Originally posted by akiy
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.
Yes, it can be 'knobby', but that can vary greatly! Some pieces of waxwood are very knobby, making much more suitable for use as a bokken/bokuto, others are very smooth, with very little taper, making perfect for jo use.
Their is a drawback, you CANNOT shape a waxwood bokken to look like a sword! You just cut it to length and use it in the shape that it is! But it's a acceptable trade off for the increase in strength and safety .