This Iai practice sword is manufactured in Gifu Prefecture which has historically been known as the workplace of the Japanese swords. The blade is handmade with the traditional technique of sand casting.
This sword is called “Himetsuru Ichimonji Aikuchi Uchigatana Koshirae” and was made by the school of Fukuoka Ichimonji in Okayama Prefecture. The origin of this name is the dream of a swordsmith of Fukuoka Ichimonji.
One night, a sword smith had a dream that one princess appeared and she pointed one sword and said “Tsuru (crane)”, and asked him to help her. So, this swordsmith named this sword “Himetsuru Ichimonji” (Hime=princess, Tsuru = crane, Ichimonji = his sword school name). The blade has a deep beautiful curve and it seems like the neck of a crane too.
One of the famous Sengoku Samurai(16th century) loved this “Himetsuru Ichimonji”, but his style of sword using technique was suitable for a sword without handguard (Tsuba), “Aikuchi”. Originally, this sword was the style of the ancient style of Tachi, but it becomes more practical for buttle fields as “Uchigatana Koshirae”.
The curve and long hilt are so unique designs that Uesugi Kenshin loved.
This sword should be used not only for Iai practice but also for decoration in your living.Regarding Stand
We sell a wood stand separately.
To see stands, please check here.
Wood stand "Double hook" Mat is in the photo.
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【 Regarding shipping long sword 】
Due to size restrictions, or import restrictions, some countries may not be able to accept a long sword.
※This is part of the information that we have. There may be other countries that cannot be shipped.
■Countries that cannot be shipped due to size restrictions
× Australia / Spain
■Countries that cannot be shipped due to Import restrictions
× Most Asian countries
…Most Asian countries do not allow to import of kinds of swords.
× The U.K.
...To ship an imitation sword, the blade length has to be less than 50 centimeters. Our long swords are around 1 meter, so it is impossible to ship a long sword to the U.K.
■Not available shipping temporarily
…To ship ornamental swords, we take EMS service. Under the influence of COVID19, EMS service has been unstable. Also, there are more countries that are not available to ship. Please ask us if you have questions.
【Cautions for use and shipping】
・As the material of blade is different from real sword, you can not sharpen it.
・These swords are made for decoration, please do not swing strongly them to avoid crashing.
・There are cases that you can not import these kinds of swords because of the rules in importing country. Please check well the regulations of importing country and purchase them under your responsibility.
・Full length : 106cm
・Hand guard: None
・Weight: about 1450g
・Blade (Toshin): Zinc alloy using the sand casting,
・Hilt wrapping (Tsukamaki) : Lining of cowhide, Greenish brown
・Hilt under braids (Samegawa) : Ray skin, Black
・Sheath (Sayanuri) : Kuroro Nuri (Japanese traditional lacquered with shine)
・Collar at the sword hilt (Fuchigashira) : Metal, Water-buffalo horn
・Ornament of the hilt under braids (Menuki) : Alloy, Sukashi Ryu Zu (Dragon)
・The cord used to tie the sheath to the belt (Sageo) : Silk, light brown and green.
・Country of origin: Japan
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Canada, Australia, and New Zealand: 5 - 14 days
Asia: 3 - 7 days
Small islands and remote areas: 1 month
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