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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.  We offer a blade shortening service if you want a shinken shorter than the standard lengths available. 

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