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    Looking for advice on new bokken

    Hello everyone!

    I've finally decided to purchase a new and better bokken. I had found a site which offered excellent woods and customization options:

    http://www.koryubokken.com/shop/

    Unfortunally is currently out of business. Any advice on alternatives?
    I'm looking for a Kashima Shinryu-style bokken.

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    http://www.e-bogu.com/default.asp

    This is where my Sensei recommends we purchase bokken.

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    Thank you very much, unfortunately that site has no Kashima Shinryu specific Bokken, i'll have to look elsewhere.

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    Kim is a good source. Tozando also has a specialty bokken shop, look here.
    Last edited by NeilG; 7/11/2011 9:58am at .

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    Although it doesn't have, apparently, kashima shinryu bokken: http://www.ninecircles.co.uk

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    Thank you very much everyone!

    I think the sensei may want to have us purchase iwama-ryu style bokken, meanwhile this sites will be of great help!

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    A question from someone who has never practiced any of the Japanese arts: just how different are the various styles of bokken? Where are the differerences coming from? Weight, curvature, length?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chili Pepper View Post
    Where are the differerences coming from? Weight, curvature, length?
    All of the above, also with and without tsuba (handguard) and size/shape of tsuba. Kim's site has measurements. I've never handled anything other than regular kendo bokken before.

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    Why do you need a Kashima-Shinryu style bokuto? Surely, an Iwama-ryu style bokuto would be cheaper. We get all of ours from Kim Taylor AFAIK. White oak only.

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