Frequently Asked Questions
Although communication through SMS or phone call is fast, we prefer all correspondence via email. All product-related questions should be sent via email. If you have questions regarding how to order, payment, shipping cost, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have other questions not answered in our FAQs page, please send us an email. Our contact number will only be provided when the transaction has been finalized (when you are ready to make your payment and/or before meeting up).
We are located at Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines
We’re sorry but we don’t have a physical store, we only have an online shop. But you can meet up with us at our preferred meet up place at Pioneer Center Supermarket, Brgy Kapitolyo, Pasig but there will be an additional charge of PHP 100 for the meet up fee. Time and date to be arranged. See map here.
How to Order & Payment Questions
• To order, click the ‘ADD TO CART’ button of the item you want to purchase.
• Click ‘VIEW CART’ and review the item/s. From here you can calculate the shipping cost to your address. You can choose to have your order shipped by courier or meet up with us.
If you choose to have your order shipped by courier, enter your zip/postal code and the shipping cost to your area will appear. Be sure to enter the correct zip/postal code to avoid delay or problems with the delivery of your order.
• After reviewing the details of your shopping cart, you may now proceed to checkout.
• Enter your billing and/or shipping details. If you already have an account, simply login.
• Review the total and choose your preferred way to pay for your order. Please note that payment by Meet up and COD is not applicable for orders outside Metro Manila.
• You may make use of the ‘Order Notes’ field to indicate additional details especially for meet up and COD options.
• When you’re done, click the ‘PLACE ORDER’ button.
• An order confirmation email will be sent to your registered email address with our payment details so you can proceed with your payment.
Our preferred payment method is by bank deposit or online fund transfer to our BDO, Metrobank, BPI, or UnionBank EON accounts.
We also accept:
• COD (Cash On Delivery) within selected areas of Metro Manila only
• Western Union, LBC Pera Padala, M Lhuillier Kwarta Padala, etc.
• Credit card through PayPal (+ 5% of the total amount).
All types of payment should be made in full including shipping cost before we ship out your order.
To pay with your credit/debit card, simply choose PAYPAL/CREDIT CARD in the payment options and click the PROCEED TO PAYPAL button, and you’ll be redirected to PayPal’s website. You don’t need to have a PayPal account for this, just enter your credit card details in PayPal’s secured site and you’re all set! If you have a PayPal account, just login to your account.
Please note that there will be an additional charge of 5% of the total cost for credit card/PayPal payments.
Meet ups is only at Pioneer Center Supermarket, Brgy Kapitolyo, Pasig (with an additional charge of PHP 100 for the meet up fee). View the map to Pioneer Center here. Cash On Delivery (COD) is only available within selected areas of Metro Manila and delivery charge is PHP 150 – PHP 350 depending on the distance from Mandaluyong City. Time and date to be arranged. Please send us a message first to check if your area is covered by our COD option and for the delivery charge.
Unfortunately no, as the courier we use does not offer COD.
No. Payment should be made in full including shipping cost before we ship out your order.
If we have several stocks of the item you want to reserve, we can reserve it for you without any reservation fee but only for 7 days. If after 7 days you have not purchased the item, we will open the sale to others. If you want a guaranteed reservation, you may avail of our layaway plan below.
We actually have a layaway plan for those who wish to own their own katana but don’t have immediate funds:
• Applicable to all swords and armors items (accessories can be combined).
• An initial deposit of 25% of the total cost is required.
• Partial payments of any amount (without any interest) can be made at anytime and you will receive a payment notification email for each payment made towards the balance due. You can choose to pay every 15th and/or 30th of the month or whenever you have the funds.
• You have 150 days (for swords) and 365 days (for armors) to complete your payment.
• The initial/partial payment can be paid either through meet up or bank deposit/money transfer. However for meet up, there will be an additional charge of PHP 100 as a meet up fee.
• The item can be claimed or shipped out after the last payment (including shipping cost/meet up fee if applicable) is received.
• You may cancel your layaway order anytime within 2 months. If you have already made partial payments, this will be fully refunded to you. However, only 50% of your initial deposit will be refunded to you.
