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11-03-2006, 10:43 AM
Anyone knows where to buy the lightest bokken? Niten Ichi Ryu Bokken maybe?
A bokken is less than 1 pound will be great.
I saw the one in e-bogu.com already, it doesn't look less weight than reg. bokken at all.
So I just wondering is there any others places selling this kind of bokken?
11-03-2006, 10:50 AM
11-03-2006, 11:02 AM
Thanks I checked I have to contact them to see what weight are they carry.
Any more suggestion?
11-03-2006, 12:50 PM
Well, Kim Taylor in Guelph, Canada is one of the people who practises Niten Ichi Ryu, so he'd be a good person to contact. Check out his online store sdksupplies.netfirms.com - I can't remember if there are Niten bokkens in his regular catalogue, but there's plenty of useful information (and links) through that website, plus his contact details.
11-03-2006, 01:35 PM
I'm holding a Niten Ichi Ryu bokuto at this moment and would estimate that it is under 1 pound in weight, it is considerably lighter than a standard bokken
I bought mine from Nine Circles www.ninecircles.co.uk/ they will ship internationally.
Having used this bokken to suppliment Aikido, Kendo and Iaido applications it has stood up to the same hard knocks given to the 'fatter' bokken normally used. Only down side is that you can't use tsuba with them.
11-03-2006, 02:25 PM
Thanks David for your info, but the Nine Circle no longer to ship internationally for a single bokken. It has to been 3 or more....
don't know why, maybe national security stuff!
11-03-2006, 07:46 PM
Yagyu Ryu bokken from www.bokkenshop.com - 0.78 lbs.
Nito set from the Kiyota Company - the bokken is 1.1 lbs.
Satsuma Jigen Ryu bokken from www.bokkenshop.com - 1.5 lbs.
11-07-2006, 01:27 PM
I needed a light bokken for my beginning practice of iaijutsu because of inflamed wrists, and could not find one light enough. I bought a bokken and reduced it in size, planing it and then using an orbital sander. It took forever. Afterwards someone advised me to use a belt sander fixed upside-down, because this reduces the thickness much more quickly than an orbital sander, but is still controllable.
I learned that is is necessary to be careful to reduce the tsuka as well, so that balance is not lost. If this would make the tsuka too thin for your grip, you could always cover it with cord using whipping (in case you haven't seen whipping, you can find it on the web).
Whipping when done neatly is not unlike the binding on a katana, restores the girth of the tsuka, and aids grip. If the whipping is extended part way down the blade, you could fit a tsuba.
Imagine the depth of satisfaction wielding a bokken you had made!
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11-07-2006, 02:08 PM
There may be some good suggestions for making your own bokken at Kim Taylor's web site...you can find that at FA.IAIDO on google, or at E-Budo in the sword or jo sections. He's got some good stuff, and good recommendations.
11-13-2006, 08:48 AM
By the way, the Niten Ichi Ryu bokken I have weighs only 400 grammes. Mine came from Nine Circles so that's a problem for you but I hope that someone your part of the world must make this type.
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11-23-2006, 04:07 PM
niten ones are as light as you can buy.
bokkenshop do them as well,
though i think if you are buying the set it works out a bit cheaper at nine-circles.
because of my shoulder problems, and being a wee girly,
a kind member in my iai club made me one from birds eye maple
no good for contact work but extremely light.
if you make your own you can do it to suit your length and thickness requirement also
hope the wrists get betterer
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