believe Urushi art is an incredibly beautiful art format, but it has gone into decline in Japan recently. Before its decline, Urushi art was known throughout the world. For example, Queen Maria Theresa of Austria collected them and even made a special room for them.  
I hope that my high quality products will reinvigorate Urushi art. That is my passion and lifetime goal.

Risks and challenges

A major risk is time, because the traditional lacquering process is very complex. Moreover, I must do the whole process by myself. Therefore, it will probably take me some time to make and finish these rings.

For this project, craftsman-ship is the key, so I have to put my heart and soul into every step. I estimate that the shipping date will be in March 2014. Please be patient until you get your rewards. I am positive that the jewelry will be worth the wait.

I plan to keep my Backers up to date with regular “Updates” if there are any delays or complications.

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    SAMURAI PIN :1 x red samurai pin. (Retail $100) ***The item will be shipped from Japan. Rewards include shipping anywhere in the world, but do not include any custom or duty***.

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    SAMURAI PENDANT :1 x red samurai pendant. 1mm leather cord included (Retail $100) ***The item will be shipped from Japan. Rewards include shipping anywhere in the world, but do not include any custom or duty***.

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    RED SAMURAI RING normal version: 1 x red samurai ring normal version SIZE:8 to 12(us size) in a special gift box. (Retail $600) ***The item will be shipped from Japan. Rewards include shipping anywhere in the world, but do not include any custom or duty***.

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    BLACK SAMURAI RING normal version: 1 x black samurai ring normal version SIZE:8 to 12(us size) in a special gift box. (Retail $600) ***The item will be shipped from Japan. Rewards include shipping anywhere in the world, but do not include any custom or duty***.

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    RED SAMURAI RING /w 14k gold crest edition: 1 x red samurai ring /w gold crest edition SIZE:8 to 12(us size) in a special gift box. (Retail $700) ***The item will be shipped from Japan. Rewards include shipping anywhere in the world, but do not include any custom or duty***.

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    BLACK SAMURAI RING /w 14k gold crest edition: 1 x black samurai ring /w gold crest edition SIZE:8 to 12(us size) in a special gift box. (Retail $700) ***The item will be shipped from Japan. Rewards include shipping anywhere in the world, but do not include any custom or duty***.

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    COMPLETE SET(normal version) : 1 x red samurai ring SIZE:8 to 12(us size) , 1 x black samurai ring SIZE:8 to 12(us size) , 1 x red samurai pin,1 x red samurai pendant. (Retail $1400) ***The item will be shipped from Japan. Rewards include shipping anywhere in the world, but do not include any custom or duty***.

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    COMPLETE SET(gold crest edition) : 1 x red samurai ring /w gold crest SIZE:8 to 12(us size) , 1 x black samurai ring /w gold crest SIZE:8 to 12(us size) , 1 x red samurai pin,1 x red samurai pendant. (Retail $1600) ***The item will be shipped from Japan. Rewards include shipping anywhere in the world, but do not include any custom or duty***.

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