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How to choose Iaito sword for a beginner

When it comes to choosing the length of your Iaito, we usually recommend you to consider your height and what length is appropriate for your practice. However everyone's ideal length is different and can be dictated by many factors, so it is good start off with one that is recommended for your size and then move to a more customised blade as you learn more about your own Iaido. With our broad range of options Tozando can help you with every step of your Iaido journey.

Also, because length standards vary depending on the style or dojo, it is advisable to consult with your teacher prior to purchasing. However, if you are buying by yourself, especially for beginners, we recommend an iaito 15mm shorter than the length recommended for your height.

If you choose a longer than recommended iaito, it may take some time to correct your style, which is why it would be better to use a shorter iaido to help you get comfortable starting out.

Also, if your iaito has a Tsuba guard and you have particularly smaller fingers, you could run the risk of your fingers getting caught in the holes of it, in which case you may need to choose another sword. So when choosing your sword think about the tsuba and how your hands will interact with it then drawing and sheathing the sword.

At Tozando, we create iaito for practitioners of all levels - each sword developed by master craftsmen, so you can learn iaito kata confident that you have one of the best swords on the market. We also thoroughly inspect our products according to strict inspection standards, and we offer wakizashi Iaido swords manufactured by our company too, so you can purchase with confidence.


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