Shinto Bokken Long SwordThe Shinto Bokken Long Sword is quick and manuverable. Made from wood and an excellent practice sword.
The Shinto Bokken Wooden Long Sword is 40" overall length with an 10 3/4" tsuka. This quick and maneuverable bokken is oriented to techniques of finesse and accuracy. It is compatible with many martial styles and unlike bokken that are intentionally created as rough training swords, the Kingfisher Shinto design has a feeling of exacting precision, but does not lose the austerity that defines the best weapons of antiquity. Very similar in proportions and feel to the aikiken medium, the shinto bokken has sword style point (kissaki) sometimes preferred for iai or sword drawing techniques. The images below show the L7hc grade with fully resolved hand cut sword point with perpendicular tip dividing line (yokote). Shinto bokken in grades L5 and L7 are identical in shape and balance and also have a sword point, however, the geometry of the point is slightly simplified with the yokote angled rather than perpendicular.
Kendoka: There are some variation of the accepted length of this bokken. You can easily order a shorter version of this wooden sword. For example, make a note in the "comment" text box below " dimensions: 10 1/2 tsuka"/ 40" overall" or, if you'd like the bokken proportioned according to the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF), 24cm - 9.44" tsuka, 102cm - 40.16" overall, write "AJKF proportions" in the comment text box.
For longer bokken of similar parameters, see this link kenjutsu bokken.
The area of the kashira on this L7hc grade bokken, where the left hand holds the wooden sword, is shaped to be slightly domed (like that of a live blade mounting). It is cut with a cleanly delineated edge and formed by the action of many little cuts of a razor sharp knife.
This bokken is made with a clearly defined transition between the area of the hilt (tsuka) and the blade section. Notice the symmetrical petal shaped relief which is characteristic of the best hand made weapons.
This is the kissaki style point of a hand cut Bokken - grade L7hc. It is shaped to interpret the point on a live blade but instead of a sanded finish, it is left in its carved state and retains a natural hand cut appearance.