What is Iaido？
iaitō remains one of the most popular and widely used training swords in Japanese martial arts. It is used in almost all traditional martial arts of swordsmanship style, proving its popularity. Although iaitō has a metal blade, it is still considered a practice sword due to its blunt and blunt edges. So, how did this traditional Japanese sword practice become popular?
As shown in the picture above, iaitō imitates the characteristics of a traditional Japanese samurai sword, with similar blade length and curvature. However, after careful inspection, you will find some key differences. First of all, it has no live blades. iaitō has no sharp points, nor sharp points. On the contrary, the edges and tips are blunt to prevent injury, thus making it a safe and effective training sword for swordsmanship practitioners.
However, this does not necessarily mean that iaitō is a “fake sword”. Although it lacks vitality, it is still strong and durable enough to be used in martial arts. This makes iaitō an excellent tool for battojutsu, iaido, boken, and other forms of traditional Japanese martial arts.
Taking a closer look at the construction of iaitō, this practice sword is usually made of aluminum-zinc alloy instead of high-carbon steel. Aluminum-zinc alloy is cheaper and easier to purchase than high-carbon steel, thereby reducing production costs. However, iaitō still has many of the same characteristics found in other real swords such as katana and wakame. In addition, iaitō has real weight, hamon pattern, shape and overall design.
In addition to its usefulness in swordsmanship, iaitō has become popular for another reason: the new law restricts the prohibition and use of live blade swords made of black metal. Towards the end of World War II, the Japanese government agreed to stop the production of many weapons-weapons that were not used for ceremonial or artistic purposes. This means that people who want to practice martial arts or other forms of Japanese swordsmanship are forced to use another sword without black metal or living swords.
Although the restrictions on Japanese swords have been lifted, iaitō is still the preferred training weapon for many martial arts styles. Its real structure and similar characteristics make it an ideal choice for this purpose. Ans Because it has no living blades, the risk of injury is small compared to other swords with living blades.
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