Q: Do you Practice a Martial Art?
A: I have practiced Aikido Since I was 18 years old. I started with Michael Pabst Sensei in Nashua, N.H. in 1984. He now lives in Ohio and runs the Circle of Harmony Dojo. From 2000 to 2009 I was the director of the Aikido clubs at MLK self defense in Manchester N.H. and House of the Samurai Dojo in Raymond N.H. For the past several years I have periodically studied with John Dori Sensei at Methuen Aikido in Massachusetts.
Q: What’s all this about Impact Grade Hickory?
A: Why Hickory? Simple, it is absolutely the best species of wood to use in this application. That’s not just my opinion. Every major bokken cutter advocates the use of Impact Grade Hickory for Bokken manufacture. Click here for more details and Links.
Q: Why do you say ©Grain Correct Bokken Blank?
A: After several years of cutting my own weapons and training with them in the Aikido class I found that when I designed a bokken with the grain oriented in a particular way it lasted longer. Much longer. When it failed it did so in a way that was not dramatic or dangerous. I have detailed this in the first video in my four part series “Making your own Bokken”. Since I am the only cutter that I am aware of that emphasizes this very important point, I have coined a term for it. Having said that, I will also say this: I do not live on such a high mountain top that I think that I am the only guy in history that has figured out this correct design. I take no credit for wood being stronger in one direction than another. ©Grain Correct Blanks and a serious effort on your part can absolutely result in a weapon that you can be confident is as good as any you would pay $150 or $200 for.
Q: Can I get a finished Bokken in Anything other then Impact Grade Hickory?
A: I do, on occasion, work in other species. I realize many sword practitioners prefer other types of wood. Truth be told, I enjoy a change occasionally as well.
Q: Haven’t you heard, BOKKEN isn’t really the correct way to say Wooden Sword in Japanese?
A: Yes, I do know that. BOKUTO is the most correct way to say wooden sword. However, since the majority of non Japanese speaking martial art practitioners I deal with know the word Bokken (or Boken) and not necessarily the grammatically correct word, I use Bokken. I’m an artist, not the grammar police.
Q: Will you make me a custom Bokken to my Specifications?
A: Yes. Please contact me and we can work out any details you require.
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