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  • Japanese Wooden Weapons Craftsmanship, the Beginning of the End | In addition to the structural crisis affecting the industry, in 2019, the closure of one of the largest Japanese workshops, Horinouchi, then, in 2020, the covid crisis have for consequences a drastic increase in prices and production times, and mid-term, a probable disappearance of the manufacture of wooden weapons in Japan. To learn more, you can read our article detailing the situation and the measures taken to help this industry.

Classic & Koryu Shoto

Average rating: 4.8/5 - 44 customer reviews

About Our Shoto Collection

The Shoto are also called Wakizashi and mainly used in Koryu or Kendo but also in certain schools of Aikido.

Our wooden weapons are produced by one of the last traditional workshops in the south of Japan, in the region of Miyakonojo (Kyushu), Matsuzaki, Nidome, and Aramaki (learn more about the workshops on our Artisans Presentation Page). We decided to separate the different shapes of Shoto and offer them in all types of wood. Available woods are red oak (Akagashi), white oak (Shirakashi), Isu no Ki, Sunuke, Tsubaki (Camellia), Kokutan Murasaki (Purple Ebony), Shima Kokutan (Asian Ebony), Buna and Kiri. For other woods such as Hon Biwa or Hon Kokutan, or other models not offered on this page, please contact us directly for a quotation. You can refer to the page "How to Choose your Bokken/Wood" to help you make your choice. Please note that all models are not available in all wood types and rare woods can have manufacturing delays of up to 5-6 weeks. Please refer to the detailed information on each product page.

In 2021, with concerns for the workers, all workshops greatly reduced the number of urethane-varnished weapons and replaced the finish by "Candle Wax". Seido is now transitioning to a new finish offer for the majority of its weapons, which consists of either camellia oil treatment (standard finish) or camellia oil with extra polishing + bee wax finish (Seido special finish). Until all stocks for varnish weapons run out, varnish finish is still offered on some weapons.

All products displayed with the green tree icon fall under our forest preservation program. A flat amount is donated to the NGO MoreTrees for each piece ordered.

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  • Standard Shoto - Classic Woods

    ¥4,500 ~ ¥5,400

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Red Oak, White Oak
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Small Kissaki
    Camellia Oil Polish Finish
    Recommended for beginner
    In stock: ships within 2 working days

    4.5/5 - 6 customer reviews
  • Deluxe Shoto - Classic Woods

    ¥5,000 ~ ¥6,800

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Red Oak, White Oak
    Chevroned Spine | Rounded butt | Long Kissaki
    Standard Finish, Seido Special Finish.
    Best
    seller
    In stock: ships within 2 working days

    5/5 - 21 customer reviews
  • Katori Shinto Ryu Shoto [Aramaki Original] - Classic Woods

    ¥8,600 ~ ¥10,800

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Thick & semi heavy, straight short sword
    Red and white Oak
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Bevelled Kissaki
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    Aramaki Workshop Special Design
    In stock: ships within 2 working days

    5/5 - 1 customer review
  • Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Edo Branch Shoto - Classic Woods

    ¥8,100 ~ ¥9,000

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Thick & thin, lightly curved short sword
    White Oak
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Bevelled Kissaki
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    10/30/2024

    5/5 - 6 customer reviews
  • Niten Ichi Ryu Shoto - Classic Wood - White Oak

    ¥8,100 ~ ¥9,000

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Thin & Light weight, straight Bokken
    White Oak
    Rounded Spine | Flat butt | Bevelled Kissaki
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    09/24/2024

    4.7/5 - 10 customer reviews
  • Ono-Ha Itto Ryu Shoto - Classic Woods

    ¥6,800 ~ ¥8,600

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Ono-Ha Itto Ryu shape heavy & thick Shoto
    Red or white Oak
    Rounded Spine | Flat Butt | Short Kissaki
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    In stock: ships within 2 working days

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