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Old 12-30-2010, 10:01 AM   #4
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Dojo: Ronin Aikido Association
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Join Date: May 2009
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Re: Wood finish for a Jo

Wood will always need to be treated with something. Varnish has a tendencey to not allow the wood to breath as it needs to. I have a friend who trains in Jodo and has stripped the varnish from his as it allows better movement of the weapon through his hands.

I prefer oiled over varnished also since making the switch to Sei Do Kai bokuto over standard cheaper shiro kashi bokuto, not as slippery in the hand. I suppose if you're making two then oil one and varnish the other, they can both be re done depending on your own preference.

I think the oil weapons makers use is tung oil, I may be wrong but can't check as the work system is a drag and has barred me from most weapons site

Last edited by shakou : 12-30-2010 at 10:04 AM.
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