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Old 11-10-2000, 10:37 PM   #2
guest1234
Join Date: Jun 2000
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Hi Chris,

this is perhaps the blind leading the blind, but...
1) no more than any large dysfunctional family...
but as a beginner, it is way way above my pay-grade to worry about...
2) a good idea is always to ask a senior student in your dojo, as they would know the best source and any required kind/quality...i think the issue about REALLY cheap weapons is they don't last long enough to even get what you paid for...a good compromise i think is white oak or other not-exactly-cheap but not really expensive either kind of wood. It won't last you forever, but will last more than a few classes. The really cheap reddish wood ones practically break if you look at them. Not only is replacing them going to cost you time and money, but it is dangerous when they break in class. My partner had one at a seminar weapons class, and as i blocked her strike her bokken split, sending the distal third (with a very sharp point) sailing into the center of the mat (and earning the dry comment "now THAT'S a harai" from our instructor). My white oak jo and bokken have lasted me over 18 months now, and are as good as new...not sure if that is from dumb luck or all that lindseed oil...
colleen annes
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