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The 'All Japan' TOPPEI KOSHIRAE is based on the style of sword that became popular during the late Tokugawa Shogunate - known as the Bakumatsu.
Soldiers began to receive training from French military instructors, who taught close order drill, artillery and the military science of Europe. At this time, the military uniform became westernized, and due to the lack of an Obi, swords were carried in a leather frog, or loop attached to the gun belt. For this reason, the Saya was fitted with a large, pointed O-jiri, which allowed them to be easily worn in this way. As this was the final development of the Japanese sword, before its widespread use disappeared under the Meiji restoration, the Toppei Koshirae represents the final transition from Katana to Gun-Tou (military sword). For this reason, the Tsuka is wrapped using the 'Ikkan Maki' style, which was popular for military use since the Tensho era.
The Toppei Koshirae gets its name from the O-jiri's resemblance to a conical type helmet, called Toppai Kabuto, but as it was often worn with western style clothing, it was often also reffered to as Zubon (trousers) Koshirae.
Perfect for all levels of Iaidoka, this beautiful sword is also perfect for those looking for a distinctive, yet historical display piece.
Made using a lightweight Zinc/Aluminium Alloy blade, this sword is compliant with Japanese laws relating to imitation swords. Steel swords, with the exception of genuine Japanese made, registered Shinken, are not allowed to be brought to Japan for training purposes. As this sword is made using modern Zinc/Aluminium alloy, it is NOT affected by this restriction and can be brought to and from Japan freely.
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|Recommended Tsuka and Blade Lengths|
|Your Height||Blade Length||Tsuka Length|
|150 cm||2.20 Shaku||66.6 cm||7.5 Sun||22.7 cm|
|155 cm||2.25 Shaku||68.2 cm||7.5 Sun||22.7 cm|
|160 cm||2.30 Shaku||69.6 cm||8 Sun||24.2 cm|
|165 cm||2.35 Shaku||71.2 cm||8.5 Sun||25.8 cm|
|170 cm||2.40 Shaku||72.7 cm||8.5 Sun||25.8 cm|
|175 cm||2.45 Shaku||74.2 cm||8.5 Sun||25.8 cm|
|180 cm||2.50 Shaku||75.7 cm||9 Sun||27.3 cm|
|185cm+||2.55 Shaku||77.3 cm||9 Sun||27.3 cm|
|Please be advised that this chart is for guidance only. Please consult your instructor for further advice.|