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Red Oak is oil treated. White Oak, however, is completely untreated. For a 'how to' guideon waxing wooden weapons, please check out our walk-through video, "How to wax bokken."
This is the most commonly used 6 shaku Bo in White Oak. Widely used by Japanese and Okinawan Koryu (classical) weapons training. Made with Japanese White Oak.
What is Japanese White Oak?
The White Oak Wood used for Japanese Bokken, also called 'Shirogashi', greatly differs from the White Oak Wood referred to when speaking about North American Bokken.
While the North American Oak and Japanese Oak are related, the Japanese White Oak tree is evergreen, due to this it does not have a conspicuous open grain like the American White and Red Oak.
The open grain structure, of the American Oak wood produces soft areas which are more prone to impact damage.
Shirogashi on the other hand has a structure that is uniformly hard, has excellent dent resistance and has better impact strength than American Oaks.
Compared to Akagashi the Shirogashi has denser grains which also makes it slightly heavier and more preferable as material for Bokken.
Because of the durability and weight of Shirogashi, it's widely regarded as great material for making high quality Bokken and Jo.
Made of high quality Japanese White Oak
All handmade by Japanese expert craftsmen
Made in Japan
Total length: 181.8cm (approx. 71.5")
Diameter: 1 Sun (30.3mm)
Weight: Approx. 1150 grams