Akihiro had to keep on smiling at Sachiko's reaction. He did not say anything at first, allowing her space to think and make her comments, up until the point where she hesitantly pushed the box back towards him. Despite her actions the young Sparrow could see she really did like the gauntlets. Her eyes had widened in a way he had never seen before upon seeing the engravings and Akihiro felt that, just for a little bit there, he was able to see a Sachiko no one had ever had the opportunity to see before.
Frankly speaking, Akihiro himself had been surprised at the engravings. He had seen the item's descriptions and functionality, but those didn't really do justice to the item's craftsmanship. Since Akihiro hadn't had the opportunity to actually see and touch the item, he was glad to see it was everything he expected it to be and more. That being said, there were a few properties promised about it which he had wanted to test, and this was why he didn't try to stop Sachiko from pushing the box towards him. He shrugged a bit as the box stopped in front of him.
"Sure, it's true I didn't have to do this." He commented, lightly touching the side of the box with his right hand. "But life isn't just about what we have to do, it's also about what we want to do. And I wanted to do this. Besides, what is money compared to art?" He picked up on of the gauntlets and carefully examined it from up close. The engravings really were beautifully done.
"Don't worry about me, I have protection enough. I'm afraid neither gauntlets nor any kind of armor will prevent 'someone like me' from crumbling if I'm careless enough to take hits." His eyes and gaze would then shift from the gauntlet to meet Sachiko's. "For someone like you, on the other hand...these are perfect. You see, there are two reasons why you should take this gift."
Akihiro would hold the gauntlet in front of him and exame it again. "The first is that, if my contacts are still trustworthy, these are made of a special kind of ivory that repels element chakra." Akihiro would then attempt to make Wind Release chakra flow through the gauntlet. This proved to be an impossible task, and the chakra would just be expelled from his hand and dissipate without even the slightest hint of flowing through the gauntlet.
"Huh, it seems they were right." Akihiro looked slightly surprised as his gaze turned towards Sachiko. He expected the ivory to isolate elements to a point, but not *this* efficiently. "It really can't be done. So for someone like me, this is useless since I'd never be able to cast Ninjutsu with these on. For someone of your particular talents, however... this is a great way to prevent damage from nasty elemental taijutsu styles." He'd grin. Of course Akihiro had already taken this into consideration before, but he took a bit of pride in explaining it and going over it again in his head.
"The second and most important reason..." he would go on, as he picked up the second gauntlet and now held both. "...is that I'm afraid you're right. Ninjutsu isn't overrated. It is, in fact, very dangerous and relying on a "First Strike" strategy to prevent opponents from casting their techniques isn't safe. It worked so far, but a day will come when you won't be fast enough. When someone will be faster. Don't feel bad, that day comes for all of us." Akihiro didn't want her to feel like he was criticizing her. But the fact was that her strategy was risky at best, and fighting Ninjutsu with Taijutsu only was, as she put it, "very hard".
"The trick is to be prepared for that day. And these items are of enough quality to sustain preventive measures." The gauntlets would shine brightly for a brief amount of time, a few seconds at most. Then they would go back to their natural colour and brightness, and Akihiro placed the gauntlets back in the box, softly pushing it back towards Sachiko.
"C'mon, try them on. See if you can figure out what I mean by 'preventive measures'... " Akihiro had a devious smile upon his face. As if he knew something no one else did. And, well, he did know what enchantment he had just placed upon the item.
Enchanted Ivory Gauntlets
Name: Susanoo's Shield
Price: 50,000 Ryo
Description: This enchantment can be applied on any item. Upon touching the item, a chakra barrier will be created around it (if the user wills it). This barrier has S-rank durability and can extend up to 10 meters around the user. The user can extend or retract the barrier at will, at C-rank speed. Up to five barriers can be created at a time, each one taking a usage from the count. The barriers are spheres and can be dispelled at any time by touching the object and willing it.
Charges: 30 usages