While the internet offers convenient shopping and an near unlimited variety of martial arts supplies, there are times when a martial artist wants to visit an actual brick and mortar store. Perhaps its for a fitting, or to confirm that the weapon has the proper "feel" --- something impossible to know when ordering online. When a martial artist in the Washington DC or Maryland area has that need, the place to go is Kiyota Company in downtown Baltimore.
It's a small, sole proprietorship that specializes in Japanese equipment and supplies. No website, no pretension, just a friendly smile and supplies that are hard to find in person anywhere else in the Washington DC area. Here's an old catalog in case you'd like an idea of what Kiyota keeps in stock.