Japanese swords, equipment, custom knives / weapons, 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.
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This is our premier cutting sword! It has been called Kotetsu, Toshi, and the Hataya Sensei sword. By any name, it is the best cutting sword we have found. It was designed by Hataya Mitsuo Sensei and Kenpaku Yasutoshi of Sagamihara. It is a heavy cutter, but is well balanced and can be used for kata. Hataya Sensei believes that one sword should be usable for all aspects of swordsmanship and frowns on one purpose cutting swords. This sword comes with a great edge geometry and a polished surface that really performs. All kotetsu are unique and should be ordered by number.
The Kotetsu blade is hand finished in Thailand by students of Mr. Kenpaku. The tsuka, and saya are made from Japanese Honoki wood and is carved for each individual blade insuring a proper fit. The saya has a copper strip inlaid into the Ha side, between the kurigata and koiguchi. This provides protection from a bad batto cut.
The koiguchi, kurigata, and kojiri are hand crafted from water buffalo horn. The entire saya is finished in a deep traditional black lacquer. The copper habaki is plated in silver and has a decorative rain pattern. Each iron tsuba is hand fit to the sword, and varies in design from blade to blade. The fuchi / kashira are cast steel with a silver plate finish. The tsukamaki makes use of suede, leather or silk ito. The polish on the blade is an Iai polish which brings out the real hamon in each blade.
Strong and resilient, the Kotetsu is the preferred choice for many of the top ranked participants in both the US and Japan Batto-do Tai Kai's. The Kotetsu's performance has been outstanding even in the sword bending events of Dodan, Futomaki, and Yokonarabi.
Each Kotetsu has unique fittings and tsuba.
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. Check out our DIY guides useful data on maintaining or upgrading your swords. 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
Sherry & Mike Femal,
Sherry and Mike started Nihonzashi in 2006 so their students of Toyama Ryu would have a consistent supply of uniforms, swords and tatami mats. We have enjoyed growing the business to what it is today and are proud to be known worldwide for our custom products and services. Sherry and Mike created and custom make all of the gekken swords we ship around the world. Also, Mike is fulfiling his dream of expanding his custom weapons to include knives. We look forward to what the future brings and what new creations are on the horizon.
5980 66th Street North, Suite M, St Petersburg, FL 33709
Monday — Friday
10:00am to 5:00pm