I am writing just to let you know that I explored all the sites I could to research Jo products. I had almost decided on Kingfisher when I was very fotunate to discover that a fellow aikidoka (as well as my sensei) had purchased his pieces as well. I was very pleased to see that the quality that came out from his web/print material was as such in reality.
Also, he has quite a selection of styles of bokken and you can fine tune many of the dimensions to your specs.
Also, he has access to a kind of Appalachian Hickory that he works by hand - very strong and resilient and very beautiful.
10 of 10.
I hope to add a matching bokken to my jo as soon as possible.