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Fade Friday – Samurai Jeans SO510XX (2 years, 1 wash)

Fade Friday – Samurai Jeans SO510XX (2 years, 1 wash)

Before. Image via Rakuten.

Fade Friday – Samurai Jeans SO510XX (2 years, 1 wash)


In the movie Yojimbo, Toshiro Mifune plays an itinerant ronin who manipulates two rival gangs against each other to bring peace to a small town. One of the gangs discovers his plan, though, and beats him so badly that he has to be carried around in a basket for the rest of the movie. And even in that state, the more beat up looking samurai would be the jeans you see above.

Reader Daniel Jackson put his Samurai SO510xx to the test for two years, wearing them while biking, working on art projects, and manual labor all over the world. the 19oz. heavyweight denim could barely keep up to the task, requiring around a dozen repairs from his local Chinese tailor.

The patina, the fades, and the destruction, however, are ultimately things of beauty. Great work, Daniel. Like Yojimbo, may your jeans live on for another two dozen spinoffs.


  • Name: Samurai SO510xx
  • Fabric: 100% cotton unsanforized Japanese selvedge denim
  • Weight: 19oz.
  • Fit: Straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Iron buttons
    • Samurai pocket arcs
    • Custom kanji rivets
  • Available for $215 at Rakuten

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