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Samurai Katana, 72.39 cm Blade Length
The Samurai Katana is the strongest and best performing Japanese style blade ever offered at this price. The use of Swedish powdered steel, used in the construction of these shinogi zukuri katana, results in outstanding quality and performance. Strength, edge holding, and beauty have all been significantly enhanced by the use of this steel along with the complex folding process. The thicker, robust blade with ample niku ("meat") evidences a gunome style hamon and a dramatic ayasugi-hada with mokume and masame.The tsuba is steel and engraved with a Samurai drawing his sword.The fuchi and kashira also feature Samurai drawing and cutting engraved in them. The forging process for this sword can be seen on our website. Each of these blades is individually hand forged and folded, heat treated, and mounted. Even with these design parameters each sword is unique. Performance testing has shown them to be strong cutting blades with a good resistance to deflection. James cut cleanly through a 12 mat roll at the Bugei Open House with the Samurai style blade. The nakago are 10 inches with two mekugi. This provides for strength and safety while cutting. These swords are also available with 11 inch up to 15 inch tsuka . The saya and the silk tsuka ito are black.General Blade Specifications (remember each sword is hand forged so there is always minor variation): Motohaba is 1 1/4 inch, Sakihaba is 1 inch, Torisori is 7/8 inch, Hamon is in Gyaku Choji style, and the kissaki is 1 3/4 inches. SJC1434 = Tsuka: 38 cm - blade: 75 cm 11924 = Tsuka: 35.56 cm - blade: 72.39 cm 11925 = Tsuka: 33 cm - blade: 69.85 cm 11926 = Tsuka: 27.94 cm - Blade: 69.85 cm 11927 = Tsuka: 27.94 cm - Blade: 72.39 cm Details: Weight: approx. 1.3 kg Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes

€2,599.00*

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Peace Katana, Blade Length 71.12 cm
Click on the Video below to see a full presentation on this sword. The sword shown in the video is a 30" nagasa blade with 14" tsuka. Video is available in high definition if you click through to Youtube. Bugei is pleased to announce the introduction of an all new katana -- The "Peace" Sword.The Peace sword is a robust shinogi zukuri katana with an extended chu kissaki. The blade is moderate in thickness and somewhat wide compared to many designs. However, like the original Tadayoshi school sword the Peace sword is based on, the Peace sword has a shallow bo-hi (full sized groove) and a soe-bi (fine groove) running below the shinogi (ridge line). This allows the sword to remain robust and durable with a good cross-sectional thickness all while helping keep the overall weight of the sword down. The sword moves easily in the hands, is extremely sharp, and is still of a robust design for cutting practice. The hamon is deep with vivid nioi and on close inspection you can see the interaction of the suguha with the underlying finely folded steel. It makes for a more subtle but very elegant look. It also gives the sword a serene appearance. Deadly in appearance, but calm and serene. It appears simple, but the closer you look, the more you see. Which are of course attributes that would appeal to the samurai of old. Calm focus. Peace. Understated elegance.The mokko raised rim tsuba was designed to show the original field with a single bleached skull on the ground. The mokko shape was chosen as many practitioners like the fact that the sword doesn't tend to "roll around" when placing the sword down on the mat when preparing or finishing practice. Tsuba with these sorts of designs were appealing to the samurai. One had to accept the invevitability of death in order to transcend the fear of it.The higo style iron fuchi kashira and kojiri were designed with a background of the same field but with the classical higo design element. No skulls here -- just the ground field and grass on the fuchi with the sky represented in a subtle fashion in classical higo style fittings.Higo style brown silk ito was chosen for the wrap with the typical higo blackened samekawa. The menuki chosen were single gold horses.Finally the black gloss saya (scabbard) shows the summer grasses starting to grow. They are hand brushed in gold paint and gradually increase in frequency towards the iron kojiri but never overpower the simple black gloss saya. The custom made sageo (cord on the saya) is black and gold with gold grasses woven into the sageo, carrying the theme. The dimensions on the saya are more like antique saya than modern production saya in these ways.As each sword is hand forged there will be slight variation from one sword to the next. However, we measured the sword pictured above to give basic specification of the sword. The thickness of the sword (kasane) at the habaki is 7mm tapering to 5.5mm at the transition to the tip. The "height" of the sword (motohaba) at the habaki is 32mm tapering to 24mm at the yokote (transition to the tip). The extended chu kissaki is 38mm long. And the blade has a gentle roughly 3/4 inch tori sori. Again, please note that each sword will vary slightly as each sword is hand forged and polished. The sword shown in the Youtube video above is one of the 30" nagasa swords with 14" tsuka. The Peace Sword has been a huge success and sold out our initial orders very quickly. Kasane (thickness at habaki): 7mm Sakikasane (thickness at start of point): 5mm Motohaba (edge to back distance at habaki): 32mm Sakihaba (edge to back distance at tip): 23mm Sori: 5/8" (about 16mm) Futasuji-hi Tsuka: 30.48 cm Blade: 71.12 cm Weight: approx. 1.1 kg Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes

€2,999.00*

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Crane Katana - 5160 Series
The Crane 5160 Katana by Bugei is an elegant but aggressive sword at a very reasonable price. The Crane tapers more towards the tip than our heavier *feeling* Samurai model. The Crane 5160 Katana is forged out of 5160 steel and is through hardened . The tsuba, guard, is a pierced crane style and quite beautiful. The Crane symbolizes wisdom and longevity. The menuki are a younger and an older scholar/sage. The meaning is this, a man of wisdom and integrity would be long in the service of his lord, usually surviving one lord to serve the next generation, thus the analogy with the Crane, wisdom and longevity. This sword will serve well those who want a faster blade for iaido and yet still want a blade that has the strength for serious cutting.The goal was to reduce production cost as much as possible while maintaining the classic good looks of the original mounts. There is no hamon and no hada (folding pattern) in the tough 5160 steel but these swords can cut and take abuse at the same time. So each sword can sit proudly on a sword stand but also be a daily working sword in the dojo. • Crane 5160 Katana Measurements. • Motohaba 32.6mm • Kasone (at Machi) 8.1mm • Sakihaba (at Yokote) 22.3mm • Sakikasane 6.4mm • Kissaki length 36.5mm • Steel: 5160 steel • Folded Steel: no Blade length: 71.2 cm Handle length: 30 cm Overall length: 105 cm Weight: 1.18 kg

