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Old 11-15-2000, 08:03 PM   #17
Richard Harnack
Dojo: Aikido Institute of Mid-America
Location: Maplewood, Missouri
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 137
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Which weapon?

Depends on your style of practice. Some styles like to "clack" bokken together, consequently a low grade inexpensive bokken will probably break. However, when I first started training, we did a lot of such "clacking", but from the stand point of deflecting, not blocking, consequently even the cheap bokken lasted a long time.

I would not recommend buying an expensive bokken if you are going to be going up against someone swinging one of Bujin's laminated bokken.

In my store, I carry a line of hand made bokken made from purple heart wood, ash, cocobolo, bubinga, chechen and yellow heart. I even have a couple which are laminated and will stand up to anything out there. They all vary in density and would probably stand up to a good beating, but not if you are going to be hitting bricks.

Best is to ask your sensei what he/she would prefer you to start with.

Yours In Aiki,
Richard Harnack
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