• Changes cannot be made to this layaway order. If you no longer desire the specified item, you must cancel your order.
• Item/s not fully paid by the due date will be open for sale to other potential buyers and the initial deposit will not be refunded (only your partial payments will be fully refunded).
• Refunds will be sent in the same way you sent your payment or other convenient methods (less transaction fees if applicable).
• Discount coupons cannot be used for layaway orders.
To avail of our layaway plan, just place your order on our website. Then indicate in the ‘Order Notes’ field during check out that you’ll be paying via layaway plan.
You may send us a message should you have any further questions regarding this.
Pre-order is only available for items with the PRE-ORDER button. Unfortunately, we don’t offer pre-order for items that are currently out of stock.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
• A down payment of 25% of the item price is required (exclusive of shipping cost/meet up fee).
• You can choose to pay via any of our payment methods stated in our FAQ page.
• Your remaining balance (plus shipping cost/meet up fee if applicable) can be paid when the item is already available and is ready to be shipped or picked up.
• Your amount due should be settled up to a week after the item is already available. Otherwise your pre-ordered item will be offered to others and your down payment will not be refunded.
AVAILABILITY / SHIPPING
• By placing a pre-order, you agree to patiently wait for the item to be available by the estimated date.
• Due to potential, unanticipated manufacturing and shipping delays, we cannot guarantee the exact date of availability. Should there be any delays, we will inform you via email and post an update on our website and Facebook page.
• Your pre-ordered item can be claimed or shipped out after you’ve settled your remaining balance (including shipping cost/meet up fee if applicable).
• You may cancel your pre-order, but only 50% of your down payment will be refunded.
• If for any reason we cannot fulfill your order, a full refund will be issued.
• Refunds will be sent in the same way you sent your payment or other convenient methods (less transaction fees if applicable).
Should you have any further questions regarding this, feel free to send us an email.
We ship nationwide in the Philippines.
The cost of shipping depends on the type of sword. Usually, the shipping cost for one sword within Metro Manila ranges from PHP 150 – PHP 200, and PHP 300 – PHP 350 for provincial shipments.
To determine the shipping cost of an item to your address, add the item to your cart by clicking the ‘ADD TO CART’ button. Go to your shopping cart and click ‘CALCULATE SHIPPING’. Enter your zip/postal code and the shipping cost to your area will appear. Be sure to enter the correct zip/postal code to avoid delay or problems with the delivery of your order.
After we have received and confirmed your payment, your order will be shipped on the next business day as it needs to be carefully packaged. We will then inform you either through email or text message that your order has already been shipped.
For outside Metro Manila shipments, we use 2GO or AP Cargo (or other couriers if your area is not serviceable). This way, we are able to ship your order safely and in a timely manner anywhere in the Philippines.
Normally, shipping within Metro Manila by courier will take 2-3 business days while outside Metro Manila shipping takes 3-5 business days. In rare cases, it may take up to 7 business days. It may even take longer due to bad weather or other acts of God. If you still haven’t received your order after 5 business days, please contact us and we will follow up your shipment with the courier.
After your order has been shipped out, we’ll send you a shipping notification email and update the status of your order with the tracking number of your shipment.
Please note that it may take a couple of days before the status of your shipment will reflect on the courier’s website as it takes time for the tracking number to be encoded in their system. But rest assured, you will receive your item within the specified time frame
At the moment, we only ship within the Philippines. But we’re working on offering our products to other countries soon!
You can place an order as a “guest” if you don’t want to create an account. But we recommend registering for an account so you can easily track the status of your orders and manage your shipping address.
The option to create an account will be available when you’re already placing your order at the check out page.
Sorry but your username cannot be changed. You can email us to delete your account and you can create a new account with your desired username.
To check the status of your order, go to your ‘My Account & Purchases‘ page. You can also go to ‘Track your order‘ and enter your order number (which is found in the order confirmation email you received after placing your order) and email address. In this page you will see the status of your order.
On-hold – your order has been received and currently being reviewed
Processing – your payment has been received/confirmed and your order is already being processed
Completed – your order has already been shipped
Cancelled – your order has been cancelled
After adding an item to your cart, click ‘VIEW CART‘ or proceed to ‘CHECKOUT‘. In this page, you’ll see a box where you may enter your coupon code and you will see the discount applied in your cart totals. You need to use your coupon before the expiry date. Otherwise you won’t be able to use it.
