Katori Shinto Ryu Bokken & Shoto (Aramaki Model) [Daisho Set]

From 4 workshops in 2019, the wooden weapon industry in Japan is now reduced to one workshop at full capacity and one workshop with reduced capacity. For this reason, all orders for custom-made items have a production time of about 5 months without guarantees. We will contact you if the order is delayed, but please know that delays are now very common for those orders. Feel free to read our blog article for more information on the situation.

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  • Katori Shinto Ryu Daisho Set - Bokken & Shoto

    Made in Japan (Kyushu)
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Bevelled Kissaki
    Available in White Oak

    Those Katori Shinto Ryu Bokken & Shoto are made from a single piece of white 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, specific Koryu weapons are often slightly different from one workshop to another.
    At Seido, we considered Matsuzaki's Katori Shinto Ryu models as standard, but they are unfortunately not manufactured anymore. Since Seido is also the main reference for Katori practitioners outside Japan, we have decided to offer Aramaki's versions:

    • For both Bokken & shoto, Aramaki's models have a slightly more stylized kissaki (tip) and a slightly deeper curve (sori).
    • The main difference for the bokken is the length - Aramaki's model is 0.5 cm shorter (96.5 cm instead of 97 cm).
    • The Shoto is also slightly thicker than Matsuzaki's model.

    Weapons manufactured in Aramaki’s workshop are fully handmade - neither machine nor guide is used for the curvature. Those models are therefore significantly more expensive.

    • Wood species: white oak
    • Available finish: Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    • Manufacturing workshop: Aramaki

    We also sell the Katori Shinto Ryu Bokken (Aramaki's model) and the Katori Shinto Ryu Shoto (Aramaki's model) separately.

    Finish options:

    In 2021, with concerns for the workers, all workshops greatly reduced the number of urethane-varnished weapons and replaced the finish with 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 sandpaper), then we finish the weapon with high quality beeswax. This finish makes the wood as smooth as it can be and guarantees 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: 96.5 cm 54.5 cm
    Blade length: 69.5 cm 38 cm
    Tsuka length: 27 cm 16.5 cm
    Tsuka diameter: 38 x 26 mm 37 x 26 mm
    Tsukagashira: Taira (flat butt)
    Kissaki: Bevelled (Original Kissaki)
    Mine: Hiramine (flat)
    Weight - Shirakashi: 550 ~ 600 g ~ 320 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 (Sojutsu) 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.

  • Customer Reviews

    Based on 2 reviews
    Jose Luis S (Spain)
    Really fast delivery of beautiful set of bokken and shoto

    I ordered the set of Katori Shinto Ryu Aramaki's bokuto and kodachi in read oak. The order arrived in about 10 days.
    They are beautiful and perfectly balanced. The finish is smooth (Camelia oil finish) and the feeling when handling them is really good.
    It is the first time that I owe a japanesh bokken, and I think that, even more expensive, it is worth the difference.
    I recommend to read or watch the interviews with the different artisans that you can find is Seido's blog, they can help to take a decision.
    Definetly I will buy again in Seidoshop.

    Glenn (Australia)
    Quick Delivery

    Ordered the items on a Thursday night. They were despatched the following Monday, delivered on the Friday of the same week. So, from order to delivery 7 days. Well done!

    Now, to the initial review of the quality of the items.
    The overall dimensions and form were within spec for the style, but the density of the timber and finish were not as expected.
    I noticed that there was some very slight tear-out in the grain of the timber. This can be caused by a blunt cutting tool, or more commonly when the timber has not been sufficiently seasoned.
    Also the density and of timber increases over time with the growth of the tree. It seems to me that the bokken was made from a (relatively) young tree. I put a mark across the grain with my thumbnail, which should not have been possible.
    I have bought bokken from Japan in past years that were of a much higher quality.
    This is most likely due to the timber shortages in Japan.

    Thank you very much for your review.

    Regarding the timber density, (Ichiikashi) red oak is significantly lighter than white oak or traditional (now almost extinct) Hon Akagashi red oak, so it's normal that it feels light.

    Regarding the finish itself, we offer two finishes.
    Standard and Seido special.
    You have selected standard finish, so logically, the finish is not as good as our special high quality finish.

    Finally, your comment on the tree age and thumbnail mark is incorrect.
    The softness of the wood depends primarily on how it dried and how it is treated.
    Before its closing, Horinouchi was producing 95% of all Niten Bokken on the market, so you probably experienced one of his production. Horinouchi used to use a drying machine, making the wood harder, but also a little less resilient (which has its pros on cons, not to be discussed here), and finish weapons with a relatively thick varnish.
    Hon Akagashi was also used as standard timber back then, which is a denser and harder wood than Akagashi (Ichiikashi), as specified in our guides.
    Furthermore, our weapons are finished with camelia oil, which is less protective than varnish and requires more care, but has much less ecological impact (and preservers the health of the craftsmen).

    So if there is, undoubtedly, an issue with timber shortage in Japan, it is not the case of Ichiikashi, the most widely available wood timber for weapons, with a quality still similar to what was available in the past.

    For the rest, I would strongly recommend reading our blog articles on theses topics, as Seido is the sole and only company that shares true and honest information on the reality of the situation.

    For compliance reasons, reviews placed in French and Japanese and imported here on February 2024 do not display as 'verified'.
    When importing Japanese reviews, the impossibility to automatically determine the presence of a familly name forced us to label all Japanese reviews as 'anonymous' (Familly names in roman characters have been filtered out).

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Katori Shinto Ryu Bokken & Shoto (Aramaki Model) [Daisho Set]: ¥21,100


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