bokken, jo, tanto of laminated rosewood composite
Private collection
Private collection

Private collection

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Rare custom Kingfisher weapon set manufactured in 1994 as a complete set for a senior aikido student of Mitsugi Saotome.  Short bokken; long bokken; tapered-shaft walking cane with solid brass shillelagh-type knob; jo; and tanto — all of ultra-dense laminated rosewood composite (LRC).  Both long and short bokken feature a smooth transition from tsuka to blade section.  The long bokken includes a bi-laminated (Honduran rosewood or possibly South American Ironwood) tsuba.  Long bokken, short bokken, and tanto have spectacular geometry with subtle koshi-zori curvature and impeccable balance accentuated by a high-polish finish.

LRC weapons, not available since the early 2000's, had no surface finish other than perhaps paste wax as the color goes throughout the wood and the material attains its gloss through successive polishing steps alone.

The set includes the wall-mounted rack of figured maple with purpleheart inlay and support pegs along with mounting hardware.  Also, a Bujin Design carry case!

Price $6,000 + shipping

Note: this set is available by shipment from a private collection, not Kingfisher.  For more specific information, please contact


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