Dana Abbott Signature Series Swords



Signature Series: Classic Katana

Length Overall:  40”
Blade:  28”
Handle:  12”
Weight:  2lbs. 6oz.
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Shihan Abbott’s Signature Series Classic Katana sword is traditional in design offering excellent drawing and sheathing techniques plus cutting abilities. The classic blade is particularly designed to satisfy the demands of any discriminating martial artist. The blade is hand forged 1566 steel and sharpened using refined Japanese methods to create the perfect blade for kenjutsu and iaido use. The blade is heat-treated, tempered, and then oil quenched to achieve its optimal levels of HRC40 flexibility and HRC60 hardness. This classic blade is then hand polished with multiple grades of sharpening stones, which smoothes the surface of the blade and brings out the beauty of the hamon temper ridge with the rest of the blade reflecting like a mirror.

All the fittings are special and unique which consist of an ancient Japanese family crest of arms named, “wa ni mitsu no boshi”. This crest has been associated with great samurai warriors for centuries. The ocean wave tsuba is of substantial weight and design giving the sword a feeling of more balance while the sakura cherry blossoms menuki woven into the handle offers excellent gripping balance. A keen blade coupled with the power of the ocean’s wave and the beauty of cherry blossoms. These are all synergistically designed into a well-built sword known in Japan as nami-sakura fubuki. Signature Series Classic Katana is by far the first pick of any martial art enthusiast.

Not sure which sword will fill your hand the best? View our Tutorials below.



Signature Series: XL Katana

Length Overall:  41.50”
Blade:  28.25”
Handle:  12.25”
Weight: 2lb 11oz
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Shihan Abbott’s Signature Series collection also incorporates the newly designed larger XL Katana sword colloquially called, “The Cutter”. This XL blade is produced strictly for serious competitive cutting and its design incorporates the geometry, strength, weight and profile needed for successful cuts on formidable targets. The XL blade is significantly wider than the classic blade, but incorporates a thinner edge that can easily cut right through and sever traditional cutting targets such as multiple rolled and soaked tatami mats. This new XL designed blade is forged and differentially tempered with a beautiful ocean wave hamon temper line along the length of the blade. The XL Katana features genuine ray skin center of the handle, with a tightly-woven black cotton wrap specially chosen for its gripping qualities. The longer tang has double mekugi safety pins for added security.

The fuchi and kashira fittings feature a “mon” family emblem motif and replicate an antique set in Shihan Abbott’s own personal collection. The handsome oval tsuba hilt is of an iron wave design, to compliment the hamon temper line along with a brass collar habaki fitting while the exquisite menuki fittings represent the flowers of sakura cherry blossoms woven into the handle with a special black cotton wrap, which, in Japan, is a very traditional motif. The wooden saya sheath, features a high-quality sageo rope and an ebony pebble-finish. This larger XL cutting blade with new-age geometry offers an exciting cutting experience.


Signature Series: Wakizashi

Length Overall: 27.50”
Blade: 20”
Handle: 6.50”
Weight: 1lb. 11oz.
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Shihan Abbott’s Signature Series Wakizashi sword incorporates a traditional Japanese short sword design, which offers an excellent drawing and smooth sheathing feel plus ambidextrous cutting abilities. The shorter wakizashi blade is hand forged 1566 steel and sharpened using refined Japanese methods to create the perfect blade that is differentially hardened in the traditional manner, producing an edge hardness of HRC60 and spine hardness of HRC40. The blade is heat-treated, tempered, and then quenched to achieve its optimal levels of flexibility and hardness. The wakizashi blade is then hand polished with multiple grades of sharpening stones, which smoothes the surface of the blade and polishes the waved hamon temper line. The sword fittings are of the same design used in our classical and XL swords but are slightly reduced to accommodate and balance the wakizashi. The handle is tightly wrapped in the traditional Japanese style using a black cotton wrap to provide a positive grip that will withstand years of iaido and tameshigiri practice.


Signature Series: Classic Iaito

Length Overall: 40”
Blade:  27.75”
Handle:  11.25”
Weight: 1lb 14oz
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Shihan Abbott’s Signature Series laito is an un-edged Japanese training sword for use in drawing practice and pre arranged forms called kata. The classic sized steel alloy blade prepares the student for a greater level of proficiency to be able to advance to a live shinken blade such as, the Signature Series Classic Katana. As the Classic Katana and the Iaito employ all the same fittings for easy transition. The ocean wave tsuba is of substantial weight and design giving the sword a feeling of more balance while the sakura cherry blossoms menuki woven into the handle offers excellent gripping balance.

Signature Series Iaito training swords provide for safe drawing for the beginning practitioner of the ancient art of Iaido. Forged from stainless steel our tempered iaito blades have deeply cut blood-grooves called bo-hi running the length of the blade, which when swung correctly produces an audible feedback for better timing. Our iaito blades are maintenance-free and provide the correct weight and balance needed for the rigors of repetitive drawing and sword practice.


Test Cutting Mats

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Japanese swords have been designed, forged and tested for their cutting abilities. There are two basic materials that were traditionally used to test the sword’s sharpness and the practitioner’s cutting abilities. One material is goza the top layer of tatami mats. They are made from a straw type grass called igusa, which is referred to in English as a soft rush straw. The second cutting material is bamboo, which is also found in abundance, as they both grow wild throughout Japan. Most of the highest quality goza tatami grasses can be found in Japan’s wetlands where they have been grown and cultivated for centuries. The lengths of grass are then woven into one-meter by two-meter sections and used as the top cover for flooring in traditional Japanese style rooms. You may have seen tatami mats in many martial arts schools used as flooring in their school’s training areas.

Begin your cutting endeavor “the traditional way” by cutting the same goza tatami mats used to test the Samurai’s mettle throughout history. Prepare each goza cutting mat by re-wrapping and rolling it to create a better feel, and a more realistic cutting experience. Soak the cutting mat in water for several hours if not overnight prior to test cutting. To learn more on how to roll a cutting mat, make you own cutting stand, and test cutting pointers just click on the tutorials links below.






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