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Thread: A quick question about Shureido Sai

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    Balance point is a personal thing. I'll check a few Shureido sai when I get home and report back. I've used standard small, medium, and large Shureido sai, and find the small size have the best balance out of the box.

    I've also a pair of medium Shureido sai with thinner shafts that I special ordered from Shureido Okinawa. Other than these sai, my "go to" Shureido sai are medium size carbon steel with a black coating. I removed a bit off the tip, tweaked the yoku and shortened the tsuka to size, and had a different butt welded on. After that, I filed down each of the flats of the shaft until I had the balance that suits me best, then applied gun blue. Expensive Sai when you consider my time...even at minimum wage...

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    Lol...Yes I know THAT feeling of working for pennies/hour even on Sundays!

    Okay thanks for that, glad to know I'm not committing some kind of heresy by taking about fiddling with them. It's like a LOT of things, one you start writing on something, it really becomes your own.

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    Working on *

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    I checked the balance point on three Shureido sai, one medium standard, one medium old fashioned and one large standard. All had a balance point approximately one to one and a quarter inch forward of the point where the shaft meets the yoku.

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    Thanks for that.

    And these sai feel fine for you?

    I'll go and compare with mine.

    cheers

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    Yes they do.

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    right...mine are at two and a half inches. Luckily they are slightly long, so that looks like an easy solution.

    Thanks for you help!

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    Thanks chunmonchek,

    I took about 1.5 inches off...they end right at my elbow now, the balance point is just short of 1.5 inches.

    What a difference that inch makes! So much sweeter!

    thanks!

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    I'm glad everything worked out with your modification.

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