Enhanced Katori 4572

Enhanced Katori 4572
    Code: enhkat4572
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    Price: $950.00
    Major Axis: 1.510"
    Minor Axis: 1.092"
    Overall Length: 38.5"
    Sori (curvature): .5"
    Taper: 24%
    Weight: 23.4 ounces

    Enhanced Katori bokken in all red heart Appalachian hickory wood. This is a specialized bokken specific to Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu, a classical old sword school. This one of a kind enhanced version is state-of-the-art in terms of density, hardness and trueness of shape. The Katori bokken is unique among wooden swords in that the curvature, which is pulled slightly back into the tsuka, its slightly shorter length, and its moderate taper, give it a feeling of incredible leverage and power. While all of the koryu (old school) bokken represent many years of evolution, it could easily be argued that any modification in terms of balance, length or weight detract from the design. While the shape and balance are produced without interpretation from the original early Muromachi design, our enhancement process stabilizes and hardens the wood as the only modern refinement.

     

     

     

    Domed kashira. Although you can't see it in this picture, all kingfisher weapons bear an insignia, pressed into the endgrain, that identifies the maker.
    The inscription reads "muni." The literal translation is no two or without two. It means "no equal" and this is the exact description of the Katori bokken: both the koryu design from antiquity and this particular rendition.
    The chisel style point of the Katori bokken is shared by a few other schools. Not only is the geometry extremely strong, the bevels of the tip give the user a directional reference that's arguably superior to other point styles.
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