Special Wooden Swords
The transition from tsuka to blade will accommodate a tsuba. Tsuba are almost always used with the kashima bokken.
This shows the short, stubby point of this style of bokken. The geometry is exceedingly strong but also captures the essence of a fully resolved sword point.
Blunt point, characterstic of the Iwama ryu bokken and certain old school (koryu) designs
Major Axis: 1.5"
Minor Axis: 1"
Overall Length: 39.75"
Sori (curvature): 1"
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.
Overall Length: 40"
Sori (curvature): .5"
Weight: 17 ounces
Domed hilt (kashira)
Fully resolved sword style kissaki (point)
The Enhanced Kashima bokken is straight, heavy and has little taper. The overall length 41 1/2" with a tsuka length of 10 1/2". Its profile is generally stout with a thick oval hilt (tsuka) and a feeling of heavy balance which, while noticeably different from most other wooden swords, lends itself well to the heavy inertial style of the Kashima Ryu (school). This bokken, while straight, is heavy-hitting. It's not wielded with a wide hand spacing and hence the short tsuka. This is because the correct use of this sword relies not on arm strength or leverage but power delivered through the motion of the hips and body as a whole. In our video bokken strength, a Kashima bokken is used to demonstrate the breaking strength of wood.
Make sure to add an optional tsuba (hand guard) if you are enrolled in a traditional (koryu) dojo as a tsuba is always used in traditional Kashima sword-work.
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Major Axis: 1.55"
Minor Axis: 1.175"
Overall Length: 41.5"
Tsuka (hilt) Length: 10.5"
Weight: 30 ounces
Domed kissaki - this is the hilt of the bokken which is shaped with a slightly elevated dome, similar to the shape of live blade tsuka fittings.
The transition area (that is, the dividing zone between the handle and the blade) has a pedal shaped relief. This allows for the bokken to be fitted with a tsuba but also, indicates the start of the blade and the hand placement.
Overall Length: 42"
Tsuka (hilt) Length: 11.5"
Weight: 22.6 ounces
The inscription reads, "Fleeting world." A Buddhist concept pertaining to the impermanence of temporal existence.