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Maeda Keiji's Sekino Magoroku Koshirae - Heavyweight Blade

by Tozando

Original price $902.71 - Original price $902.71
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$902.71 - $902.71
Current price $902.71

Maeda Toshimasu, better known as Maeda Keiji, was a Japanese samurai of the Civil War Period through early Edo Period. When the Tokugawa challenged the Uesugi in 1600, he fought with Uesugi's army. In the battle against the Mogami, he broke through the enemy lines with only eight riders, shattering their formation. After the Uesugi clan's move to the Yonezawa Domain, Toshimasu remained with them, serving as a retainer.

The Tensho style Fuchi/Kashira is made of brass and finished in an antique silver style. Tsuba is quite large and heavy, featuring an eagle on a pine tree. This motif may also be a nod to Maeda Keiji's favorite horse, Matsukaze (literally wind in pine trees). The Menuki are made of silver and feature a large dragon. The Tsuka is bound with blue cotton over red-lacquered stingray skin. A Shuro saya (vermilion gloss finish) helps tie the koshirae together. The Sageo is a unique hand-woven Sanadahimo cord with sophisticated two-tone colors.

The extra wide blade is made of sand-cased, reinforced zinc/aluminum alloy and provides superb balance for dynamic movements. The Hamon pattern reproduces the Kanemoto in fine style. Each part of this koshirae is uncompromisingly hand-assembled by the Japanese sword craftsman, who is an expert in making the genuine Japanese swords. 

Blade: available up to 2.70 shaku.

Weight: (without Saya) approximately 1000 gram (for 2.50 shaku).

Proudly made in Japan.

*Iaito are made with an aluminum zinc alloy blade and cannot be sharpened.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Davide D.
Great quality

The quality of this iaito is clear from the first moment you hold it in your hands: balance, weight, craftmanship, everything is at top quality and there is nothing to complain about.

Personally, I would have preferred a silk tsuka wrapping: it would have enhanced the overall quality of the iaito.
The blue cotton looks actually darker in the pictures shown on the product page; the real color is lighter.
This is not a great problem, but in my opinion, it would have been better to have a darker blue.

In any case, I am very pleased with the purchase.