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Shinto Higo Koshirae Deluxe Iaito
High-end Iaito, fully made-to-order in Japan
The Shinto Higo Koshirae Iaito is a high-end heavy model, especially designed for intermediate and advanced practitioners. The classic assembly of this model is a replica of the sword forged by Kanesada for Hosokawa Shigetaka, Samurai and leader of the Higo clan at the end of the 18th century. Designed to maximize the speed of unsheathing the sword, Hosokawa's sword was slightly shorter than usual. The rounded Kashira, a typical form of the Higo Koshirae, is made of wrought iron, just like the Fuchi and the matching Kojiri presented on the Saya. For this plain model, only a few otions are available, this to correspond as closely as possible to the Shinto Higo style. We recommend it to collectors as well as advanced Iaido practitioners looking for a Iaito designed with the best parts existing in Japan.
The deluxe Shinto Higo Koshirae is fitted with Japanese silk Tsukaito and Sageo and gold- or silver-plated Habaki and Seppa. Silk offers a better durability compared to cotton and it allows to keep the Iaito for many years before having to refurbish the Tsukaito. Although the Kanagu can be customized and the Saya comes with two additional models (optional), we recommend to stick with the most traditional Shinto Higo Koshirae assembly: Suguha Hamon, Shonai Habaki, brown Sageo and Tsukaito, Hon Chaishime Saya. Particular attention has been paid to details during the realization of this high-end model.
This Iaito is handmade in Japan at the "Minosaka" forge using 100% Japanese materials. All accessories such as Tsuba, Menuki, Saya, etc. are also produced in Japan in traditional workshops specialized in the manufacturing of accessories for Shinken (real Katana).
Blade length : 2.20 to 2.70 shaku (66.6 to 81.8 cm)
(2.70 shaku is the technical maximum for this type of blade.)
Hamon : 4 standard types and 9 special hamon (free of charge)
> Each type is declined in several variations to prevent identical models.
- Habaki : Muji, Shonai or Yujo. Gold- or silver-plated.
- Seppa : Gold- or silver-plated.
Tsuba : Copper of forged steel - 18 models to choose form.
> There are 2 lines of Tsuba: "Classic" and "Deluxe" (for the latter, additional fees are charged).
- Menuki : Brass or aluminium - 14 models to choose form.
Tsuka Length : 8 to 10 sun (22.7 to 30.2 cm)
> The extension of the Tsuka depends particularly on the size of your hands and the desired balance according to the length of the blade. This option involves additional charges.
- Tsukasame : Ray skin - White or black
- Tsuka (handle) Braiding : Hinerimaki (standard)
- Tsukaito : Japanese Silk -
- Sageo : Japanese Silk -
Saya Coating : Magnolia wood. Deluxe coating without extra charges
Technical Specifications Weight for 2.45 Shaku ~920 g without Saya | ~1,200 g with Saya Motohaba 33 mm Sakihaba 24 mm Motokasane 7 mm
- Blade length : 2.20 to 2.70 shaku (66.6 to 81.8 cm)