Dave Thatcher Samurai Armour

I was born in London in 1965. During the 80’s my family relocated to the city of Milton Keynes. In the 2000’s after getting married with children I moved to Towcester, near the Silverstone Grand Prix Racetrack where I work from my studio and workshops located next to my house.

I’ve always been fascinated by the samurai warriors of japan. This interest has taken brought a wonderful journey where through the martial arts I have been able to gain a valuable insight to the warriors mindset. Since the age of eight I begun studying the budo Japanese arts of Jiu-Jitsu, Jodo, Kendo, Iai-do and Ken-Jitsu. As a young man I would train every evening and weekend. Over the years I have been able to learn from many renowned masters, some of which who have taken me under their wing as personal student, to whom I am gratefully indebted. I have won UK National and European championships in the sword arts and have been a member of the British squad for Iaido and Jiu-Jitsu. For me, I feel that the study of budo is very close to the art of restoration in terms of personal discipline and concentration. I also believe that there is honour in repairing armours that once were owned by warriors, and that it brings good kama.

I am also a avid collector of japanese arms and armour. My favourite armours are from the sengoku jidai, the age of war.  I prefer the basic robust armours used through the Muromachi and Momoyama period to the arty armours of the edo period. Function over flamboyance is my choice. 

Working as a restorer I have been able to handle thousands of items of armour, from the high ranking daimyo grades to the lowly ashigaru foot soldiers.

Life is good, and i’m living the dream.


David Thatcher
A sunny afternoon in katchuland. 2017


Please feel free to contact me by phone or email. Callers in person to the studio by appointment only.

Towcester, Northants, UK

Mobile: 07971-955214
Landline: 01327-323042
Email: davet@yoroishi.co.uk