Special Wooden Swords


Beautiful, massive smooth sanded suburito of grade L7 wood. The actual one shown above has been sold but we have very high grade wood available with comparable features including mineral streaks, color variations and character marks that in no way devalue the beauty or functionality of the piece.
Code: stdsub0943
Price: $200.00

Overall Length: 42"
Tsuka (hilt) Length: 12"
Weight: 42 ounces

Enhanced Yagyu bokken 5040

Enhanced Yagyu bokken 5040
This spectacular enhanced Yagyu bokken is thin and fast however, our enhancement process adds both density and hardness so that the wood achieves a stunning feeling of stability and presence. Our enhanced material has all of the weight of a tropical wood without the brittleness or association with poorly managed deforestation issues. This one comes from wood with a with a perfect sword zori: the blank is from our inventory of quartersawn material that has been air dried over 5 years. The naturally occurring curvature in the raw material produced a perfectly symmetrical shape along grain lines. The color margin forms a beautiful sweep of mostly red wood. Although the appearance of this bokken is understated, all aspects: strength, taper, balance and aesthetic clarity are of the most supreme quality. Normal price on this bokken $1000. Reduced for the holiday season to $750.
Code: enhyagyu5040
Price: $750.00

Major Axis: 1.365"
Minor Axis: .980"
Taper: 27%
Weight: 19.8 ounces

Domed kashira

Transitionless interface between the tsuka (haft) and the blade section. This bokken is not used with a tsuba.

Sword style kissaki. Most people would be surprised to learn that the apprenticeship for a traditional Japanese sword polisher is more arduous that that of a smith. The same could be said of the kissaki on a wooden sword. This kind of detail is extremely hard to achieve, we make this kind of point on our most premium work.

This spectacular enhanced bokken comes from wood with a with a perfect sword zori. In this case, the blank is from our inventory of quartersawn material that has been air dried over 5 years. The naturally occurring sweep produced a perfectly symmetrical shape along grain lines and, as luck would have it, the red/white margin forms a natural temper-line pattern. Although the appearance of this bokken is understated, all aspects: strength, taper, balance and aesthetic clarity are of the most supreme quality. Normal price on this bokken $1200. Reduced for the holiday season to $850.
Code: enhken4965
Price: $850.00

1 available for immediate delivery

Major Axis: 1.5"
Minor Axis: 1"
Overall Length: 44.75"
Sori (curvature): 1"
Taper: 25%
Tsuka (hilt) Length: 13"
Weight: 25 ounces

Domed kashira

Transition step - this bokken can be used with or without tsuba (hand guard)

Japanese sword point interpreted in wood. This work is extremely difficult to execute. Due to the time required to make fully detailed kissaki, we only reserve this for our best and most expensive work.

The shape, balance, and feeling of presence in this bokken is reminiscent of an old school tachi, hence the display, edge down. This spectacular wooden sword is ideal for the collector seeking a Kenjutsu or Yanagi style bokken with long tsuka whereby the length is determined to be approximately the same as the length of the forearm. The overall size and tapering is proportional to achieve perfect balance. While the workmanship, aesthetics and price of this bokken may lead you to believe that this is merely a display piece, the strength, hardness and mechanical properties are unsurpassed when compared with other materials used for wooden weapons. For more information on our process of wood enhancement and the base materials used in these creations, see the link below <a href="https://www.kingfisherwoodworks.com/enhanced-appalachian-hickory.html">"enhanced wood information"
Code: enhken1680
Price: $550.00

1 available for immediate delivery

Major Axis: 1.45"
Minor Axis: 1"
Overall Length: 43"
Taper: 25%
Tsuka (hilt) Length: 13.5"
Weight: 23.6 ounces

This bokken has extraordinary density. Notice the size proportions: it's not excessively large in girth however the weight is a stunning 27.4oz. This is the ideal character for the Takemusu Iwama Ryu but also, this bokken has all of the benefits of Kingfisher's enhancement process which augments the natural wood. This one has vibrant dark colors with ivory notes and black streaks. Price reduced from $900 to $550.
Code: enhiw4602
Price: $550.00

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Major Axis: 1.455"
Minor Axis: 1.060"
Overall Length: 41"
Sori (curvature): .5"
Taper: 13%
Weight: 27.4 ounces

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.

