Full view of the danryu koshirae.
The iaito next to its saya.
The iaito inside its saya.
Close-up of the kissaki.
Close-up of the bohi.
Side on view of the dragon themed fuchi and brass habaki.
View of the fuchi and tsuba from the ura side.
Close-up of the dragon menuki.
Close-up of the brass tsuka kashira with a dragon theme.
close-up of the saya's kurigata and sageo.
The plain kojiri part of the kuroishime saya.
A size chart showing the blade length and related information.
A size chart displaying what tsuka length matches respective blade lengths for iaito.
Full view of the danryu koshirae.
The iaito next to its saya.
The iaito inside its saya.
Close-up of the kissaki.
Close-up of the bohi.
Side on view of the dragon themed fuchi and brass habaki.
View of the fuchi and tsuba from the ura side.
Close-up of the dragon menuki.
Close-up of the brass tsuka kashira with a dragon theme.
close-up of the saya's kurigata and sageo.
The plain kojiri part of the kuroishime saya.
A size chart showing the blade length and related information.
A size chart displaying what tsuka length matches respective blade lengths for iaito.

Seiryu - Danryu Koshirae Iaito

$540.37

In Japan, various patterns involving the mythical creature of the dragon have been used since ancient times. In particular coiled dragons known as "Danryu" have been prized as patterns on items like plates and vases for the nobility since long ago. It is said dragons possess a mysterious power and are seen as the highest form of all animal patterns used in crafts. Particularly in China, dragons were held in such high regard that special treatment was given to the depiction of dragons - even down to small details like how many claws were able to be depicted on pottery.

This Iaito, by applying the motif of the noble "danryu" dragon across its fittings, has been finished in a dignified manner. A coiled dragon, danryu, is featured on the antique-style iron tsuba. You also see another flying dragon in the sky on fuchi-gane fitting. A raging dragon is displayed on a traditional higo style rounded tsuka-gashira. Finally the tsuka is carefully hand-wrapped with the cotton braid over white tsukasame and the sageo matches the tsuka color. Silk tsuka wrappings and sageo are also available. The saya lacquer is available in kuroro, kuroishime or chaishime. The blade is sand-casted from a bubble-free zinc/aluminum alloy; available up to 2.70 shaku.