Aikido Bokken, Sword of Aikido
The Aikido bokken (aikiken bokken or, sword of aikido) is the best choice for most Aikido dojo but also extremely versatile for other Japananese sword related martial arts. It's available in 2 sizes and while its design was mainly intended for the necessary speed and strength required for paired Aikido weapons practice, the shape incorporates several old school (koryu) features. This enables the martial artist to move with fluid precision while performing partner practice with wooden swords (kumi-tachi) as well as bokken to jo practice. While the Aikiken bokken has quick response, it also excels in maintaining defensive integrity.
The Aikido bokken by Kingfisher is available in 2 sizes: the medium version is one of the best representations of the benchmark or average size and shape of a Japanese wooden sword. At 40" overall length and medium thickness, it could be used in most dojo and most practice situations for martial artists seeking a mid-weight design. The Aikiken large is a bit longer at 42" and is also slightly larger in girth.
The Aikiken hilt (kashira), as with all of Kingfisher bokken, has slight variations depending on grade level. Shown here is the grade L5 flat kashira with chamfered edge. Grade L7 has a domed configuration. Grade L7hc has a hand cut configuration. For more information on this, check out the link above "Choose wood grade - learn more"
The Aikiken bokken has a pedal shaped transition. It allows for the use of a tsuba (hand guard) but also creates a tactile reference for hand placement. Optional inscriptions are made on the bevel, right in front of the tsuba position.
This is the chisel shape of the aikiken kissaki (point). It's derived from koryu (old school) designs and while the geometry is very strong, the shape gives the user a very good visual reference of it's positon and orientation.