Please note that coupons cannot be used for layaway orders and for Scratch & Dent items.
Sword Related Questions
We have never seen anything labeled as an authentic samurai sword that was actually owned by a samurai. There are still a lot of katana that were around before the Meiji era when the samurai class was abolished, but they bear little resemblance to most katana being sold with this label. Most people think of them as Samurai Swords and not katana or wakizashi.
Authentic – well, we do sell real swords if that is what you mean.
A real katana made in Japan is called “nihonto”. They are highly regulated and are only made by licensed swordsmiths that can only make a limited number of swords in a month using strict traditional methods. This controls the quality of swords but forces the starting price to around US$7,000 and this is just for a bare blade without any koshirae (sword fittings). Japanese iaito practice swords on the otherhand are not considered real swords and are not regulated by the Japanese government because the blade is blunt and is made of aluminum. The cost of importing such swords from Japan are just too expensive.
You can read these 2 short articles we wrote about cheap ‘samurai swords’ made in Japan so you will know more about them:
We are proud to say that our swords are forged in the traditional Japanese manner in the city of Longquan, Zhejiang Province, China which is considered one of the best sword making cities in the world with a history of over 2,500 years. Our swords are made using only high quality materials and are still made using some traditional methods (using machines at a minimum) such as differential hardening but are much more affordable than nihonto. These are not the cheap quality you see being sold elsewhere that are made of aluminum or stainless steel and of low quality materials.
Our swords go through the 6 stages of forging process:
1. Rough forging
2. Rough shaping
3. Clay application
Here are some behind the scene photos of how our swords are made.
Depending on the model, our swords are made of the following steel:
1045 carbon steel
1050 carbon steel
1060 carbon steel
1095 carbon steel
T10 tool steel
Please go here to know what the numbers T10, 1095, 1060, 1050, 1045 mean.
When we meet up with our customers and they want to know how sharp the blade is, we always tell them not to touch the edge of the blade with their finger as what most people do. Instead, we run the top of our fingernail across the edge and they would see a thin layer of cuticle being scraped off. Sometimes, we use a piece of paper to test the sharpness.
In this video, you’ll see two of our 1060 Series swords: Gin no Sakura Handachi and Tora Katana. This is the infamous Gin no Sakura Handachi that cut Aldwin’s hand before. He’s used this sword to cut banana stalks and bamboos a lot of times so it’s not as sharp as it was when it first came out of the box. But since the blade is made of 1060 carbon steel (which has better edge retention than 1045 or 1050), the blade is still relatively very sharp. The Tora Katana is brand new, has never been used and this is the first time it’s been used to cut something.
We used two kinds of paper here. The first is a photo copy paper 70 gsm (time frame 0:00 – 2:11) and the other is a regular billing statement which is thicker and stiffer (time frame 2:18 – 3:54). Cutting paper this way with a sword is not as easy as it looks. It takes some practice and it’s more difficult if the paper is thin and flimsy. You need to hold the paper correctly and the edge of the blade should be at a certain angle. You also need to apply the right amount of force when cutting it. If you put too much, you’ll rip it.
If a sword cannot cut paper, it doesn’t mean it’s not sharp. We have some swords that are not “paper cutting sharp” but can easily cut water bottles, tatami mats, or bamboo. Sharpness is not an easy concept to define as there are many factors to consider. Usually we think of a thin cutting edge like a razor as very sharp and a thick cutting edge like an axe as not so sharp. This is true. A razor can shave off hair but an axe cannot. A razor is very sharp although it cannot cut down a tree. The cutting edge of different tools are designed for specific purposes. A Japanese sword is not a tool for cutting wood nor it’s a tool for shaving hair. But we can say that our hand forged Japanese style swords are sharp enough to cut recommended targets such as water-filled bottles, beach/straw mats, tatami, fresh green bamboo.
