Ono-Ha Itto Ryu Daisho Set - Bokken & Shoto
Made in Japan (Kyushu)
Rounded Spine | Flat Butt | Short Kissaki
Available in White Oak
Both Bokken & Shoto are made from a single piece of white oak, and are manufactured in the southern islands of Kyushu (Japan). They are slightly shorter than the standard versions, and also thicker and heavier (especially the Shoto). Those models are meant for Ono-Ha Itto Ryu Kenjutsu practitioners. Therefore, they are not suited for general practice but are particularly interesting for hard contact practice.
For the Bokken, we recommend the use of a round leather Tsuba (self-assembly).
Weapons manufactured in the Aramaki workshop are fully handmade; neither machine nor guide is used for the curve. Those models are therefore significantly more expensive.
- Wood species: white oak
- Available finish: Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
- Manufacturing workshop: Aramaki
In 2021, with concerns for the workers, all workshops greatly reduced the number of urethane-varnished weapons and replaced the finish by "Candle Wax". Seido is now transitioning to a new finish offer for the majority of its weapons.
Standard Finish: At Seido, we complete the workshop finish with Camelia oil treatment by default. This is the standard Seido finish.
We do not apply any additional polishing for this finish, so some weapons might have a slightly rough surface.
For maintenance, we recommend that you oil your weapons about once a month with a vegetal-based oil.
Seido Special Finish: For this special Finish, we first apply a Camelia oil polish (oiling and sanding the weapons with oiled sandpaper), then we finish the weapon with high-quality beeswax. This finish makes the wood as smooth as it can be and guarantees excellent protection for several months.
For maintenance, we recommend at least oiling your weapons every month or so. You can also apply wax a few hours after oiling your weapons (if some oil remains on the wood, remove it with a piece of cloth or tissue).
Ono-Ha Itto Ryu Daisho Set - Specifications Dimensions Bokken Shoto Full length: 98 cm 51.5 cm Blade length: 73.5 cm 40.5 cm Tsuka length: 24.5 cm 12 cm Tsuka diameter: 38 x 29 mm 36 x 27 mm Tsukagashira: Taira (flat butt) Kissaki: Short Kissaki Mine: Marumine (round spine) Weight - Shirakashi: 650 ~ 750 g ~ 340 g
* Wood is a living material, color and weight vary from one weapon to another.
About Ono-Ha Itto Ryu School:
The original Itto Ryu, founded by Ito Ittosai Kagehisa in the late 16th century, has disappeared nowadays but its techniques and legacy are still alive in many styles such as the Ono-Ha Itto Ryu, Mizoguchi Ha Itto Ryu, Hokushin Itto Ryu and many more. The Ono-Ha Itto Ryu is the oldest of those schools and was founded by Ono Jiroemon Tadaaki, Ittosai’s direct successor. More duel oriented, Ono was known to be a remarkable sword fighter but also a very difficult person. Although he shared the role of Shogun combat instructor with Yagyu Munenori (Yagyu Shinkage Ryu), his bad character played against him in favor of Yagyu. Ono-Ha Itto Ryu focuses on unarmored fighting and remains famous for its training with "Onigote", an enormous protective glove that can stand powerful strikes of a Bokken. Although the transmission quickly left the Ono family, the school has an uninterrupted lineage of guards of the tradition which guarantees the historical heritage and the efficiency of the taught techniques.
It is interesting to note that Ono-Ha Itto Ryu is fully integrated into Takeda Sokaku's Daito Ryu school. Since Takeda was the main teacher of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, it is often said that Ono-Ha had a significant influence on Aikido. However, it has neither been officially confirmed nor denied that Ueshiba did learn Ono-Ha Itto Ryu from Takeda Sokaku. Besides, Ueshiba never taught Ono-Ha Itto Ryu and studied various other Kenjutsu styles, which makes the true influence of the Ono-Ha Itto Ryu on Aikido difficult to evaluate.
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