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Old 08-05-2020, 09:21 AM   #1
David Norton
Dojo: Pax River Aikikai / California, MD
Location: Lexington Park, MD
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 28
Question Good source for jos?

I'm trying to find a source for decent quality jos, at a reasonable price. (Previous forum posts on this subject are quite dated.)

In the past I've used Dowels on Demand, but lately he has gotten more flaky than usual (slow response time, shipping errors, mistakes in ordering, etc.). So I'm looking for some place new. I've tried reaching out to a few martial art suppliers (SDK, Crane Mountain), but haven't heard back yet.

I'm open to hearing about people's experience; quality, price, customer service, etc.

I've also reached out to several lumber suppliers. This, in my opinion, is the most economical solution. In general, it seems that when a dowel is billed as a "martial arts weapon", the price tends to be around $75-100 (in some cases much more). Whereas a dowel of comparable material from a lumber supplier can run between $10-30. As much as I appreciate craftsmanship, this is a hard pill to swallow.

Anyway, thanks for reading. I look forward to responses.
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