- Samurai Jeans Original 25oz. Unsanforized Selvedge Denim
- 100% Cotton
- Wide Straight Silhouette
- Samurai Jeans Original metal hardware (Rivets and Buttons)
- 5 Iron "Matsunoki" button fly with Samurai Jeans embossing
- Fifth coin pocket selvedge detail featuring Samurai arcuate stitching
- Red and Gold Lamé Selvedge ID
- Samurai Jeans Custom "Benkei the Blue Demon" pocket bags
- Samurai Jeans Original "Benkei" leather patch
- Samurai Jeans Original white painted back pocket stitching
- Samurai Jeans Original Rayon tag
Musashibo Benkei or "Benkei" was a historically revered warrior monk who lived and died at the end of the Heian period in Japan. At the age of seventeen, Benkei was already an imposing 2 meters tall and possessed near superhuman strength. In his earlier days, Benkei joined a Buddhist monastery but due to his sheer recklessness and as a result of constantly being in trouble with his superiors, he eventually quit and ended up venturing into the woods in search of solitude. Following his departure, Benkei joined a band of bandit warrior monks known as Yamabushi.Members donned a black cap as a sign of group recognition and artwork of Benkei often depict him donning this small piece of headwear.
After establishing a small one-man monastery in the nearby mountains, Benkei would roam the streets of Kyoto and on the Gojo bridge challenge passing Samurai to duels every night in a personal quest to deprive them of their swords. Eventually amassing 999 swords, Benkei was on a mission to obtain his final 1000th sword. One fateful night, Benkei came across a small and frail looking Samurai, Minamoto no Yoshitsune who was wearing a gilded sword on his waist. Immediately challenging Yoshitsune, the duel was more than unequal but the outcome was unexpected. After an epic clash of swords, Yoshitsune emerged the victor and Benkei vowed eternal loyalty to him as a result.
Through victory and defeat, betrayals and feuds the two remained the closest of allies until the bitter end when they were encircled by the enemy at the castle of Takadachi. In the final battle, Benkei was pierced by a hail of arrows but was said to have remained upright and protecting his master even after he had been killed.
*Model is pictured wearing a size 30. He weighs 75kg (165 pounds) and is 183cm (6’00”) tall.
**Please note that this is an unsanforized pair of denim, and will shrink up to 10% with the first soak, and will then stretch out with wear. Learn more about Unsanforized denim through our Raw Denim Care Guide, and also through this infographic! All measurements are based on the way we measure, according to our Fit Guide.