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Old 12-08-2009, 03:58 PM   #26
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Re: Favorite woods

White oak > Hickory, then Ipe lately. Those are my favorite kind of woods .

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Old 12-08-2009, 04:35 PM   #27
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Re: Favorite woods

I really want to like hickory, but personally I'm not a fan of how light hickory is, or how easily dented it becomes. Yes, the fact that it dents slightly means it isn't brittle and is quite strong overall, but I prefer the heavy, hard solidness of white oak personally.

But in the end, I just consider this to be a different variant of "gadget fetishism" and use whatever weapon that will let me train.


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Old 12-08-2009, 06:45 PM   #28
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Re: Favorite woods

My favorite is White Oak, which I think is a fairly affordable and durable wood for weapons.

I have several bokuto, jo, waki and a heavy naginata all made from white oak (both the Japanese and North American varieties). They all work pretty well for me, and were cheap compared to weapons made from more exotic woods.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:18 PM   #29
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Re: Favorite woods

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Lignum Vitae is now endangered - very hard to ethically acquired. It has a beautiful smell, and olive look - very hard and very heavy.
There is nothing like it. Requires no finish, withstands the worst impacts you can imagine. It was almost wiped out in the nineteenth century both because of the medicinal value of its resin (cough syrup -- guaifenesin -- was originally made from it) and they used it for self-lubricating thrust bearings to keep steam ship drive shafts in line -- and twenty of you together can't equal the torque hammer impact of a ship's drive shaft going to flank speed.

I had a pair of bokken milled from a stick I acquired in 1994 in San Diego. Never looked back.

They are now using a more plentiful subspecies or related species from Argentina and Venezuela, which has many of the same physical qualities of the Carribbean native tree, a largish shrub, really (another reason larger timber is hard to come by). I cannot recommend it more highly.

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Old 03-31-2010, 02:39 PM   #30
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Re: Favorite woods

I am trying an ash bokken at the moment to see what it is like. Mostly because it has a couple of thousand years as the wood of choice for the sticks used in this game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmzivRetelE

I'm happy so far. Going to try a jo next

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Old 04-01-2010, 06:09 AM   #31
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Oops! That sounds a little xenophobic....I meant buy american hickory (shouldn't have had that last tequila )
There is a very great deal to be said for buying local rather than anything imported. American forests have been repeatedly devastated by invasive species that arrived on wood products from Asia or Europe. Do a little websearch to find out why the city of Worcester, MA no longer has any hardwood trees...then ask yourself if you want that happening in your community, or perhaps across your continent. Buy local grown.
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:26 AM   #32
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Re: Favorite woods

All my weapons (ken, kodachi, jo, tanto) are white oak from Japan, but even they have endured small cracks and damage over the years. A veteran aikidoist tells me that I should expect that at some point to have to replace them. There are a few woods that are much harder but they are either way too brittle—or if they are strong enough to withstand all kinds of impacts, then the odds are you can't acquire them ethically. Particularly in my country where illegal logging is so rampant and the best hardwood trees (narra, tindalo, etc) are illegal to cut.
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:04 AM   #33
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I have posted a page on my website regarding various woods suitable for weapons.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:51 PM   #34
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I have posted a page on my website regarding various woods suitable for weapons.
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There is also a very good article in the Aikiweb Aikido Articles section. After reviewing it I chose Purple Heart wood for my jo. So far I'm very happy.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:50 AM   #35
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Re: Favorite woods

I use a grade 7 hickory Jo and Bokken from Kingfisher for paired practice - light, but very strong. And I use a Dymondwood set from Bujin Design for solo work - very heavy, but too strong to use against wood for paired practice.

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Old 04-09-2010, 09:03 PM   #36
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I use a grade 7 hickory Jo and Bokken from Kingfisher for paired practice - light, but very strong. And I use a Dymondwood set from Bujin Design for solo work - very heavy, but too strong to use against wood for paired practice.

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Hi Greg,

Care to share a pic of your bokken? I've recently checked the website,seems they're gonna offer resin impregnated bokkens soon.

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Old 04-10-2010, 06:55 AM   #37
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Hi Greg,

Care to share a pic of your bokken? I've recently checked the website,seems they're gonna offer resin impregnated bokkens soon.

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Sure - which one, the hickory or dymondwood, or both?
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:53 PM   #38
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Sure - which one, the hickory or dymondwood, or both?
I'd like the hickory but won't mind if you'd post some of the dymondwood as well.

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Old 04-17-2010, 05:47 AM   #39
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I'd like the hickory but won't mind if you'd post some of the dymondwood as well.

J.R
Here you go - sorry it took awhile...

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Old 04-17-2010, 09:10 PM   #40
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:34 AM   #41
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Here you go - sorry it took awhile...

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Thanks alot Greg, I greatly appreciate it! The dymondwood looks very heavy.

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Old 04-23-2010, 10:42 AM   #42
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Thanks alot Greg, I greatly appreciate it!
you're welcome -
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:15 AM   #43
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Re: Favorite woods

Funny Maggie!

I have made several weapons and I love working with expensive woods. However, my old fav is Hickory. I have a great jo and bokken made out of Hickory. The jo has the most beautiful grain patterns. It crushes a little. I wax it twice a year with Johnson's past wax to keep it sealed. I plan to replace it with Brazilian Iron wood in the future.

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