Re: Buying my First Bokken
Many Aikido have had success selecting a weapon by first experimenting with the bokken of other students. I used the bokken of Nizam Taleb Sensei during a trainning session and purchased a hand carved bokken from Guatemala of all places that used his as the model. It wasn't expensive. (Axcel Sensei at Lenape Aikikai brought it back from a trip to his hometown.) but my point is simply, experience the specific type of weapon that suits you and then purchase from the same place. Kyota in Baltimore is where I buy oak weapons for the dojo and they survive the banging of public use quite well. If you're ever in the area come cross swords with us sunday mornings at Aikikai of Philadelphia.