Be the best shinobi of the hidden leaf village with our Naruto Headband
Naruto is one of the most iconic masterpiece of the Japanese animation universe. This manga is born in 1997. At the beginning, Naruto is based on two one-shot manga by Kishimoto. Those one-shot was named “Karakuri”.
In this manga, we are following the story of the young Naruto Uzumaki, orphan and ninja apprentice in the Hidden Leaf Village, also named Konoha. Naruto is a problem youth and dunce, when he is not sleeping at school, he graffitied the statues of the hogakes which are engraved in the Hokage-iwa, which is the mountain at the frontier of Konoha where every Hokage is engraved.
During the Naruto’s adventure, we are following his whole life, from his youngest age, until his adulthood. During the manga, Naruto met a lot of people, starting from Kakashi, who is his coach and friend to the whole team 7. In the team 7, there is Kakashi sensei, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno. Sasuke is the rival of Naruto.
The complicated shinobi’s world of Naruto
There are many shinobis in the whole Naruto universe. Firstly, there is the whole Uchiha clan. In this clan, we can find some very famous character like Sasuke Uchiha, Itachi Uchiha and Madara Uchiha which are members of the famous Akatsuki in Naruto Shippuden, the following of Naruto. In the Akatsuki, we can find other famous character like Deidara, Hidan, Juzo, Kisame Hoshigake, Kakuzu, Konan, Nagato, Orochimaru, Sasori, Tobi, White Zetsu and Black Zetsu. This group existed outside from the usual system of hidden village. It was rule by Yahiko, Nagato, Obito and Shin. This shinobi group was also rule by a man named “Pain”, which is the Yahiko’s body controled by Nagato.
The geography of the world of Naruto
Pain is the “big bad guy” of Naruto Shippuden. He is one of the leader of the hidden rain village. In the story of Naruto, Pain is a doll controlled by Nagato. This doll is the Nagato’s body which was one of his best friend. Before Naruto’s birth, Jiraiya sensei was the teacher of Nagato, Konan and Yahiko. During the second shinobi World War, the three sannin (Jiraiya, Tsunade and Orochimaru) teach them ninjutsu. Those three kids was from Amegakure which is also named the Hidden village of the rain. This village is different from any other village like Konoha (Hidden village of the leaf) or Sunagakure (the hidden village of the sand) because it has no kage. There is no one to rule the village like one of the others villages.
Who are the 5 Kage
There is at least 5 kage spread in the whole Naruto’s world. It means that there is one kage per country. Those country are the country of wind where the main village is the hidden village of sand (Sunagakure), the country of earth where the main village is the hidden village of rock (Iwagakure), the country of fire, where the main village is the hidden village of the leaf (Konoha), the country of lightning where the main village is the hidden village of cloud (Kumogakure), the country of water where the main village is the village of mist (Kirigakure). There is two others country that are a bit different that those 5 big ones. Those country are the country of rice (sound) and the country of rain.
The country of Fire
The country of fire is the most known country in Naruto. The main village of this country is the well known Konoha village. In the hidden leaf village, there is a kage named Hokage. In the story of Naruto, there is 4 hokage on the famous Hokage rock. Those kage are known as Hashirama Senju, Tobirama Senju, Hiruzen Sarutobi and Minato Namikaze. Later in the history, Tsunade, Kakashi Hatake and Naruto Uzumaki will be engraved in this rock.
The hidden leaf village is full of awesome shinobi. In this village, we can count at least 4 clans. The most known is the Uchiha clan, where there are famous characters like Itachi Uchiha, Sasuke Uchiha, Madara Uchiha, Obito Uchiha and many others. The second one but not the least is the Hyuga clan. In this clan, there is Neji Hyuga which is one of the strongest apprentice of the shinobi school. There is also Hinata Hyuga, which is his cousin and Naruto’s girlfriend and wife in Boruto. The third clan is the Uzumaki’s one. Most of this clan has disappeared due to the second war. This clan was ruled by Minato, who is the father of Naruto Uzumaki. The last clan is the Nara clan. This clan is one of the less known in the manga. It is the clan of Shikamaru Nara. In this clan, people control shadow to rule the body of their enemy. Anyone who is touch by the shadow of a member of the Nara clan is dead if the fighter know of to use his strength.
In the Konohagaru village, there is a bunch of teams of shinobi. Some of them are well known in the anime and the manga. At the beginning of the anime, Naruto is in the team 7, also named “Team Kakashi”. In this team, there are 3 people and 1 trainer. The leader of this team is Kakashi Hatake and sometime Yamato, which is one of the strongest member of the Anzu and one of the strongest shinobi of Konoha. The 3 members of the team Kakashi are Sakura Haruno, Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha. This team has a lot of friends in other team, for example, there is Shikamaru Nara which is a member of the team 10. The team 10 is also named “Team Asuma”. This team is trained by Asuma Sarutobi, which is the son of Hiruzen Sarutobi, the third hokage of the Konoha village. There are 3 members in the team Asuma : Choji Akimichi, Shikamaru Nara and Ino Yamanaka. Ino Yamanaka is the rival of Sakura Haruno. Both of them are in love with Sasuke Uchiha.
