The Horinouchi workshop closed permanently in September 2019 (see the detailed article on our blog). Solutions are being implemented and we are confident about the possibility of offering this product again soon. Therefore, orders for 'Kasumi Shinto Ryu Shoto - Classic Woods' are temporarily suspended until we transfer the technology to the other workshops. Note that it is possible that the cost of this product increase significantly, depending on how new artisans will implement its manufacturing process.
Product Information & Size Chart
Kasumi Shinto Ryu Shoto - Red/White Oak
Made in Japan (Kyushu)
Chevroned Spine | Flat Butt | Long Kissaki
Red Oak, White Oak
This Kasumi Shinto Ryu Shoto is made from a single piece of either red or white oak and manufactured in the southern islands of Kyushu (Japan). The overall shape is similar to a standard Shoto, but the Kasumi Shinto Ryu Bokken exists in 2 different variations, the thin and the thick model. It is said that the thick model is used by men and the thin model by women, however, it is more likely a matter of overall body shape than gender.
The Kasumi Shinto Ryu Shoto is used in the Muso Shinto Ryu, best known for its Jodo curriculum, for the sword against Jo training. This part of the curriculum contains of 8 forms with the long sword (Bokken) and 4 with the short sword (Shoto).
The Bokken (long sword) version is also available on SeidoShop: Kasumi Shinto Ryu Bokken.
Choice of wood species: red oak, white oak
- Available finish: Urethane varnish or camellia oil polish.
- Manufacturing workshop: Horinouchi
Non varnished - Oil polish option:
All our high-end weapons are available either varnished with urethane or polished with camellia oil. The latter is more pleasant to the touch and these unvarnished weapons are also more ecologically-friendly, but they require regular (monthly) maintenance with oil (camellia or wood maintenance oil). Further, they can only be made from the finest timber of Japanese quality. Given the need for maintenance, our stocks are limited. Also, since the craftsmen must select the best wood possible to manufacture these Bokken and Jo, the processing time is longer than for varnished weapons. Please note that the oil polish can darken the wood significantly.
Kasumi Shinto Ryu Shoto Specifications Wood Akagashi
Weight Thin: 250 ~ 270 g
Thick: 270 ~ 290 g
Thin: 270 ~ 290 g
Thick: 290 ~ 310 g
Full length 58 cm Blade length 43 cm Tsuka length 15 cm Tsuka diameter Thin: 34 x 22 mm
Thick: 36 x 24 mm
Mine Kenmine (chevroned spine) Tsuka shape Taira (flat butt) Kissaki Long kissaki
*Due to the hand-made manufacturing, color and weight may vary from one weapon to another
About Shinto Muso Ryu and its Kasumi Shinto Ryu curriculum:
The Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo (or Jojutsu) is mainly a Jodo school that focuses on Jo versus sword techniques. It was founded in the early 1600' by Muso Gonosuke Katsuyoshi, a very famous swordsman who studied both, Katori Shinto Ryu and Kashima Shinto Ryu to develop his art.
According to legends, his Jojutsu techniques came to use for the first time in a duel against Miyamoto Musashi. Gonnosuke apparently lost this first duel against Musashi, which pushed him to retire and think of a way to defeat Musashi. This is how he came up with Jo techniques to counter Musashi's famous Jujidome (blocking by crossing his 2 swords). Legends aside, there is no proof that a first, and even less a second duel ever took place, but Muasahi's importance in the Shinto Ryu's old texts attest that Gonosuke was very likely inspired by Musashi when he created his Jojutsu techniques.
Before Jojutsu, Gonosuke was a master in many arts, including Kenjutsu, Naginata, Yari (spear) and more. Most of the original curriculum is still present in the school and the Kenjutsu part is called "Kasumi Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu" or just "Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu" (The term "Kasumi" has only recently been discovered and is not common in certain branches. We have chosen to use it for this Bokken's title to clearly distinct the 2 Bokken model used in this school).
Note: Both terms "Shinto" and "Shindo" can be used interchangeably, they both are correct and mean the same, it is just a different pronunciation of the same Japanese character.
- Choice of wood species: red oak, white oak