Heir 's Duty

Maeda clan's warrior

Swordstore now offers Japanese art in both antique and high quality limited reproductions. We also have the ability to produce any size (within ratio) reprint that you desire whether your intention is to place in a frame, use as a banner or decorate an entire wall space – we can do it! About this scroll: This scroll was commissioned for a 1st son’s (Inuchiyo) first battle. It is unlikely that he would’ve been allowed anywhere near a battle but the number of heads taken is meant to exaggerate his prowess and as of yet untested courage. Original with kantei (documentation) available.

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Swordstore offers the finest in Japanese Swords! You have the power of choice with the greatest level of customization possible and every sword is hand crafted to exacting specifications.
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  1. A-Shinken-Quote Request

    A-Shinken-Quote Request

    As much as we would like to fully automate the Shinken purchasing process for your convenience, the fact is that identifying your needs and matching them to the appropriate smith takes great communication and must be a thorough process.  We don't believe that this can be done simply by showing you a pretty picture of a pre-existing sword that might not reveal all the information needed to make a good puchase decision.  It might not even be available at time of purchase.

    We will ask some basic questions which when answered will probably lead to more questions once the dialogue begins...

    Here are the first steps towards building your dream shinken:

    Complete the pull down menu to the right.

    Submit the quote:  NO PAYMENT INFORMATION WILL BE REQUIRED!  We will review your submission and respond within 2 business days.  Your submission will generally categorize your needs and allow us to develop more specific questions and/or comments to consider.  

    We will then match the smith to your specifications and target budget.

    Upon acceptance of terms by both you as the client and the smith, we will formalize the process, generate an invoice and the smith will accept the commission.






  2. Steel Iaito 6006-7007 Custom Design

    Steel Iaito 6006-7007 Custom Design

    Choosing Between the model #6006 Batto-yo and #7007 Iai-yo

    The only real difference between the #6006 and #7007 is that the former comes without hi (groove) and has a slightly thicker mihaba (blade width). The forging process and the koshirae (Japanese sword furniture) is the same.

    The #6006 is a bit more forgiving of inconsistencies in the targets as well as technique because the weight of the steel is thrown forward towards the monouchi (cutting portion of the blade) though care is taken to make certain that the blade is not tip heavy.  Though typically a bit lighter, the #7007 is no slouch when it comes to cutting. When looking at the hi (groove) - think "I" beam construction.

    We use a clamshell style polish, a jack of all trades, master of none when it comes to cutting both soft and hard targets there is no better compromise.

    Like our iaito, you can select standard fittings, silver colored fittings or solid sterling silver fittings at an increased cost. You can read more about these wonderful training tools on our FAQ page.

  3. Iaito 1001 Custom Design

    Iaito 1001 Custom Design

    No cutting corners here!  This iaito sports a tight cotton wrap and like the #1A - real same'. You can select from the full range of tsuba, fuchi, kashira, menuki and make a training sword that is yours through and through.  With a little sweat equity your Iaito design will become your soul-mate during training, a trusted friend and part of your private story.

  4. Iaito 2001

    Iaito-2002 and 3003 Custom Design

    Purdy swords don't make for purdy iai! But good iai and nice iaito are a sweet match!

    The #2002 offers the durability and sheen of a fine silk wrap woven tightly over a properly formed tsuka and real same'. Scroll through the choices at the right and design the hand crafted Iaito that will last a lifetime of training knowing that Japan's most skilled artisans have fitted and balanced an iaito specifically to your needs. Note the comments section where you can let us know of any special requirements you might have in order to construct a sword that is designed to exceed your expectations!

    The #3003 is a new offering in response to your suggestions.... This hybrid is identical in quality to the #2002 and #4004 but offers antiqued colored silver fittings without the high cost of silver.  You can select the fuchi, kashira, and menuki to be silver colored and for the really bold, the tsuba as well.  Unlike the #1A~#2002, no gold iroage will be revealed with use.  

    Be sure to check your preferences in the scroll down menu to the right.

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    Iaito-4004 Custom Design

    This "Instructors" grade iaito says it all. For those of us that practice daily and demand that our personal training tools reflect who we are, no iaito made offers more power of choice or commands greater satisfaction short of the shinken of our dreams!

  6. antique-Tsuba Shoami water lotus

    antique-Tsuba Shoami water lotus

    Shoami water lotus 75 X 75 X 6 mm - show piece
  7. Saya single

    Saya single

    Saya Purchase: "AS-IS" Saya and blades change curvature over time. As each sword is custom made, we can not guarantee fit. Sometimes the client will have to adjust or shim the new saya to fit. Often swordstore can provide this service. On rare occasions the saya will not fit. In the comments section please provide the details such as where the blade originated and whether it is for an iaito, steel iaito, shinken, or antique.
  8. Tsuka rewrap - silk

    Tsuka rewrap - silk

    We provide tsuka rewraps as well as foundation repairs and replacements. We do need to determine if the foundation is sound. Should you be replacing fittings, we will need to examine the fittings to determine if additional work is required to shape the tsuka. When an entirely new foundation is required, we will typically need the blade in order to properly align the mekugiana. Therefore we need as much information about your needs as possible and this kind of work and service requires consultation so please contact us at Swordstore about your needs.
  9. instock--Iaito-330-introductory blade

    instock--Iaito-330-introductory blade

    We won't compromise on quality so this introductory level iaito is the most affordable iaito we offer. Designed for years of training, the fittings sport a silver (pewter) color, including the tsuba. Balance is great. Fit is great. The blade is lighter and won't like being muscled thru a cut! Sweet deal
  10. instock--Iaito-328br-introductory blade

    instock--Iaito-328br-introductory blade

    We won't compromise on quality

    so this introductory level iaito

    is the most affordable iaito we offer.

     Designed for years of training,

    the fittings sport a silver (pewter) color,

    including the tsuba.  

    Balance is great. Fit is great.  

    The blade is lighter and won't like being muscled thru a cut!  Sweet deal.

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