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    Default High Quality Hanbo, Jo, and Bo?

    I make hickory bos and sell them because I haven't really found anyone else that makes a high-quality bo, but shipping prices are not realistic to sell very many of them except locally. I am getting ready to make another run but wondering if there's any call for high-quality hickory hanbos and jos (which could more easily be shipped).

    Price for jos would be about $20 with $10 shipping most anywhere in the US. hanbos would be $15 with $7 shipping. Jos would be 1 1/4" diameter by 48" long, and hanbos would be 7/8" diameter by 36" long. Both are hickory, hand sanded to 220 grit (any finer and they tend to stick instead of slide), and hand rubbed with a tung oil finish.

    Are people pulling their hair out looking for these things, or is the market flooded?

    Thanks,

    Matt
    Matt Stennett
    Jinenkan Seigi Dojo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Stennett
    I make hickory bos...wondering if there's any call for high-quality hickory hanbos and jos (which could more easily be shipped).

    ...Are people pulling their hair out looking for these things, or is the market flooded?
    I wouldn't say flooded, especialy on the high-quality end, 'though there are some other suppliers out there, particularly for jo & bo. There's always room for a better mousetrap.

    I'll let this thread stay here, at least for a while, so you can get feedback, but if it starts turning into an actual "For Sale" thread I'll have to close it or move it to the approriate sub-forum. (No commercial or direct marketing is allowed here, strictly speaking.)

    (Also, FWI, the plural of bo is bo, jo is jo, etc. No adding s or es at the end of Japanese plurals.)
    Yours in Budo,
    ---Brian---

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    Thanks Brian -

    I had no intent of selling here, just trying to gather some information. I had no idea how badly people were looking for steel kusarifundo until I made a (too small) run, and wanted a reality check before I made anything new in any numbers. I think there are enough "sticks" out on the market, but thought I might as well ask - I haven't seen many in hickory, and I've been pretty impressed with its qualities.

    As for the "bos" - I should know better, I'm just getting lazy and mixing language rules. Thanks for the correction - nothing grates my ears more than to hear someone call it a "bo staff"

    Matt
    Matt Stennett
    Jinenkan Seigi Dojo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Stennett
    ...nothing grates my ears more than to hear someone call it a "bo staff"
    Yeah, me too. A "staff staff"? No one says "nunchaku flail" or "yumi bow."

    I can only assume that "bo staff" got started by someone who didn't want to confuse "bo" with "bow" -- but it still drives me nuts to hear it.
    Yours in Budo,
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