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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Rick, good morning! My wife and I had a Bible study last night so we weren't able to make it home until around 9:30 pm; however, when we pulled up we noticed the box awaiting us on the step. What happened next was likely entertaining to watch, mainly me trying not to tear into the package and actually feed the cats and change first. My wife was kind enough to get out her nice DSLR camera and photograph the entire process. It took a moment to get the sageo on, mostly getting it through the tiny metal pieces, but I managed. Afterwards I got out my wakizashi and paired them together, they now sit on their own stand on the mantle in my bedroom, with the cleaning kit to the one side and the registration paper to the other. What is the exact translation of the engravings, do you happen to know? To make a point, I had my wife hold it, and of course she said the classic line of "Wow, it's lighter than I expected!", I could only smile. Truly though, this piece is so much superior to anything else I've ever witnessed. Aside from the length, American knockoffs which attempt to fold steel are always so much broader and relatively straight. They look clunky and cheap. I couldn't help but marvel at the shine and the hamon, truly beautiful. The dragon came out amazing, my wife took one look at it and exclaimed "It's very you". On the reverse side, is it a sword with a clawed pummel? It's awesome, I just want to be accurate when describing it to others. Oh, and I cannot get over how truly unique and beautiful the saya is, unparalleled. Rick, thank you so much for facilitating this process. I am truly grateful. Mack 

June 16, 2015

Hi Rick, Hope all is well. I want to thank you so much for the amazing sword I have received. It is meeting 200% of my expectations: balance, handling, weight, design, sound, .. You took care of my requierements. Handling a sword where the tsuka was not appropriate before (too long and too thick), I was getting injuries. That said, I had to start somewhere and unfortunately my choice at that time was motivated by special features/design which I have learned from. The new sword is now best and perfect fit for me. Last class and by the end, I was already starting to make efficient and very satisfying cuts and handling. I would recommend your company and service any time. I have one experienced Iaido colleague that is to purchase a sword next year and from a different company. As soon he tried my sword, he was amazed and now thinks to order from you. Hope your business will last for long time! My best regards, Benoit 

June 18, 2015

I received my new iaito and it is great. There was a small problem with the tuska. Rick took care of it immediately ( no charge under warranty! ), when I returned the sword to him. What can I say, great swords, great after sales services. What more can you ask for. 

August 11, 2015

Rick, The latest sword arrived this week and was safely delivered to my student’s hands this morning. It is a marvel! Only 690 grams, perfectly balanced, and beautiful. My student has the most delightful grin on his face. My congratulations, and deep appreciation for your diligence and support. Warm regards, Jonathan 

March 2, 2016

Rick, I got my iaito today and it is amazing! The balance is spot on and I could not ask for more quality craftsmanship. I am so impressed with this iaito I will be purchasing my next shinken from you. I would also like to thank you for the beautiful sword bag you sent as a gift. I look forward to doing business with you in the future. Greg 

August 24, 2015

Rick, I have received the package and opened the box. I will tell you this, it's more beautiful in reality than I put together this sword for the first time. I am very impressed by the workmanship of the smith and attention to details. Now all I need is an approval from my Sensei, which I am hoping same way I as I am right now. It is worth the wait indeed and will definitely look forward for more business with your store. Thanks again, Robert 

November 4, 2015

Hi Rick, I just wanted to let you know that I received the Iaito safe and sound, and you’re right – she is a beauty. You have actually exceeded my expectations well and truly – it is a beautifully appointed, balanced yet functional weapon. I used her for the first time at training tonight, and am absolutely blown away. Thank you to both yourself and Yuri for your time, and thank you for the extra sword bag upgrade and chojiri oil –both were much appreciated. Regards, James 

November 17, 2015

Rick, just wanted say many thanks again. The new sword [shinken] is awesome. It is exactly what i was looking for. Have a happy new year, hope to see you soon. 

December 29, 2014

Rick, I just recieved the iaito and I have to say it was worth the wait. It is absolutely gorgeous and handles like a dream. Thank you very much. Andrew 

January 28, 2015

Rick, I want you to know how pleased I am with the sword. It arrived with the lovely bag and the choji oil safe and sound. I love the balance and the feel. Thanks again for everything. Jonathan 

March 20, 2015