Musashi - 1060 Carbon Steel - Flowering Bamboo Katana w/o Bo-hi


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  • 1060 high carbon steel
  • Hand forged and sharpened
  • Genuine ray skin handle
  • Coordinating scabbard
  • 39-3/4" overall length

This model fulfills requests for a Musashi 1060 series katana without the Bo-hi, also known as blood groove or fuller. The blade geometry is heavier than its blood groove equipped counterparts though it may not be as nimble.
Handmade, the blade hamon is formed by the clay temper process during production. The blade is differentially hardened and comes extremely sharp.
Art of bamboo, the tsuba, fuchi, both menuki, and kashira are all made up of bamboo artwork. This sword is well balanced and the tight handle wrap feels great. Comes complete with a black cotton storage bag and Musashi retail box.

About Musashi:

Miyamoto Musashi was a famous Japanese swordsman and is believed to have been one of the most skilled swordsmen in history. Musashi, as he is often simply known, became legendary through his outstanding swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. He is the founder of the Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu, or Niten Ryu style of swordsmanship and wrote Go Rin No Sho, The Book of Five Rings, a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.

Musashi writes about his first duel:
"I have trained in the way of strategy since my youth, and at the age of thirteen I fought a duel for the first time. My opponent was called Arima Kihei, a sword adept of the Shinto ryu, and I defeated him. At the age of sixteen I defeated a powerful adept by the name of Akiyama, who came from the prefecture of Tajima. At the age of twenty-one I went up to Kyoto and fought duels with several adepts of the sword from famous schools, but I never lost." -Musashi Miyamoto, Go Rin No Sho

It is notable that Musashi died of what is believed to be thoracic cancer, and was not killed in combat. He died peacefully after finishing the Dokkodo ("The Way of Walking Alone", or "The Way of Self-Reliance"), 21 precepts on self-discipline to guide future generations.

After his death various legends began to appear. Most talk about his feats in kenjutsu and other martial arts, some describing how he was able to hurl men over 5 feet backwards, other about his speed and technique. Other legends tell of how Musashi killed giant lizards in Echizen, as well as Nues in various other prefectures. He gained the stature of Kensei, a "sword saint" for his mastery in swordsmanship. Some believed he could run at super-human speed, walk on air, water and even fly through the clouds.

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Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 4.87 out of 5
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May 23, 2019
(5 out of 5)
Pure satisfaction

My sword came in a day early. It looks great, and weight is good. I sliced trough a waterbottle with ease! I was impressed by how nicely crafted it was and how sharp it came. Great first sword. Handle with caution!


Paul Basaraba
Sep 10, 2017
(5 out of 5)
Warrior Fighting Sword

I have many katana costing much more$$$ This sword excels beyond all heavy duty -perfect sharp-beautiful detail-tight construction-excellent saya-nice hamon 2 lbs. 10 oz. sword only on digital scale sure glad I was able to get this sword this is the real deal ... Shobu Zukuri


Paul Basaraba
Sep 09, 2017
(5 out of 5)
Fighting Sword

Excellent Battle Sword 2 lbs. 10 oz. beautiful in every detail including perfect fit saya perfect sharp - pronounced hamon - tight components shobu-zukuri I have other katana that cost much more $$$ this sword excels in regards value received heavy duty warrior sword, perhaps my new favorite Thank You True Swords


Jameson Tipton
Dec 17, 2016
(3 out of 5)

