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12-25-2002, 12:05 PM
Can anyone suggest a site to buy a hickory bokken? Also, is there a standard length for a jo?
12-25-2002, 02:04 PM
I dont know about the hickory bokken, but I know the length of a jo should be from the floor to just below your arm pit. The size will vary depending on the height of the person.
Jeffrey A. Fong
12-25-2002, 04:03 PM
Try Kingfisher Woodworks or Bujin Design.
12-25-2002, 10:57 PM
You can also try Bugei Trading Co (http://www.bugei.com/). Their bokken have a slightly longer handle than most (which I like personally). I think the blade may be a little longer also (I don't have one yet so I can't say for sure)
12-25-2002, 11:22 PM
I believe standard aikijo length is 127 cm.
12-26-2002, 03:21 PM
12-26-2002, 04:14 PM
I am writing just to let you know that I explored all the sites I could to research Jo products. I had almost decided on Kingfisher when I was very fotunate to discover that a fellow aikidoka (as well as my sensei) had purchased his pieces as well. I was very pleased to see that the quality that came out from his web/print material was as such in reality.
Also, he has quite a selection of styles of bokken and you can fine tune many of the dimensions to your specs.
Also, he has access to a kind of Appalachian Hickory that he works by hand - very strong and resilient and very beautiful.
10 of 10.
I hope to add a matching bokken to my jo as soon as possible.
12-27-2002, 01:49 AM
Some of the best hickory weapons I've found, great service and good folks:
Here's Kingfisher Woodworks' site:
They make beautiful and sturdy weapons.
01-02-2003, 02:36 PM
Check out Bearwood products at http://www.bearwoodproducts.com. The craftsmanship of Bearwood weapons is of the highest quality as well as beautifully made.
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