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joshuass 08-21-2007 06:01 PM

FS: 2.45 Shinto Higo Iaito

I'm selling my Tozando Shinto Higo Koshirae Iaito.
This is the top iaito in the Tozando lineup and the quality is outstanding.

2.45 shaku
Tsuka: 8.5 sun
POB: 6"
Condition: Mint
Brown silk tsuka ito
(the ito is a nice rich dark brown and not a gold brown color)
refer to actual pictures.
Black same
Silk Kaikuchi sageo
Kasuga tsuba
Hon chaishime saya


High quality pictures of Bugei iaito which looks exactly like what I have but costs almost twice as much. I have a feeling it is the same iaito since they even name their pictures with the same 111 designation as Tozando does. The increased price probably comes from import tax and quality control and such.

I am asking for USD$600 with free CONUS shipping.
I will ship international if the buyer pays for shipping.
This is a good deal and there is no waiting time.
Ships in original packaging with free Tozando sword bag.

Reasonable offers will be considered, so do send them if you are interested. Paypal preferred

It is available new from Tozando for ~$650
(shipping from japan approx $50)
and at Liveblade for $750 + $30 shipping.

Description from Tozando Shop
This Shinto Higo Koshirae model is carefully handcrafted only by the sword craftsman who has at least 15 years of swordmaking experience to create the superb quality sword.

High quality 100 % silk Tsuka cord is securely wrapped over a blackened sharkskin and silk Sageo is woven in the traditional Kaikuchi style. The Tsuka handle is shaped in Ryugo style for easy gripping.

Wide blade, made of zinc/aluminum alloy*, gives the exellent balance and feeling you can only get with the Shinken sword. The blade length is available up to 2.50 Shaku. Approximately 1000 gram without Saya(2.50 Shaku). Saya available in Superb Kuroishime(black matte finish) and Superb Chaishime(brown matte finish). To respect the original Higo Koshirae in the history and tradition, on the back of Kurigata, Ichimonji lacquer is featured.

Ron Tisdale 08-22-2007 08:25 AM

Re: FS: 2.45 Shinto Higo Iaito
Photo bucket link is giving PAGE NOT FOUND.


joshuass 08-23-2007 05:48 AM

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Not sure what is wrong with the links above but these should work.

Ron Tisdale 08-23-2007 08:03 AM

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Nice pics. Is this a proper iaito, or is this good for cutting?


Tony Wagstaffe 08-23-2007 10:20 AM

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You might want to see what is being offered on...

If you want some good quality performance katana


joshuass 08-23-2007 02:20 PM

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I must clarify that this is an iaito not a cutting blade for tameshigiri.
It is an iaito with the highest quality fittings.
The wrap is a professionally done in Japan by master craftsmen.
The silk ito and sageo is of highest quality as well.
Even the saya is made of honoki and the lacquer is special.
But these are mainly aesthetic issues.

There are other subtle things like the waisting of the tsuka
and the balance of the blade and the fit of the saya that distinguish this from a cheap iaito.

The blades from oni-forge are great but the fittings leave much to be desired although much nicer than other competitor in the same price range. They are definitely worth checking out.

But if you are doing iaito, you'll really want one that is made for iaito and not an entry level blade more for tameshigiri.

You can always fit a live blade onto these exceptional fittings if you know what you are doing of course.

Ron Tisdale 08-23-2007 02:36 PM

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Understood, thanks! I didn't mean anything bad by saying iaito, just that you wouldn't use it to cut. I actually am better off with an iaito for now.

We'll see how the finances are looking...


Nick P. 08-24-2007 08:39 AM

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Bump. Good luck with the sale.
Very, very nice

...iaito/shinto_higo_tsuba_500.jpg is now my desktop.

joshuass 08-26-2007 12:57 PM

Price drop!
I am lowering the price to $580 to move this to a new home fast.

joshuass 08-31-2007 10:50 PM

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$550 shipped is the absolute lowest price I will go.

This is a rare deal not to be missed.

edmini 09-29-2007 04:48 PM

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Is this iaito still for sale?

joshuass 09-29-2007 08:12 PM

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Sorry sold just a few days ago.

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