Special Wooden Swords
Domed kashira. This design allows for the left hand to rest slightly over the edge of the tsuka. Fast movements and directional changes of the sword are only possible if the left pinky rests slightly on this edge.
Smooth transition between grip and blade section. The Iwama bokken does not use a tsuba (hand guard). The techniques of Takemusu Aiki Sword are closely related to open handed Aikido practice and rely on the defensive movements of the practitioner, not the protection of a hand guard.
The blunt tip of the Iwama bokken. While the Iwama Ryu is a modern martial art related to Aikido, the blunt point design, and other key features of this bokken are seen in some very old schools that influenced the overall shape and character.
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Major Axis: 1.5"
Minor Axis: 1"
Overall Length: 40"
Sori (curvature): .5"
Weight: 22 ounces
Enhanced Katori bokken in all red heart Appalachian hickory wood. This is a specialized bokken specific to Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu, a classical old sword school. This one of a kind enhanced version is state-of-the-art in terms of density, hardness and trueness of shape. The Katori bokken is unique among wooden swords in that the curvature, which is pulled slightly back into the tsuka, its slightly shorter length, and its moderate taper, give it a feeling of incredible leverage and power. While all of the koryu (old school) bokken represent many years of evolution, it could easily be argued that any modification in terms of balance, length or weight detract from the design. While the shape and balance are produced without interpretation from the original early Muromachi design, our enhancement process stabilizes and hardens the wood as the only modern refinement.
Domed kashira. Although you can't see it in this picture, all kingfisher weapons bear an insignia, pressed into the endgrain, that identifies the maker.
The inscription reads "muni." The literal translation is no two or without two. It means "no equal" and this is the exact description of the Katori bokken: both the koryu design from antiquity and this particular rendition.
The chisel style point of the Katori bokken is shared by a few other schools. Not only is the geometry extremely strong, the bevels of the tip give the user a directional reference that's arguably superior to other point styles.
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.
This bokken, with its unmistakable patches of white and flowing grain structure - oriented on the omote (front or display side of the bokken) named itself - "Koun Ryusui" 行雲流水. Drifting clouds flowing water. It means live life as it is - or, in modern terms, go with the flow.