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    Default Making Your Own Training Weapons

    Something I made over the course of this past weekend... oak staff with a poplar blade, bridal-spliced together. Strictly for kata, not sparring. This was my first shot at making a habaki as well.



    Mike Melillo

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    nice work. What are the measurements?
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    Thank you. It measures 7 shaku, 2 sun, 5 bu; (86.5", 220 cm).
    Mike Melillo

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    The shape and the material look beautiful.

    For which Koryu have you crafted it ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by john sheppard
    The shape and the material look beautiful.

    For which Koryu have you crafted it ?
    Thank you for the compliment. I've learned elements of Katori Shinto Ryu from my kendo teacher in the past, but I'm seriously looking into the Toda-ha Buko-ryu offered at the Shutokukan dojo run by Meik Skoss Sensei.
    Mike Melillo

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    Absolutely beautiful job! There's nothing like the feel of using a weapon you made yourself. I only went as far as making my own Roku-Shaku bo but I still feel good using it because I made it just the way I like it
    Ryan Close

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    man that looks nice any for sale? i think you're a bit south of me in nj it'd be great to pick up something that came out as nice as that
    Dean Eichler der Zweite
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    Very nice work. I like it very much.

    I think you can find useful also this link

    Garden of Cherry trees - DIY page

    It is in Italian, but some material is also in english. The handbooks have detailed pictures and you can easily understand even if you don't speak Italian

    The naginata one is also in english

    I hope it can be helpful for all the people interested in self made objects for martial arts practice


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    Thank you all for the compliments.

    I wouldn't sell one, as I have yet to take it through kata one, and have no idea how durable a design this is.

    Benkei, grazie for the very interesting and well-prepared links.
    Mike Melillo

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    Excellent work. I'm very impressed.

    I think it might have looked good too if the habaki were carved from the wood as a ricasso.
    Jonathan Lee

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    Default Another weekend, another naginata kihon yo

    This is the second naginata I've made this summer, this time out of red oak with a danish oil finish. Thanks for looking.





    Mike Melillo

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    mmm nicey-nice!
    What's it's length?

    Have you pictures of the making process? I 'd be interested to see that.
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    I'm an idiot, and neglected to post the specs: Length, 84"/213 cm (7 shaku); 2.9 lbs/1.3 kg. It was patterned off a loaner, which weighs exactly the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hughes
    mmm nicey-nice!
    What's it's length?

    Have you pictures of the making process? I 'd be interested to see that.
    No'during' pics, as I was working on it an hour or two at a time over the weekend, but here are some 'before' shots, laying it out:





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    Great Job Melillo-san It looks very nice and well balanced. The oil finiture is pretty and I think also it swings well. A+


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