Ryujin T10 Custom Katana - Shobu Zukuri with partial bo-hi
CUSTOM KATANA TIER I BLADE, TIER I FITTINGS
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"Shobu Zukuri Iris Leaf blade type with partial bo-hi"
T10 Tool Steel Differentially Hardened blade. Steel fittings, all natural materials. Select and Customize your own style from a wide variety of quality components - Assembled and shipped within 1 week from the Ryujin Californian workshop!
Our fastest build time and best value for money custom Katana series to date..
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- Assembled and Shipped within 1 week from Los Angeles!
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Shobu Zukuri style - a rarer sugata (blade style) that evolved from the Naginata (pole arm) with a slender profiled tip.
This is one of the most exciting developments in the sword industry for YEARS - the option to customize your own high quality, solid performing out of the box T10 tool steel differentially hardened Katana with real hamon WITHOUT waiting for weeks, months or even years - at an incredibly low price and assembled and shipped from WITHIN the United States..
The concept was developed by Mr. Sam Sung, one of the co-founders of Musashi Swords and with the modular assembly system he has developed, keeping a large variety of parts in stock and YOU select what design best suits your unique style WITHOUT breaking the bank..!
Our version of this sword, developed working closely with Mr. Sung and his team, utilizes only the BEST available options to ensure you get the best looking, best performing cutting Katana possible - fully guaranteed to not only meet but EXCEED your expectations. With only the best options available, it is practically impossible to design a bad looking sword. Just pick the components that you like the look of best and let us make it real for you!
But don't make the mistake of thinking these swords are just pretty ornaments - these are serious, practical blades that are surprisingly robust yet traditionally constructed and at our special introductory price, are some of the best cutting swords available anywhere near this price point. The ability to customize them is indeed just a very special free bonus!!
1) Select which Tsuba you wish to be mounted. All tsuba are made from extremely strong 1045 carbon steel with a black powder coated finish. Some are available in two versions, one solid black and the other with REAL 24K gold accents. The 'Front' is the Omote and is the side that faces the tsuka, the 'Back' is the Ura and faces the tip of the blade. An Aikuchi version (i.e. no tsuba at all for a very sleek appearance) is also available (pictured below).
2) Select tsuka (hande) ito color from 8 different color choices with either iron or brass fittings (Iron for maximum durability, brass - less durable but more attractive, pictured above).
3) Select saya style and color. A saya with a mother of pearl insert pattern and one with the top section wrapped in buffalo horn is available for an additional fee.
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- Fuchi and Kashira are available in generic black iron or brass and will match your overall design and the tsuba you select.
- Sageo wrap tends to be black unless pictured otherwise and cannot be specified as it is made at the forge.
Over 30,000 combinations possible, meaning your sword can be almost as unique as your own personal tastes!
Assembled and shipped from the Ryujin workshop in Los Angeles within 1 week after ordering!
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Featured positive reviews:
I've been practicing drills and basic kata with an inexpensive, unsharpened Ryujin iaito for a little over a year before deciding to upgrade to a live katana. I plan on progressing into cutting practice soon (tameshigiri).
The Shobu Zukuri design interested me in particular. Besides possessing a singularly sleek beauty, it was designed for speed and cutting power based on practical feedback from man-to-man infantry battles during the Mongol invasions. In real-world terms, the fastest sword to make the cut in those days won.
The purchase of the Ryujin Shobu Zukuri Katana through the Sword Buyer's Guide Store could not have been easier. All the basic sword stats are good. I'm a big believer in T10 steel with differential hardening (clay tempering) for cutting practice. T10 is a strong, resilient, modern metal known for its toughness and keeping an edge. The Ryujin tsuba, ito, fittings, and saya options allow for a wide range of customization. I went with elegance, lightness, and simplicity: a Musashi iron tsuba with well-matched iron fittings, black ito on black rayskin, and a natural wood saya for contrast.
I'm on the east coast of the US and the speed of the build and delivery from Los Angeles was nothing short of incredible. I ordered on a Monday and by Thursday the sword was on its way. But Tuesday of the following week, my beautiful new katana was in my hands. That's eight days coast to coast total. I have every confidence to order another Ryujin sword through Sword Buyer's Guide again, maybe a beautiful iaito for my wife who has shown an interest.
The Ryujin katana arrived in perfect order with a well-oiled blade and a tight tsuka. Sometimes the handle can be a little loose on inexpensive katanas, so this was a relief. (My iaito required natural lacquer over the cotton ito to retighten and it's now good.) The Shobu Zukuri is a genuinely beautiful blade with a natural hamon. This one still has the single, partial bo-hi, which I prefer, though the double bo-hi looks great on a Shobu Zukuri as well.
My starter-iaito is not the more sophisticated Ryujin option available from Sword Buyer's Guide. It's a hefty, if handsome piece of metal and has been great for developing muscle strength. If my iaito is a heavy-duty truck, the Shobu Zukuri is a nimble Italian sports car. This blade is shockingly fast with a satisfying tachikaze whip when I pull off good technique. In fact, the audible feedback that I could never quite get out of my iaito has forced me to drastically improve my technique and speed. If I were to start over again, I would certainly go with a more expensive Ryujin iaito from Sword Buyer's Guide with audible tachikaze feedback. The audible feedback during practice is game changer for me and keeps me honest.
Any complaints? Well, the official certificate the sword came with has comical printing errors that makes me think it was put together over in China. I can't say I care. The sword and its handling are what's important to me. Also, the saya is a little looser than I ideally like. Yes, it holds if I raise the sword upright by the handle, but just barely. Releasing the katana with thumb pressure is a little too easy compared even to my extensively worn iaito saya. I know how to shim a saya, so I'll tighten it up once it breaks in a bit more. I think anyone who is going to own a practice katana for an extended period of time needs to know how to shim the saya to inevitably tighten it back up, so this is not a big deal to me. It's part of maintenance.
In summary, the Ryujin Shobu Zukuri katana is a thing of beauty and practical, too. It's raised my game to another level. I eagerly look forward to every morning of practice.