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Ming imperial guard brigandine armor or khatangu degel




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Ming imperial guard brigandine armor or khatangu degel

Size ( waist circumference):
XS - waist 63-69 cm (25-27 in.)
Default options
  • Shell fabric for brigandine  wool, 85-100%
  • Material of metal plates  cold-rolled steel - 1.0 mm (18 ga)
  • Fastenings leather straps with steel nickel-plated buckles
  • Color of leather fastening black
  • Rivets finding rivets
  • Design of the bottom edge standard
  • Manufacturing time standard manufacturing time 4 months
  • Fast Shipping  Absent
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Custom made

This item is a custom-made, which means that our crafters use individual body measurements of a client for manufacture. Such type of manufacturing provides with a perfect fit of an item.

Shell fabric for brigandine
Material of metal plates
Color of leather fastening
Size ( waist circumference)
Personal emblem
Design of the bottom edge
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This light brigandine armor was wide spread through Ming and later - Qing cavalry and infantry. Lightweight and flexible, it offers a good protection against indirect spear jabs and bladed attacks. It consisted of rectangular plates of metal, riveted under the fabric layers.

Custom medieval plates’ armor is made-to-measure item. That means that our artisans use individual body parameters and personal regards (picture) of client to handcraft such body protection: 


Such brigandine type appeared in the VIIIth century as parade armour for the Chinese Emperor's guards. A thick cloth robe was reinforced with overlapping iron plates. Interestingly, it did not come into wide use until the XIIIth century, when it became widespread in the newborn Mongol Empire under the name of khatangu degel -"robe which is as strong as iron".

Same brigantine vest purported to be owned by a Yuan-period Tibetan Prince of Bailang.


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You can choose the cover material and color, decoration colors, add figured rivets, fastens... in other words - customize the brigantine to your liking. Just contact us and indicate your wishes in the letter.

Base price includes following: 

  • Fabric – wool
  • Color – black; 
  • Steel – 1 mm high quality steel plates
  • Do-it-Yourself – no; 
  • Size – XS;  
  • Fastenings – leather straps with steel nickel – plated bucles; 
  • Color of leater fastenings – black
  • Decoration – no
  • Rivets – finding
  • Decoration of the bottom edge – no  

Main picture shows brigandine with options:

If you wish, not a basic, but a custom version of the brigantine, look closer to the model in the photo. Brigandine's cover is made of the best royal blue wool and edged with a wide strip of emerald green wool, edged with thin stripes of golden yellow. Along the hem brigandine decorated with colored flags – all details of the color decoration can be discussed. This custom version is fastened with fabulously beautiful decorative hooks, but for the combat version we recommend our standard durable leather ties.

  • Fabric – wool
  • Color – royal blue; 
  • Steel – 1.5mm high quality steel plates
  • Do-it-Yourself – no; 
  • Size – L;  
  • Fastenings – medieval decorated fasteners – hooks; 
  • Decoration – edged with a wide strip of emerald green wool + with thin stripes of golden yellow
  • Rivets – steel nails 
  • Decoration of the bottom edge – multicolored flags  

We also recommend you to take a look at the brutal combat version of Khatangu degel by Steel Mastery - Khatangu degel of the Golden Horde warrior, XIV-XV century


If you don’t like the received product for any reason, you may send it back to us within 14 days. If the received item has defects or does not fit your parameters, we will make a new item and send it to you at our costs. If postal service lost your parcel, we make a search of it. If parcel could not be found, we make new item at our expenses.


We ship orders via National Postal Service, who carries order to your local post office. Upon shipping, we provide you with tracking number of parcel. If you need express delivery (DHL, TNT, etc.), please contact us.


Every product is handcrafted and requires time for manufacture. Approximate time:

  • Gambeson and padded armor – 8-9 weeks;
  • Costumes and other clothing – 4-6 weeks;
  • Brigandines – 3-4 months;
  • Leather accessories 2-4 weeks;
  • Metal armor – 2-5 months.

Please contact us if you would like to know more precise terms.

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Leroy Jean-Baptiste
J’ai commandé cette armure afin d’avoir une réplique d’armure chinoise protectrice et avec peu d’entretien. Ce modèle est inspiré d’une peinture de la dynastie Ming et optimiser pour avoir une bonne protection et un poids raisonnable. Au final 12kg d’armure (acier de 1 mm) pour une protection qui va jusqu’au genoux. En terme de mobilité elle est parfaite et permet tous mouvements utiles (roulade faisable sans aucunes gènes). I ordered this armor to have a protective and low-maintenance Chinese armor replica. This model is inspired by a painting from the Ming Dynasty and optimized for good protection and a reasonable weight. So it weight 12kg (1mm steel) for a protection that goes up to the knees. In terms of mobility it is perfect and allows all useful movements (i can roll with no problems).
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