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Old 12-27-2002, 04:17 PM   #1
Jessica
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Bokken

Today, I got a new red oak bokken for ...... US$ 8.75 (it even seems to be good quality!) However, I have a few questions. Is there anything I should do to it before a) shipping it across the country and b) using it? Also, what would be the best way to ship it across the US?
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Old 12-27-2002, 10:16 PM   #2
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I am sorry to disappoint you, but a good bokken for 8.75 does not exist. Anything less than 20$ will be dangerous for you and your partners to use. Price alone is not a quality guarantee, but it's an indicator.
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Old 12-28-2002, 12:05 AM   #3
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Edward Karaa (Edward) wrote:
I am sorry to disappoint you, but a good bokken for 8.75 does not exist. Anything less than 20$ will be dangerous for you and your partners to use. Price alone is not a quality guarantee, but it's an indicator.
Generally speaking, I think that's pretty accurate. I also tend to stay away from anything in red oak since most of those weapons tend to splinter and break fairly easily.

On the other hand, a lot depends on how you train where you are. Some folks train with a lot of contact between weapons - in which case you should have something sturdy, and some folks train with little or no contact between weapons - in which case cheaper is often better.

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Old 12-28-2002, 09:07 AM   #4
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Relax! I do not intend to use this bokken in partner practice. It is for a theater production that I am in. But I need to ship it across the country in two days!!! Help, please!

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Jessica
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Old 12-28-2002, 10:19 AM   #5
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Jessica Smith (Jessica) wrote:
Relax! I do not intend to use this bokken in partner practice. It is for a theater production that I am in. But I need to ship it across the country in two days!!! Help, please!

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FedEx, UPS or US Postal Service overnight express ...

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