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Japanese swords, equipment, custom knives and more. Our focus is supporting students of the sword and providing high quality functional swords and a full line of accessories. If you study iaido, battodo, kenjutsu, or any other form of Japanese swordsmanship - this is the place for you.
Tetsubo and Suburito Design Guide
If you want the biggest / baddest Tetsubo, go with the 2 3/8” size. At full length it will be really heavy and difficult to maneuver, but it is awesome. The 1 7/8” size is very controllable but still has some heft. It is about 1/4 of the weight of the full sized version. The 2 1/8” size is between the two, and retains some of the heft of the full sized version.
The overall length can be from 8 to 60 inches. For single hand use we suggest keeping it under 24”. Full sized tetsubo over 48 inches long are very unwieldy. The length is going to determine the price.
Tapered (With or without knob)
Ribbed with knob
Straight (With or without knob)
Straight Oblong (With or without knob)
Tapered with knob and ribbed with knob both have tapered handles with an end knob. The basic profile is the same, but the ribbed version has rounded segments that increase in length farther down the handle. These tapered profiles have the handle diameter increase by 20% along its length. All the other profiles remain the same for the whole handle. All handle styles transition to the main body with a tapered section. The oblong handles have an oblong profile that are taller than wide, similar to sword handles. The oblong shape is the best for a suburito. Oblong handles with knobs have oblong shaped knob ends.
Handle diameter is specified as a percentage of the overall body diameter. This is done because the larger heavier tetsubo need larger handles to compensate for the increased weight. Too small of a handle will break too easily.
Tapered handle diameters are measured in the center of the handle and change -10% to +10% along their length and resist breaking the best. Oblong handles are 10% taller in height and are 10% thinner than the given handle diameter. The Handle size options are:
XXL - 80% of diameter
XL - 75% of diameter
L - 70% of diameter
M -65% of diameter
S -60% of diameter
XXL - 50% total length
XL - 45% total length
L - 40% total length
M - 35% total length
S - 30% total length
XS - 25% total length
The following table shows the actual handle length for different selections:
We offer a full line of training equipment and services. We are a one stop shop for your training and collecting needs. We offer training, sharpening, and repair in addition to a full line of iaito and shinken. Buy from a company that can do more than just ship you a sword.
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When one sword is just not enough - Nihonzashi
5980 66th Street North, Suite M, St Petersburg, FL 33709
Monday — Friday
11:00am to 5:00pm