As a collector or martial arts practitioner, buying a Shinken sword will be necessary. The Shinken is a term that translates to a real sword. It is a classic Japanese sword or featuring a forged, and functional blade.
Because of this, the term is used in contrast with the Bokken, Shinai, or Iaito. This is often used for Iaido, combat, or Tameshigiri practice.
For a sword enthusiast who loves collecting swords, owning a functional Katana is paramount. Often, people purchase swords as part of their collection, for martial arts practice or as a decorative piece.
How do I choose my Shinken Sword?
Historically, the swords were made via traditional methods. Yet with the increase in versions, some modern pieces are made via non-classic methods and materials. With that, it is vital to know the quality of a Shinken before buying it.
Choose a Shinken with a High-Quality Steel
Unlike blunt swords used for basic training, the Shinken should be made of solid and stronger steel. It helps the sword withstand various challenges and rigors when training. This also lets it endure strong blows and hits during cutting practice.
Almost all Shinken are produced using carbon steel so its blade contains high carbon. Some of the most used steel types include 1095 carbon steel and 1060 carbon steel. Keep in mind that as the carbon content increases, the blade becomes harder and stronger. However, it also becomes less pliant and challenging to weld.
Steel can be heat-treated to be able to change its parts in a soft state that can be formed. With adequate carbon, alloy becomes tougher to improve its wear, strength, and resistance.
The main reason for heat-treating carbon steel is to change its mechanical properties. These are the impact resistance, hardness, wield strength or ductility.
Aside from carbon steel levels, there is another kind of modern steel for the Shinken. It is more superior than other carbon steel with high concentrations. This is in terms of strength, durability, hardness, and better resistance to scratches.
The T10 tool steel is a kind of steel that has become popular because of its toughness. Elements that produce this steel makes it stronger than other kinds of steel with carbon.
Choose a Full Tang Sword
The tang of a sword is a component of the blade extending to the grip. Well-tempered & quality high carbon steel isn’t functional if its blade files out of its hilt when swung. The Tang, and how it affixes to the hilt, is vital and necessary for a Shinken.
A full tang blade stretches through the entire handle of the sword. Having an extended tang increases the cutting force due to more leverage it gives you.
This is an excellent advantage when trying to cut thick materials. It is also great for swords that are starting to dull. The extra leverage allows for more force to be set on the blade.
Consider Your Budget
Functional swords and quality Shinken don’t have to be so expensive, Japanese made blades carry a high price tag, however, there are alternatives in the market which allow you to get a great Shinken Katana that can be used for Tameshigiri without breaking your bank.
Consider checking our custom swords for sale section to choose one as per your budget.
Growing your sword collection has never been easier. If you’re a collector, you should very much consider your budget and what you intend the sword for, in our custom section you can choose how much you want to spend on each sword.
Remember, sword collecting should be built, established, and maintained over time. It should also be a fun and enjoyable process, not a stressful one. if you wonder how your sword outcome will look like, you can go ahead and download the Samurai Swords Store app to use 3D modern tools for your Katana customization.
Get the Correct Size
Of course, you will need a sword that is comfortable to use. One way to get this is by choosing the right size. Here are great ways for you to get the correct size of a Shinken sword.
Measure the Tsuka
A great way to get the right size of a Shinken is by measuring the ratio of the Tsuka to the length of your arm. This method lets you use the size of your forearm, giving you an idea of how the Tsuka’s length should be.
To do this, you’ll need a ruler or tape measure to check the length of your forearm. From your elbow to the wrist – this should be the length of your Shinken’s Tsuka.
Most of our swords come with a 27cm Tsuka, so unless you’re very tall or short, you can opt-in for that.
Another method that people use is the hand measurement process. You should set your hand flat on the table, side by side to make them touch. Ensure that your fingers are closed before measuring its combined width. This would be from the left side to the right side of your hand.
After getting the width, add 3 to 4 inches to it. This will give you more room on the Tsuka.
Measure the Blade
When you check online, there are a lot of forums that provide you with sizing information. This makes it difficult to use a one-size-fits-all approach.
If you are a martial art practitioner, perhaps it is best to approach and consult with your Sensei before buying your first Shinken sword.
Different factors can influence the proper Nagasa that you’d need. These factors include your skill level, your height, and its use. This could either be for Aikido, Kenjutsu, Iaido, etc.
Also, consider the blade’s length when choosing your Shinken sword. Short-bladed pieces are better for close-quarter battles, while longer ones are better for open areas.
You should also note that some Kenjutsu schools require you to use specific swords. These pieces have certain shapes, weight, and length. For Yagyu Shinkage Ryu, thin swords without Tsuba are used. In Kashima Shin Ryu, thicker swords with a bigger Tsuba is better.
If you want to use your Shinken for Kenjutsu etc. it’s best to check their specifications for sword length before buying.
Generally, owning a Shinken can be a lot of work. You will need to be knowledgeable about your passion whether you’re a martial arts practitioner or sword enthusiast.
If you need a quality Shinken Katana sword that is a full tang with a blade made from carbon steel that is durable, capable and able to withstand extensive Tameshigiri practice then visit our shop and look through our clay tempered blades, Those are going through the differential hardening process and are more suitable due to their tougher edge and softer spine.
Lastly, the differential hardening process on our swords is being done to 1095 / T10 and Tamahagane steels if it’s a Shinken sword you are after, we recommend choosing any of those sword steel types as they produce a better and more durable Shinken Katana.
You can start creating your custom katana by clicking the image below.