Full view of the iaito outside of the saya.
Full view of the iaito inside its anshu ishime saya.
Close-up of the guribori tsuba.
View of the tsuba, fuchigane and tsuka.
View of the tsuba and fuchigane from the omote side.
Close-up of the habaki.
The handachi style kashira fitting.
Close-up of the gunome style hamon.
The kissaki seen up close.
The koiguchi and sageo.
The anshu ishime saya and reinforced brass struts.
The handachi kojiri on the saya.
Close-up of the tsuba.
Full view of the choto on a rack.
Close-up of the itomaki and menuki.
Close-up of the saya and tsuba.
Close-up of the silk sageo.
The choto separate from its saya on a rack.
Long view of the deep crimson anshu ishime saya.
Full view of the iaito outside of the saya.
Full view of the iaito inside its anshu ishime saya.
Close-up of the guribori tsuba.
View of the tsuba, fuchigane and tsuka.
View of the tsuba and fuchigane from the omote side.
Close-up of the habaki.
The handachi style kashira fitting.
Close-up of the gunome style hamon.
The kissaki seen up close.
The koiguchi and sageo.
The anshu ishime saya and reinforced brass struts.
The handachi kojiri on the saya.
Close-up of the tsuba.
Full view of the choto on a rack.
Close-up of the itomaki and menuki.
Close-up of the saya and tsuba.
Close-up of the silk sageo.
The choto separate from its saya on a rack.
Long view of the deep crimson anshu ishime saya.

Sasaki Kojiro Koshirae - 3 Shaku Iaito

$1,357.80

Tozando is proud to present a new series of iaito specifically made for Mikami Yasuo's latest film Musashi. This series of iaito are exact replicas of the swords used by the principle characters in the film. Sasaki Kojiro was hugely influential contemporary of Miyamoto Musashi, renowned for his not only his signature long-sword, but also his skill. Fate would have it that he would face Musashi on Ganryu-jima.

This koshirae is the infamous choto (literally "long sword") used by Sasaki Kojiro in the film. It would be with this sword that he would face Musashi with on Ganryu-jima.

However this is not a prop, it has been made to be used as a true iaito. The blade is made from a reinforced zinc and aluminium alloy whilst the tsuka, tsukamaki, saya and metal fittings have all been made in the traditional manner. Like all our iaito, this an authentic piece of Japanese craftsmanship that is meant to be used in Iaido training.

The film Musashi is an ambitious piece directed by Mikami Yasuo (he also directed Shundou in 2013). Mikami strives to capture true authenticity in his works and consequently films entirely on location. This commitment to a genuine atmosphere led the director to choose Tozando to develop and provide the swords for the film.

Made to exacting specifications and featuring unique fittings and designs; this iaito is not only a splendid example of craftsmanship, but also wonderully balanced and prepared for training.

Like all our iaito, it is shipped internationally for free and comes under our 1-year warranty for a tsuka-maki re-wrap. The specifications are as listed below.

Choto Specifications

  • Blade: 3 shaku, reinforced zinc/aluminium alloy
  • Habaki: Brass
  • Tsuba: Brass Karakusa design
  • Fuchi/Kashira: Silver Handachi design
  • Menuki: Sukashi Ryu (Dragon) design
  • Tsuka-maki: Pure cotton black ito, hineri-maki
  • Tsuka Length:11.5 Sun
  • Saya: Anshu Ishime
  • Sageo: Silk Azuki Sageo
  • Approximate Weight without Saya: 1.49kg