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Every sword style is different and you should always ask your instructor what length blade you should use.  We can recommend a range of sword lengths for your height.


Height Avg Length Range Avg Length Range
6' 6" 31" 30" to 32" 2.6 Shaku 2.5 to 2.7 Shaku
6' 5" 30" 29" to 32" 2.55 Shaku 2.45 to 2.7 Shaku
6' 4" 30" 29" to 32" 2.55 Shaku 2.45 to 2.65 Shaku
6' 3" 30" 29" to 31" 2.5 Shaku 2.4 to 2.6 Shaku
6' 2" 29" 28" to 31" 2.45 Shaku 2.35 to 2.6 Shaku
6' 1" 29" 28" to 30" 2.45 Shaku 2.35 to 2.55 Shaku
6' 0" 28" 27" to 30" 2.4 Shaku 2.3 to 2.5 Shaku
5' 11" 28" 27" to 30" 2.35 Shaku 2.25 to 2.5 Shaku
5' 10" 28" 27" to 29" 2.35 Shaku 2.25 to 2.45 Shaku
5' 9" 27" 26" to 29" 2.3 Shaku 2.2 to 2.4 Shaku
5' 8" 27" 26" to 28" 2.25 Shaku 2.15 to 2.35 Shaku
5' 7" 26" 26" to 28" 2.25 Shaku 2.15 to 2.35 Shaku
5' 6" 26" 25" to 27" 2.2 Shaku 2.1 to 2.3 Shaku
5' 5" 26" 25" to 27" 2.15 Shaku 2.1 to 2.25 Shaku
5' 4" 25" 24" to 27" 2.15 Shaku 2.05 to 2.25 Shaku
5' 3" 25" 24" to 26" 2.1 Shaku 2 to 2.2 Shaku
5' 2" 24" 24" to 26" 2.05 Shaku 2 to 2.15 Shaku
5' 1" 24" 23" to 25" 2.05 Shaku 1.95 to 2.1 Shaku