This Deluxe Sunuke Bokken is made of high quality dense and hard Sunuke wood. A Bokken made of Sunuke wood is approximately 20% heavier than standard White Oak Bokken.
This deluxe model features a ridged spine and rounded butt for more realistic Shinken feeling when training.
Made in one of the most reputed bokken workshop in Japan, in Miyakonojo, Kyushu region.
Available in Long, Middle and Short versions.
This Long model is recommended for Suburi and general Kata practice.
What is Sunuke?
Sunuke wood comes from a tree that is officially called "Isu no ki" or the Japanese Isu tree.
Only the wood that comes from trees that are 250-400 years old is called 'Sunuke'. Therefore, although a great deal of care and attention goes into their production, it is naturally not possible for all Sunuke Bokken to be exempt from small imperfections. In Japan these imperfections are generally considered to be a sign that the Bokken is indeed the genuine article, and therefore are preferred by some over Bokken which are without marks.
While the Isu wood is known for it's beautiful color gradation, Sunuke is known for its dark, chocolate-like color which gives it a charm of its own.
In terms of hardness and weight, it could be said to be one of, if not the best materials available in Japan. However, because of it's hardness, it does not have much flexibility which makes it unsuitable for sparring and contact training.
The older the tree is, the more expensive the Sunuke wood becomes, and in the last few years, this material has become quite rare, itoor Subu