John Lee Kei-Ben-Iaito - 1

John Lee Kei-Ben-Iaito

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John Lee Kei-Ben-Iaito

Masterpiece of Asian forge-craft

- Blade is hand-forged from stainless steel and hardened

- Blunt blade includes a fuller (Bo-Hi)

- Hilt (Tsuka) is made from wood and covered with original ray (Same) skin

- Traditional hilt wrapping (Tsuka-Ito) from cotton

- Tsuba from zinc-aluminium-casting pictures a flower-motif

- Two pins (Mekugi) attached to the hilt

- Sheath (Saya) from wood

- Blade collar (Habaki) from brass

- Manufactured following historical examples

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  • laido is a modern Japanese martial art, in which sword-drawing movements and attack-techniques in exactly defined forms (Kata) are practised, usually using a Iaito, a blunt practical sword. The main emphasis in laido is on the untity of body, mind and sword (Ki-Ken-Tai-Ichi). The ultimate mastership was reached in controlling all combat situations without even drawing the sword. The name Kei-Ben describes the sword’s simple and convenient form.


    Blade length to Tsuba: approx. 73.5 cm

    Total length without sheath: approx. 101 cm

    Hilt length: approx. 27 cm

    Weight without sheath: approx. 1100 g

    Weight with sheath: approx. 1350 g