All of our hand forged, fully sharpened swords are made specifically for tameshigiri or cutting practice. It can cut tatami/straw mats, fresh green bamboo and other recommended targets. Our machine made swords are not sharpened and are only intended for display or cosplay and are greatly discouraged for use for tameshigiri or martial arts training.
You can watch our hand forged swords in action in the video below. Watch more at our YouTube channel.
All of our hand forged swords are full tang, fully sharpened, and functional which can used for tameshigiri or cutting practice, if that is what you mean by “battle-ready”. Our swords are not recommended for sword-on-sword contact sparring due to obvious reasons: you may injure yourself or your training partner and because Japanese swords are not indestructible and will surely get damaged when struck with another hard object.
You can watch our hand forged swords in action in the video below. Watch more at our YouTube channel.
We sell iaito (non-sharpened katana) which is used for practicing iai and kata. They are made the same way as our other hand forged, fully sharpened blades with the same weight and feel of a real sword, but without the risk of cutting or injuring yourself or someone else. But if you’re looking for an affordable non-sharpened sword that you can use for cosplay, photo shoots, or just for display, check out our machine made swords.
At the moment, we don’t offer sharpening service. Also, sharpening our non-sharpened, machine made swords won’t be worth the time and effort as the blades of these swords will not hold an edge because they have not been hardened. Even if you managed to sharpen it without ruining the overall geometry of the blade, it’s not safe to use it for cutting or for training because they are built to be display pieces only. It would be best to get our hand forged swords if you want a fully sharpened blade that you can use for martial arts training.
We only sell our own brand: Geisha’s Blade 芸者の刃
We accept custom swords according to your specifications, but we can only customize the following:
Blade style (shinogi zukuri, shobu zukuri, unokubi zukuri, and moroha zukuri only)
Color of tsukaito (handle wrap)
Color of saya
Style of tsuba (hand guard)
* At the moment, we do not accept anime/video game based swords for custom-made swords.
Custom-made katana cannot be ordered anytime, this will be pre-ordered and a date will be announced on when we will be taking custom orders because this will be made/ordered prior to ordering our new stocks.
The starting price for a custom katana is PHP 22,500 with standard shinogi-zukuri mono-steel blade (28 inches blade, 11 inches handle), iron or zinc alloy tsuba. A down payment/deposit of 25% of the total cost of the custom katana is required and is NON-REFUNDABLE to ensure that the custom order will be fully paid for. The balance and shipping cost can be paid for before we ship your order to you. It will take 1-2 months for the production, and at least 1 month for the shipping. A total of 2-3 months waiting time. A custom katana is only available or can be made using 1095 carbon steel or T10 tool steel. This will have a natural hamon on the blade and not wire-brushed like on our 1050 and 1060 series. If you want a different type of blade construction like laminated or folded, engravings on the blade, different style of bohi (groove), there will be additional charges.
We will be providing you pictures for choices of our available colors for the tsukaito, color of saya, and available designs of tsuba you can choose from.
Samurai Armor Questions
While our armors are hand crafted in China and strictly made by hand in the traditional Japanese manner by highly skilled craftsmen, the armory itself is Japanese owned and managed. China offers a more economical labor force and product availability than Japan. The workers at the Iron Mountain Armory work under the guidance of skilled craftsmen and artisans who have over 100 years of combined experience in armor crafting. Until recently they where only making armor for the Japanese market.
Yes, they are real. They are authentic reproductions made of iron, steel, leather, cotton, silk and other materials that were traditionally used during the Warring States Period of Japan (Sengoku Jidai). They are made in the same traditional design and using the same traditional techniques as the samurai armor craftsmen in the 16th century. Though some modern techniques have been integrated, as well as tools and materials to decrease crafting time, increase safety, durability and longevity of the armor. For example: Traditionally, the iron plates were only riveted together and would break over time due to use. We both rivet and spot weld our iron armor plates together so they will not separate while rolling around in your armor. It looks great on display in your room or while wearing it on the field of battle.
Along with traditional armor crafting, we believe in traditional armor testing. Although we do not recommend our armor to be used in any form of combat, it is however very capable of being used and withstanding the rigors of training and full contact sparring. Our armors have been tested with great success, not only in and out of the dojo for full contact martial arts training, but also using fully functional, live samurai swords as well.
