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Classic & Koryu Shoto

About Our Shoto

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

The wooden weapons proposed by Seido are manufactured by one of the last four traditional workshop in the south of Japan, in the region of Miyakonojo (Kyushu), Horinouchi, Nidome, Matsuzaki 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 up to 5-6 weeks. Please refer to the detailed information on each product page.

All Shoto can be engraved directly in our facilities in a few days, engraving services are available directly on all Shoto products.
Finally, most of our weapons can be ordered either painted (urethane) or unvarnished. Unvarnished weapons require more maintenance but their touch is without comparison. Unvarnished weapons are significantly more expensive because of the more extensive polishing and treatment with camellia oil.

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  • Standard Shoto - Classic Woods
    • Standard Shoto - Classic Woods
    • Standard Shoto - Classic Woods
    • Standard Shoto - Classic Woods

    Standard Shoto - Classic Woods

    ¥2,800 ~ ¥4,200

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Red Oak, White Oak or Isu no Ki
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Small Kissaki
    Urethane varnished only
    Recommended for beginner
    NEW
    In stock: shipped within 2 business days
  • Deluxe Shoto - Classic Woods
    • Deluxe Shoto - Classic Woods
    • Deluxe Shoto - Classic Woods
    • Deluxe Shoto - Classic Woods

    Deluxe Shoto - Classic Woods

    ¥3,200 ~ ¥5,000

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Red Oak, White Oak or Isu no Ki
    Chevroned Spine | Rounded butt | Long Kissaki
    Urethane varnished or oil polishing
    NEW
    In stock: shipped within 2 business days
  • Deluxe Shoto - Exotic Woods
    • Deluxe Shoto - Exotic Woods
    • Deluxe Shoto - Exotic Woods
    • Deluxe Shoto - Exotic Woods

    Deluxe Shoto - Exotic Woods

    ¥10,500 ~ ¥15,500

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Sunuke or Tsubaki (Camellia japonica)
    Chevroned Spine | Rounded butt | Long Kissaki
    Urethane varnished or oil polishing
    NEW
    In stock: shipped within 2 business days
  • Lightweight Shoto - Buna / Kiri
    • Lightweight Shoto - Buna / Kiri
    • Lightweight Shoto - Buna / Kiri
    • Lightweight Shoto - Buna / Kiri

    Lightweight Shoto - Buna / Kiri

    ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,300

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Buna (Fagus crenata) or Kiri (Paulownia)
    Chevroned Spine | Rounded butt | Long Kissaki
    Urethane varnished or oil polishing
    NEW
    In stock: shipped within 2 business days
  • Katori Shinto Ryu Shoto - Classic Woods
    • Katori Shinto Ryu Shoto - Classic Woods
    • Katori Shinto Ryu Shoto - Classic Woods
    • Katori Shinto Ryu Shoto - Classic Woods

    Katori Shinto Ryu Shoto - Classic Woods

    ¥3,200 ~ ¥7,900

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Thick & semi heavy, straight short sword
    Red, white Oak or Isu no Ki
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Bevelled Kissaki
    Urethane varnished or oil polishing
    NEW
    In stock: shipped within 2 business days
  • Niten Ichi Ryu Shoto - Classic Woods
    • Niten Ichi Ryu Shoto - Classic Woods
    • Niten Ichi Ryu Shoto - Classic Woods
    • Niten Ichi Ryu Shoto - Classic Woods

    Niten Ichi Ryu Shoto - Classic Woods

    ¥2,800 ~ ¥7,400

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Thin & Light weight, straight Bokken
    Red, white Oak or Isu no Ki
    Rounded Spine | Flat butt | Bevelled Kissaki
    Urethane varnished or oil polishing
    NEW
    In stock: shipped within 2 business days
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