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Musha Chrysanthemum Iaito

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The Musha Chrysanthemum Iaito has an unsharpened blade of high carbon steel; the tsuba, fuchi and kashira hilt fittings are darkened metal and the wooden grip is inlaid with panels of rayskin and overlaid with knotted tsuka ito cord. The habaki and seppa are brass the the saya scabbard is carved from wood and treated with a blackened finish and fitted with a knotted black sageo cord.

A cloth sword bag is included with this katana.

Overall Length39 1/8''
Blade Length27 3/4''
Weight2 lb 3.3 oz
Width31.5 mm
Thickness7.2 mm - 4 mm
P.O.B.6 1/4''
Grip Length10''
Blade [1045 High Carbon Steel]
Country of OriginChina

2 reviews for Musha Chrysanthemum Iaito

  1. Chris Shriver (verified owner)

    Functionally an unsharpened katana. The fitment is exceptional, especially for the price. This is not light as an Iaito tends to be, but rather it is weighted such that you must actually train with it if you want to safely swing it around and about. You will develop a lot of strength as you practice with katanas – this is why I bought this FIRST before buying the expensive stuff, to get used to it, bang it around on something once in a while on accident, no big deal. Beautiful steel and can be sharpened, however, know that doing so renders this blade a weapon of war, contrary to its conceived purpose. You would be betraying the blade. If you do so, I recommend engraving kanji related to said betrayal of the blade to go full traditionalist with it. Why not? Live a little. This was worth it.

  2. Andrew Vautour

    So I am new to the study of Iaido and I needed a decent Iaito for practice. I am giving this a 4 star because for the price and material it is well worth it. My only gripe is the cotton wrapping around the Tsuka is absolutely terrible and will have to be redone. Not sure if it was tight at the factory and because of humidity or something it stretched and came loose but it was the worst I have seen on any katana. Other than that, the blade (which for me is most important) was very well done and while 1045 is not the best steel, for a practice blade that is not suppose to be sharpened anyway, where you want it to feel like your cutting blade, it serves the purpose. I would recommend it but just be warned, you will have to wrap the grip yourself if you want it to last through a few practice sessions.

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