View Full Version : Different woods for weapons
02-28-2005, 08:54 AM
Orange Osage has been mentioned as a good wood for weapons, but I've never seen anyone actually build weapons out of it.
Anyone have such weapons? How do they hold up? Good points or Bad?
Also: Walnut. I've never heard anyone ever say,"I have a walnut bokken/jo and ..." Has anyone ever looked into using Walnut? Anyone know about the quality of such a wood?
I'm very interested in hearing from people with actual experience with both Osage and Walnut. They seems like good woods, but I have NO information on people who actually use them or have them. Any info you have would be great!
02-28-2005, 09:36 AM
I worked out with a walnut jo years ago, my impression of it was that it was very hard and had little life when swinging it. I prefer woods that exhibit some life and response, such as the usual hickery and white oak; however, I have enjoyed using an ash jo, which had a tremendous amount of liveliness to it, though it dented and dimpled very easily.
02-28-2005, 03:53 PM
What about Maple? It's about as hard as oak, think that would be much good?
Here's an article called "Woods for Training Weapons" which provides information relevant to this thread. It's written by the owner of Kingfisher Woodworks.
03-08-2005, 01:09 PM
Here's another good site from the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
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