Konjaku Kioi Toyama Ryu Dojo Toyama Ryu Batto Do
Konjaku Kioi Dojo
(Ancient and Modern Fighting Spirit Dojo)
5980 66th St N Suite M
St Petersburg FL 33709
Email: info@toyama-ryu.com
Phone: 727-329-9679
Yari (Spear)

Hataya Sensei DVD
Respect for Katana
Sword Dictionary
How to Guides
    Bow In Ceremony
    Warm Up Exercises
    Bow Out Ceremony
    Wearing Uniform
    Formal Uniform
    Wearing Daisho
    Uniform Folding/Care
Katana Selection
    Sword Dimensions
    Sword Testing
Katana Maintenance
    Katana Cleaning
    Mekugi Replacement
    Katana Disassembly
    Is my sword sharp?
    Edge Geometry
    Surface Polish
    Sharpening Guide
Training Basics
    Kihon (Fundamentals)
    8 Basic Cuts
    Toyama Kata
    Toyama Kukmitachi
    Seitei Kata
Taikai Guides
    Taikai Rules
    Judging Guide
    Target Prep & Spiking
    Cutting Patters
    Cutting Videos
    Target Comparison
St Petersburg Dojo
    Intro Letter
    Femal Sensei
    Dojo Members
    Code of Conduct
    Classes and Fees
Promotion Pictues
Rank Testing

Dojo Crest 

Katana Maintenance Information

This section covers various pages discussing maintenance of the Japanese Katana.  If you have any questions just email me at info@toyama-ryu.com and we will be glad to discuss any topic.  The dojo store offers full sharpening, repair, and customization services to keep your katana in top working order.

The Konjaku Kioi Toyama Ryu Dojo, its employees, and associated companies are not responsibility for an injury, damage or loss incurred by following any advice given on this site.  Katana are dangerous objects and the utmost care should be given when working with them.

  • Sword Cleaning: Katana must be cleaned immediately after tameshigiri and at the end of class.  Unlike most decorative wall hangers - real katana rust!  If the blade is touched - it needs to be immediately cleaned unless you want to personalize your blade with rust fingerprints.
  • Mekugi Replacement: A traditional nihonto (Japanese made sword) is held together with a single small bamboo peg called a mekugi.  They are not riveted, glued, or screwed together.  A samurai staked his life on that one small peg.  Two or three poorly done mekugi are not as good as a single properly done one.  Special classes are offered in the dojo that cover this topic.
  • Katana Disassembly: A proper katana can be disassembled for inspection, repair, or a thorough cleaning.  It is also fairly easy to customize you katana by swapping tsuba.  This guide will walk you through the steps of disassembling your katana.
  • Is my sword sharp?: This section discusses what makes a sword dull and how you can test the edge.  A sword can feel sharp and still not cut.  A good katana should keep an edge for about 6 months of moderate use.
  • Edge Geometry: This section discusses proper and improper edge geometry for tameshigiri.  How the cutting planes of the katana affect how it cuts through targets and what edges are good for different types of targets.
  • Sharpening Guide: This section has step by step instructions on how to sharpen your own sword using Japanese Water Stones.  Special classes are offered in the dojo that cover this topic.
  • Sharpening Service: Don't want to try sharpening your own sword?  Find out how you can have your martial art katana sharpened for a reasonable rate.  This link goes to the Nihonzashi web site.

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