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.