As you progress in your practice, it's only natural that you find a sword that matches your skill level. Many of our dedicated customers expressed a desire for a more personalized and high quality blade forged in Kyoto, the heart of the historical martial art, to help take their iaido to the next level. That's where the custom Suzaku from Tozando comes in.
With the Suzaku iaito sword, you have a blade that is ahead of its class, fit for the serious practicioner in the intermediate and advanced levels. Made exclusively in Kyoto, the Suzaku blade is made of special reinforcement GT metal. The Suzaku looks, feels, and weighs the same as a shinken, giving you the authenticity you seek. Best of all, this sword is endorsed by the Kyoto Industry Development Consortium for the traditional craftsmanship used in its creation.
While most iaito are manufactured using the more unreliable sand casting method, creation of the Suzaku sword employs an extremely precise "gravity casting" method, whereby molten metal is poured into a cast, making use of gravity and restricting harmful airflow that could otherwise create cavity-causing air bubbles. This quick-cooling process results in a specially reinforced and superior balanced blade that currently provides the absolute best quality for iaido practicioners.
The use of GT metal creates a stronger blade than your typical iaito sword. In some cases, GT metal is better than iron which is typically used for making Shinken.The reason is that iron shinken usually requires extra care due to its easy propensity to develop rust. Not only that, the weight of iron requires advanced skill to maintain perfect posture during each swing.
GT metal, however, has a much lower maintenance requirement, as it rarely develops rust. And because of its lighter weight, GT metal allows you to maintain perfect form while practicing.
As you can see, Suzaku is not only a beautiful blade, but also a practical tool for serious Iaido practitioners like yourself!
While the Suzaku is not a shinken, it has the same look, feel and weight as a live blade–perfect for those who are in the intermediate and advanced stages of their iaido practice and looking for a sword that offers a little more in matching their skill level and dedication to their craft.
Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital and the center of traditional Japanese culture, is held in the highest esteem for its craftsmanship. That's why this special line of iaito are also highly regarded, as nearly every part of the Suzaku iaito is made in Kyoto. At Tozando, not only do our Suzaku iaito bear the "Kyoto Japan" mark–meaning they are endorsed by the Kyoto Industry Development Consortium for companies that protect and develop the traditional craftsmanship of Kyoto–but they are made by our staff of craftsmen who are also Iaido practitioners themselves.
Typically, an iaito blade is made with a hi-groove tapered at each end to save time during polishing, but this is not natural to authentic Japanese swords. We take the extra time and effort to add the more realistic Marudome hi- groove that resembles a shinken.
While there may be more modern methods to finish and polish each Suzaku blade using machines, hand polishing by our skilled staff of craftsment helps bring out the personality in each sword to ensure your iaito truly is one-of-a-kind. Furthermore, taking the time to polish each blade by hand helps to clear the product of defects, resulting in the best possible iaito.
As stated above, each Suzaku is hand polished and inspected by our team of craftsment to ensure that each blade meets the high standards of Tozando and reflects the quality inspired by Kyoto. Each sword has a serial number carved so you know the quality is guaranteed. But that isn't all that makes each sword unique.
At Tozando, we offer full customization of your Suzaku iaito so you can practice in both comfort and style. The following options can be changed to match your needs and personality:
The Tozando Suzaku Iaito also comes with a sword rack and a carrying bag at no extra cost.
Is your current iaito not up to your standards? Do you need something more durable and serviceable as you continue to climb up the skill ladder? Not only does the Tozando Suzaku Iaito provide superior performance, but it is backed by a 1-year Tsukamaki rewrapping warranty, so buy with confidence knowing that should your Suzaku not live up to the standards we promise, we will replace your sword.
The Tozando Suzaku Iaito comes with a free shipping offer on top of the include freebies like a sword bag.
Also thanks to our financing solution for individual customers, you can now spread the cost. Unlike most financing solution provided by online stores, ours does not cost you a thing, meaning no rent and no extra costs. You can now use the Tozando Financing Plan to purchase Bogu, Iaito or Yoroi armors and pay in up to 6 installments. Financing is the most affordable way to shop on the Tozando online store. Click here to read more information about the Tozando Financing Plan.
With over 30 5-star reviews and a 3-year warranty guarantee, there's no reason to hesitate! Intermediate and advanced learners love the Suzaku, and we are confident you will find it helpful with your iaido training as well.
If you want to know more about Tozando Suzaku Iaito sword, you may want to read Behind-the-scenes Story of Suzaku Iaito Sword!