This Deluxe Grooved Red Oak Bokken is made of selected high quality Japanese Red Oak (Akagashi) and features a groove for great feedback when swinging your Bokken.
It has also a Kenmine ridged spine and rounded butt for even more realistic shinken feeling when training.
Made of high quality Japanese Red Oak
"Kenmine" sword-like ridged spine
Rounded handle butt
All handmade by Japanese expert craftsmen
Made in Japan
Total length: 101.5cm (approx. 40")
Weight: Approx. 560 grams
What is Japanese Red Oak?
The Red Oak Wood used for Japanese Bokken, also called 'Akagashi', greatly differs from the Red Oak Wood referred to when speaking about North American Bokken.
While the North American Oak and Japanese Oak are related, the Japanese 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.
Akagashi on the other hand has a structure that is uniformly hard, has excellent dent resistance and has better impact strength than American Oaks.
Nowadays Akagashi is a quite rare and expensive even in Japan, and is mostly used for making high quality Bokken.