Enhanced Shinto Bokken
The Enhanced Shinto bokken is 40" long with a 10.75" tsuka. It has a moderate torii zori curvature and, with its medium, well balanced proportions, has a feeling of quickness and maneuverability. This wooden sword is representative of a classical interpretation of live blade transposed into wood. The shape, proportions and weight of the shinto bokken are probably the closest to the ideal shape of the Tokugawa era and arguably, the closest to a "standard" design.
The defining feature of this weapon is its grace and classic lines but the Kingfisher enhanced version is ultra hard, heavy, dent resistant, strong and stable due to the enhancement process whereby acrylic resin is drawn completely through the structure of the wood. The weight is approximately 23 oz (650gm) - its density is high enough to sink in water. Like other enhanced weapons, its properties are achieved in the enhancement process and not through over sizing traditional weapon proportions to achieve necessary weight and strength. Since acrylic has replaced the interstitial spaces within the wood, no finish is required or recommended other than simple buffing or a light coat of paste wax.
The enhanced Shinto bokken will have some variations in color natural to the wood. While the images provided reflect the quality, polish and refinement of the weapon, there will be differences in colors beyond our control.
These weapons are extremely tough and the user is cautioned to exercise reasonable restraint as they are entirely capable of causing damage to partner's weapons if used recklessly.
Please allow 3 1/2 - 4 weeks for shipment. We'll send tracking upon completion.
Enhanced bokken are made with a domed kashira (hilt) as shown here. This rounded shape is similar to live blade fittings and allows the left hand to grip the tsuka at the very edge of the kashira. Many schools of training use a method whereby the left pinky is right on the edge of the kashira and this geometry, more than a square or straight-cut end, is perfectly suited.
The transition of Enhanced Bokken that accommodate tsuba (hand guard) is shown here. The signature Kingfisher transition is petal shaped as opposed to a sharply delineated step. The position of the optional inscription is directly in front of the tsuba position on the omote (front) side of the sword. Japanese swords are generally displayed with the tsuka to the left and blade side up and so, when the blade is displayed properly, or worn edge up, the inscription is visible. This image shows typical color variations in the wood.
This is the kissaki (point) of the Enhanced Shinto Bokken. The vertical line, or break separating the blade and the point is known in Japanese as the "yokote." It's difficut to create and that's why this kind of kissaki is seen so rarely in wooden swords. As with live blades, the time and apprenticeship necessary to polish a sword is more extensive than the time of apprenticeship required to forge the sword.