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Old 11-07-2009, 12:46 PM   #14
Paul Conway
Dojo: Banyu Hatten Aikido Yuishinkai
Location: Exeter
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 15
United Kingdom
Re: Bokken and jo set from Aikiwood

I recently stripped my inexpensive jo & bokken, and gave them four or five coats of Devon Wood Oil (mostly boiled linseed & tung oils). Revealed a nice grain and made them far more maneuverable. However, I also found that the jo was rather too slippery, so I gave it a wipe with a damp cloth to bring up the grain a bit. Seemed to work.

Amazing what a bit of elbow grease can do for a reasonable bit of wood. I imagine the finishing side is a big part of the cost of hand-made weapons.
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