The Black Label Pro Kote are a masterpiece of kendo craftsmanship, offering unmatched durability and a bespoke fit. They encapsulate the dedication to protection and comfort that the discerning practitioner expects from top-tier armor.

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The Black Label Pro Kote are meticulously created in our Nara workshop, ensuring each pair is a unique blend of traditional skill and contemporary needs. The '1-bu, 5-rin' hand-stitched futon, crafted with #8000 grade cotton and natural aizome dye, offers a rich texture and enhanced durability. The use of Fujioka deer leather results in gloves that are not just protective but also exceptionally comfortable and quick to shape to the practitioner's hands. These Kote represent the highest standard of Shogun Kendogu's range, providing the kendo-ka with a level of artisanal quality that's apparent in every strike and counterattack.


✔ Shipping is included in the list price.

✔ Option to increase/decrease volume of deer hair and padding in each glove

✔ This item comes with our industry-first 'Wear & Tear' Warranty. 

Buying Custom Items 

As a bespoke creation, the Black Label Pro Kote provides a level of fit and comfort unrivaled by similarly priced off-the-shelf items. Constructed from scratch for each customer, please anticipate a lead time of 6 months from payment to dispatch. Due to the customised nature of this kendogu, precise body measurements are essential. For guidance on how to measure yourself for this custom-made item, please follow our detailed instructions. To the best of your ability, please upload one document (i.e. PDF) with all measurement photos attached. We recommend that you seek the help of others when measuring and taking photos. If the craftsmen are unsure about the place/position of the measurements, we will double check with you before commencing with the build (you don't buy custom gear everyday, so we do everything we can to be thorough with sizes and measurements!)

Purpose The Black Label Pro is our flagship hand-stitched, 1.5bu bogu set made from #8000 grade aizome cotton and all natural koshi futon throughout.
Stitch Width (futon) 1.5bu hand-stitched
Cotton Grade #8,000 grade
Cut/Shape "Kazutaka Cut"
Dye Natural aizome (made in Saitama, Japan)
Filling (fist) New Zealand deer hair
Fist Material Fujioka smoked deer leather from New Zealand
Produced Hand made in Japan
Tenouchi Four options available
Trim Fujioka smoked deer leather from New Zealand

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Black Label Pro Kote

  • Product Code: black-label-pro-kote
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $1,000.00

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