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TOZANDO SUZAKU Custom Workshop Iaito
Tozando SUZAKU Custom Workshop Iaito


 
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List Price: $800.00
Our Price: $698.20
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Product Code: 000-IT999


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Blade

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Blade Hamon


Fittings

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Suzaku Custom Iaito Sword Tsuba



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Suzaku Custom Iaito Sword Fuchi/Kashira



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Suzaku Custom Iaito Sword Menuki



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Suzaku Custom Habaki Option


Tsuka

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Suzaku Custom Iaito Sword Tsuka-maki Style



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Suzaku Custom Iaito Sword Tsuka-maki Material



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Suzaku Custom Iaito Sword Tsuka-same



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Suzaku Custom Iaito Sword Tsuka Length



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Suzaku Custom Iaito Sword Menuki Position


Saya

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Saya



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Sageo



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Kurigata


General

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Suzaku Custom Iaito Sword Cleaning Kit


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One and Only Made-in-Kyoto Iaito

Tozando’s custom made Suzaku Iaito—sword for Iaido—looks, feels, and weighs the same as a live blade (Shinken). A big feature of our Suzaku blades is that they are not made from the usual sand casting method used for producing most imitation swords. Instead, we adopted a special reinforced GT metal blade made through highly precise gravity casting.

Special Blade Exclusively for Iaido

Special reinforcement GT metal was especially developed for our blades. Not only are they balanced better than diecast blades, they are highly functional and the best quality available for Iaido. This GT metal has a superior tensile strength and elasticity compared to other alloys used for Iaito in the past. The specific gravity of GT metal is also rather light and isn’t susceptible to stress corrosion, so it can be said that it is an alloy that is most suitable for making Iaito.

Adopting the Best Method

For casting the blade we chose to use the gravity casting method, this is because the sandcasting method used by other manufacturers in the past is actually quite unreliable. When sandcasting a blade you pour the molten metal into a cast made with hardened sand, not only does the result of the sandcasting vary slightly each time due to the sand loosing it’s shape, but also as the metal takes longer to cool, it increases the chances of hidden cavities inside the blade, making it prone to producing defects.

Reason for Polishing by Hand

After the blade has been casted, each blade is meticulously hand-polished by our craftsmen. Considering the work efficiency, there might be more effective ways to rapidly polish each blade by machine, however, by polishing each blade by hand our craftsmen can bring out the most of the individual personalities and details of each blade and remove any defective products, leaving only the highest quality blades to be used for making Iaito.

No-nonsense Hi Carving

The Hi-groove that greatly affects the sound and feedback of the Iaito is also carved by hand. One of the big differences between a conventional Iaito blade and the Iaito blade for the Suzaku series is the shape of the hi-groove. Up until now all Iaito blades had a hi-groove that are tapered in both end of the groove to save time during the polishing process. However, no matter which reference book you look in you won’t find any authentic Japanese swords who has a groove with such a shape, so even though it takes more than twice the effort and time, we decided to use a more realistic Marudome Hi-groove with a Shinken Hi for our blade. Among all the available Iaito on the market today only the Suzaku series has this kind of Shinken Hi-groove by default, this might be why the Suzaku Iaito looks and feels like an authentic Japanese sword at first glance, a result of the effort put into making the blade by our craftsmen.

Proudly Made in Kyoto

In this way almost all parts of the Suzaku series Iaito are made in Kyoto, each and every part reflecting the spirit of craftsmanship that Kyoto is known for. As our craftsmen are also highly ranked Iaido practitioners, they do not only look at each sword as craftsmen, but also as Iaido practitioners, ensuring the highest quality by testing each sword before shipping them to the customer. This is why each sword has a serial number carved on the Nakago to ensure the quality of each batch of sword blades, infusing them with the soul and pride of the craftsmen. Even Mr. Kuwano Toshiro who is a well-known master Saya craftsman who have experiences with handling national treasure class swords, praised the Suzaku Iaito, saying that it was “very well done and praiseworthy”.

Why Not Try Suzaku Iaito Sword?

You will be able to tell the difference between Tozando’s custom made Suzaku Iaito sword and standard imitation swords as soon as you take one to hand. Our quality swords are not only praised as the best in the business by practitioners of Iaido and Battodo, but also have a fantastic reputation as props in samurai movies. People who are thinking of getting their own sword, and those who already have one, be sure to try out a Tozando custom made Suzaku Iaito sword.
Also read behind-the-scenes story of Suzaku on our blog about Suzaku series Iaito sword.
Features
  • Blade made of special reinforcement GT metal exclusively made for Iaido sword
  • Gravity casting for high precision metal casting for the blade
  • Blade available up to 2.50 Shaku
  • Shinken style Hi groove
  • Traditional Marutome Hi grooves(for 2.40 Shaku or long), Kakinagashi Hi grooves(for 2.38 Shaku or shorter)
  • Perfectly fitted Habaki
  • Tightly wrapped Tsukamaki by Tsukamaki craftsman
  • Serial number on Nakago
  • Iron Tsuba
  • Brass or copper Fuchi/Kashira
  • Brass Menuki
  • Stingray skin Tsukasame
  • Hand-shaved bamboo Mekugi peg
  • Made in Kyoto

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 35 Write a review.

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Outstanding July 23, 2018
Reviewer: gonzalo brown from santiago, metropolitana Chile  
Just recieved my Iaito, and my expectations were surpassed. Every detail is flawless, the quality of the fittings are amazing and the balance ( i left the weight to be determined by the craftsmen) is PERFECT, let me stress this, the balance is perfect.
Best customer service i have experienced ever.
Thank you Tozando.

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Pretty, elegant and hefty. July 23, 2018
Reviewer: Joseph Gray from Chicago, Illinois  
The sword itself is quite stunning. The fittings are top notch. The saya fits PERFECTLY with the habaki.
 The blade is wider, thicker and heavier than the standard issue. For reference, I ordered a 2.50 shaku. The groove/bo-hi looks quite fabulous as well.  I am a huge fan of it. However... the sword does not whoosh as loudly as I would have liked. Maybe it's lack of strength or poor technique on my part, but it's not as loud as my previous Minosaka Jidai. Maybe as I grow into the blade will I be able to achieve that altogether satisfying LOUD tachikaze/hasuji.  
Just a word of warning, if you are accessorizing with a shitodome (the extra ring of protection where you thread the sageo) please know that the remaining hole is SMALL. Swapping sageos will not be that easy. I do like the look of it, but I personally don't find it too useful in practical terms... unless you are strictly going to display your sword.

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Excellent work July 1, 2018
Reviewer: Jacek Heintze from Debogorze, Pomeranian Poland  
The iaito is beautifully made. Well balanced. The tsuka is a little too thin but not that much that it bothers, however for someone with bigger hands it can be an issue. All in all I'm 100% satisfied with this beauty.

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June 9, 2018
Reviewer: Christian Schnura from Koeln, NRW Germany  


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The best gripping Tsuka June 6, 2018
Reviewer: WK from Germany  
I have had many Iaito in the past and this Suzaku sword has the best tsuka wrapping quality.

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