Russ Rohling wrote:
Could someone please offer their opinion on where to order a bokken and jo ? I wouldn't mind paying for quality, and have started looking at Bugei.
I personally like the bokkens made by Kingfisher WoodWorks. I bought the "Aikiken" model, with the number 7 grade hickory, large, and it is 42" long. This bokken has really grown on me. It is well balanced, heavy duty and no other bokken I have picked up can hold a candle to it.
In my opinion, it is well worth the extra money to go ahead and buy a good bokken. It is going to become a part of you, so you might as well buy the best. Kingfisher makes jo staffs as well. I have not purchased one of those yet, but plan to do so in the near future. Check out their website and read up on them. I think you will be impressed.