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Old 11-21-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
Bushido77
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Iwama Style Bokken

Anyone have an idea of a Japanese based manufacture for an extra long bokken?
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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Re: Iwama Style Bokken

How long is "extra long" ?

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:36 PM   #3
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Re: Iwama Style Bokken

107cm...the longest we have been able to find is 103cm, after that all retailers say it would a custom job. There is a manufacturer that makes the extra long iwama style bokken, but have had no luck tracking them down or with anyone releasing the contact info. Apparently it's a BIG secret��
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:57 PM   #4
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Re: Iwama Style Bokken

try Kingfisherwoodworks.com,
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:20 AM   #5
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Re: Iwama Style Bokken

You can also try to contact Aikiweb member Petar A, he makes weapons to order. Is this ken for someone who is very tall?

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Old 12-11-2012, 06:49 AM   #6
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Re: Iwama Style Bokken

I would like to mention that bokken adhere to a general standard length. If the bokken exceeds this length it becomes another weapon, much the same as when a Jo becomes longer than the usual length. I know several high-level, vertically enhanced aikido practitioners and they all use standard size bokken.
Just a thought.
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Ethan Weisgard
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:09 AM   #7
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Re: Iwama Style Bokken

Bokken adhere to a general standard length because there is generally a greater degree of homogeneity in the Japanese body type than in other groups'. Sword length is very important, although the importance usually shows up in the other direction. A sword that is too long is very difficult if not impossible to safely draw from its scabbard. Someone who is proportioned radically differently than the average Japanese man may need a longer sword

Ever try to find a gi that fits an American woman well? Same same. And what a pain in the arse.
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