€1,290.00*

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Wave Wakizashi (No Bo-hi) Square Tsuba
The Wave style Wakizashi is a custom offering from Bugei. The use of Swedish powdered steel and sophisticated forging and heat treating results in outstanding quality and performance. Strength, edge holding, and beauty have all been significantly enhanced by the use of this steel The blade evidences a gunome style hamon and a dramatic ayasugi-hada with mokume and masame. Also available on this sword is bo-hi ( a groove in the shinogi ji the length of the blade). The Wave style Wakizashi is available with or without bo-hi. The Wave style is available (with pre-order) in several different color combinations of saya and tsuka-ito. With this sword you also have a choice of nagasa (length of blade) and length of tsuka so that you can custom fit the sword to your requirements.The steel tusba has an engraved nami (wave) pattern as does the fuchi and kashira. The nakago (tang) is 10 inches long and secured with two mekugi (holding pins) to ensure strength, safety and longevity of use. SJC1430 = Bugei Wave Wakizashi (No Bo-hi) Square Tsuba 11933 = Bugei Wave Wakizashi (No Bo-hi) Round Tsuba 11934 = Bugei Wave Wakizashi (No Bo-hi) New Wave Tsuba 11935 = Bugei Wave Wakizashi (Bo-hi) Square Tsuba 11936 = Bugei Wave Wakizashi (Bo-hi) Round Tsuba 11937 = Bugei Wave Wakizashi (Bo-hi) New Wave Tsuba Details: Overall length: 64.77 cm Blade length: 45.72 cm Handle length: 16.51 cm Weight: 0.7 kg

€1,890.03*

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Bamboo Tanto
Bugei reaches into history to design blades to be used by the student of traditional Japanese Sword Arts. The Bamboo Tanto was Bugei's first production sword. And all these years later the updated Bamboo Tanto with its elegant black fittings and gold bamboo highlights continues to be one of our most popular swords. Bamboo is a popular theme for Japanese sword mounts as it represents both strength and flexibility, qualities highly prized by the Samurai. The tsuba (sword guard) is made from a plate of soft copper that is given a hard gloss black coating and then gold highlights are applied to the intricate bamboo. The tsuka (handle) is wrapped in black silk ito to complement the gloss black saya and glossy black fittings. Details: Blade length: 22.5 cm Handle length: 11.2 cm Overall length: 38 cm Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: no Weight: 0,3 kg

€1,219.00*

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Dragonfly Katana-Bohi 5160 Steel 71cm/29cm
Our goal was to reduce production cost as much as possible while maintaining the classic good looks of the original mounts. There is no hamon and no hada (folding pattern) in the tough 5160 steel but these swords can cut and take abuse at the same time. So each sword can sit proudly on a sword stand but also be a daily working sword in the dojo.All of our swords are tested extensively before they are put into production. We make sure that our swords perform as good as they look. The Dragonfly held a special significance to the Samurai. Their seemingly tireless movement reflected the Samurai’s desire to give tireless service to his feudal Lord.The dark brown ito is set off by the black same making this a unique offering from Bugei. The lower shinogi and the scant hira-niku make this blade lighter and faster and gives it less resistance in cutting soft targets. The tsuka has the slight “waisting”, ryugo, that is popular with many who study Japanese sword arts. The fittings are beautifully antiqued duplicating the look of old iron. Ted Tenold is responsible for the design and authenticity of these fittings and we think that they are the best that we have offered. Blade: 71cm Handle: 29cm Blade Steel: 5160 Hrc Edge: 59 Hrc Back: 45-48

€1,390.02*

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Samurai Tanto
The Samurai Tanto is the strongest and best performing Japanese style blade ever offered at this price. The use of Swedish powdered steel, used in the construction of these tanto, results in outstanding quality and performance. Strength, edge holding, and beauty have all been significantly enhanced by the use of this steel along with the complex folding process. The tsuba is steel and matches the samurai katana. The fuchi and kashira also feature Samurai drawing and cutting engraved in them. The forging process for this sword can be seen on our website. Each of these blades is individually hand forged and folded, heat treated, and mounted. Even with these design parameters each sword is unique. Performance testing has shown them to be strong cutting blades with a good resistance to deflection. The saya and the silk tsuka ito are black. Details: Blade length: 23,4 cm Handle length: 11,5 cm Overall length: 40 cm Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes Weight: 0.32 kg

€1,219.00*

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Peace Katana, Blade Length 76.2 cm
Click on the Video below to see a full presentation on this sword. The sword shown in the video is a 30" nagasa blade with 14" tsuka. Video is available in high definition if you click through to Youtube. Bugei is pleased to announce the introduction of an all new katana -- The "Peace" Sword.The Peace sword is a robust shinogi zukuri katana with an extended chu kissaki. The blade is moderate in thickness and somewhat wide compared to many designs. However, like the original Tadayoshi school sword the Peace sword is based on, the Peace sword has a shallow bo-hi (full sized groove) and a soe-bi (fine groove) running below the shinogi (ridge line). This allows the sword to remain robust and durable with a good cross-sectional thickness all while helping keep the overall weight of the sword down. The sword moves easily in the hands, is extremely sharp, and is still of a robust design for cutting practice. The hamon is deep with vivid nioi and on close inspection you can see the interaction of the suguha with the underlying finely folded steel. It makes for a more subtle but very elegant look. It also gives the sword a serene appearance. Deadly in appearance, but calm and serene. It appears simple, but the closer you look, the more you see. Which are of course attributes that would appeal to the samurai of old. Calm focus. Peace. Understated elegance.The mokko raised rim tsuba was designed to show the original field with a single bleached skull on the ground. The mokko shape was chosen as many practitioners like the fact that the sword doesn't tend to "roll around" when placing the sword down on the mat when preparing or finishing practice. Tsuba with these sorts of designs were appealing to the samurai. One had to accept the invevitability of death in order to transcend the fear of it.The higo style iron fuchi kashira and kojiri were designed with a background of the same field but with the classical higo design element. No skulls here -- just the ground field and grass on the fuchi with the sky represented in a subtle fashion in classical higo style fittings.Higo style brown silk ito was chosen for the wrap with the typical higo blackened samekawa. The menuki chosen were single gold horses.Finally the black gloss saya (scabbard) shows the summer grasses starting to grow. They are hand brushed in gold paint and gradually increase in frequency towards the iron kojiri but never overpower the simple black gloss saya. The custom made sageo (cord on the saya) is black and gold with gold grasses woven into the sageo, carrying the theme. The dimensions on the saya are more like antique saya than modern production saya in these ways.As each sword is hand forged there will be slight variation from one sword to the next. However, we measured the sword pictured above to give basic specification of the sword. The thickness of the sword (kasane) at the habaki is 7mm tapering to 5.5mm at the transition to the tip. The "height" of the sword (motohaba) at the habaki is 32mm tapering to 24mm at the yokote (transition to the tip). The extended chu kissaki is 38mm long. And the blade has a gentle roughly 3/4 inch tori sori. Again, please note that each sword will vary slightly as each sword is hand forged and polished. The sword shown in the Youtube video above is one of the 30" nagasa swords with 14" tsuka. The Peace Sword has been a huge success and sold out our initial orders very quickly. Kasane (thickness at habaki): 7mm Sakikasane (thickness at start of point): 5mm Motohaba (edge to back distance at habaki): 32mm Sakihaba (edge to back distance at tip): 23mm Sori: 5/8" (about 16mm) Futasuji-hi Tsuka: 35.56 cm Blade: 76.2 cm Weight: approx. 1.1 kg Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes

€2,999.00*

Item is in field warehouse, long distance shipping.

