The Hand Cut Kashima bokken is unique to the Kashima Shinryū (鹿島神流) an old school (koryū) martial art dating to the early 16th century. This bokken is straight, heavy and has little taper. While it may seem blocky and oddly balanced in comparison to other bokken, this is due to the unique method of wielding the Kashima sword: its shape emphasizes the use of power generated from the body and hips rather than the arms. The grip spacing is consequently rather close and the tsuka relatively short. Choose a bamboo or leather tsuba (hand guard) as a tsuba is always used in Kashima practice.
Hi Brad I received the bokken and OH MY GOD, it is beautiful I almost don't want to use it, it looks so good. The jo and tanto are awesome too. One question on the bamboo tsuba, when I try to fit it, it got to 3/4 of the length of where it's supposed to be at the beginning of the tsuka. I didn't want to jam it in there forcefully, so is there a proper technique to install the tsuba? I'm assuming that I put an o-ring on each side of the tsuba. Makers response-Thanks so much! Tsuba are custom fit to individual bokken. They are intended to be a little snug at first however, they will seat into the transition ramp after a bit of use.
Hello, I'm mailing you to let you know i received the 42" aikiken i ordered near the beginning of the month. it is of the best quality i've ever seen. awesome, awesome sword, thank you! the grain on the chisel top is wild, changing color from light to dark with movement and the patterns within the wood make me feel like i'm handling a much more expensive piece of art. i hope to take care of it well enough to hand it down to my children! i can't wait to order another one of your wooden weapons. hopefully soon! - Andrew