The hiking stick carbide tip assembly is a unique Kingfisher design, made in the USA. The kit includes a heavy ¾" diameter washer - now in stainless steel.
The rounded tungsten carbide point is intended for extreme shock and abrasion resistance suitable for contact with rock and hard materials and brazed into a stainless steel body. The point, unlike that of sharp hiking stick tips, is rounded to minimize environmental damage.
To fit this point into the end of a hiking stick or cane, pre-drilling is recommended.
|softer wood (pine, spruce):||7/32" drill bit|
|medium wood (cherry, walnut):||1/4" drill bit|
|harder wood (hickory, exotics):||9/32" drill bit|
If you're not sure of the wood's hardness, use the 7/32" bit first. If the bolt threads in too tightly, you can open up the bore a bit with the next drill size. For final assembly, coat the bore with wood sealer, epoxy or marine varnish. Then, fasten the hex bolt/carbide into wood with 1/2" socket.
Note: no instructions are included with shipment other than those given above. It's easy to install, however, care must be taken to drill straight in line with the hiking stick or cane shaft.
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