Enhanced Bokken, Jo & Staff Grade Information
Enhanced bokken, jo and other staffs begin with our flagship material, Appalachian hickory. In this category of products however, the wood is further improved in both hardness and density through a process where acrylic resin is driven completely through the wood structure.
Strength and ductility are preserved but hardness and density are increased. This is especially advantageous for bokken since high density imparts a more "sword-like" quality - but there are other advantages for wooden swords and staffs in general: higher density imparts higher dent resistance; since the finish is completely through the wood structure, there is no need for oil finish maintenance; the cells are filled with resin and so there is very little, if any atmospheric moisture exchange and hence, greater stability.
But finally, we use a polishing technique that creates a beautiful mirror smooth finish that brings out fine details in grain structure and reveals the wood's subtle beauty.
Enhanced Appalachian Hickory has superior mechanical properties to any other wood used for martial art weapons - including Japanese White Oak (Shiro Kashi) and any other exotic wood. With normal practice, these weapons should retain their beauty and last indefinitely.