Wooden Weapons for Japanese Martial Arts
There are hundreds of Japanese wooden weapons, including bokken and jo, each arising from different martial schools. Some, like many of the Okinawan kobudo weapons arose from the shape and size of farm tools and even rowing oars. Kingfisher, however, focuses on a small, specialized group of wooden weapons associated with the Samurai class: primarily the bokken (wooden sword) and its permutations including the short bokken and wooden version of the tanto (Japanese fighting knife). Like everything we make, these are not cheap. Inexpensive products are well represented elsewhere and Kingfisher's mission is to provide top quality products intended for strength, beauty, balance and severe service. This is why you'll not find our products on Amazon or through budget wholesale channels.
Additionally, the Japanese mid-length staff (the Jo), which has a long association with the Japanese sword arts, is also included as a major part of our work.