The Enhanced Aikiken bokken is made of our highest quality wood, infused with acrylic resin, driven completely through the cellular structure. This makes the wood harder, heavier, more stable and virtually maintenance free. The finish is entirely in the wood, not on it.
The Aikiken design combines the necessary speed and strength required in paired Aikido weapons work and it's available in two sizes. The medium version is arguably the best representation of the benchmark or average size and shape of a bokken. At 40" overall length and medium thickness, it could be used in most dojo and most practice situations. The large version is suitable for a martial artist seeking a heavier bokken - it's a bit longer at 42" and is also slightly larger in girth.
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