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Iaito Samurai Swords

Iaito Samurai Swords


Iaito Conversion Table

Study on the use of the Japanese sword is a very serious endeavor. Students of Iaido (Way of the Sword Draw) typically learn the sword using various instruments. Most likely they will begin with a bokken / bokuto (wooden sword) and then an Iaito (un-edged training sword) before handling a Shinken (live sword). Iaito are an integral tool in the learning process allowing students to practice with a sword with a sense of safety for themselves and for those around them.

Iaito by Hanwei are light (less than 2lbs.) and extremely well balanced to reduce the wear-and-tear on specific joints. The un-edged blades are crafted in 400 series stainless steel with a simulated hamon and are fully tempered to withstand repeated drawing and practice cutting strokes. Each blade features a bo-hi (groove), which both reduces blade weight and produces an audible feedback when practice cutting strokes are made correctly.

Iaito Conversion Table

Shaku Blade Length (cm) Blade Length (inches) Height (cm) Height (feet)
2.3 69.7 27½ 160 5'3"
2.4 72.8 28½ 170 5'7"
2.5 75.8 30 180 5'11"
2.6 78.8 31 190 6'3"
2.7 81.8 32¼ 200 6'7"


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