Bugei is always on the lookout for new products for our customers. Our Bugei Exclusive Japanese Swords, made to our specifications, are well known for their quality and functional excellence. However, we realize that there is a gaping hole in the market for entry-level quality swords for the sword enthusiast. Bugei has tested many swords over the years hoping to find a good bargain for our customers, however, very of these swords have lived up to our standards. Some were okay. Most were terrible so we were unwilling to put them on our site. You can find most of those swords elsewhere on-line from many vendors. Just not from Bugei.
But we have found a line of swords that has changed our mind. We are very happy to announce that we have a new line of Skyjiro swords that meet our standards for an inexpensive sword. These Skyjiro swords have very good blade shaping, decent finishes, clean mounting, and are overall an incredible bargain given the price.
We asked Keith Larman of Summerchild Polishing to take a look at the swords for us on a recent QC visit. Keith looked them over but wanted to take one with him so he could take it apart completely in his shop and verify that it would be a safe, properly constructed sword. After a complete tear down Keith felt confident enough in the sword to put together a roll of 4 or 5 Bugei Wara. He sent us this one quick video along with this comment:
This Skyjiro sword tested by Keith was the Entry Level Higo Musashi, a through hardened blade without bo-hi in Higo Style mountings.
These swords range from tough through-hardened steel with a cosmetic hamon to folded steel models with a real hamon. And some combinations in between. All models are roughly the same dimensions. They are all roughly 28" long measured from the mune-machi to tip in a straight line. They have moderate sori (very shinto era). They all have extended chu kissaki. The height of the blade at the machi are all around 31mm with a thickness of 7.5 mm tapering down to a height of 23-24mm with a thickness of around 5mm at the yokote. They are well balanced with the models with bo-hi feeling somewhat lighter while the models without bo-hi feel somewhat heavier. The tsuka are all about 10" long and wrapped in cotton ito.
Of course these are not blades up at the level of the Bugei Exclusive Japanese Swords. But they are good entry-level pieces for those looking to find a quality training tool or simply a nice looking sword to put on display and we are quite pleased to finally have more selection for entry-level swords for our customers.