Kurin Stainless Steel Iaito - Matsu Model

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\ £348.00 inc VAT
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Kurin Stainless Steel Iaito - Matsu Model

£414.17 £290.00 ex VAT
£348.00 inc VAT



The Matsu (pine tree) is a traditional Japanese symbol of longevity, virtue and youth.  Strongly associated with the animistic national religion of Japan, Shinto, many of the largest and most ancient pines are considered Yorishiro, sacred trees capable of attracting Kami and seen bearing the iconic Shimenawa ropes and Shide streamers.


The Matsu Iaito model sees Jidai style Kanagu (hilt fittings) with a traditional pine design are coupled here with a classic geometric motif Tsuba in blackened steel.


Kurin produce professional quality Iaido swords for the international market. The very purpose of an Iaito is to emulate a real sword as closely as possible, whilst eliminating the danger factor involved when practicing with a 'live' blade.


These unique stainless steel Iaito fulfil that function to perfection. Blade geometry, weight, balance, material flex and performance are all near identical to the high quality Shinken Kurin produce for advanced Iaido practice, making these Iaito the perfect option for Seitei and Koryu Iai practice.


These swords are strictly for use outside of Japan where the law proscribes the use of the superior stainless steel materials for the production of unregistered blades.


Features of these models include:


Iaido Blade - blades are slimmed down and have a full Hi to reduce overall weight and improve balance.


430 Stainless Steel - the ideal balance between strength and flexibilty, this tempered 430 stainless steel behaves near identically to the high carbon steel found in Kurin's production Shinken and is not at risk of stress factors sometimes seen in alloy Iaito blades.


Mirror Polish - a huge advantage over Japanese Iaito, these blades are polished to a mirror finish. This eliminates the risk of chrome fatigue and offers the chance to polish out damage caused by accidental contact with the floor or other blades.


Cast Kanagu - Cast fittings in classic Japanese designs bring an additional touch of class to complete the package.  Patina and finish may vary from images.


These swords do not include a stand.


These swords are in stock and ready to dispatch pending our final inspection and UK paperwork requirements.


UK CUSTOMERS TAKE NOTE:  Additional Documentation Required - Click here for details


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1st iaito
I have had my iaito for a few weeks now, so time to make comments. Firstly I have to say thank you to Ninecircles for great customer suport and service. Then the sword itself, it is very well finished and is well balanced making it a joy to use. It seems like it will give a good few years of service so all in all I would say its well worth the price I paid.

Very good iaito
I've bought this iaito cause I've tryed a kurin Iaito before. As the one I've tryed before my purchase, the weight and balanced of this iaito are really good and exactly match what I was looking for. In addition, Martyn helped me a lot to do my choice. Fast delivery in France: less than a week. Finitions are good. According to my personal taste, I do not find it especialy "beautiful" however when I have it in my hands I find it WONDERFUL and the feeling is excellent. This is far away the most important point for a good practice of iaido. Last but not least, the price is really good for such a high quality product. That's why this iaito deserves a 5 star rating. Big thanks to Martyn & Ninecircles.

ninecircle quality
Such a high quality blade for such a low cost. Outstanding balance and weight. Training enjoyment has now reached new heights. A big thank you goes to ninecircles for such quality advice and service.

Kurin iaito
I've had my katana now for about a month,I found it to be a lovely weighted katana to practice with even though my cuts are not great and are a work I n progress I get very good feed back from it when I'm cutting,would recommend them to any one and for the price very good value

My first Iaito.
It feels very good to use this Iaito, good value for your money.

This Iaito is great for practice
This is my first Iaito and it is perfect, its weight is heavy enough to build up your muscles enough over time so that when you use a shinken you'll be able to handle it, the blade is thin so it looks good and the hamon is prominent and displays a good notare appearance. The tachikaze you receive from the cut is very audible and sounds good and the general appearance of the blade is good. The blade is very solid and has good balance and even though i have been using it for a good few months now, the tightness of the saya has not loosened much at all. I recommend this to anyone who wants a beginner Iaito.

My second Kurin Iaito arrived today (Not that I have broken the other one) but thought I would treat myself for Christmas - like you do! Anyways I have found the sword to be perfectly balanced and not as heavy as my last one even though it is a 2.6 shaku. The Bo-hi also makes a fantastic swoosh when making correct cuts so really good for audible feedback on downward cuts. Would highly recommend - especially if you want anything over a 2.45 Shaku blade length, as I can't find anyone else with the same range and quality as Nine Circles.

"Kurin" Iaito
Having used the sword since it was delivered at the start of the summer i must say im very pleased with it. Good although not perfect balance and high quality build in general makes me recommend buying this to friends a easy choice.

Great Iaito
I think the blade is very good in balance and handling, it's weight is noticeable, but not awkward. The blade and it's curve are beautiful, and the assembly feels very good. The Iaito isn't overly fancy, the saya, tsuba, menuki and tsuka-gashira aren't overly ornate, but seem very functional, and that is what counts in my opinion. All-over I think the price-quality ratio is in balance as well making these swords very good value for money.

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