New #iaitō (unsharpened training sword) from RyuJin forge. #CarbonSteel #nagasa with #bōhi & wirebrushed #hamon, matte black #saya (so i won't have to be slowly driven insane by smudges & fingerprints all over a high gloss piano lacquer saya). The #habaki fits very snugly into the saya. No plastic or loose rattles in any of the #tosogu, the #samegawa rayskin leather on the #tsukamaki is real, not imitation (which surprised me on such an inexpensive sword) and the #itōmaki is fairly tight & well wrapped. To make the whole deal even better, it's essentially the same length & weight as my #shinken (edged steel "true" sword) so training with it will seamlessly translate over into using my primary shinken katana.
I've been working on my #Battōjutsu / #Iaidō a lot lately, fine tuning my #nukitsuke (drawing cut) & #notō (returning sword to saya). While the bōkutō with saya is an important & valuable training instrument, if i want to be confident and precise while using an edged steel shinken, it's important to have an iaitō i can practice with constantly without having to worry about accidentally cutting myself and isn't so fancy or expensive that i'll feel the need to go easy on it & hold back for fear of damaging it inadvertently.
It's got surprisingly tight fit and finish and is really an absolutely outstanding sword for the meager $55 pricetag. My only real complaint worth mentioning is that the mouth of the saya has a small gap in between the wood & the #koiguchi, but it's really only a superficial visual flaw, and you can only see it when the sword is out of the saya - so no biggy. Also, when i untied the presentation knot on the #sageō, both sides of the #shitōdome immediately fell out of the #kurigata. That's pretty standard & to be expected on a sword this cheap, but it was still annoying. Overall I'm really happy with it, i wasn't expecting it to be nearly this solid at $55 but i was pleasantly surprised. It was a way better idea and deal than that (admittedly adorable) chinese junker sword with rats all over it.
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