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New Performance Series

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New Performance Series

New Performance Series

Our Performance Series is the culmination of years of study, trial, and error into the optimum blade designs for todays martial artists. Four distinct variations are available, each optimized for a particular discipline or cutting application. The Iaito is an unedged training blade, available in three different lengths, for use in drawing practice and Kata. Its correctly-weighted and balanced steel blade prepares the student for advanced work with live blades. The blade geometry and physical characteristics of each of the Tameshigiri (cutting practice) blades are tailored towards different targets. The Elite Katanas blade is a little wider and a little thicker than its traditional counterpart, allowing for easier cuts on normal targets, while that of the Katana XL is significantly wider , for use in cutting heavy targets. The Katana XL Light has the XLs profile but is provided with Bo-hi, reducing the weight to the point where double cuts are possible but clean cuts on heavier targets may still be made. Look for the PB symbol below, it designates blades that feature the cutting geometry of our Performance Series.


Iaito

Iaito

Frequent Drawing Practice;
These unedged training blades provide for safe drawing for the beginning practitioner of the 450 year old art of Iaido. Forged from stainless steel the tempered blades are not only maintenance-free but more importantly provide the correct weight and balance needed for the rigors of repetitve drawing and sword motion practice. Each blade has a deeply cut groove (bo-hi) to provide audible feedback when swung properly.


Elite

Elite

Frequent Cutting / Advanced Drawing Practice;
Our Katana Blades embody the classical design elements of the most prolific sword design in history. With their strong Shinogi Zukuri shape that accentuates the differential heat treatment, these blades are traditionally proportioned to appeal to the collector but they will also perform well in general cutting of hard or soft targets.


XL

XL

Heavy Competitive Cutting;
Designed strictly for competitive cutting, our XL Katana blades incorporate the geometry, strength, weight and profile needed for successful cuts on substantial targets. Featuring differential heat treatment and a narrow edge angle, these wide blades will reward good technique with clean cuts and excellent durability.


XL Light

XL Light

Competitive Cutting / Lighter Weight;
The XL Light blades feature the same geometry as those of the XL but incorporate deeply cut grooves (bo-hi) to reduce the weight of the blade while retaining most of its strength and cutting ability. This weight reduction makes for a quicker sword, well adapted for multiple cuts in lighter targets.


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