(1 customer review)

Product Description

A Kaiken or Kwaiken is also called futokoro-gatana which translates as “purse sword” or “pocket sword”. It is a tanto without ornamental fittings, usually housed in plain mounts. It is kept hidden in the sleeve or within the kimono. It was carried by both men and women, and samurai-class women were expected to carry one. A kaiken used by a lady in Japan is more likely to be for defense rather than suicide. A well brought up lady may only commit suicide if her honor is otherwise not going to remain intact (to avoid capture or rape). The female form of seppuku is called Jigai. Ladies don’t disembowel themselves, they cut the carotid artery.

Going back to our Kaiken, the blade has been folded producing beautiful layers on the steel. The hamon is only simulated using the blade’s polish. Our Kaiken is housed in plain mounts, a wooden shirasaya with buffalo horns for the fuchi-kashira and koiguchi (mouth of the saya).

• Blade Material: 1050 folded steel (2,800 layers)
• Edge: Fully sharpened
• Treatment: Hand Forged, Folded, Through Hardened, Heat Treated & Tempered, Water Quenched
• Blade Length: 6.5 inches
• Tsuka: 4 inches wood
• Overall length w/o saya: 11.5 inches
• Saya: 8.5 inches wood
• Fuchi / Kashira / Koiguchi: Buffalo horn
• Habaki: Brass
• Mekugi: 1 bamboo peg
• Nakago: Full tang
• Hamon: Simulated suguha (straight) pattern

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

1 review for Kaiken

  1. Mark Marcelito Raquel Molina (verified owner)

    All my purchases thus far have been phenomenal, the Kaiken is no exception. This is the embodiment of the saying ‘There is beauty in simplicity.’ Sturdily-built, simple but beautiful construction with just the right amount of polish to bring out the grains.

    It’s not just a display piece, it does well as a utilitarian knife since the edge retention is up to par with it’s higher-end siblings. It’s a knife you wouldn’t hesitate to use when you want or need to, and will still be a pretty display piece after you’re done.

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