The Tozando Group was recently pleased to open one of Japan's first specialist Shinai Workshops. Located by Kyoto's famous Heian Jingu, and the Kendo 'Mecca' that is the Butokuden, visitors are met by our expert Shinai craftsman, Mr. Manabu Akutsu. Mr. Akutsu was originally a professional violin maker, and was well known in Japan for the quality of his craftsmanship. View an article of the Shinai Workshop on Kendo Nippon magazine.
Until now, the chance to select the size, shape and materials of one's own Shinai has been reserved for those living in Japan, only being made possible by complicated and expensive links to Japanese-speaking Kendo Shops.
*Please note - If you select the Shikumi option the Shinai is supplied assembled with all leather parts and Tsuru.
37 and 38 for ladies are available only for "Ultimate Hand-Cut Made-in-Japan Madake".
PRODUCTION TIME : As each of these deluxe Shinai are crafted by our expert craftsman, Mr. Akutsu, please allow approx. 3 weeks for delivery.
|Shinai Size Chart|
|Shinai Size||Length||Recommended for|
|30||~91cm||Elementary School (Height: 120~135cm)|
|32||~99cm||Elementary School (Height: 135~145cm)|
|34||~105cm||Elementary School (Height: 145~150cm)|
|36||~110cm||Elementary School (Height: 150~155cm)|
|37 Boys||~114cm||Jr. High School|
|37 Girls||~114cm||Jr. High School|
|38 Boys||~117cm||Senior High School|
|38 Girls||~117cm||Senior High School|
|38 Adult Ladies||~117cm||University Students and Adults (+18yrs)|
|39 Mens||~120cm||University Students and Adults (+18yrs)|
|39 Adult Ladies||~120cm||University Students and Adults (+18yrs)|
|International Kendo Federation Specifications for Shinai|
|Specification||Gender||Junior High School (12-15yrs)||Senior High School (15-18yrs)||University students and Adults (18yrs+)|
|Maximum length||Male & Female||114cm||117cm||120cm|