Due to the closing of the Horinouchi workshop in September 2019, the remaining 3 workshops are under heavy stress, as they never experienced before. Therefore, we are currently not able to guarantee the displayed shipping date estimation for this product and variations in both direction (shipping earlier than announced or slight delays) are to be expected.
Product Information & Size Chart
Katori Shinto Ryu Sugino Style Naginata - 7 or 7.5 Shaku
Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
Available Woods: Red Oak or White Oak (7 Shaku only)
Length: 7 or 7.5 Shaku (212.1 cm or 227.2 cm)
Finish: urethane varnish or oil polishing
This Katori Shinto Ryu Naginata is made in Kyushu at the Matsuzaki workshop from a single piece of red or white oak. This is now the model used at the Sugino Dojo. In comparison to a standard Naginata, the shaft is slightly thicker and the blade part is significantly wider.
This model differs from the 250 cm version used at the Shinbukan Dojo (Otake line).
We offer this model in 2 versions. The standard 7.5 Shaku, and a shorter 7 Shaku version sometimes used by women. The reason we offer the 7 Shaku length, which isn't the official length, is that it is much more affordable than the 7.5 Shaku model.
In addition to the difficulties in sourcing wood planks long enough for a 7.5 Shaku weapons, Japanese carriers (that transport the Naginata from the workshop to our logistic center) charge very expensive fees for packages over 220 cm in length. Similar fees are also charge by UPS and FedEx, which explains the price of the 7.5 Shaku model. For the same reasons, the 7.5 Shaku model is only offered in red oak.
Please note that because the Naginata does not fit in our engraving machine, this model cannot be engraved.
- Choice of wood species: red oak or white oak (7 Shaku only)
- Available finish: Urethane varnish or oil polishing
- Manufacturing workshop: Matsuzaki workshop
- Production time: the production time may vary depending on wood availability. It is usually 4 to 6 weeks, but can go up to 10 weeks in rare cases for the 7.5 shaku model.
- This NAGINATA CAN ONLY BE SHIPPED THROUGH UPS/FEDEX (Includes North America and Western Europe). Please consult the "Shipping & Delivery Information" page to check if the Naginata can be shipped to your country. All orders placed with a delivery address in any other country will be automatically cancelled.
Non varnished - Oil polish option
All our high-end are available either varnished with urethane or polished with camellia oil although they are much more pleasant to the touch as well as use with the latter.
Unvarnished weapons are more ecologically-friendly, but they requires regular (monthly) maintenance with oil (camellia or wood maintenance oil) and they can only be made from the finest woods of Japanese quality. Given the need for maintenance of these weapons, our stocks are limited. Also, since the craftsmen must select the best wood possible to manufacture these weapons, the processing time is longer than for varnished weapons. Please note that the oil finish process can darken the wood significantly.
Katori Shinto Ryu Sugino Dojo Naginata Specifications Model Short length (7 Shaku) Standard (7.5 Shaku) Full Length 212.1 cm 227.2 cm Blade Length 60 cm 60 cm Blade Width 4.5 cm 4.5 cm Tsuka Diameter 26 mm x 32 mm 26 mm x 32 mm Weight Red Oak: 1000 g ~ 1100 g
White Oak: 1100 g ~ 1200 g
Red Oak: 1100 g ~ 1200 g
White Oak: 1200 g ~ 1300 g
* Weapons are all handmade, therefore 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 martial art schools of 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 most of the traditional schools, does not only include the techniques with the sword (Kenjutsu and Iaijutsu), but also numerous techniques with other weapons, such as Naginata, the spear (Sojutsu) and Shuriken, as well as techniques without weapons (Jujutsu). The teachings of Katori Shinto differ significantly from other schools by focusing on the training of technical strategies and military logistics. In this particular school, the Soke currently holds a mere representative role.
Two main currents are officially recognized by the Soke. What is called the "main line", taught at the Shinbukan Dojo, under the technical direction of Kyoso Shigetoshi Shihan, and another current called Sugino Dojo or Sugino Ha. The latter was impulsed by Sugino Yoshio, well known for his incredible life, which led him through Judo, Iaido, Kenjutsu, Naginata Jutsu and Aikido, as well as a function of choreographer for several films in the movie industry (and notably "The Seven Samurai" by Kurosawa).
Katori Shinto Ryu was made popular in Europe due to certain dissident forms of practice included in the Yoseikan Budo (Minoru Mochizuki) and in the Aikibudo (Alain Floquet) but the official currents are quite well represented outside Japan as well.