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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: Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish.
- Manufacturing workshop: Horinouchi
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).
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