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    hello everyone,
    i am getting into iaido and I need to purchase an iaito.
    i was thinking of buying this but i'd like to know your guys opinion before i invest. Can you link me to a better iaito for the same or cheaper price?
    I hope this is the right forum. Thanks guys!

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    Hi Galen, welcome to e-budo. The iaito you picked is a nice one, and e-bogu is a good place to get one, but that one is specifically for kendo no kata. That means it is heavier than average, made to take some impact. I would not recommend this one for a beginner. This one is in your price range and has some nice options, more choices here . You might also try Tozando.com, or Gichudo, a seller on ebay from Japan.
    Have fun,

    Dave

    p.s., this will probably move to the 'sword question' area.
    Last edited by socho; 2nd April 2006 at 00:33. Reason: adding information
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    am i correct in saying that this sword is $250 USD?
    the only problem i have is (a) i will get charged brokerage and border fees ( i am in canada, but if i order from the states i can just cross the border and pick it up) and (b) it takes 3 months to order
    any american stores sell that?
    thank you once again!

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    Hello Galen Where are you practicing? Thing is your sensei or a sempai is the best person to ask about this. They would know the best length, best brands and what is available for the money you have. Go too cheap and you may end up with a wallhanger.

    Best of luck.
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    thanks, i have emailed him!
    I just wanted to get an idea of what others on these boards are using incase my teacher gives me a narrow minded view or wants me to buy from him.
    thanks!

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    Well I know absolutely *zip* about katana's and iaito's, but I did come across this and the weight, length and descriptions appear to be inline with the other's mentioned. But for much less, which I realize, you get what you pay for.
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    nope, not even close. piece o'junk, IMO.

    Dave
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    thanks everyone!
    but yeah, i really don't want to cheap out on my sword, and I do not want to buy from Japan. I am looking at some other swords, but once again, if you guys can post your swords or swords i should take a look at and consider please do!

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    Heya Galen,

    I second Hyaku's advice heartily (talk to your teacher), but if you must buy for yourownself, go talk to Kim Taylor at SDK Supplies in Guelph, Ontario.

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    id edit my previous post, but it seems to be gone.....the edit button that is.
    i've been looking hard at this, watcha think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galen
    thanks, i have emailed him!
    I just wanted to get an idea of what others on these boards are using incase my teacher gives me a narrow minded view or wants me to buy from him.
    thanks!

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    So where do you practice Galen?
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    i recommend japanese iaito.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarito Zapanta
    i recommend japanese iaito.
    It's okay; the iaito recommended above -- those carried by Tozando, SDK, E-Bogu, BoguBag, etc. -- are Japanese-made.

    But, except for Tozando, the distributors are based in North America. That helps with Customs and tarriffs, as the importers take care of those details.

    HTH.
    Yours in Budo,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galen
    ...i've been looking hard at this, watcha think?
    Aoi Budogu has an advantage for you in that they are in Canada; British Columbia in their case.

    Be sure to talk to your teacher before ordering to get his advice on what length of blade you get. The "rule of thumb" posted on some Web sites is just that -- a guide -- and your teacher may have more specific guidelines based on the particular ryu as well as your personal needs.

    Good luck.
    Yours in Budo,
    ---Brian---

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    thanks guys!
    I currently practice in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada and I will be startingin June, so I have time to save up for gear.
    i did not know that the sword i sought was in Canada, thats even better. But what do you think of the quality?

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