It is not easy to be torn between the tangibility of sword trinkets from Comic Alley and the only-digital lethal swords from Man at Arms. Being in the Philippines sets limitations to video game and anime weapons enthusiasts. On the one hand, the sword trinkets from Comic Alley are too small to use and display; on the other, the swords manufactured in Man at Arms are simply too lethal to use.
With the number of Filipino Japanophiles and cosplayers increasing, Marikina’s rubber foams simply cannot supply and satisfy the need for good weapons to display both in conventions and at home. Luckily, two locals thought of bringing their interest of Japanese culture here in the Philippines and founded Geisha’s Blade.
Geisha’s Blade is a Philippine online sword shop that sells Japanese swords, European swords, and Anime swords. Founded by Jaimee L. and Aldwin Pagdangan, Geisha’s Blade is the first to bring tameshigiri or practice swords and display swords in the country.
Unbeknownst to the mainstream, the word geisha comes from two kanji characters: gei (芸) meaning art and sha (者) meaning person. True to its name, Geisha’s Blade brings artistry to lethal things: swords; it allows the sha (者) to hold something artful in his or her hands. The high quality yet affordable swords are made from Longquan, Zheijhang Province, China, the region with a 2,500-year-old history and experience in sword-making. The swords are made from 1050, 1060, 1095 carbon steel and T10 tool steel. For the non-technical and more visual minded people out there, this video should show enough.
Geisha’s Blade prides itself with their variety of products as seen on their website and on their Facebook page. The hand-forged swords are fully sharpened and are sold in the higher price range. These can be beautiful display pieces but are also ideal for tameshigiri. These swords can cut through tatami mats and fresh cut bamboo.
Some of the hand-forged swords for sale are Tora Katana (left), Raiden’s High Frequency Blade from Metal Gear Rising (middle), and Bastard Sword (right). Because of the five-digit cost of these collectibles, some people find them hard to afford. As such, Geisha’s Blade offers a layaway plan wherein the buyer can pay for the sword in installment.
On the other end of the spectrum are the machine-forged swords. These swords are fairly cheaper and ideal for cosplay and display because the blades are unsharpened and the hilts look delicate and elaborate. This is not to say that these swords cannot cut through or smash tin cans, as seen in the video below.
Geisha’s Blade also sells miscellaneous items to complete your travel to samurai-era Japan. They sell uniforms (keikogi and hakama), display racks, and Japanese masks (hanya) to name a few.
Though the owners do not have a physical shop, they have a dojo located in Mandaluyong City. Geisha’s Blade products are on display on their website, a good photo gallery. The site is jam-packed with information on how to purchase their swords, musings about Japanese swords, and contests.
Its most notorious contest is the Slash-A-Pose Contest wherein cosplayers and sword enthusiasts post pictures of themselves with Japanese swords. Winners (Yes, there is more than one!) are awarded a coveted Geisha’s Blade each! Some of the prizes are Kuro Suzaku Katana 1050 Folded Series, Storm Shadow Daisho, and Udo Jin-e Katana (a.k.a. Battousai’s Sword!).
Their most recent contest to date plans to give away Raiden’s High Frequency Blade (black coated version) from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. The contest is *drum roll please* an Article Writing Contest! – to which I cross my fingers.
I’ve seen them in Comic Alley; I’ve seen wooden ones; I helped fashion one from illustration board; and surely some must have tried to make them using rubber foam. But how many people get to say that they have quality swords displayed at home? Get a Geisha’s Blade now!
Rennie Ann Palada
March 5, 2014