This one-of-a-kind enhanced Kashima bokken is spectacular in weight, shape and appearance. Of all our work, this bokken achieved a weight exceeding most, if not all of our normal sized wooden swords. While the Kashima pattern is stout, it's still very difficult to achieve a weight over 2lb without creating an oversize thickness. While this bokken is relatively large, it's not excessively so. This is because the wood, initially very dense, was further improved by our process of drawing acrylic resin through the grain structure. It weighs an astounding 2lb 5oz. The technical properties of this bokken are augmented by its crazy grain patterns which include random darker marks on the light colored sections of wood, beautiful, flowing tans in the heartwood section and tiger-stripe patterns throughout.



The Kashima bokken derives its power through its mass however, because a skilled user wields the bokken using the correct motion of the entire body and hips, not just the strength of the arms or shoulders, it's for this reason that a blow from a skilled practitioner is able to send an opponent's weapon sailing away. You'll note that in our video demonstrating the strength of wood, a Kashima bokken is used to test the impact strength of various kinds of wood.
Code: enhkash4255
Price: $700.00

1 available for immediate delivery

Major Axis: 1.6"
Minor Axis: 1.3"
Overall Length: 41.5"
Taper: 15%
Tsuka (hilt) Length: 10.5"
Weight: 36.8 ounces

Domed kashira

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.

Enhanced Shinto Bokken 4596

Enhanced Shinto Bokken 4596
This enhanced shinto bokken has a beautiful even, ivory color, perfect shape and balance. It's slightly lighter in weight than some of our enhanced products but perfect for the martial artist seeking a traditional bokken with ultra high quality and medium weight.
Code: enhshin4596
Price: $295.00

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Major Axis: 1.5"
Minor Axis: 1"
Overall Length: 40"
Sori (curvature): .5"
Taper: 25%
Weight: 22 ounces

Enhanced Katori 4572

Enhanced Katori 4572

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.

 

 

 

Code: enhkat4572
Price: $950.00

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Major Axis: 1.510"
Minor Axis: 1.092"
Overall Length: 38.5"
Sori (curvature): .5"
Taper: 24%
Weight: 23.4 ounces

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.

Enhanced Aikiken Drifting Clouds

Enhanced Aikiken Drifting Clouds
This enhanced Aikiken large bokken represents our best work both technically and artistically - that with some luck from the wood itself. At 26.6 oz weight and a high density, this bokken has a tremendous feeling of strength and presence, perfect geometry and side to side straightness. The wood pattern shows an extremely unusual pattern of white patches amid the darker reds.
The aikiken large design, at 42" length and fairly stout proportions, is oriented towards a stronger martial artist, seeking a bokken of heavy weight. While the material is exceedingly tough, and the weapon capable of heavy impact, this particular bokken, could also serve as a focal centerpiece, its character and name lending itself to a place of peace and relaxation. See the info below on the inscription.  
For detailed information on the process used to make this, check out enhanced wood.
Add the single weapon display stand for this bokken at $90 off of the regular price - we'll add the inscription "koun ryusui" to the stand for no additional charge.
Code: driftingclouds
Price: $1,200.00


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.

Testimonial

Hello James, I was looking at your Specials page and saw the Shinto Floating World Bokken and your description. It looks very nice. I like the way it curves in the middle and gets a little straighter towards the kissaki. Also, The kissaki work is beautiful with the wood grain pattern. Also your comments on shape and balance very much interested me. I am checking if that Bokken is available? You may remember that you made me a custom hand cut Yagyu in 2016 that had beautiful coloring and graining. I have been very happy with that one. Thank you, CE