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 5980 66th St N Suite M
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We have a selection of both steel and aluminum alloy iaito to meet your training needs.  We try to provide our customers with high quality equipment at the lowest possible price.  All our iaito have bohi to produce the proper sounding hasuji.  The only iaito suitable for light tameshigiri is the Meijin.  The others are not designed for impacting any type of target.  Check out our Bokken and Shinai usable for blocking drills.  We have iaito repair services to keep your sword in top shape and offer a special 1/2 price repair service for iaito you buy from us.

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  • CAS Hanwei Clasic Steel Iaito

    These are not your fragile stainless steel wall hangers.  They are tempered durable blades that will hold up to heavy practice.  The Meijin Iaito is included here, but it is really a folded steel katana that is hard to describe as anything but a live blade. 

    Nami Iaito Get Item Details Get Item Price

    Nami Iaito

    Our Nami Iaito are a breakthrough in design and functionality. Made of a special stainless steel, they are much more durable than aluminum alloy Iaito. Steel has the "feel" of a live blade and is not prone to distort when making a practice cutting stroke. These very affordable practice swords are the ideal training tools for safely practicing the ancient art of Iaido.

    Tsuru (Crane) Iaito Get Item Details Get Item Price

    Meijin Folded Steel Iaito Get Item Details Get Item Price

    The Meijin katana is classified by CAS/Hanwei as an iaito. While not designed for sword-on-sword contact or actual test cutting, we do not consider this to be a practice sword. The blade is forged-folded T10 high-carbon steel with grooves (bo-hi) on both sides of the blade, which allows for a lighter blade and audible feedback when swung. The blade is differentially tempered using a traditional claying method and has a beautiful grain pattern (hada) with visible layers. The tsuka is wrapped in genuine ray skin (same) and the tsuka-ito is premium black Japanese cotton. The black iron square tsuba, fuchi, & kashira are done in a "Turbulent Ocean" motif. The habaki is a one-piece brass construction. The saya is done in a beautiful black matte striped finish going the whole length of the scabbard and the sageo is black cotton. The Meijin Iaito represents the pinnacle of production quality for Iaito swords.

     

    New CAS Iberia Forged Iaito

    CAS Hanwei is changing their Iaito line.  The current models are still available but will be phased out in the next year.  They will be producing iaito based on the fitting and style of their standard sword models.   You may recognize the model names but there will be some key difference.  The handle length and blade geometry on many of the models will be updated - moving them closer to standard Japanese models. 

    Practical Forged Iaito Get Item Details Get Item Price

    The Practical Katana have always been at the forefront of providing economical yet functional swords to the martial arts community. The Practical Iaito has an un-edged training blade forged from stainless steel. The tempered blades are not only maintenance-free but more importantly provide the correct weight and balance needed for the rigors of repetitive drawing and sword motion practice. Each blade has a deeply cut groove (bo-hi) to provide audible feedback when swung properly.

     

    Practical Plus Forged Iaito Get Item Details Get Item Price

    The Practical Plus Iaito provides a very economical practice sword as dependable as the Practical Katana, but using more traditional fittings and construction methods. The Practical Plus Iaito has an un-edged training blade forged from stainless steel. The tempered blades are not only maintenance-free but more importantly provide the correct weight and balance needed for the rigors of repetitive drawing and sword motion practice. Each blade has a deeply cut groove (bo-hi) to provide audible feedback when swung properly. The Practical Plus features genuine Same (Rayskin) on the Tsuka, with a tightly-woven cotton wrap (Tsuka-Ito). The long tang is double-pegged for security. The fittings of the Practical Plus are decorated in a Japanese Dogwood motif with dragon menuki, and the handsome Tsuba is of an iron "sunburst" design with a brass habaki.

     

    Musashi Forged IaitoGet Item Details Get Item Price

    Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the most famous sword master in Japanese history, fought more than 60 duels before retiring and writing his famous treatise on swordplay, the "Book of Five Rings". Development of the two-sword style of swordplay, with the Daito (long sword) and Wakizashi being used together, is credited to Musashi. Mounted in black, the Musashi is faithful to the original down to the famous double-ring iron tsubas. The tsuka-ito is in leather over ray skin. The Shinto Iaito has an un-edged training blade forged from stainless steel. The tempered blades are not only maintenance-free but more importantly provide the correct weight and balance needed for the rigors of repetitive drawing and sword motion practice. Each blade has a deeply cut groove (bo-hi) to provide audible feedback when swung properly.

     

    Aluminum Alloy Iaito

    Aluminum alloy blades are the mainstay of Japanese Iaido.  Steel swords are restricted in Japan and very expensive.  The aluminum alloy blades are also lighter allowing you to train longer without fatigue.  You can also bring these Iaito to Japan if you train there.

    Nyumon Jidai Koshirae Get Item Details Get Item Price

    Good no frills starter Iaito.  Nice balance and solid construction.  The Nyumon Jidai Koshirae iaito has a reinforced zinc/aluminum alloy blade.  The tsuka has shark skin inlays and black cotton tsuka-ito.  The saya has a Kuroishime black matte finish.

     

    Senshi Iaito Get Item Details Get Item Price

    We get the Senshi Iaito directly from Hataya Sensei's shop in Machida Japan.  These aluminum alloy iaito have simple higo style fittings that are easy on the hands.  The tsuka has ray skin panels and is a bit longer than the Nyumon with a higher grade black cotton ito wrap.  The saya has a high gloss black lacquer finish.

    Senshi Iaito

    Katsumushi Yamashiro Get Item Details Get Item Price

    The Katsumushi Koshirae Yamashiro has a sand-cast zinc/aluminum alloy blade.  The brass dragonfly theme Fuchi/Kashira matches the iron dragonfly theme tsuba.  The them continues with the brass dragonfly theme Menuki.  The tsuka has black cotton tsuka ito and genuine same (rayskin) inlay.  The saya has a brown matte chaishime finish. 

     

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    We do not sell weapons to anyone under the age of 18 without permission and consent of a parent or legal guardian. These are real weapons and not toys. They are very sharp and should always be treated with care. They are not prop weapons and are not designed to be used for theatrical duels. They are not designed to cut down trees, cut through cinder blocks, stab through cars, or any other torture test. Be careful to never put yourself or anyone else in danger.

    Nihonzashi LLC, its employees, and associated companies are not responsible for any injury, damage or loss incurred by use or miss-use of any merchandise sold on this site. It is the purchasers responsibility to comply to local, state and federal laws and/or statutes. Purchase of merchandise implies agreement and compliance to the above.

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