The Japanese Sword has long been considered the soul of the samurai. It has been the centerpiece of the samurai for centuries, all aspects of life revolved around the etiquette of the Japanese sword. Bugei is proud to offer a broad selection of katana, wakizashi, and tanto for the discerning practitioner.
Our swords are designs exclusive to Bugei Trading Company. Each design and prototype goes through copious amounts of testing and refinement before it is offered up for sale. We hire skilled professional sword craftsmen to design each of our exclusive swords. All of this is done in order to bring you the finest in craftsmanship and modern metallurgy.
Bugei is proud to offer a version of the Bugei Exclusive Sword line with modern through hardened 5160 mono-steel blades. The modern heat treatment methodology combined with a very tough steel yields a tough, aggressive cutting blade. These blades are then mounted to Bugeiís high standards using the high quality fittings from our popular Bamboo, Crane and Samurai lines including pure silk tsukaito on the tsuka (handle).
Bugei is pleased to represent the highest quality iaito from Meiren Sangyo Company out of Japan.
After extensive study of all the sword forums we are bringing to you, our customers, the iaito you have been talking about, dreaming about, and wishing for. At a price lower than you could order direct from Japan. We have paid the freight, taxes, handling, and custom duties for you. No hassle, just great products with great service.
We are very pleased with the quality of each and every piece. You will own the finest Iaito (Mogito) when you show up with your Meiren Sangyo Iaito at the dojo.
We are starting out with 12 different items of Iaito including 8 different katana, two tanto. The fittings are superb, the ito wrap as tight as our own custom katana and the saya finishes, each a work of art. You will be amazed at the detail. Please read about each item listed.
We will continue to bring to you superior products to enhance your martial training and lifestyle.
Bugei is always on the lookout for new products for our customers. Our Bugei Exclusive Japanese Swords, made to our specifications, are well known for their quality and functional excellence. However, we realize that there is a gaping hole in the market for entry-level quality swords for the sword enthusiast. Bugei has tested many swords over the years hoping to find a good bargain for our customers, however, very of these swords have lived up to our standards. Some were okay. Most were terrible so we were unwilling to put them on our site. You can find most of those swords elsewhere on-line from many vendors. Just not from Bugei.
But we have found a line of swords that has changed our mind. We are very happy to announce that we have a new line of Skyjiro swords that meet our standards for an inexpensive sword. These Skyjiro swords have very good blade shaping, decent finishes, clean mounting, and are overall an incredible bargain given the price.
We asked Keith Larman of Summerchild Polishing to take a look at the swords for us on a recent QC visit. Keith looked them over but wanted to take one with him so he could take it apart completely in his shop and verify that it would be a safe, properly constructed sword. After a complete tear down Keith felt confident enough in the sword to put together a roll of 4 or 5 Bugei Wara. He sent us this one quick video along with this comment:
"I decided to try to cut through the thicker target by muscling through rather than using a more effective slicing form to see how the sword would cut. Frankly I wasn't expecting to go through so easily. The sword survived about 10 targets that day with me trying all sorts of "less than best form" cuts. My only concerns after having fully inspected the sword and construction were a lack of experience on my part with through hardened swords and with the quality of the tsuka construction. But by the end of my cutting session the tsuka was still tight and strong and there was no evidence of any edge or sword damage. The swords are very sharp and the geometry is quite impressive on traditional targets. Given a price range of around $350 for this sword I am quite impressed."
This Skyjiro sword tested by Keith was the Entry Level Higo Musashi, a through hardened blade without bo-hi in Higo Style mountings.
These swords range from tough through-hardened steel with a cosmetic hamon to folded steel models with a real hamon. And some combinations in between. All models are roughly the same dimensions. They are all roughly 28" long measured from the mune-machi to tip in a straight line. They have moderate sori (very shinto era). They all have extended chu kissaki. The height of the blade at the machi are all around 31mm with a thickness of 7.5 mm tapering down to a height of 23-24mm with a thickness of around 5mm at the yokote. They are well balanced with the models with bo-hi feeling somewhat lighter while the models without bo-hi feel somewhat heavier. The tsuka are all about 10" long and wrapped in cotton ito.
Of course these are not blades up at the level of the Bugei Exclusive Japanese Swords. But they are good entry-level pieces for those looking to find a quality training tool or simply a nice looking sword to put on display and we are quite pleased to finally have more selection for entry-level swords for our customers.
We offer a wide selection of fittings for the Japanese Sword. Tsuba, fuchi kashira, menuki, seppa, shitodome, as well as other bits and pieces that help keep your Japanese Sword together.