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Paul Kerr
28th January 2004, 09:21
Is there a "standard" in the bokken used for kendo no kata - specifically the curvature, kissaki style and cross-profile (hiramine or kenmine)?
Many people in my club seem to use a fairly bog-standard red oak model, though I'm wondering if there are "higher specs" defined anywhere.



Paul

samuel-t
28th January 2004, 17:32
A tip: If you take a look at http://www.swordstore.com/cgi-bin/htmlos.cgi/00611.1.540103390713876562 you will find 7 different styles of bokuto, all designed for specific schools.

PS. If the link doesn't take you to the correct page, go to http://www.swordstore.com/ and select "Weapons and craft".

/Samuel

chrismoses
28th January 2004, 17:43
Actually there is a general standard shape for the kendo-no-kata bokken. I'm not sure the specifics, personally it's my favorite shape to use. If you go to Tozando's Bokkenshop.com (http://www.bokkenshop.com/eng/index.html) look at their standard bokken. That's the shape you're looking for.

samuel-t
28th January 2004, 17:45
Sorry. I missed the kendo no kata reference in Paul Kerr's post -- just saw the "bokken" part.
/Samuel

Paul Kerr
29th January 2004, 07:29
Thanks for the info. Chris and thanks anyway Samuel for the link. nothing wrong with having lots of nice bokken to play with

:)


Paul

chrismoses
29th January 2004, 14:15
I was reminded last night about Sei Do Kai Supplies (aka Unka Kim) up in Canada. He makes great wooden stuff, a buddy of mine just got his shiro kashi kendo-no-kata yesterday and it's one of the nicest examples that I've seen.

Page is here. (http://sdksupplies.netfirms.com/cat_bokuto.htm)

And the specs according to Kim:
4. KENDO NO KATA

In the "Kendo no Kata", the butt end of the handle is slightly smaller than the tsuba end. There is a shoulder at the position of the tsuba for a plastic or leather tsuba to be fitted. The point runs in a curve from the mune to the ha.

LOA 40 inches. sori 1 inch

tsuka gashira 1 3/8 x 1 inch, tsuka at tsuba 1 x 1 inch, kissaki 1 x 3/4 inch