Samurai Wakizashi
The Samurai Wakizashi is the strongest and best performing Japanese style blade ever offered at this price. The use of Swedish powdered steel, used in the construction of these shinogi zukuri wakizashi, results in outstanding quality and performance. Strength, edge holding, and beauty have all been significantly enhanced by the use of this steel along with the complex folding process. The thicker, robust blade with ample niku ("meat") evidences a gunome style hamon and a dramatic ayasugi-hada with mokume and masame. The tsuba is steel and matches the samurai katana. The fuchi and kashira also feature Samurai drawing and cutting engraved in them. The forging process for this sword can be seen on our website. Each of these blades is individually hand forged and folded, heat treated, and mounted. Even with these design parameters each sword is unique. Performance testing has shown them to be strong cutting blades with a good resistance to deflection. The saya and the silk tsuka ito are black. Details: Blade length: 47,8 cm Handle length: 14,5 cm Overall length: 67,5 cm Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes Weight: 0.76 kg

€960.01*

Item is normally available in about 10-12 weeks.

Dragonfly Katana, 72.39cm Blade Length
One of the newer and very popular offerings from Bugei is our Dragonfly koshirae katana. It is a katana of distinctive style with a thinner, lighter blade individually hand forged and folded from the superior Swedish Powdered Steel. It comes as a shinogi zukuri sword with a chu kissaki. It is available with or without bo-hi and is a very affordable sword.Wakizashi and Tanto are also available in matched designs.The work with Paul Chen continues to produce swords of the highest quality -- the best value for the money. All of Buge swords are tested extensively before they are put into production. We make sure that our swords perform as good as they look. The Dragonfly held a special significance to the Samurai. Their seemingly tireless movement reflected the Samurai's desire to give tireless service to his feudal Lord. The dark brown silk ito is set off by the black same making this a unique offering from Bugei. The lower shinogi and the scant hira-niku make this blade lighter and faster and gives it less resistance in cutting soft targets. The blade feels very light in the hand but it is not overly thin. However, one should take care in cutting anything more than soft targets with a sword of this design.The lighter weight, with available bo-hi, and beautiful hamon and hada, a product of the forging and folding of the Swedish Powdered steel, will make this sword a favorite of Iai practitioners as well as anyone interested in a light fast katana. The tsuka has the slight "waisting", ryugo, that is popular with many who study Japanese sword arts. The fittings are beautifully antiqued duplicating the lood of old iron. Ted Tenold is responsible for the design and authenticity of these fittings and we think that they are the best that we have offered.We are frequently asked for detailed information on the measurements of our swords. Keep in mind that all of our exclusive swords are hand forged so there is always some variation. Nagasa: 29" Kasane (thickness at habaki): 6.5mm Sakikasane (thickness at start of point): 5mm Motohaba (edge to back distance at habaki): 32mm Sakihaba (edge to back distance at tip): 25mm Kissaki Length: 38mm Details: Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes Weight: 1.08 kg SJC1614 = Tsuka: 35.56 cm - blade: 75 cm 11921 = Tsuka: 33 cm - blade: 72.39 cm 11922 = Tsuka: 30.48 cm - Blade: 69.85 cm 11923 = Tsuka: 27.94 cm - Blade: 72.39 cm

€2,399.00*

Item is normally available in about 10-12 weeks.

Shobu Zukuri Tanto
The "Shobu" Tanto is a warriors blade that hearkens back to the 14th century, a strong beautiful blade in the robust, classic Shobu Zukuri style. This Tanto is an exceptional cutting blade as the samurai proved against the Mongol invaders where this style of sword proved more effective against the Mongol armor. This style of robust shobu zukuri evolved from the naginata/nagamaki that were renowned for their strength and cutting power. Shobu Zukuri means iris leaf, which refers to the shape of the beautifully curved kissaki. In our efforts to keep alive the Samurai past we enjoy reproducing historical blades of the samurai. This is a sword of the samurai, from a time when they were the elite warriors of Japan. It is our heaviest, most robust sword. Our Shobu Zukuri is a longer Tanto at near 41 cm long with a 9.5 cm tsuka. The tsuba is a "hamidashi" style tsuba that complements the design of the Shobu Katana. The tsuka is wrapped in black silk ito and the saya is gloss black. Each blade is individually hand forged from Swedish Powdered Steel but is not folded to keep the price more affordable. The sword has a gentle suguha or sometimes a gentle notare hamon both of which we we felt more appropriate given the unfolded steel and the idea of a serious, no-nonsense sword. Swedish Powdered Steel is exceptional for it's purity and even carbon distribution. Starting then with the best steel the smith then hammer forges each sword individually. Careful heat treating produces a sword with a true martensite hamon (rockwell 60-62). The differential hardening leaves the body of the sword softer and more ductile, making it able to withstand shock in the classic Japanese tradition. Details: Blade length: 25,6 cm Handle length: 9,5 cm Overall length: 41 cm Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: no Weight: 0.4 kg

€660.01*

Item is normally available in about 10-12 weeks.

Bokken Bo Straight 72"
This premium quality 72" Japanese white oak bo is available both tapered and straight to meet the needs of any style. These bokken are practice swords made from wood and are made to practice forms. All wood can be dented, splintered and even broken when used for impact. We guarantee our bokken against wood imperfections but not damages or breaks from practice and impact.

€169.00*

Item is in field warehouse, long distance shipping.

Wave Katana (Bo-hi) New Wave Tsuba
The use of Swedish powdered steel and sophisticated forging and heat treating results in outstanding quality and performance. Strength, edge holding, and beauty have all been significantly enhanced by the use of this steel The blade evidences a gunome style hamon and a dramatic ayasugi-hada with mokume and masame. Also available on this sword is bo-hi ( a groove in the shinogi ji the length of the blade). The Wave style katana is available with or without bo-hi. The Wave style is available (with pre-order) in several different color combinations of saya and tsuka-ito. The steel tusba has an engraved nami (wave) pattern as does the fuchi and kashira. The nakago (tang) is 10 inches long and secured with two mekugi (holding pins) to ensure strength, safety and longevity of use. Details: Overall length: 99.06 cm Blade length: 71.12 cm Handle length: 25.4 cm Tsuba: New Wave Tsuba

€2,100.03*

Item is normally available in about 10-12 weeks.

