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Old 07-15-2010, 12:18 AM   #51
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Re: Looking for first hakama - help, please!

Craig
If you call E-Bogu, ask for Miho. She is great to work with and has busted her neck helping others and me over the phone.

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Old 07-15-2010, 03:04 PM   #52
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Re: Looking for first hakama - help, please!

Well, after thinking about and playing with it, I decided to keep the H-2 from Nine Circles. It's decent for the cheap price, size 26 is a little short, but I can live with it, spending time and money to ship it back and try to get a refund (you have to write a letter explaining why,...) since they have nothing better to exchange it with and playing with himo I can make it reasonably secure. I won't get another one from them and can't recommend it given the cut and feel but I'll make do with this for now. This will just be my trash hakama to take a lot of wear and tear while I see if I can repair my bujin hakama and think about splurging on Tozanda hakama, thinking about 100% polyester one, but really wish I could feel the material first and see how it hangs. I do need something more presentable for demos and more formal occasions and the knees of cotton and cotton blends just don't hold up.

Also this item at e-bogu gave me ideas....
e-bogu himo extensions
though two 10 in strips for $10 is kind of outrageous price. Really need 20 in strips

Never been fond of shopping for clothes online.
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:54 PM   #53
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e-bogu himo extensions
though two 10 in strips for $10 is kind of outrageous price. Really need 20 in strips.
Go buy a half yard of cotton twill fabric, cut the strips 4x the finished width you want, fold in 1/2 and 1/2 again to "bury" the raw edges, press and stitch closed, then stitch to the himo.

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Old 07-15-2010, 04:13 PM   #54
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thanks, I talked to them and the tetron hakama I am looking at there has himo with a total length of only 370cm and the black ones can only be extended a maximum of 20cm each side which for me is still very short, and they can't extend the white ones at all. Read somewhere that the way kendo hakama having shorter himo because of the way the hakama is tied.

still tempted to get the white tetron one for iai because it's so cheap, just have to tie it in the back

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Old 07-15-2010, 04:14 PM   #55
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Go buy a half yard of cotton twill fabric, cut the strips 4x the finished width you want, fold in 1/2 and 1/2 again to "bury" the raw edges, press and stitch closed, then stitch to the himo.
stitch ? what's that ?

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Old 07-15-2010, 04:22 PM   #56
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Go buy a half yard of cotton twill fabric, cut the strips 4x the finished width you want, fold in 1/2 and 1/2 again to "bury" the raw edges, press and stitch closed, then stitch to the himo.
won't this create some kind of bulge where you stitch it together ?

I thinking this will be right where my saya will be moving back and forth.

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Old 07-15-2010, 05:16 PM   #57
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won't this create some kind of bulge where you stitch it together ?
I thinking this will be right where my saya will be moving back and forth.
Minimal bulge but I imagine if it is placed in exactly the wrong spot it might bother you.

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Old 07-15-2010, 10:21 PM   #58
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found another source of pattern for the DIY crowd

http://lastwear.deviantart.com/art/H...ttern-89369044
Hi all,

You won't get a decent aikido hakama from that pattern.

This is better but not close enough.
http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&se...ttern#/d1b0wog

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Old 07-18-2010, 11:49 PM   #59
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I know a lot of guys get their indigo hakama from California S&P. My sensei is bigger (though not fat) and he also has a hard time getting hakama with long enough himo. He seems pleased with the one's from that site. I don't know if he has them extend the himo or if they are naturally longer. I'm sure you could contact them to find out.

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Old 09-12-2010, 07:01 PM   #60
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Update: I finally, finally ordered a tetron hakama from https://www.budogu.com/products.cfm?...categoryId=246

It left Japan yesterday, and is now in customs in Chicago, according to the USPS tracking! I can't wait to get it. After trying on a couple of other hakama, I ordered a size 25 because I am (apparently) freakishly short-waisted. The 24 was too short, and the 26 was too long, so I'm thinking the 25 should do the trick.

I truly appreciate everyone's feedback - you really helped me make my choice. I'll let you know what I think once I get it.
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:00 AM   #61
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I got it today - wow, that was speedy service. The fit will work fine. Believe it or not, it's still a tad on the short side, but that is really okay since I'm not ready for a longer one.

The only thing I don't like is that it feels extremely stiff at the moment. I am assuming that it will soften up with wear. Thanks again for the input, everyone!
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:42 PM   #62
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Congrats

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Old 09-16-2010, 02:36 AM   #63
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Thank you, Ashley! Next quest: weapons! There is not one jo at our dojo that is truly the right length for me.
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:23 AM   #64
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Thank you, Ashley! Next quest: weapons! There is not one jo at our dojo that is truly the right length for me.
Talk to Kim Taylor up in Guelph - his custom length hickory weapons are reasonably priced and hold up beautifully. sdksupplies.netfirms.com

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Old 09-16-2010, 10:54 AM   #65
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A lot of people like Kingfisher too. Just talk to your sensei about different types of woods. Mine prefers us to all have white oak and kind of put the kabash on me getting a hickery jo from Kingfisher. I have also seen some lovely purpleheart jos as well. Do your research and ask around. I'm sure you will find something. Also, places like Kim Taylor's and Kingfisher's will customize the length for you.

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Old 09-19-2010, 04:08 AM   #66
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Thanks for the tips, Ashley and Janet!
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:07 PM   #67
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Update, Peter (budogu.com) showed up at our Iaido camp and I bought a really nice white 100% cotton hakama from him in person. Really like it. himo still too short, got to take on Janet's suggestion soon.

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Update, Peter (budogu.com) showed up at our Iaido camp and I bought a really nice white 100% cotton hakama from him in person. Really like it. himo still too short, got to take on Janet's suggestion soon.
Craig, since you don't sew, you may just want to check your local dry cleaners to see if, as in NY and Calif, there is somebody sitting in the window or in the back w/ an old industrial sewing machine to do repairs for customers. You'd have to buy your own fabric - a midweight cotton to match the hak fabric - cut each piece as long as you need + 2" X 4 times the finished width and let her/him know that you want it folded lengthwise in 4ths X your finished length.

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Old 09-20-2010, 09:45 PM   #69
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I bought a nine circles hakama and it arrived today.... I like!
Not Bujin, but I like pretty well... nice material, pretty well what i expected. ( all cotton, pretty heavy weight, 10,000 cotton)
shorter himo compared to bujin, but enough for my skinny self.

nicer price too....

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