Enhanced Shinto Bokken "Floating World"

Enhanced shinto style bokken "Floating World." While the shape started as one of our pattern shinto bokken, this one took an unexpected curvature in process. The same thing happens in the forging of live blades but wood has more of a mind of its own than steel. On rare occasions, the bend creates not an error or defect but a stunning surprise that accentuates the existing curvature. The shape, balance and feeling of presence in this bokken is reminiscent of torii-zori or slightly saki-zori curvature whereby the drawing and striking motion of a sword is made in the same motion - the shape enables a quick exit from the saya. The name "Floating World," while evocative of other things, is related to the beautiful colors and vibrant patterns in the wood. The name came to mind in relation to the vibrant woodblock scenes and imagery of the Edo period. A joke in the shop arose, "you'll be in a floating world if you got hit with it."

It has ultra high density, a stunning shape, balance and geometry. For more information on our process of wood enhancement and the base materials used in these creations, see the link below "enhanced wood information!"

Enhanced Shinto Bokken "Floating World"
    Code: enhshin1629
    Quantity in Basket: None
    Price: $500.00
    Major Axis: 1.5"
    Minor Axis: 1"
    Overall Length: 39.75"
    Sori (curvature): 1"
    Taper: 23%
    Tsuka (hilt) Length: 10.75"
    Weight: 22 ounces
    The kashira (hilt) of this bokken is domed like a katana mount. This allows the left hand to rest near the edge of the hilt but without a sharp 90deg angle characteristic of mass produced bokken.
    Ukiyo (浮世, "Floating World." While this concept may seem unusual for the name of a sword, the inspiration came not so much from the culture of that time period but from the genre of artwork known as Ukiyo-e where scenes of Japanese life and folklore sprang to life in vivid colors.
    Fully resolved kissaki of "Floating World." This kind of point, especially the "yokote" line is especially difficult to execute. We reserve this kind of detail for certain high-level pieces that justify the time and skill necessary to shape and polish the complex shape.