Dragonfly Katana, 72.39 cm Blade Length
One of the newer and very popular offerings from Bugei is our Dragonfly koshirae katana. It is a katana of distinctive style with a thinner, lighter blade individually hand forged and folded from the superior Swedish Powdered Steel. It comes as a shinogi zukuri sword with a chu kissaki. It is available with or without bo-hi and is a very affordable sword.Wakizashi and Tanto are also available in matched designs.The work with Paul Chen continues to produce swords of the highest quality -- the best value for the money. All of Buge swords are tested extensively before they are put into production. We make sure that our swords perform as good as they look. The Dragonfly held a special significance to the Samurai. Their seemingly tireless movement reflected the Samurai's desire to give tireless service to his feudal Lord. The dark brown silk ito is set off by the black same making this a unique offering from Bugei. The lower shinogi and the scant hira-niku make this blade lighter and faster and gives it less resistance in cutting soft targets. The blade feels very light in the hand but it is not overly thin. However, one should take care in cutting anything more than soft targets with a sword of this design.The lighter weight, with available bo-hi, and beautiful hamon and hada, a product of the forging and folding of the Swedish Powdered steel, will make this sword a favorite of Iai practitioners as well as anyone interested in a light fast katana. The tsuka has the slight "waisting", ryugo, that is popular with many who study Japanese sword arts. The fittings are beautifully antiqued duplicating the lood of old iron. Ted Tenold is responsible for the design and authenticity of these fittings and we think that they are the best that we have offered.We are frequently asked for detailed information on the measurements of our swords. Keep in mind that all of our exclusive swords are hand forged so there is always some variation. Nagasa: 29" Kasane (thickness at habaki): 6.5mm Sakikasane (thickness at start of point): 5mm Motohaba (edge to back distance at habaki): 32mm Sakihaba (edge to back distance at tip): 25mm Kissaki Length: 38mm Details: Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes Weight: 1.08 kg SJC1614 = Tsuka: 35.56 cm - blade: 75 cm 11921 = Tsuka: 33 cm - blade: 72.39 cm 11922 = Tsuka: 30.48 cm - Blade: 69.85 cm 11923 = Tsuka: 27.94 cm - Blade: 72.39 cm

€2,399.00*

Item is normally available in about 10-12 weeks.

Bamboo Wakizashi
At Bugei we reach into history to design blades to be used by the student of traditional Japanese Sword Arts. The Bamboo Katana was Bugei's first production sword. And all these years later the updated Bamboo Katana with its elegant black fittings and gold bamboo highlights continues to be one of our most popular swords. The Bamboo Wakizashi was developed as a companion sword to the katana. The sword has an 18.5" blade with a 6.5" tsuka (handle). Bamboo is a popular theme for Japanese sword mounts as it represents both strength and flexibility, qualities highly prized by the Samurai. The tsuba (sword guard) is made from a plate of soft copper that is given a hard gloss black coating and then gold highlights are applied to the intricate bamboo. The tsuka (handle) is wrapped in black silk ito to complement the gloss black saya and glossy black fittings. We also offer a katana and tanto with fully matching furniture should you want to form a matching set (daisho). Included with each sword are a sword bag and quality cleaning kit we import directly from Japan. And as is true of all of our swords. Details: Blade length: 47,5 cm Handle length: 13,8 cm Overall length: 67 cm Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes Weight: 0,64 kg

€1,750.00*

Item is in field warehouse, long distance shipping.

Bugei Bokken Saya (Plastic)
Our boken (training swords) are designed for the dedicated practitioner who wants a superior product for greater training. Safe to use under the proper supervision of a trained instructor, our boken will help shape your technique and performance with the sword.

€39.00*

Item is normally available in about 10-12 weeks.

Bamboo-Katana, 69.85 cm Blade Length
Bugei reaches into history to design blades to be used by the student of traditional Japanese Sword Arts. The Bamboo Katana was Bugei's first production sword. And all these years later the updated Bamboo Katana with its elegant black fittings and gold bamboo highlights continues to be one of our most popular swords. Bamboo is a popular theme for Japanese sword mounts as it represents both strength and flexibility, qualities highly prized by the Samurai. The tsuba (sword guard) is made from a plate of soft copper that is given a hard gloss black coating and then gold highlights are applied to the intricate bamboo. The tsuka (handle) is wrapped in black silk ito to complement the gloss black saya and glossy black fittings. Originally made of Manchurian Rail steel, the Bamboo Katana is now made with a superior folded Swedish Powdered steel for added beauty and toughness. The Bamboo is a larger sword with moderate niku ("meat to the blade") creating an excellent sword for more difficult traditional targets. As always, our swords not only look like high quality swords, they also have quality of design, fit and finish that is not readily visible, like our 10" nakago with two mekugi to insure that the blade stays secure in the tsuka.The steel of these blades is folded and forged, then clay coated and heated to a red hot state before being quenched in water. This forms a resilient softer steel body (45-48 RC) with an aggressively hard edge (59 RC). This provides exceptional strength and shock resistance with superior edge holding and cutting ability. Careful polishing reveals the hamon and hada showing off the different crystalline structures of the steel. The swords clearly show the martinsite edge, the pearlite body, and nioi crystalline structure that lights up on the true hamon. Both the tsuka and the saya are hand made for each individual sword. This attention to detail means that you, our customer, get the best that we can provide.We also offer a wakizashi and tanto with fully matching furniture should you want to form a matching set (daisho). Included with each sword are a sword bag and quality cleaning kit we import directly from Japan. And as is true of all of our swords. Nagasa: 30" Kasane (thickness at habaki): 7.5mm Sakikasane (thickness at start of point): 6mm Motohaba (edge to back distance at habaki): 32mm Sakihaba (edge to back distance at tip): 24mm Kissaki Length: 38mm Weight: approx. 1.2 kg Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes The sword is available in the following options: SJC1401 = Tsuka: 38 cm - Blade: 75 cm 11919 = Tsuka: 35.56 cm - Blade: 72.39 cm 11920 = Tsuka: 33 cm - Blade: 69.85 cm

€2,799.00*

Item is normally available in about 10-12 weeks.

Shobu Zukuri Katana, 73,66 cm Blade Length
The "Shobu" Katana is a warriors blade that hearkens back to the 14th century, a strong beautiful blade in the robust, classic Shobu Zukuri style. This sword is an exceptional cutting blade as the samurai proved against the Mongol invaders where this style of sword proved more effective against the Mongol armor. This style of robust shobu zukuri evolved from the naginata/nagamaki that were renowned for their strength and cutting power. Shobu Zukuri means iris leaf, which refers to the shape of the beautifully curved kissaki. In our efforts to keep alive the Samurai past we enjoy reproducing historical blades of the samurai. This is a sword of the samurai, from a time when they were the elite warriors of Japan. It is our heaviest, most robust sword.Each blade is individually hand forged from Swedish Powdered Steel but is not folded to keep the price more affordable. The sword has a gentle suguha or sometimes a gentle notare hamon both of which we we felt more appropriate given the unfolded steel and the idea of a serious, no-nonsense sword.Swedish Powdered Steel is exceptional for it's purity and even carbon distribution. Starting then with the best steel the smith then hammer forges each sword individually. Careful heat treating produces a sword with a true martensite hamon (rockwell 60-62). The differential hardening leaves the body of the sword softer and more ductile, making it able to withstand shock in the classic Japanese tradition. Blade Specifications Motohaba - 1 7/16" Sakihaba - 1 1/8" Torisori - 7/8" Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: no The sword is available in the following options: SJC1441 = Tsuka: 38,1 cm - Blade: 76,20 cm 11917 = Tsuka: 35,56 cm - Blade: 73,66 cm 11918 = Tsuka: 33,02 cm - Blade: 71,12 cm Weight: 1.48 kg

