Brian ---- go ahead and use it, you won't regret it.
Adam --- Kingfisher is in Vermont. Kim Taylor is in Canada (Sei Do Kai). There is a link to his piece, "Bokken Bashing", on the Kingfisher site. Yes, Brad inscribed the bokken. The translation is, "If you can read this, you're too close!"
Ashley --- you're welcome!
Doc --- good to see you on the forums, look forward to seeing you on the mat!