I just received this iaitô: 2,45 shaku blade and 8,5 sun tsuka.
The exact weight without saya is 815 g, and the balance point is located 16 cm after the tsuba (i.e. 1/5 of the blade length, 2/5 of total iaitô length).
Expedition came approximately 6 weeks after purchase, and the travel from Osaka to France took only two days with UPS, package tracking was updated very frequently.
The iaitô is provided with a nice protection tissue cover, and travelled inside 1 layer of bubble plastic strapped up by newsprint balls in 2 cardboard boxes: very secure.
Finally the iaitô is worth the price if you consider that you have a genuine leather tsuka wrap and a very light weight. The 100% black beauty of this iaitô is very sober and pure, but eh, that's a matter of personal feelings so I let you judge by yourself :-)
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