€2,269.00*

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Wave Wakizashi (No Bo-hi) New Wave Tsuba
The Wave style Wakizashi is a custom offering from Bugei. The use of Swedish powdered steel and sophisticated forging and heat treating results in outstanding quality and performance. Strength, edge holding, and beauty have all been significantly enhanced by the use of this steel The blade evidences a gunome style hamon and a dramatic ayasugi-hada with mokume and masame. Also available on this sword is bo-hi ( a groove in the shinogi ji the length of the blade). The Wave style Wakizashi is available with or without bo-hi. The Wave style is available (with pre-order) in several different color combinations of saya and tsuka-ito. With this sword you also have a choice of nagasa (length of blade) and length of tsuka so that you can custom fit the sword to your requirements.The steel tusba has an engraved nami (wave) pattern as does the fuchi and kashira. The nakago (tang) is 10 inches long and secured with two mekugi (holding pins) to ensure strength, safety and longevity of use. SJC1430 = Bugei Wave Wakizashi (No Bo-hi) Square Tsuba 11933 = Bugei Wave Wakizashi (No Bo-hi) Round Tsuba 11934 = Bugei Wave Wakizashi (No Bo-hi) New Wave Tsuba 11935 = Bugei Wave Wakizashi (Bo-hi) Square Tsuba 11936 = Bugei Wave Wakizashi (Bo-hi) Round Tsuba 11937 = Bugei Wave Wakizashi (Bo-hi) New Wave Tsuba Details: Overall length: 64.77 cm Blade length: 45.72 cm Handle length: 16.51 cm Weight: 0.7 kg

€1,890.03*

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Peace Wakizashi
The new Peace Wakizashi was designed by Keith Larman of Summerchild Polishing as both a companion piece to the very popular Peace Katana, but also as a stand-alone sword on its own merits.Keith requested that the wakizashi be of the hira zukuri form. Hira zukuri blades are flatter without the ridgeline and defined kissaki (tip) of a more common shinogi zukuri design. Shinogi zukuri is the overwhelming choice in longer blade forms such as katana because it offers a balance between strength and resistance to bends along with proper sharpness. Hira zukuri blades being taller from back to the edge has a sharper edge angle and are, as a result, aggressive cutting blades. Users will often comment that they are as close to a "lightsaber" that you're going to get in the modern world. However, in longer lengths with their thinner cross section they can be more prone to taking a set (a permanent bend) due to the forces involved in actual cutting. As a result, hira zukuri blades are very rare in longer lengths but more commonly seen in tanto and sometimes in wakizashi. Keith has long told us he wanted to do a hira zukuri wakizashi but only as long as it as done in a quality steel with a quality heat treatment. The Peace Wakizashi is that sword.Bugei asked the forge to fold the steel an extra time to get the finer grain that is distinctive of the Peace Katana. Bugei has them do a subtle suguha (flat) hamon on that steel giving them a very subtle but incredibly interesting interaction with the steel when looked at closely. The elegant suguha also follows the profile of the blade itself, lending itself to an understated elegance that is so distinctive of Japanese historical swordcraft. Keith's designed included specifying the larger size of the blade even though it is wakizashi length. The overall nagasa is 20 inches from the machi to the very tip with subtle sori. This length reflects the larger feel of the mounts for today's larger hands.The koshirae (mounts) reflect the Peace Katana but, as is traditional with daisho, there is some intentional variation. Matched sets (daisho) shouldn't necessarily be "photocopies" of each other. The Peace Wakizashi features a hamidashi tsuba (essentially a "low profile" tsuba) design. These were common on shorter swords such as tanto and wakizashi. The fuchi kashira and menuki match the Peace katana and of course, the saya (scabbard) is decorated similarly with blades of golden grass reflecting the original haiku which was the inspiration for the Peace Katana. The tsuka is built for one-handed use as is traditional with blacked samekawa (rayskin) wrapped in real silk tsukaito. Details: 20 inch blade 6 inch tsukaThe tsuka is wrapped in brown silk ito and brown same. Each blade is individually hand forged from Swedish Powdered Steel.

€2,099.00*

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Dragonfly Katana-Bohi 5160 Steel 30"/14"
Our goal was to reduce production cost as much as possible while maintaining the classic good looks of the original mounts. There is no hamon and no hada (folding pattern) in the tough 5160 steel but these swords can cut and take abuse at the same time. So each sword can sit proudly on a sword stand but also be a daily working sword in the dojo.All of our swords are tested extensively before they are put into production. We make sure that our swords perform as good as they look. The Dragonfly held a special significance to the Samurai. Their seemingly tireless movement reflected the Samurai’s desire to give tireless service to his feudal Lord.The dark brown ito is set off by the black same making this a unique offering from Bugei. The lower shinogi and the scant hira-niku make this blade lighter and faster and gives it less resistance in cutting soft targets. The tsuka has the slight “waisting”, ryugo, that is popular with many who study Japanese sword arts. The fittings are beautifully antiqued duplicating the look of old iron. Ted Tenold is responsible for the design and authenticity of these fittings and we think that they are the best that we have offered. Blade: 30" Handle: 14" Blade Steel: 5160 Hrc Edge: 59 Hrc Back: 45-48

€1,299.00*

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Wave Katana (No Bo-hi) Round Tsuba
The use of Swedish powdered steel and sophisticated forging and heat treating results in outstanding quality and performance. Strength, edge holding, and beauty have all been significantly enhanced by the use of this steel The blade evidences a gunome style hamon and a dramatic ayasugi-hada with mokume and masame. Also available on this sword is bo-hi ( a groove in the shinogi ji the length of the blade). The Wave style katana is available with or without bo-hi. The Wave style is available (with pre-order) in several different color combinations of saya and tsuka-ito. The steel tusba has an engraved nami (wave) pattern as does the fuchi and kashira. The nakago (tang) is 10 inches long and secured with two mekugi (holding pins) to ensure strength, safety and longevity of use. Details: Overall length: 111.76 cm Blade length: 74.93 cm Handle length: 33.02 cm Tsuba: Round Tsuba

