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Cessna
07-02-2002, 01:03 PM
I'd be interested in marking my weapons. I just aquired a very nice bokken and jo when Sensei brought back several from Japan - but they're the same as everyone else's nice, new bokken and jo from Japan!

What would be an appropriate way of "marking" mine, so they don't get inadvertantly switched with someone else's?

I was considering having my name in Japanese applied with a wood burning set, using small characters. Would this be appropriate?

akiy
07-02-2002, 01:09 PM
I usually just use a black permanent marker and put my name or somesuch on the end of the jo/bokuto.

I think it's smart to put your name on your training equipment. I don't know how many times I've heard people who are "missing" their weapon after a large seminar.

-- Jun

BC
07-02-2002, 01:32 PM
I use a woodburner to mark my initials on all of my weapons. I found a nice little woodburner at a local arts and crafts supply shop. Plus, with the woodburner came an offer to purchase a three-letter monogram. I got one with my initials and one for the dojo where I practice. The woodburned monogram adds a nice clean touch to the weapons, instead of just making an "X" in magic marker on the weapons, like what the dojo used to do.

Just my two cents...

Bruce Baker
07-18-2002, 09:27 AM
With the advent of large populace at seminars, and training with any number of partners in the room, having an easy means of identification for your sticks not only makes sense, but makes it less hectic to find those little pieces of wood in a jumble of simular pieces of wood.

Many times, the burning of identification, or an addition of a particular mark is enough.

John Stevens, author and teacher, was doing caligraphy but he forgot his signature marker for caligraphy, so he offered to fingerprint the caligraphy's or Aiki-ken/Aiki-jo (weapons not being the proper identification in our modern world, because we no longer use them as weapons.) This was a once in lifetime opportunity, so two Aiki-ken, and one Aiki-jo got the treatment. Very cool!

Being an old boat guy, I have added string whippings to my sticks ... they don't detract from their look, and it helps me to feel where I am with the Aiki-jo as the whipping on that piece is in the center. I have seen other people who are having trouble with different areas of grasping these pieces of wood either add colored pieces of tape, or placement of engraving to help their practice.

I guess the fingerprint by John Steven will look like a big red dot, but as all things fade, even when coated with varnish, this too will fade with time, as all things do.

I would think that so long as your personalization of your Aiki-ken or Aiki-jo are for practical purposes or hold personal references to your training, without being ostentaish, go ahead ... do it.

Don't forget the old baseball bat rule though, never hit the ball on the label because it is the weakest point on the bat.

Yeah, engraving does have its weak points too.

SeiserL
07-18-2002, 10:48 AM
I put my initials on the end of mine, burnt it in. In the Filipino martial arts, we would take a blow torch and lightly burn a pattern into the sticks.

Until again,

Lynn

Ron Tisdale
07-18-2002, 03:04 PM
I've been told the boken should be marked on the flat end of the tsuka, but not the jo. Since you are generally thrusting the end of the jo at someone, that would generally be marked along the side, not on the ends.

For what its worth...

Cessna
07-26-2002, 04:04 PM
I've been told the boken should be marked on the flat end of the tsuka, but not the jo. Since you are generally thrusting the end of the jo at someone, that would generally be marked along the side, not on the ends.

For what its worth...
Interesting!

Both my Jo and Bokken are from Iwama - the nice white oak versions. As it is, they've got a mark already burned in - on the grip of the bokken, and about 6" from the end of the jo. I was going to put my name - in Japanese, if I can find it - under these marks. Hmmm...

DavidM
07-29-2002, 02:00 AM
I have the "Bushido Code" (Justice, Courage, Loyalty, Truth, Courtesy, Self-Control, Kindness) on the handle of my bokken.....I did it myself and it turned out very nice....Not burned in though, I think it'd make it weak....

DavidM
07-29-2002, 02:02 AM
OHHHH Scott, here's a nice website with Names in Kanji, http://www.abuilttolast.com/kanji/symbols.html

Cessna
07-29-2002, 05:25 PM
Cooooool. Thanks!