Roju no Ken

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Product Description

The “Roju” was one of the highest-ranking government posts under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan. A lot of officials were under the Roju’s supervision. The Roju also oversaw relations with the Imperial Court in Kyoto, kuge (members of nobility), daimyo, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, and attended to matters like division of fiefs.

Decorated on the tachi style tsuba are the Tokugawa family crests. This katana also features tachi style fuchi-kashira (sans the hanger on the saya), so we consider this sword as a handachi.

The fittings are all brass. The menuki features a samurai wearing a yoroi standing on a landscape with the ocean, mountains, and trees at the background. The habaki features a “neko-gaki” or cat scratch pattern (also called falling rain) which is usually seen on nihonto with high quality koshirae (sword fittings).

The blade is a wicked 29-inch without bohi, giving it considerable weight, and making it a solid cutter. Tsuka length is 12.5 inches. Just like the rest of our 1060 swords, the blade doesn’t have any hamon.

The upper portion of the saya is wrapped in rattan with a glossy black lacquer finish. The rest of the saya is in matte black finish. It is one of the many truly beautiful swords we’ve designed.

• Blade Material: 1060 carbon steel (mono-steel)
• Edge: Fully sharpened
• Treatment: Hand Forged, Through Hardened, Heat Treated & Tempered, Water Quenched
• Blade Length: 29 inches
• Tsuka: 12.5 inches wood
• Saya: 31 inches rattan wrapped glossy black lacquered finish / matte black
• Tsuba / Fuchi / Kashira / Habaki / Seppa / Menuki: Brass
• Tsukaito: Black
• Sageo: Blood Red/Black silk shigeuchi
• Mekugi: 2 bamboo pegs
• Samegawa: Real ray skin panels
• Nakago: Full tang
• Hamon: None

• Specs may vary slightly from sword to sword
• Can be disassembled
• Includes cloth bag and carton box


  1. Aris L. (verified owner)

    When i saw this sword at first, i was kind of hesitant to buy it at of the reasons is the looks like wood at first and it looks too big in the images provided.

    what convinced me is that the sword has a longer blade and longer tsuka among the other 1060 blades, which i liked best cause im a tall person and it also has that traditional look of pure black look aside from the sageo and tsuba

    shipping…its took only 4 days for the item to reach me, considering the multiple transfer of courier fron xend to qrs to 2go/lbc.

    the item itself is superb, the ornaments of the tsuka are great, it looks aged like it was a blade from the old era that was taken care of.

    the only con i see is that (in not an expert on katanas) the blade can be easily pulled out of the saya, that during my research it should not fall if the saya is held and the tsuka is at the bottom. which i consider only 1 from all the many words i love about this sword.

    overall, i love it, i only wish it had a wakizashi for them to be a daisho set.

    to add a side note, the service was great, sir aldwin managed to send me the blade the same day i sent the payment and also thought me alot so customer service is great

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