€2,100.03*

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Bugei Bamboo Katana 28.5" Blade 14" Handle NS
Bugei reaches into history to design blades to be used by the student of traditional Japanese Sword Arts. The Bamboo Katana was Bugei's first production sword. And all these years later the updated Bamboo Katana with its elegant black fittings and gold bamboo highlights continues to be one of our most popular swords. Bamboo is a popular theme for Japanese sword mounts as it represents both strength and flexibility, qualities highly prized by the Samurai. The tsuba (sword guard) is made from a plate of soft copper that is given a hard gloss black coating and then gold highlights are applied to the intricate bamboo. The tsuka (handle) is wrapped in black silk ito to complement the gloss black saya and glossy black fittings. Originally made of Manchurian Rail steel, the Bamboo Katana is now made with a superior folded Swedish Powdered steel for added beauty and toughness. The Bamboo is a larger sword with moderate niku ("meat to the blade") creating an excellent sword for more difficult traditional targets. As always, our swords not only look like high quality swords, they also have quality of design, fit and finish that is not readily visible, like our 10" nakago with two mekugi to insure that the blade stays secure in the tsuka. The steel of these blades is folded and forged, then clay coated and heated to a red hot state before being quenched in water. This forms a resilient softer steel body (45-48 RC) with an aggressively hard edge (59 RC). This provides exceptional strength and shock resistance with superior edge holding and cutting ability. Careful polishing reveals the hamon and hada showing off the different crystalline structures of the steel. The swords clearly show the martinsite edge, the pearlite body, and nioi crystalline structure that lights up on the true hamon. Both the tsuka and the saya are hand made for each individual sword. This attention to detail means that you, our customer, get the best that we can provide. We also offer a wakizashi and tanto with fully matching furniture should you want to form a matching set (daisho). Included with each sword are a sword bag and quality cleaning kit we import directly from Japan. And as is true of all of our swords. Details: Blade Steel K120C Weight without Saya (Sheath) 3lb 1oz Overall Length 44" Nagasa (Blade) Length 28 1/2" Tsuka (Handle) Length 14" Kasane (Thickness at Habaki) 8.5mm Sakikasane (Thickness at Tip) 7.3mm Motohaba (Width of Blade at Habaki) 32.7mm Sakihaba (Edge to back at Yakote) 24mm Sori 1/2"

€2,799.00*

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Old Pine Katana, Blade Length 72.39 cm
The Old Pine Katana was originally released using an unfolded, modern high alloy steel with a high tech heat treatment. However, while the prototypes were quite impressive, once it went in to production we found the factory was unable to deliver sufficient numbers in the quality we required. And then a devastating fire at the Hanwei forge forced Hanwei to re-evaluate whether to continue with the new steel. At that point we suspended sales of the Old Pine Katana until we could get some idea as to what we could expect from the factory.Bugei is pleased to announce that they will now be offering the Old Pine Katana again, but this time in the tried and tested powdered steel used in all of the sword lines for the last decade. This steel has been durable, reliable, and the factory was able to produce swords for us at the quality required in the past. So Bugei is now offering the Old Pine for sale again, except now it will be with the steel as used in all our other swords. Please note that until we get in our first shipment the photographs will show the old steel type. The goal was to make a sword that was without peer in terms of performance but would still have a beautiful and somewhat traditional look. Since the sword is intended to be a strong workhorse that you can rely on day in and day out for years, the sword is mounted in an understated "pine" motif. The pine tree endures year round as it is an evergreen which befits the steel used for this fine and powerful katana that will never let you down. The blackened iron tsuba is a classic design picturing a pine tree and pine needles. The shape was chosen as it allows the swordsman to place the sword on the ground in front of them without worrying about the sword rolling. The fuchi kashira are also blackened iron with pine motifs. The menuki are gold gilded representations of pine cones. The green saya represents the year round green of the evergreen pine and sports understated hand-painted gold needles.The tsuka is wrapped in brown silk ito with blackened samekawa underneath. The sword has two mekugi and all saya parts are made of fine horn. The blade has light niku but is of moderate weight and dimensions with an extended chu kissaki and moderate sori. It is a very sharp blade that is an aggressive cutter that should handle any conventional cutting practice. It handles relatively lightly in the hands but of course balance will vary according to blade and tsuka length as chosen by the customer. The prototype sword shown in the photographs is approximately 30 inches long with a 14" tsuka.This sword is available for order now from Bugei Trading Company. As swords arrive from the factory and pass our stringent quality control orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis.Customers have a choice in sword length (nagasa). We are frequently asked for detailed information on the measurements of our swords. Keep in mind that all of our exclusive swords are hand forged so there is always some variation. During a quality control visit we asked Keith Larman to measure a "typical" Old Pine katana. Here are the measurements for this one sword. Nagasa: 30" Kasane (thickness at habaki): 8mm Sakikasane (thickness at start of point): 5mm Motohaba (edge to back distance at habaki): 32mm Sakihaba (edge to back distance at tip): 23mm Kissaki Length: 34mm Deep Sori: 1.1" or 28mm Tsuka: 27.94 cm Blade: 72.39 cm Weight: approx. 1.3 kg Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: no

€2,799.00*

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Samurai Katana, 69.85 cm Blade Length
The Samurai Katana is the strongest and best performing Japanese style blade ever offered at this price. The use of Swedish powdered steel, used in the construction of these shinogi zukuri katana, results in outstanding quality and performance. Strength, edge holding, and beauty have all been significantly enhanced by the use of this steel along with the complex folding process. The thicker, robust blade with ample niku ("meat") evidences a gunome style hamon and a dramatic ayasugi-hada with mokume and masame.The tsuba is steel and engraved with a Samurai drawing his sword.The fuchi and kashira also feature Samurai drawing and cutting engraved in them. The forging process for this sword can be seen on our website. Each of these blades is individually hand forged and folded, heat treated, and mounted. Even with these design parameters each sword is unique. Performance testing has shown them to be strong cutting blades with a good resistance to deflection. James cut cleanly through a 12 mat roll at the Bugei Open House with the Samurai style blade. The nakago are 10 inches with two mekugi. This provides for strength and safety while cutting. These swords are also available with 11 inch up to 15 inch tsuka . The saya and the silk tsuka ito are black.General Blade Specifications (remember each sword is hand forged so there is always minor variation): Motohaba is 1 1/4 inch, Sakihaba is 1 inch, Torisori is 7/8 inch, Hamon is in Gyaku Choji style, and the kissaki is 1 3/4 inches. SJC1434 = Tsuka: 38 cm - blade: 75 cm 11924 = Tsuka: 35.56 cm - blade: 72.39 cm 11925 = Tsuka: 33 cm - blade: 69.85 cm 11926 = Tsuka: 27.94 cm - Blade: 69.85 cm 11927 = Tsuka: 27.94 cm - Blade: 72.39 cm Details: Weight: approx. 1.3 kg Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes

