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A Juhin-Kenzoku was a vassal family that served a Great Clan as a quartemaster or forging family. They were usually tasked with forging both weapons and armor that a daimyo gave to his followers, as well astasked with keeping track of whatever item they forged, noting its possessors and any name given to the weapon or armor. If an item changed hands, official papers should be sent to the vassal family for them to update their records.
The Juhin-Kenzoku kept a close kinship with one another, because their purpose was very similar and they all took their duty very seriously.
The following families of the Great Clans were known for primarily forging armor: 
Crab Clan Edit
Crane Clan Edit
Dragon Clan Edit
- Remiki family, originally a shugenja vassal family of the Agasha family that later served the Tamori family.
Lion Clan Edit
- Itagawa family, vassal family of the Akodo family, well-known for their mempo throughout the Empire.
Mantis Clan Edit
- Chirichi family, vassal of the Yoritomo family, best known for their heavy armour that could be removed much faster than normal, useful if a samurai falls overboard.
Phoenix Clan Edit
- Koganshi family, vassal family of the Shiba family. Their artful armour is prized throughout the Empire.
Scorpion family Edit
- Ugawa family, vassal of the Bayushi family. Its founder was a samurai-ko named Kaiu Ugawa who was married into the Scorpion as a covert punishment.
Spider Clan Edit
Unicorn Clan Edit
- Shiko family, vassal of the Ide family, best known for their horse barding. It was founded by Horiuchi Shiko after her family became defunct.
- Zeshi family, vassal of the Iuchi family, prized within the Unicorn Clan for their leatherworking, but rather unknown among the rest of the Empire.
- ↑ Book of Earth, pp. 35-36
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