The TOPPEI KOSHIRAE is based on the style of sword that became popular during the late Tokugawa Shogunate - known as the Bakumatsu.
Soldiers began to receive training from French military instructors, who taught close order drill, artillery and the military science of Europe. At this time, the military uniform became westernized, and due to the lack of an Obi, swords were carried in a leather frog, or loop attached to the gun belt. For this reason, the Saya was fitted with a large, pointed O-jiri, which allowed them to be easily worn in this way. As this was the final development of the Japanese sword, before its widespread use disappeared under the Meiji restoration, the Toppei Koshirae represents the final transition from Katana to Gun-Tou (military sword). For this reason, the Tsuka is wrapped using the 'Ikkan Maki' style, which was popular for military use since the Tensho era.
The Toppei Koshirae gets its name from the O-jiri's resemblance to a conical type helmet, called Toppei Kabuto, but as it was often worn with western style clothing, it was often also reffered to as Zubon (trousers) Koshirae.
Perfect for all levels of Iaidoka, this beautiful sword is also perfect for those looking for a distinctive, yet historical display piece.
Choice of Tsuba available:
Made using a lightweight 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.