€2,599.00*

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Bamboo-Katana, 75 cm Blade Length
Bugei reaches into history to design blades to be used by the student of traditional Japanese Sword Arts. The Bamboo Katana was Bugei's first production sword. And all these years later the updated Bamboo Katana with its elegant black fittings and gold bamboo highlights continues to be one of our most popular swords. Bamboo is a popular theme for Japanese sword mounts as it represents both strength and flexibility, qualities highly prized by the Samurai. The tsuba (sword guard) is made from a plate of soft copper that is given a hard gloss black coating and then gold highlights are applied to the intricate bamboo. The tsuka (handle) is wrapped in black silk ito to complement the gloss black saya and glossy black fittings. Originally made of Manchurian Rail steel, the Bamboo Katana is now made with a superior folded Swedish Powdered steel for added beauty and toughness. The Bamboo is a larger sword with moderate niku ("meat to the blade") creating an excellent sword for more difficult traditional targets. As always, our swords not only look like high quality swords, they also have quality of design, fit and finish that is not readily visible, like our 10" nakago with two mekugi to insure that the blade stays secure in the tsuka.The steel of these blades is folded and forged, then clay coated and heated to a red hot state before being quenched in water. This forms a resilient softer steel body (45-48 RC) with an aggressively hard edge (59 RC). This provides exceptional strength and shock resistance with superior edge holding and cutting ability. Careful polishing reveals the hamon and hada showing off the different crystalline structures of the steel. The swords clearly show the martinsite edge, the pearlite body, and nioi crystalline structure that lights up on the true hamon. Both the tsuka and the saya are hand made for each individual sword. This attention to detail means that you, our customer, get the best that we can provide.We also offer a wakizashi and tanto with fully matching furniture should you want to form a matching set (daisho). Included with each sword are a sword bag and quality cleaning kit we import directly from Japan. And as is true of all of our swords. Nagasa: 30" Kasane (thickness at habaki): 7.5mm Sakikasane (thickness at start of point): 6mm Motohaba (edge to back distance at habaki): 32mm Sakihaba (edge to back distance at tip): 24mm Kissaki Length: 38mm Weight: approx. 1.2 kg Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes The sword is available in the following options: SJC1401 = Tsuka: 38 cm - Blade: 75 cm 11919 = Tsuka: 35.56 cm - Blade: 72.39 cm 11920 = Tsuka: 33 cm - Blade: 69.85 cm

€2,799.00*

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Nami Ryu Beginner Training Kit
The Training Kit includes: Nagamaki Bokken Bokken Tanto Brown Tsuba / Dome Bokken Saya Bokken Jo

€299.00*

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Dragonfly Katana, 69.85 cm Blade Length
One of the newer and very popular offerings from Bugei is our Dragonfly koshirae katana. It is a katana of distinctive style with a thinner, lighter blade individually hand forged and folded from the superior Swedish Powdered Steel. It comes as a shinogi zukuri sword with a chu kissaki. It is available with or without bo-hi and is a very affordable sword.Wakizashi and Tanto are also available in matched designs.The work with Paul Chen continues to produce swords of the highest quality -- the best value for the money. All of Buge swords are tested extensively before they are put into production. We make sure that our swords perform as good as they look. The Dragonfly held a special significance to the Samurai. Their seemingly tireless movement reflected the Samurai's desire to give tireless service to his feudal Lord. The dark brown silk ito is set off by the black same making this a unique offering from Bugei. The lower shinogi and the scant hira-niku make this blade lighter and faster and gives it less resistance in cutting soft targets. The blade feels very light in the hand but it is not overly thin. However, one should take care in cutting anything more than soft targets with a sword of this design.The lighter weight, with available bo-hi, and beautiful hamon and hada, a product of the forging and folding of the Swedish Powdered steel, will make this sword a favorite of Iai practitioners as well as anyone interested in a light fast katana. The tsuka has the slight "waisting", ryugo, that is popular with many who study Japanese sword arts. The fittings are beautifully antiqued duplicating the lood of old iron. Ted Tenold is responsible for the design and authenticity of these fittings and we think that they are the best that we have offered.We are frequently asked for detailed information on the measurements of our swords. Keep in mind that all of our exclusive swords are hand forged so there is always some variation. Nagasa: 29" Kasane (thickness at habaki): 6.5mm Sakikasane (thickness at start of point): 5mm Motohaba (edge to back distance at habaki): 32mm Sakihaba (edge to back distance at tip): 25mm Kissaki Length: 38mm Details: Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes Weight: 1.08 kg SJC1614 = Tsuka: 35.56 cm - blade: 75 cm 11921 = Tsuka: 33 cm - blade: 72.39 cm 11922 = Tsuka: 30.48 cm - Blade: 69.85 cm 11923 = Tsuka: 27.94 cm - Blade: 72.39 cm

€2,399.00*

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Bugei Bokken Bo Tapered 72"
This premium quality 72" Japanese white oak bo is available both tapered and straight to meet the needs of any style. These bokken are practice swords made from wood and are made to practice forms. All wood can be dented, splintered and even broken when used for impact. We guarantee our bokken against wood imperfections but not damages or breaks from practice and impact.

