Iaito Model Comparison
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The Classic Iaito Series was a breakthrough in design & functionality. Made
of a special stainless, they are more durable than iaito made of aluminum alloy.
Steel feels more like a live blade and is not prone to wobble when swung.
Through a special tempering process the CAS/Hanwei Iaito do not have the brittle
behavior often associated with stainless steel, but retain its low maintenance
rust resistant qualities. These very affordable iaito are the ideal training
tools for safely practicing.
These un-edged training blades provide for safe drawing for the beginning
practitioner of the 450 year old art of Iaido. 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 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.