The DOTANUKI KOSHIRAE Iaito is produced to match the swords made by the Dotanuki school of sword smiths, favored by famous Edo Daimyou - Kato Kiyomasa.
Kato Kiyomasa was the master of Kumamoto Castle, and was famed, and feared, for both his skill and brutality in battle. He favoured the heavy Dotanuki style swords, as it was said they could cleave an enemy in two with a single stroke.
Both Kato Kiyomasa, and the Dotanuki style are important aspects of Japanese Samurai culture. Makes for a beautiful display piece, as well as a dignified practice sword.
Choice of Tsuba available:
Made using a Zinc/Aluminium Alloy blade, this sword is compliant with Japanese laws relating to imitation swords. Steel swords, with the exception of genuine Japanese made, registered Shinken, are not allowed to be brought to Japan for training purposes. As this sword is made using modern Zinc/Aluminium alloy, it is NOT affected by this restriction and can be brought to and from Japan freely.
Made to order in JAPAN - Usually ships in 3-4 weeks.
Important : Kendo Bogu Japan's Iaito and Japanese swords are designed for non-contact, solo practice only.Please do not use them for cutting or paired exercises. Doing so may both damage the blade and/or cause serious injury. THIS SWORD CANNOT BE SHARPENED. Kendo Bogu Japan accepts NO RESPONSIBILITY for any damage and/or injuries caused through misuse of this product.
Please be advised that ownership of Japanese swords is restricted by the governments of some countries and/or regions. Please be sure that your purchase complies with the laws of the delivery destination, and that you have relevant permission to own and/or import an IaitoBEFORE placing your order. Any swords returned to us due to failure to comply with local regulations, laws or for otherwise similar reasons will be refunded MINUS all imposed shipping costs, plus a restocking fee of 60% of the Iaito's total purchase price.
ATTENTION UK CUSTOMERS: To buy a sword in the UK you will need to provide Kendo Bogu Japan with copies of documents including proof of identity, address and membership of a bona fide martial arts group.
Recommended Tsuka and Blade Lengths
Please be advised that this chart is for guidance only. Please consult your instructor for further advice.
Terms and Conditions of Swords and other cutting edge weapons
1 Certain of our products are not available for sale to anyone under the age of 18. We may ask you to provide proof of your age. We reserve the right to withdraw acceptance of your order without providing you with a reason and without liability on our part. 2 Further, the sale of swords with a curved blade of more than 50cm in length is banned in the UK under The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Amendment) Order 2008 ("the Order"). Under certain circumstances a defence may be raised. Therefore, you warrant, undertake and represent to us that pursuant to the Order you are: 2.1 currently registered as a member of a bona fide martial arts club within the United Kingdom; 2.2 you will use any product falling within the scope of the Order only for a permitted activity; 2.3 to the best of your knowledge, the martial arts club to which you belong has relevant public liability insurance cover in place pursuant to the Order; 7.3 You give your permission for us to carry out all checks we, in our sole discretion, deem necessary in order for us to comply with the Order and any other applicable law and for third parties to provide such information and/or documents as we request for such purpose; 7.4 A non-refundable deposit of 10% of the value of each order will be taken in every case where we, in our sole discretion, deem verification checks are necessary. 7.5 You will indemnify us for any liability arising from the performance, non-performance, or breach of this agreement, or from use of any information or materials supplied by you under this agreement including, but not limited to breach of clause 7.2.