€169.00*

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Shishi/Liondog Katana, 75 cm Blade Length
Bugei is pleased to announce the reintroduction of an all new Lion Dog Koshirae - a matched set with a daito and tanto with the most intricate and elegant fittings Bugei has ever produced.The original Lion Dog was a favorite sword of many of Bugei's customers, but in the long run it was too difficult to produce reliably and we needed to focus on improving the core line of Bugei's swords.In the intervening years Bugei has been at the forefront in pushing new sword designs and improvements through Hanwei. Bugei went so far as to fly top ranked Japanese Sword Art instructors as well as professional sword polishers and koshirae craftsmen to China to help train the Japanese sword craftsmen at Hanwei. With the improvements we saw as a result of those efforts we decided to revisit the original idea behind the original Lion Dog koshirae. We thought of bringing it back as a "classic" design, but with all of the improvements seen from Paul Chen's Hanwei forge we decided it was time to challenge Hanwei to make their best sword ever. So we redesigned the koshirae, added kogatana and kogai, and really pushed the envelope for production swords. Hanwei was up to the challenge.The production sword market has grown greatly in the last 5-10 years. Many swords are haphazard at best in terms of shaping and style. We decided that if we were to reintroduce the Lion Dog koshirae we would completely redesign the concept.The "golden age" of the Japanese sword was Kamakura era of Japanese history. The very greatest names in Japanese sword history were working across Japan making fierce weapons that today are considered to be virtually priceless works of art. Many of these blades were deeply curved for use as tachi. As usage changed to katana style thrust through the obi on the warrior's side these magnificent blades were shortened. This created a very distinctive look to the curvature of the sword and basically defined what was "correct" for the rest of sword history. So we decided to focus on the period of history when the sword was first being worn through the obi. As a result we decided to produce the Lion Dog set as a daisho with the short sword being a tanto rather than the wakizashi to reflect the times we were representing. Next we went to the books on the great smiths of history. We chose a long sword (daito) and a tanto (shoto) by the great smith Masamune as the models for the shape, dimensions, and overall "feel" of the Lion Dog daisho. Masamune was considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, smiths of Japanese sword history.His influence on the Japanese sword was profound and widely felt. His "Ten Famous Students" are themselves considered the innovators and in the highest levels of sword craft historically. So it seemed only natural to select a blade shape based on the work of Masamune. Of course we could never duplicate the wonderous artistry of a master like Masamune, but we wanted to have something absolutely authoritative and representative to base the Lion Dog upon. This goes right down to the two fine grooves carefully carved into the tanto. The Lion Dog, or shishi, is a very popular motif in the sword arts. With the connotations of protection, power, and truth they were an appealing theme to the warrior. But to be strictly accurate Shishi translates just to "lion." Of course the problem here is there are no lions in Japan. So why did so many temples end up with shishi guarding the gates? Why is the image of the shishi such a powerful image?Lions were seen in early Buddhist art and were called "foo-dogs" by the Chinese (the dog of the Buddha) or "Lions of Korea" by the Koreans. Often the "foo-dog" was pictured in the presence of the Buddha and was considered to be a powerful guardian. The roar of the lion represented power, protection, authority, truth, and a naturalistic honesty within Buddhist thought.In the 7th century Buddhism swept into Japan from China and Korea. The Japanese would hae seen paintings and scultures at this time representing these creatures and since they didn't have lions themselves their representations and descriptions would be based somewhat on what they new from art and how the concept was introduced. One version of te shishi was called the Karashishi or "Chinese Lion" probably in part due to the similarity to the facial structure of the Chinese Pekinese dog.These were often represented with an open mouth. The opem mouth most likely represented the release of bad spirits. Sometimes they would hold a round Buddhist jewel in their open mouth or between their feet which itself represented great power. The Korean shishi was called the Komainu or "Korean Dog." Usually the Komainu shishi has a ferocious expression with a closed mouth for keeping in the good spirits.The shishi represents great power, strength and authority. There are other themes with the open and closed mouth of in and yo, birth and death, releasing and keeping in, and so forth. Ultimately the shishi is a powerful representation of the "muscle" backing up the truth of Buddhism. As a result in Japan many Buddhist temples will have two shishi guardians at the entrance.In revisiting the overall koshirae design we decided it was time to bring in things never seen before in production swords. Most production swords are untilitarian in design but there is a rich diversty of mounting styles and options in the world of the Japanese sword. We wanted to build a koshirae representative of the time and style. We designed a kozuka with a functional blade for the katana and a kogai for the tanto. The kozuka, kogai and menuki have a peony design which is traditionally used with the shishi motif. Details: Blade length: 75 cm Handle length: 35,56cm The following versions of the Katana can be found in our shop: Shi-Shi / Liondog Katana, 79 cm blade length [11849] Shi-Shi / Liondog Katana, 75 cm blade length [11850] Shi-Shi / Liondog Katana, 72 cm blade length [11851] Important Note: The pictured Tanto in the product picture is not included, but you can also find it in our shop under the number: Shi-Shi / Liondog Tanto [11852]

€3,669.00*

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Bamboo-Katana, 72.39 cm Blade Length
Bugei reaches into history to design blades to be used by the student of traditional Japanese Sword Arts. The Bamboo Katana was Bugei's first production sword. And all these years later the updated Bamboo Katana with its elegant black fittings and gold bamboo highlights continues to be one of our most popular swords. Bamboo is a popular theme for Japanese sword mounts as it represents both strength and flexibility, qualities highly prized by the Samurai. The tsuba (sword guard) is made from a plate of soft copper that is given a hard gloss black coating and then gold highlights are applied to the intricate bamboo. The tsuka (handle) is wrapped in black silk ito to complement the gloss black saya and glossy black fittings. Originally made of Manchurian Rail steel, the Bamboo Katana is now made with a superior folded Swedish Powdered steel for added beauty and toughness. The Bamboo is a larger sword with moderate niku ("meat to the blade") creating an excellent sword for more difficult traditional targets. As always, our swords not only look like high quality swords, they also have quality of design, fit and finish that is not readily visible, like our 10" nakago with two mekugi to insure that the blade stays secure in the tsuka.The steel of these blades is folded and forged, then clay coated and heated to a red hot state before being quenched in water. This forms a resilient softer steel body (45-48 RC) with an aggressively hard edge (59 RC). This provides exceptional strength and shock resistance with superior edge holding and cutting ability. Careful polishing reveals the hamon and hada showing off the different crystalline structures of the steel. The swords clearly show the martinsite edge, the pearlite body, and nioi crystalline structure that lights up on the true hamon. Both the tsuka and the saya are hand made for each individual sword. This attention to detail means that you, our customer, get the best that we can provide.We also offer a wakizashi and tanto with fully matching furniture should you want to form a matching set (daisho). Included with each sword are a sword bag and quality cleaning kit we import directly from Japan. And as is true of all of our swords. Nagasa: 30" Kasane (thickness at habaki): 7.5mm Sakikasane (thickness at start of point): 6mm Motohaba (edge to back distance at habaki): 32mm Sakihaba (edge to back distance at tip): 24mm Kissaki Length: 38mm Weight: approx. 1.2 kg Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes The sword is available in the following options: SJC1401 = Tsuka: 38 cm - Blade: 75 cm 11919 = Tsuka: 35.56 cm - Blade: 72.39 cm 11920 = Tsuka: 33 cm - Blade: 69.85 cm

€2,799.00*

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White Bokken Shoto Wakizashi
Our boken (training swords) are designed for the dedicated practitioner who wants a superior product for greater training. Safe to use under the proper supervision of a trained instructor, our boken will help shape your technique and performance with the sword.We guarantee our bokken against imperfections but not damages or breaks from practice and impact. Overall: 21 1/2" Blade: 16" Handle: 5 5/8" Weight: 9.5 oz

€49.01*

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Dragonfly-Wakizashi, with Bo-Hi
The Dragonfly Wakizashi is a relatively new addition to Bugei's lineup of swords. Made to be a companion sword to the Dragonfly Katana, it shares the same design, just scaled down to wakizashi size (50 cm shinogi zukuri blade with chu kissaki, 14 cm tsuka). The blade is not overly thin, but the nearly flat surface of the blade makes it an excellent soft target cutter. Each wakizashi is individually hand forged and folded from the superior Swedish Powdered Steel, available with or without bo-hi, and is very affordable. The Dragonfly Wakizashi tsuka is wrapped with dark brown silk tsukaito. All of our swords are tested extensively before they are put into production. We make sure that our swords perform as good as they look. The Dragonfly held a special significance to the Samurai. Their seemingly tireless movement reflected the Samurai's desire to give tireless service to his feudal Lord. The dark brown ito is set off by the black same making this a unique offering from Bugei. The lower shinogi and the scant hira-niku make this blade lighter and faster and gives it less resistance in cutting soft targets. The lighter weight, with available bo-hi, and beautiful hamon and hada, a product of the forging and folding of the Swedish Powdered steel, will make this sword a favorite of Iai practitioners as well as anyone interested in a light as well as fast sword. The fittings are made of iron that has been "antiqued" duplicating the look of many antique fittings. Ted Tenold is responsible for the design and authenticity of these fittings and we think that they are some of the best that we have offered. Details: Blade length: 50,4 cm Handle length: 14,2 cm Overall length: 70 cm Steel: Swedish Powdered Steel Folded Steel: yes Weight: 0.62 kg

€1,080.01*

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