Originally posted by Brian Vickery
But weapons used during kumi-tachi/kumi-jo I go with Chinese waxwood. Solid, heavy, does not fracture when it finally does break, but instead it splits and stays in one piece due to its fiberous interior (kinda like a stock of cerlery).
I seem to remember that Chinese waxwood is kind of "knobby" (for a lack of a better word) -- am I remembering correctly? It could be tough with waxwood to let your hands slide along the length of the weapon like one might do for a "proper" honteuchi with a jo.
A friend of mine who has done jodo in Japan has said that his hickory jo has lasted him, I believe, over ten years of jodo.