Watch the documentary video below of our samurai armor combat and weapons testing.
Sticking with the Japanese samurai armor crafting tradition, we use 18 gauge (1.24 mm) thick iron plating for the entire suite of armor. The iron is thick enough to stop sword strikes and soft enough to absorb the shock. The armor will also flex with your body, making it lighter and more comfortable to wear.
Each armor will fit an average adult with a height of 5′ 3″ – 5′ 9″ with a 40″ chest size, with no customization needed for height. The clamshell dō features a pin hinge under the left armpit which can be removed and a cord can be laced through the hinges to accommodate a larger chest.
We offer custom sizing, armor and lace coloring as well as painting of family crest, name, kanji or symbols on the armor or yoroi bitsu (armor box). You may send us a message should you have any questions regarding this.
Classic Series or C Series are classic 1582 – 1600 styled armors, which features the hineno-jikoro style kabuto. This style of kabuto was very popular during the latter part of the 16th century. It was closer fitting, protective, and lightweight. They are specially lined with cotton cloth with tiny holes, providing ventilation while; preventing overheating. The cloth also provides some spacing between your head and the helmet which provides extra protection by absorbing the impact of any strike. Besides added safety, it makes the kabuto much more comfortable. The dō is in the yokohagi okegawa ni-mai-dō style having large horizontal plates
Bugyo Series or B Series are post period 1600 style armors, which features the more modern and superior Zunari (head shaped) style kabuto. This kabuto style was also known as the three-plate helmet or hineno-kabuto that offers a higher level of comfort and protection for its wearer. This kabuto will deflect sword, lance and arrows better than the older design. They are specially lined with cotton cloth giving some spacing between the wearer’s head and the helmet, providing additional protection by absorbing some of the impact of a strike. The cloth stretches to provide a more comfortable fit to different sized heads and also has tiny holes, allowing the head to breathe and to help prevent overheating. The Bugyo Series armor is also crafted in a traditional yokohagi okegawa ni-mai dô with raised rivets popular in the Sengoku (Warring States) period. Okegawa means “tub-sided” and refers to the tub-like shape of the cuirass construction. However, because the armor was designed with a single hinge under the left arm, allowing the wearer to slide into the dô and tie it closed from the other side, it was better known as a “clamshell” dô. The most common style of Okegawa dô in this time period was the Yokohagi (horizontal) in which the plates are riveted in horizontal rows. The rivets on the Bugyo series samurai suites are raised low dome rivets, giving the armor more detail.
Daimyo Series or D Series are Daimyo (Lords) style armors. A Daimyo was a term used to describe the Lord of the clan, translating as ‘Big name’ and they were the masters of their realm. Alliances were made and broken regularly according to the lords needs to survive and much time was spent expanding their lands through war. Subordinate only to the Shogun daimyo were the most powerful feudal rulers from the 10th century to the middle 19th century in Japan. Daimyo often hired samurai to guard their land and they paid the samurai in land or food. Relatively few daimyo could afford to pay samurai in money. The daimyo era came to an end soon after the Meiji restoration when Japan adopted the prefecture system in 1871.
Hatamoto Series or H Series are Hatamoto retainer style armors. A hatamoto was a samurai in the direct service of the Tokugawa Shogunate of feudal Japan. The title of hatamoto was the most coveted position for any samurai and reserved for the Shogun’s most trusted retainer and advisers. The word “hatamoto” was the literal meaning of “beneath the flag”, because it was directly underneath the flags and battle standards of the daimyo (Japan’s feudal lords) that one would have found the samurai warriors who bore this most noble of titles. They made up the daimyo’s mounted and foot guards’ served on his general staff, to plan strategy and to supervise his military administration; or provided immediate personal services to their lord, of which the most important of all was the shared duty of protecting his person. Every hatamoto, therefore, was to some extent a true guardsman who was willing to throw himself in front of his lord when danger threatened – which was no more than would be expected from these bravest and most loyal of all samurai warriors.
