Classic Steel Iaito 居合刀
These are not your fragile stainless steel wall hangers. They are
tempered durable blades that will hold up to heavy practice.
The Meijin Iaito is included here, but it
is really a folded steel katana that is hard to describe as anything but a live
blade. CAS/Hanwei uses a special tempering process so these Iaito do not
have the brittle behavior associated with stainless steel, but retain its low
maintenance rust resistant qualities. These affordable iaito are great training
tools for safely practicing the ancient art of Iaido.
UNFORTUNATELY THESE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE
(FOR REFERENCE ONLY)
The Tsuru iaito is made of a special stainless steel that is
much more durable than aluminum alloy Iaito. The un-edged blades are crafted in
400 series stainless steel with a simulated hamon and are fully tempered to
withstand repeated drawing and practice cutting strokes. Each blade features a
bo-hi (groove), which both reduces blade weight and produces an audible feedback
when practice cutting strokes are made correctly. The tsuka (handle) has black
lacquered same (ray skin) with black silk Ito (wrap). The gloss black say is
covered in same from the Koiguchi (mouth) to Kurikata (knob for sageo) and comes
with a black silk sageo (saya cord). It has silver Menuki (handle ornaments),
Habaki (blade collar), Seppa (spacers).
This katana is classified by CAS/Hanwei as an iaito. While not
designed for sword-on-sword contact or actual test cutting, we do not consider
this to be a practice sword. The blade is forged-folded T10 high-carbon steel
with grooves (bo-hi) on both sides of the blade, which allows for a lighter
blade and audible feedback when swung. The blade is differentially tempered
using a traditional claying method and has a beautiful grain pattern (hada) with
visible layers. The tsuka is wrapped in genuine ray skin (same) and the
tsuka-ito is premium black Japanese cotton. The black iron square tsuba, fuchi,
& kashira are done in a "Turbulent Ocean" motif. The habaki is a one-piece brass
construction. The saya is done in a beautiful black matte striped finish going
the whole length of the scabbard and the sageo is black cotton. The Meijin Iaito
represents the pinnacle of production quality for Iaito swords.