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Last Review Posted by ian - posted: 3:30am [ Post a Review

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Although sometimes you can get a good one, the care taken in choosing the grain to make it run the length is not adequate. In addition the grain is often quite thick, so despite being made of hickory, large lumps can be taken off these weapons by much cheaper white oak weapons. If you do lots of heavy contact weapon practise (like Saito\'s no.2 kumitachi!) I would definately not recommend these. Estimated shelf-life with full contact = 6 months.

Rating: 2
Product Details: "Jatoba Jo" by Faith Eisentrager - posted: - Rating: ****** 6.00

Last Review Posted by ian - posted: 3:25am [ Post a Review

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The grain runs perfectly down the length of the jo and is very fine. Excellent for heavy contact - I would guess that they would last at least 4 years with heavy contact. The white oak jo (we bought 20) are much better than many of the hickory products you can buy from other suppliers. Indeed it smashed a lump off a Bear Wood hickory bokken (the grain on this bokken being much less fine) The packs of 10 are the same quality - excellent investment for a club. After many years of breaking weapons (even hickory ones) I shall always buy my weapons from nine circles. The craftsmanship is superb and the price is a bargain.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "White Oak Jo" by ian - posted: - Rating: ********* 8.50

Last Review Posted by ian - posted: 3:11am [ Post a Review

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Also do packs of 10 for the club (which are all good quality). We do alot of contact with bokken and I\'ve found these are more resilient than many of the broad grain hikory bokken you can get (which are about 5 times the price!). Will last at least 4 years with full heavy contact. Nice shape and balance, the grain for each one runs properly down the length and the grain is very fine.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "Bokken" by ian - posted: - Rating: ********** 9.50

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