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    Default FugenDesigns and Fukuru Shinai

    Has anyone done business with these fugindesign.com, or specifically purchased one of these :
    http://fugendesigns.com/Fukuro_Shinai/FS103/FS103.html?

    Aikido24 carries a fukuru shinai, but does not carry the one that Bujindesigns used to carry. However, this one looks similar . . .

    Thoughts?
    Joseph Dostie

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdostie View Post
    ...Aikido24 carries a fukuru shinai, but does not carry the one that Bujindesigns used to carry. However, this one looks similar . . .
    The Fugen fukurojinai is an unusual design; it's fully enclosed at both ends, and has an unusual woven design at the tsuka.

    There are two different types of fukurojinai at the Aikido24 site, and one is of very similar style to the old Bujin Design one, although the white covering is different. It's very close, otherwise, to the traditional Yagyu Shinkage-ryu shinai.

    http://www.kendo24.com/products/kend...ash=6623884972
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    Thanks. I guess I'll just have to get over the white cover - which seems prevalent for this type of shinai.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdostie View Post
    Thanks. I guess I'll just have to get over the white cover - which seems prevalent for this type of shinai.
    I don't know how they're finished, but leather dye may be an option.

    If I didn't already have an old-style Bujin one, I'd get one of these. Even in white, I prefer the smooth-grained leather of these to the suede of mine. This type of fukurojinai is also known as a hikihada shinai, hikihada meaning "toad skin" -- a reference to the smooth finish of the tradional covering used within the Shinkage Ryu.
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    I was under the impression that the Shinkage ryu shinai were lacquered red.
    Paul Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgsmith View Post
    I was under the impression that the Shinkage ryu shinai were lacquered red.
    Correct; at least all the ones I've seen.
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    It's because they are lacquered red that they are called hikihada.

    Here's a hikihada shinai.

    Here's a hikigaeru, or Japanese common toad.
    Josh Reyer

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    Nine Circles USA also carries the Fukuro Shinai. The leather is the high grade leather rather than suede.
    http://www.ninecirclesusa.com/Wooden...i_-_Daito.aspx

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    The white leather fukuro shinai carried by e-Bogu.com are not too bad. The ones I have are starting to get a bit worn from all of the contact and the leather begins to tear after a while (that is also true of the "real" ones we get in the Yagyukai), but that can be fixed with a bit of duct tape. The big advantage is that they are relatively inexpensive.

    As far as changing the color is concerned, get a can of spray lacquer and apply it liberally. The color does not match my traditional Yagyu shinai exactly, but it is close enough.

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    That brings up a question that I've had that you may be able to answer Meik. Does putting lacquer on the e-bogu fukuro shinai make them last longer since it seems to me that the leather won't "grab" as hard, or is that just in my head?
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