Taisho (Commanding Officer Armor) – Meticulously and painstakingly handcrafted with the level of quality and expectations that a high ranking samurai would expect. Using only the highest quality in materials such as silk brocade, cotton, buffalo horn, leather, suede, etc. The Taisho Class is crafted by the head craftsman of Iron Mountain Armory with a close eye to detail and quality control. Each armor has been researched and modelled after private collection, museums or temples of the actual armour. They are accurate and detailed in every way. For example, a single helmet can consist of over 32 different hand-spliced iron plates, individually riveted together. The Taisho class armor also comes with the sarashi (cloth belt), waraji (straw sandals) and tabi socks. It also includes extra small iron plates on the shoulder and neck adding for extra protection. This class of samurai armor is specifically made for private collectors, museums, re-enactors, martial artists, and those who demand the highest detail and quality gauge iron, Japanese silk, quality cotton, brass & copper fittings with genuine leather. These armors are often ordered by collectors who want the finest quality without having to pay the high cost and taxes if they would have purchased it in Japan. Great quality at a very good market price.
Gashira (Officer Armor) – Also handcrafted by the most experienced armor craftsman of the Iron Mountain Armory using authentic materials and methods, with good attention to detail. The Gashira Class feature shoulder padding, a detachable nose, a mustache made from goat hair and brass fittings. Like the Taisho Class, each armor has been researched and modeled after private collection, museums or temples of the actual armor. They are accurate and detailed in every way. However, the Gashira Class armor is crafted with the typical bowl style kabuto (simulated laminated) which was common for the average samurai. Our Gashira Class samurai armor is specifically made for collectors, museums, re-enactors, martial artists who want an authentic samurai suit of armor without the added expenses of the higher class armor.
Kachi (Foot Soldier Armor) – This armor is offered in response to our many clients who want to own a suit of samurai armor but at a more economical price. They are quickly made, basic painting and synthetic materials (like nylon instead of cotton, satin instead of silk, faux leather instead of genuine leather) are used to keep the cost of the armor down. Aside from that, the chainmail is simulated and there is no padding under the shoulders and back to make the armor more comfortable. The detachable nose is fixed to the mask with synthetic mustache, and might have a few paint blemishes or iron plating and no brass fittings. This class of armor has the same overall construction as the Gashira Class, but just using more economical materials, less detail and fittings. It is crafted for the samurai on a budget and those looking to modify their own armor.
* All armors in stock are Gashira Class unless otherwise stated.
|Lace||Cotton||Quality Cotton||Quality Cotton|
|Paint Quality||Basic||High||High Detailed|
|Menpo Mustache||Synthetic Fur||Genuine||Genuine|
|Kote Shoulder Cord||Over Shoulder||Over & Under Shoulder||Over & Under Shoulder|
|Belt (Obi)||Padded Obi||Padded Obi||Padded Obi & Sarashi|
|Fittings||Basic||Brass and Copper||Brass and Copper|
|Watagami (Shoulder Strap)||None||Cushioned||Cushioned w/ Iron Plates|
Iron Mountain Armory nor Geisha’s Blade 芸者の刃 sell armor on eBay or any other auction sites. There are many fakes and frauds on the internet claiming to distribute Iron Mountain Armory’s armor at a cheaper price because they are the factory or sell direct. This simply isn’t true, nor is it possible to produce a reasonable quality suit of armor for under $1,000 USD.
If you see armors similar to ours being offered by a company in China or Hong Kong, they are knock offs. There are companies and sellers like “lastarmor”, “zbinstore9”, “liren88f”, ” eye88eye” and others who are using Iron Mountain Armory’s photographs. Don’t be fooled, these are imitation suits. These sellers also do not include the armor box, stand or inner materials / lining. Iron Mountain Armory and Geisha’s Blade 芸者の刃 have NO relationship with any Chinese seller and we are not responsible for any claims, loss, damage and whatever happens by their unauthorized copies. Iron Mountain Armory does NOT sell (retail or wholesale) to anyone except through their authorized dealers.
Please note that our advertised price already includes the shipping cost from the armory, as well as customs tax and import duties. So you don’t have to worry about additional charges when the armor arrives to your doorstep.
Geisha’s Blade 芸者の刃 is the only authorized dealer of Iron Mountain Armory in the Philippines.