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Katori Shinto Ryu Daisho Set - Bokken & Shoto
Made in Japan (Kyushu)
Flat Spine | Flat butt | Bevelled Kissaki
Available in Red or White Oak
Those Katori Shinto Ryu Bokken & Shoto are made from either white or red oak, and are manufactured in the southern islands of Kyushu (Japan). With a shape slightly shorter but thicker than that of standard weapons, those models are used by practitioners of the Kenjutsu school called "Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu", but are also part of the equipment of certain teachers of Yoseikan Budo and Aikibudo.
Depending on which workshop Dojos and branches have connections with, a specific Koryu weapon is often slightly different from one workshop to another. At Seido, we consider this Matsuzaki Katori Shinto Ryu model as standard, that's why we have it in stock. Since Seido is also the main reference for Katori practitioners outside Japan, we have decided to also offer Amaraki's version.
Please note that Aramaki doesn't manufacture the Shoto as a standard weapon, only the Daito (long sword). The main difference for the Daito is that it has a slightly more stylized kissaki (tip) and it is also slightly thicker. The Aramaki version also has a slightly deeper curve (sori).
This set is offered with a 1,000 YEN discount in comparison with separate purchases.
- Wood species: red and white oak
- Available finish: Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
- Manufacturing workshop: Matsuzaki
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).
Katori Shinto Ryu Daisho Set - Specifications Dimensions Bokken Shoto Full length: 97 cm 54.5 cm Blade length: 70 cm 38 cm Tsuka length: 27 cm 16.5 cm Tsuka diameter: 36 x 26 mm 35 x 26 mm Tsukagashira: Taira (flat butt) Kissaki: Bevelled (Original Kissaki) Mine: Hiramine (flat) Weight - Ichiikashi: 520 ~ 570 g 290 ~ 310 g Weight - Shirakashi: 550 ~ 600 g 310 ~ 330 g
* Wood is a living material, color and weight vary from one weapon to another.
About Katori Shinto Ryu :
The school Katori Shinto Ryu, also called Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu, is undoubtedly one of the oldest traditional martial art schools in Japan. It was founded in the mid-15th century by Iizasa Ienao after his retirement at the Shinto Katori Jingu, a shrine dedicated to the Gods of martial arts. This school, like many other traditional schools, does not only teach sword techniques (Kenjutsu and Iaijutsu), but many other techniques with weapons, such as the Naginata, the spear (Sujutsu) or the Shuriken, as well as hand-to-hand techniques (Jujutsu). Katori Shinto's teaching differs significantly from other schools as it also includes military strategy and logistics. In this tradition, the Soke has only a representative role; the technical teaching is under Kyoso Shigetoshi Shihan's responsibility. The school was popularized in Europe due to certain dissident forms of practice included in the Yoseikan Budo (Minoru Mochizuki) and in the Aikibudo (Alain Floquet). Nevertheless, the official current is quite well represented outside Japan.