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 'Keishi 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
Keishi Ryu Shoto - Red/White Oak
Made in Japan (Kyushu)
Flat Spine | Flat Butt | Small Kissaki
Red Oak or White Oak available
The Keishi Ryu Shoto is fabricated from high quality Japanese red or white oak. It is made in the workshops of Horinouchi and Nidome in Miyakonojo, two of the last four traditional workshops for wooden weapons in Japan. The Keishi style was created in the late 19th century for the Japanese police. Described bluntly, this Shoto is a heavier version of a classic Shoto and hence, suited for most practitioners wanting a heavy Shoto with an original touch for training and research.
The Keishi Ryu Shoto's increased weight comes from the added thickness, but apart from that, its shape and curvature are similar to that of a standard shape Shoto. It is a good alternative to the standard Shoto for Aikidoka, looking for a Shoto for Suburi practice.
- Choice of wood species: red oak, white oak.
- Available finish: Urethane varnish or camellia oil polish.
- Manufacturing workshop: Horinouchi, Nidome
Keishi Ryu Bokken (long) also available.
Non varnished - Oil polish option:
All our high-end weapons are available either varnished with urethane or polished with camellia oil although they are much more pleasant to the touch when finished with the latter.
Unvarnished weapons are more ecologically-friendly, but they require 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. If out of stock or made to order, the shipping time can take up to 6 weeks in case of shortage. Please note that the oil finish process can darken the wood significantly.
Keishi Ryu Shoto Specifications Wood Akagashi
Weight 320 ~ 360 g 340 ~ 380 g Full length 51.5 cm Blade length 12 cm Tsuka length 39.5 cm Tsuka diameter 38 x 28 mm Mine Hiramine (flat spine) Tsuka shape Taira (flat butt) Kissaki Shokissaki (small Kissaki) Sori Standard curvature
*Due to the hand-made manufacturing, color and weight may vary slightly from one weapon to another.
About Keishi Ryu:
Keishi Ryu is not strictly speaking a school of Kenjutsu, it is a style of practice invented in the late 19th century for the training of the Japanese police. This style of sword practice included ten Kenjustu Kata, five Iaijutsu Kata, and sixteen Jujutsu Kata. The Iai and Jujutsu kata were gradually forgotten and the focus shifted toward the Kenjutsu Kata wich are still widely practiced, especially by the many high level Kendo instructors present in the Japanese police.