The country of Wind
The country of Wind appeared pretty early in the manga. There is some famous character who are from the country of wind. One of the most famous shinobi of this country is Gaara. Gaara is one of the strongest shinobi during the Chunin exam. Like Naruto, he is a jinchuriki. Gaara is from the hidden village of the sand (Suna’s village). He became the fifth kazekage of the country of wind during the Shippuden part of the story. Gaara is a member of the Three Sand Siblings team, which include two other shinobi and a trainer. The leader of this team is Baki, one of the strongest shinobi of the hidden village of the sand and one of the biggest Gaara’s supporter during his childhood. The two others members of this team are Kankuro and Temari who are the sister and the brother of Gaara. Kankuro is a strong puppeteer of the Naruto’s universe instead of Tamari who is a strong Ninjutsu’s user. She concentrates her chakra in her huge fan.
During the history of Naruto, the hidden village of the sand and the hidden village of the leaf became very close. Gaara and Naruto are both very friend and are struggling together against the Akatsuki during the third shinobi war.
Every shinobi has a Naruto headband
In the anime, every shinobi has his own headband. The shinobi headband is a key part of the manga. There are many headbands in Naruto. Some characters have their own headband, any village have their headband and every shinobi who is from a village has a headband.
How is designed a shinobi headband ?
As we said earlier, there is many shinobi headband. One per village exactly. But, some shinobis have their own design. For example, every member of the Akatsuki have a different headband.
The common hidden village headband
A ninja headband is made from two materials. The first one is a metal alloy, the second one is fabric. The fabric have to be very high quality to avoid any tear during a fight. Some ninja’s headband took a lot of damages from kunai, shuriken, ninjutsu skills etc.
The metal alloy is molded to be a rectangular metal plate shaped to fit the head of the shinobi perfectly to be comfortable. The rectangular metal plate is riveted to the fabric to be durable and avoid any falling.
Every ninja’s headband are build the same. The only difference is the symbol engraved on the metal plate. In the most case, the symbol on every headband is the emblem of the village. For example, the Naruto’s headband is the Konoha’s symbol engraved on this metal plate. Every shinobis from Konoha has the same headband.
In the Suna’s village, the logo of the hidden village is an “i”. This emblem is engraved on their headband to show to everyone that they are strong and scary.
A ninja’s headband has a strong meaning, taking the headband of a shinobi is taking his life. This is why some criminals are taking the headband of ninjas they kill.
Some ninja’s headband are different
In the manga, there are some ninjas that have different headband. Firstly, there is Jiraiya, which is one of the most powerful ninja in the history of Konoha. His headband in different in many points. Firstly, the fabric on his headband is not black or blue, it is red. Secondly, the metal plate on this famous ninja’s headband is not flat and rectangular. Thirdly, there is no Konoha’s emblem on his headband.
The kanji on the Ero Sennin headband is “油” or “Abura”. This kanji means “Oil”. It is a direct reference to his ninjutsu.
In Boruto, some shinobis have a different color on their headband. For example, the Sasori’s headband (the daughter of Sakura and Sasuke) is red instead of black.
The Akatsuki Headband
As we said before, every member of the Akatsuki have a different headband. To join the Akatsuki, a member have to scratch the logo of his hidden village on his headband. This is why every member of the red cloud have a “normal” headband with a deep scratch on their village’s icon.
This scratch on the icon has a strong meaning. The people who join the Akatsuki has no come back. They are “banned” from their village by themselves. Some shinobi’s came back from the Akatsuki like Sasuke or Orochimaru (who founded his own country and village after the war) due to their help to Konoha during the fight against Nagato, Obito Uchiha and Madara Uchiha. Sasuke became one of the strongest shinobi in the history of Naruto thanks to his Susanoo and his impressive skills.
At the beginning of Boruto, we see the Naruto’s son with a scratch headband. It is probably the Sasuke’s headband from when he joined the Akatsuki before the third shinobi’s war.
Build your own custom Naruto headband
If you want to build your own custom Naruto Headband, you should start from a base. It will be very hard to build a Naruto headband from scratch. You can probably do it if you are an adept of the DIY.
To build your custom Naruto Headband from the beginning, you should start by buying some fabric made from high quality polyester or nylon. Others materials will look bad or not be durable at all. Polyester is a very durable material, but it can be a bit fragile if you stretch it too much. Nylon will be a bit more expensive, but it will be 10 times stronger than polyester and will give a better “natural effect”.
To build the metal plate, you should try to do it with a 3d printer. It won't be metal, but you can print any symbol you want on your headband without engraving or anything else which can be dangerous. To make it smooth, you can use some acetone steam then paint it with some metallic gray spray can, then put a mat clear coat to make it looks like real metal.
Personalised your Naruto headband with a blanked Naruto Headband
If you don’t want to build your Naruto Headband from scratch, you should buy a blanked Naruto headband to draw on it.
Metal Naruto Headband for more realism.
To build the most realistic Naruto Headband, you will need a blank metal Naruto Headband. You will need to safely engrave the symbol you want by yourself. If you are a kid, don’t do it without help, or you can injure yourself.
To do it, we recommend you to print a symbol on a paper sheet, to copy it on a tracing paper to draw it on the metal plate before anything. This will help you to engrave the most accurate symbol you want. To engrave it, you will need some powered tool like a Dremel which is a powerful milling machine. You can use any other milling machine you own, or do it by hand, but it will be way longer and probably less accurate.
If you are equipped with some DIY machine, you can also use a controlled numerical machine. It will be way faster and way more accurate than any other option. But, if you are not, this kind of machine is very expensive (sometime, thousands of dollars.)
How big is a Naruto Headband ?
It depends, some Naruto headband are bigger than others. For example, Jiraiya’s headband is larger than other due to the metal plate that is bigger.
Most of the time, Naruto headband are 95x12 cm (37.5x5 inch).