Material Choices


Traditionally, training tool such as bokken and hanbo were made using high quality woods. While we still use wood, we take advantage of modern materials to create training tools that are unique and different from the standard.

 

Wood
Originally, white oak or shirogashi was used to make Japanese bokken. This wood was readily available in Japan and made excellent, durable bokken. We have access to many other woods; some more durable, some more colorful. Our standards on offer are Ipe, Hickory, and Purpleheart, though we often have other woods like Jatoba and Tigerwood. These woods are durable enough for standard training and offer a range in color choices. If there's a type of wood you'd like a bokken made from, please get in touch and we'll be happy to talk to you about sourcing some. 

Paper Phenolic
We source an eco-friendly paper phenolic from a few Pacific Northwest companies including Richlite and Paperstone. This material is normally used for kitchen countertops and desktops, but it is a durable, water resistant product that is excellent for training tools. 
Made from layers of paper impregnated with a resin and compressed under heat and pressure to form a dense, uniform material.
While it is more durable that hardwoods, the main advantage to this material over wood is the density of the material. It allows us to create training tools that are more similar to the real weapons they're meant to represent in both weight and shape. We can make bokken that are thinner and feel more like shinken


Canvas Phenolic
A step above paper phenolic in durability, this material is made using layers of canvas impregnated with a phenolic resin. The texture of the sheets of canvas is visible in the material's surface. This material is on par with paper phenolic in weight and feel and allows for us to create the same style of training tools.


G10
Our top of the line material. Made from sheets of fiberglass impregnated with phenolic resins, this material is nearly indestructible. G10 is far more dense and heavier than both paper and canvas phenolics. Training tools in G10 can be made quite thin and will feel very similar to the weight and feel of the tools the represent. A bokken, for example, will feel almost identical to the weight and feel of a shinken.