After seeing all the great reviews for Musashi I decided to buy the Flowering Bamboo and I have to say I'm kind of disappointed in this one. Mine came with a slight nick in the blade (nothing major), a very spotty sharpening job (some parts of the blade are pretty sharp while others not so much including about a 6 inch area from the habaki that has no edge at all), the kashira is a little loose (not too bad but I'm afraid that it may fall off eventually with much use), and the tsuba sits a little crooked. Judging by other reviews for Musashi I'm sure that this is a rare occurrence and probably just one that slipped through QC. I haven't cut anything with this one yet because I'm still trying to decide if I want to go through the process of returning it. It's not all bad though. The sword has a nice weight and balance with the no bo-hi blade. Mine has a nice pronounced hamon. It also has nice detail in the tsuba and kashira. The ito is tight and has held up well so far though my handling and practice swings with it. It has a different shaped kissaka than most katana you see. The tip is keener and comes to a sharper point. More of a Hira-Zukuri style judging by pictures that I've seen. True Swords was also really fast with the shipping. If everything was right with mine this would definitely be a 5 star review as it is a beautiful sword. I guess I just got one of the few lesser quality ones from Musashi.


Nathan Westlund
May 17, 2016
(5 out of 5)

This was my first Musashi, and I am very happy with the sword. As other reviewers have said, it's got a great weight, a pronounced hamon, and came very sharp. I have had several comments on how good the blade looks and feels in the hand, and I couldn't be happier, especially for the price!


chuck vinyard
Apr 08, 2015
(5 out of 5)

5 stars from me Trueswords is hands down the best. Now this flowering bamboo is as far as I'm concerned is 100 percent the best in quality and looks.I really like the heavier no Bo hi blade and the hamon is very visible and beautiful, blade was sharp out of box but with just a few minutes on a diamond stone now it is a 27 inch razor blade, if you're looking at it get it you'll love it I do . Now if trueswords would get some low price tatami mats I would be first in line. THANKS TRUE SWORDS


Chris Fodor
Mar 15, 2015
(5 out of 5)

I got this sword like 3 days ago and it was very awesome I like everything about this sword except for the kissaki there was nothing wrong with it I'm just picky on looks but anyways everything was wrapped and put on very tight. And it has some weight to it and my sword came very sharp. 5 stars


George Reynolds
Jan 20, 2015
(5 out of 5)

This is my first Katana, but from what I can tell it's top notch. Very sharp, good weight, feels perfect in hand. The hamon is subtle, but nicely done. And the letter of authenticity, with the marks of the craftsmen affixed, is a nice touch. I specifically wanted a Katana without Bo Hi, which proved more challenging than I anticipated. Materials are excellent quality, just as described. Shipping was fast, secure and product arrived in perfect condition. Highly recommend.


andrea Facchinetti
May 07, 2014
(5 out of 5)

True swords service was amazing. Got the sword very quickly and without any problem.

The sword is absolutely beautiful. It handels great, better than my other sword with Bo-hi. The balance is perfect for me. The Hammond is nice but very difficult to see...

Everything is as described in the product info.

The steel tusba is great. The sword is very well made and I did n
Know the price I would guess it cost several hundred $ .

Also it is very sharp... At least plenty for me...

If you are looking for a nice katana, I would definitely recommend this one, you won't be disapointed


Jeremiah Mangrum
May 07, 2014
(5 out of 5)

Hey sword enthusiasts,

Wanted to do an updated review for 2014 on this wonderful sword. I've had mine for about 2 weeks now and It is still just as beautiful and deadly as when it arrive.

Any Trueswords regular doesn't need to be told shipping was excellent, timely and secure.

I was interested in seeing what the no bo-hi musashi swords could offer and I'm thoroughly pleased. It is strong and durable. The blade and Tsuka are longer than the other swords I own and it feels like a bit different style is needed but effective no less.

After some good use put into it I'm here to say this thing is razor sharp and can hold an edge very well.

It handles light targets like pool noodles or water bottles great and for being unfullered I love the blade geometry as it is not hindersome going through lighter targets.

I don't encourage you attempt it but I live in a rural area and there are tons of tall grassy stalks and weeds and it was very fun getting used to this beauty. It even handled softwood saplings with easy, and no damage to the blade that i detected, only needed to be cleaned and polished after.

Beautiful sword, great price for what you're getting. Don't hesitate or they'll raise the prices again!


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