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Old 09-19-2016, 07:58 AM   #26
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Re: Dowel Rod ----> Jo?

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SMR no is 4 shaku 2 sun 1 bu.

Jonathan wrote a fine article. Let me add my website on wood for Japanese wraponry www.zaimoku.org

Bruce Bookman and I are engaged in the development of a new approach to aikijo- currently working on a set of 5 kumijo. Using 5 shaku (feet) hickory JO.
A very good article by you.

I am very interested to see what you two develop!
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Old 09-19-2016, 03:28 PM   #27
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Ellis - Try Kim Taylor (or speak to his wife Brenda) about your 8' or 9' weapon request.
http://sdksupplies.netfirms.com/cat_bokuto.htm
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:36 AM   #28
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Just a parenthetic comment - I've never understood why it's 'wrong' to revisit an old thread. Maybe someone has new information, or a conversation can be restarted. So what if the original poster/questioner is gone, dead or in silent retreat in a monastery0--if the topic is interesting, people will start talking about it again.

And in this case, there is something 'new' - I've also seen sites selling exotic wood dowels. Unfortunately, nothing all that long. Has anyone seen a site selling nine or ten feet long dowels of hardwood?

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FWIW Hickory might make a good jo but the hockey stick industry beat the heck out of hickory supplies quite a while ago.
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:05 PM   #29
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My bad.
FWIW Hickory might make a good jo but the hockey stick industry beat the heck out of hickory supplies quite a while ago.
Kim Taylor makes excellent hickory weapons. I treasure my custom hickory bokken and jo from him.

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Old 09-21-2016, 07:10 AM   #30
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyjrUAimzZg

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Old 09-22-2016, 12:10 PM   #31
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[quote=John Hillson;348268] I have bought the $100 Purple Heart and it was kindling in minutes; never again.

Dang, what were you training against? I have a purple heart (1-1/8 inch diameter) and it was withstood the test of time against oak, ipe, hickory, other purple heart, and even the maple tree in my front yard.
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:35 PM   #32
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I have bought the $100 Purple Heart and it was kindling in minutes; never again.

Dang, what were you training against? I have a purple heart (1-1/8 inch diameter) and it was withstood the test of time against oak, ipe, hickory, other purple heart, and even the maple tree in my front yard.
Perhaps most accurate to say he took my money and he said, "this is Purple Heart." I found it very light in my hands and it just seemed to have no flex. I did nothing crazy with it, just basic paired practice.

For the wood workers, my jo that lasted the longest but has inferior wood has a bigger diameter than standard and that feels nice in my hands. Shorter also seems more durable.

Cold Steel was making a polymer jo - has anyone tried those?
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Old Yesterday, 09:15 AM   #33
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Has anyone seen a site selling nine or ten feet long dowels of hardwood?

Ellis Amdur
Yes, someone has, Ellis!

Can't yet vouch for their products but there's this:

https://www.bairdbrothers.com/Hardwo...l-Rod-C95.aspx

But at $35 for a 12' length of 1 1/14" ash, or $52 for a 12' length of white oak, it may be worth checking out. And I do need a yari, so there may be a review soon.

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Old Yesterday, 10:45 AM   #34
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But at $35 for a 12' length of 1 1/14" ash, or $52 for a 12' length of white oak, it may be worth checking out. And I do need a yari, so there may be a review soon.
I wonder where they're getting the ash. The emerald ash borer is why you see so many maple bats in baseball these days, and also why you see so many flying splinters.
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While the emerald ash borer is a very serious threat to the White Ash that is commonly used to make wooden bats, there is still plentiful ash (for now). Major League baseball players use sugar maple (hard maple) because they believe the bats give them better results (not easily proved). Hard maple is harder but heavier and so to achieve the same bat weight (generally 32oz to 34oz) - the bat is thinner and so subject to breaks more often than a thicker ash bat of the same weight [unscientific explanation].

https://rundown.maruccisports.com/20.../maple-vs-ash/

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