Iaido / Iaito Swords

Designed to be perfectly balanced for iaido and kenjutsu kata forms along with other Japanese sword martial arts, our iaito swords offer a more traditional alternative to the many zinc aluminum alloy blades available. After all, the purpose of training with an iaito is so you'll be ready to use a proper steel shinken when the time comes.

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Hand Forged 1060 High Carbon Steel Blade Martial Arts Iaito Golden Dragon Katana
Katana - Hosokawa Gracia 1060
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Hand Forged 1060 High Carbon Steel Blade Full Tang Oil Quenched Samurai Katana Sword
Katana - Hitotsubashi Keiki 1060
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Hand Forged 1060 High Carbon Skyrim Blades Sword Dragon & Snake Martial Arts Iaito Katana
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Hand Forged 1060 High Carbon Steel Blade Iaito Samurai Umidori Katana Sword
Katana - Hosokawa Fujitaka 1060
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Hand Forged 1060 High Carbon Steel Blade Iaito Samurai Crane Katana Sword
Katana - Honganji Kennyo 1060
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Hand Forged 1060 High Carbon Steel Blade Iaito Samurai Blood Dragon Katana Sword
Katana - Honda Tadatomo 1060
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Hand Forged 1060 High Carbon Steel Blade Full Tang Fisherman Samurai Katana Sword
Katana - Hayashi Narinaga 1060
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Wakizashi - Niigata 1060
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Katana - Hotta Masatoshi 1060
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Katana - Gamō Ujisato 1060
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Katana - Hijikata Toshizo 1060
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Katana - Oda Nobunaga 1060
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Katana - Harada Nobutane 1060
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Katana - Hirate Masahide 1060
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Wakizashi - Kumamoto 1060
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Katana - Hosokawa Tadaoki 1060
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Wakizashi - Sagamihara 1060
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Katana - Takenaka Hanbei 1060
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Katana - Hōjō Ujimasa 1060
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Katana - Ii Naomasa 1060
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Katana - Hammered Spine 1060
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Katana - Katō Kiyomasa 1095
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Katana - Inaba Yoshimichi 1095
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Katana - Ibuka Kajinosuke 1060
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Katana - Horio Yoshiharu 1060
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Wakizashi - Sakai 1060
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Hardened carbon steel iaido swords are made with better balance and greater durability. Whether katana or wakizashi, you'll find many 1060 high carbon steel blade swords for sale in this section, and the reason is simple; 1060 steel offers an excellent compromise between hardness and durability, and it's low weight puts less stress on your wrist when practicing iai forms.

Each iaito sword model comes with a bo-hi (blood groove or fuller), which helps reduce weight and also guides you in your training with the audible Tachi-Kaze wind sound it creates. Each sword also has the option to be either unsharpened (Iaito) for iaido practice or sharpened (Shinken) for functional use, so when you're ready to move on to a shinken you can come back and get the same sword with a sharpened edge for tameshigiri. We offer free shipping to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia along with all of Europe and most other countries.

FAQs

A katana is a japanese sword characterized by a curved, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

The katana is generally defined as the standard-sized, moderately curved Japanese sword with a blade length greater than 23.86 inches. It is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

Western historians have said that the katana was among the finest cutting weapons in world military history.

Having a regular cleaning routine in place is key to maintaining your katana.

You can purchase a traditional sword cleaning kit that will have everything you need. There are three steps: removing oil, polishing the blade, and oiling the blade.

Using a sheet of rice paper from the kit or soft cotton cloth, remove any oil that is still on the blade from the previous maintenance. Take the powder ball and tap it lightly against the blade about every two inches or so along its length. Take a fresh piece of rice paper and rub the powder over the blade to polish it. Do this until both sides of the blade have been polished and the powder completely removed. Take the bottle of oil and apply a few drops along the length of the blade on each side. Use a fresh piece of rice paper to spread the oil evenly on the blade.

The most iconic and well known of all the Samurai swords; the katana is distinguished by its long blade and handle that is made to accommodate two hands and strike from a large distance. It has a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard. The katana has a set of dimensions that separate it from other samurai swords. A traditional katana will measure 3 to 4 feet in total length, with the hilt taking up one-fourth of the total and a characteristic curvature of more or less than 1 inch.

A full tang katana is the sword where the tang extends to almost the whole length of the handle, which makes the blade and the handle the same piece of metal. This gives to the sword certain rigidity and makes it a very solid piece to enjoy.

Full Tang katanas are handmade swords. They can be made of various stainless-steel types according to the Carbon Concentration. The forging is the essential part of the production because it allows the samurai sword to be solid and relatively light. Commonly, the piece of metal is repeatedly heated by fire and hammered while the metal is being folded. The mounting of the different parts is a very delicate operation that has its origins deep in the Japanese civilization. Samurai are used to cherish their Katanas as their trusted partners, and they handle them with love and care.