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Hokushin Itto Ryu Shoto - Red/White Oak
Made in Japan (Kyushu)
Flat Spine | Rounded Butt | Long Kissaki
Red Oak or White Oak available
This Shoto is made from a single piece of oak (red or white) and carved on the southern islands of Kyushu (Japan). As the short version of the Hokushin Itto Ryu Bokken, this Shoto is significantly thicker and heavier and slightly longer than a standard Shoto. It is mainly for Hokushin Itto Ryu practitioners, but also makes an excellent heavy Shoto for Kenjutsu and Kendo practice.
- Choice of wood species: red oak, white oak.
- Available finish: Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish.
- Manufacturing workshop: Horinouchi for all models.
We also offer the standard length Bokken version of this model, the Hokushin Itto Ryu Bokken.
In 2021, with concerns for the workers, all workshops greatly reduced the number of urethane varnished weapons and replaced the finish by a "Candle Wax". Seido is now transitioning to a new finish offer for the majority of its weapons.
Standard Finish: At Seido, we complete the workshop finish with Camelia oil treatment by default. This is the standard Seido finish.
We do not apply any additional polishing for this finish, so some weapons might have a slightly rough surface.
For maintenance, we recommend that you oil your weapons about once a month with a vegetal based oil.
Seido Special Finish: For this special Finish, we first apply a Camelia oil polish (oiling and sanding the weapons with oiled sand paper), then we finish the weapon with high quality beeswax. This finish makes the wood as smooth as it can be and guarantee an excellent protection for several months.
For maintenance, we recommend at least to oil your weapons every month or so. You can also apply wax a few hours after oiling your weapons (if some oil remains on the wood, remove it with a piece of cloth or tissue).
Hokushin Itto Ryu Shoto Specifications Wood Akagashi (Red Oak) Shirakashi (White Oak) Weight ~ 380 g ~ 400 g Full length 54.5 cm Blade length 41 cm Tsuka length 13 cm Tsuka diameter 38 x 28 mm Mine Hiramine (flat spine) Tsuka shape Hanmaru (Rounded butt) Kissaki Short Kissaki
*Due to the hand-made manufacturing, color and weight may vary from one weapon to another.
About Hokushin Itto Ryu School:
The original Itto Ryu, founded by Ito Ittosai Kagehisa in the later 16th century, has today disappeared but its techniques and legacy are still alive in many styles such as the Ono-Ha Itto Ryu, Mizoguchi Ha Itto Ryu, Hokushin Itto Ryu and many more.
The Hokushin Itto Ryu was founded in the late Edo period, around 1820 by Chiba Shusaku, one of the last Kensei. As sister school of the Ono Ha Itto Ryu, Hokushin Itto Ryu focuses on dueling and is well known for its emphasis on very fast Tsuki techniques. It is also one of the last Koryu in which all Kumitachi must be practiced with a Shinken (real sword) in order to become a Shihan. Despite its relative youth at the time, Hokushin Itto Ryu was one of the three major Kenjutsu schools at the end of the Meiji period and was practiced by numerous famous historical figures such as Sakamoto Ryoma, Yamanami Keisuke, Ito Kashitaro, Mochida Moriji (one of the most amazing Kendoka of the 20 century!) as well as many key figures who developed modern Kendo. The Hokushin Itto Ryu is very likely one of the main base of modern Kendo, especially its "Gekiken" training (sort of ancient form of Kendo that consists of training with a Shinai and armors.)
One must recognize that Hokushin Itto Ryu is one of the very few schools acknowledging modernity and their well designed international website and Youtube channel would probably honor the reformer Sakamoto Ryoma.
You will also find some demonstrations on our Youtube channel: Hokushin Itto Ryu Kenjutsu - 40th All Japan Kobudo Demonstration (2017).