Enhanced Katori Bokken
Enhanced Katori Bokken for Japanese Martial Arts
The Enhanced Katori Bokken, with its relatively short length (38.5") and koshi-zori curvature, yields a unique feeling of power and leverage. It's intended is for practitioners of the old school, Katori Shinto Ryu. Within that practice, any change of this bokken, especially an increase in length (which is often requested as a customization) tends to diminish the perfection of the design. Indeed, if we read the history of the founder of the Katori school, it lends insight into the founder's position in history:
Legend says at the age of 60 Chōi-sai spent 1000 days in Katori Shrine practicing martial techniques day and night, until the kami of the shrine, Futsunushi (経津), appeared to him in a dream and handed down the secrets of martial strategy in a scroll named Mokuroku Heiho no Shinsho. He called his swordsmanship style derived from this miraculous dream the Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū, the "Heavenly True, Correctly Transmitted Style of the Way of the God of Katori"
While the above excerpt is from a Wikipedia article, and the style of the assertion similar to many legends, the status of Chōi-sai is undeniable. From our perspective, having made thousands of bokken of every imaginable size and shape, the parameters of the Katori bokken (its length, balance and curvature) cannot be improved.
>For more information on this class of bokken, jo and staffs, see this link Enhanced Weapons.
Please allow 3 1/2 - 4 weeks for shipment. We'll send tracking upon completion.
Minor Axis: 1.040"
Overall Length: 38.5"
Sori (curvature): .5"
Weight: 24 ounces