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#200950 - 11/05/05 02:35 PM kobudo manufacturers
chickenchaser Offline

Registered: 10/29/05
Posts: 204
Loc: Auburn,New York,U.S.A.
I was wondering which manufacturers have the best weapons for things like yakusoko kumite. because i "had" what i thought was a nice bo and was doing a yakusoko kumite and it splintered into little pieces. what i was wondering was are there good manufacturers or just good materials,such as rattan,oak,white wood etc.?
"The early bird gets the worm, but the bird in a hurry only gets half of one." --- Sensei Corey

#200951 - 11/05/05 06:26 PM Re: kobudo manufacturers [Re: chickenchaser]
hedkikr Offline
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Registered: 02/28/05
Posts: 2827
Loc: Southern California, USA
My only experience was w/ Shureido (from Okinawa) - very good quality.

Another member recommends Crane Mountain in New Mexico. (read another thread for more info)

Poor quality weapons are dangerous unless they're only for display. I don't ubderstand why some people display their good weapons ("I paid a lot of money for it") & use the poor quality weapons ("My eye...there's a piece of wood in my 911").

#200952 - 11/16/05 12:53 AM Re: kobudo manufacturers [Re: hedkikr]
Sensei Paul Hart Offline
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Registered: 12/05/03
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Loc: Lehigh Acres, Florida
white wax wood is an excellent material if you can find it. Cold Steel has a nice Wax Wood staff for sale but this is a piece of wood, not a turned Bo staff. Cold Steel also has a great bokken for sale, it is of a nylon and will go through almost every boken I have seen. Bujin also makes good bokens. If you are looking for certian equipment get in touch and I can recomend a good supplier.
Paul Hart

#200953 - 11/21/05 04:51 PM Re: kobudo manufacturers [Re: chickenchaser]
Alejandro Offline

Registered: 05/02/02
Posts: 940
Loc: Las Cruces, NM USA
Weapon quality is a combination of materials and construction. Fine exotic hardwood can turn in to a pathetic weapon if it is just spit out of a machine. And cheap domestic wood can make a fine weapon if it is crafted with care. Check out (as hedkikr mentioned), and the website will guide you as to which woods are better for what type of training. Crane Mountain and Shureido make the best weapons on the consumer market in my opinion.
In Budo, -Al

#200954 - 11/22/05 07:42 AM Re: kobudo manufacturers [Re: Alejandro]
shoshinkan Offline
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Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 2662
Loc: UK
for UK people, you may wish to try

top quality hand built weaponry, highly recomended
Jim Neeter

#200955 - 11/22/05 12:52 PM Re: kobudo manufacturers [Re: chickenchaser]
Reiki Offline
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Registered: 05/30/02
Posts: 3403
Loc: MiddleEarth
You definitely get what you pay for. Buy only the best materials and you'll never regret it.
Sword maiden

#200956 - 11/26/05 02:27 PM Re: kobudo manufacturers [Re: Reiki]
Sensei Paul Hart Offline
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If you can contact Charles Garrett, who was a student of Hohan Soken for a few years, he hand makes Tuifa and perhaps some other weapons in the traditional way. His site is at if you would like to question him about his weapons.
Paul Hart

#200957 - 11/26/05 04:35 PM Re: kobudo manufacturers [Re: Sensei Paul Hart]
Ed_Morris Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
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cool link Paul, thank-you!

#200958 - 02/01/06 11:06 PM Re: kobudo manufacturers [Re: hedkikr]
Ronin1966 Offline
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Registered: 04/26/02
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Hello hedkikr:

Do you have access to a supplier of their Sai (I assume) in the states ??? I've heard about the quality of their materials for years, and years but cannot bring myself to pay that kind of money... solely for import taxes


#200959 - 02/01/06 11:07 PM Re: kobudo manufacturers [Re: Sensei Paul Hart]
Ronin1966 Offline
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Loc: East Coast, United States
Hello Mr. Hart:

Does White Wax Wood also go by another name too ????


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