I enthusiastically agree with Marc Abrams's endorsement of Kingfisher Woodworks. This is the first time I have ever heard of such an experience with Kingfisher's products. I have a set of bokken and jo that I got in 1991 that are still going strong.
Did you contact Kingfisher when you had problems with your bokken? In my experience, the company has always gone above and beyond to ensure customer satisfaction.
Please feel free to send me a PM.
I think we got our weapons around the same time! Think Brad would want to use us as poster children for his products?
ps- What Jim said regarding Brad and customer service has been my experience as well.