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Best Bokken 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2018
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Billy JacobsHi there, I’m Billy Jacobs. Let’s discuss this topic to help you select best bokken for 2018 and take your experience to a whole new level with aerators.

Just read here for my top 3 recommendations. Why are these 3 bokken on top of my list? Well read on… What I would like you to remember as you browse my website is that I don’t work in the industry so the reviews I have are based on good old fashioned honesty.

Best Bokken of 2018

Many brands have introduced bokken on the market. These brands have resulted in a variety for the user. These require that the consumers be well aware of what they are buying so as to make the best choice. However, after giving you the TOP list, I will also give you some of the benefits you stand to gains for using it. I have taken the initiative to educate you on the top three best bokken that you can buy this year. There is a wide range of products available on the market today, and below I have reviewed 3 of the very best options.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Style
4 points
4 points
4 points
Versatility
5 points
4 points
4 points
Performance
5 points
5 points
5 points
Price
5 points
5 points
4 points
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№1 – Cold Steel Bokken

 
Cold Steel Bokken

Pros
Remarkably stiff and cut-resistant
Superior grip and comfort
More realistic training potential
Cons
Everything is OK.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this bokken win the first place?

I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable.

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Style
4

4star

Versatility
5

5star

Performance
5

5star

Price
5

5star

 

 

№2 – Whetstone Cutlery Solid Wood Practice Samurai Bokken

 
Whetstone Cutlery Solid Wood Practice Samurai Bokken

Pros
Bokken is a training sword, used as a relatively safe and inexpensive substitute for a real blade in several martial arts.
This classic hardwood sword is perfect for the martial art trainee to the professional.
Sword is made of Red Oak and is 40″ in length.
Cons
A little pricier than some of the other .
It lacks advanced features.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this bokken come in second place?

I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.

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Style
4

4star

Versatility
4

4star

Performance
5

5star

Price
5

5star

 

 

№3 – Ace Martial Arts Supply Kendo Wooden Bokken Practice Samurai Katana Sword

 
Ace Martial Arts Supply Kendo Wooden Bokken Practice Samurai Katana Sword

Pros
True grip design resembles real sword
Ideal for practice
Burgundy/Rosewood color
Cons
Extremely expensive.
The handle could be of better quality.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this bokken take third place?

It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.

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Style
4

4star

Versatility
4

4star

Performance
5

5star

Price
4

4star

 

 

Bokken Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy bokken, right? No!

Materials

The best dogi are made from 100% cotton. Nearly all kendogi are made from cotton, although nowadays there are some new generation fabrics being made that work well in hot weather. Cotton dogi may be indigo dyed or chemically dyed. Hakama can be cotton or a cotton/polyester mix called “Tetron”. Both are acceptable. Tetron hakama are slightly longer lasting than cotton and can be machine washed. However Tetron cannot hold a pleat and cannot be indigo dyed.

Kendogi can be single layer or double layer. Double layer are heavier, hotter and more expensive but more protective and look more imposing. Some single layer have a lighter stitching pattern for hot weather. Children’s kendogi have the lightest stitching pattern known as “Musashi” stitching, to allow freedom of movement for small arms.

Washing

Kendogi (the top) can be washed in a washing machine. Wash them as you would a pair of denim jeans (cold wash, wash separately, turn inside out before washing). Kendogi do not need to be washed after every training. Sometimes it is best to dry (inside-out) in direct sunlight. This will kill most of the bacteria that cause smells. Remember that the more you wash your kendogi, the more quickly it will wear out, as washing machines are very hard on fabrics.

Hakama only need to be washed occasionally but require more care in washing:

Tetron – may be washed in a machine. Wash inside a mesh laundry bag to prevent himo tangling around washing machine spindle. Once dry, careful warm iron to re-establish pleats. It is acceptable to run a line of stitching along each pleat to permanently hold it in place.

Cotton – strictly hand wash only. Fold hakama as you would after training. Himo can remain unfolded. Using bath or laundry trough, immerse in mildly soapy, luke warm water. Pat the water through the hakama to wash. Rinse well, keeping hakama folded. Once rinsed, drip dry in the shade. Very warm to hot steam iron but iron only through clean cotton cloth (e.g. men’s handkerchief). white oak bokken

Bokuto (also called bokken) are used for kendo kata and bokuto kihon. Unlike shinai, bokken used for kendo generally do not break and can last a lifetime. Therefore it is recommended to purchase a good quality bokuto the first time.

There are two kinds of bokuto: odachi or daito (long sword) and kodachi or shoto (short sword). Both are necessary for kata. Only the odachi is used for bokuto kihon. You should buy both together.

Do not buy bokuto that have handle wraps or are painted to look like real swords. *CAUTION: Many online suppliers sell “red wood” bokuto that are very cheap timber that has been stained red. These bokuto are usually a very bad shape and occasionally break. They are probably the most common form of bokuto available on the net. For that reason I don’t recommend red oak on the off-chance that you may accidentally buy one of these ones, rather than a true akagashi bokuto.

Made in Taiwan…

You’ll get all the big names, but the drums will mostly be made in China or Taiwan. These days that shouldn’t put you off – quality control and design are improving every year.

More and more drums are now made from maple and the wood often comes from North America, which ensures it’ll be of reasonable quality. Birch is also used and Yamaha even offers oak.

Shells are ply construction, but you may notice that some of them are thicker, with more plies than on cheaper drums. A heavier shell tends to produce marginally more volume and a higher fundamental pitch, both generally regarded as positives when it comes to snare drums. Here are five of the best budget models to get you started…

Gretsch renown

Virtually indistinguishable from the much more expensive USA made Gretsches, the Renown has a 10-ply USA rock maple shell with 4degree bearing edges and die-cast hoops, Evans Gbatter and high gloss and UV painted finishes on a 14″x5″ eight-lug or 14″x 6½” 10-lug shell.

Tama artwood

A classy range of four different sizes in four fi nishes. 14″x4″, 1/2″ and 1/2″, plus 13″x1/2″, seven-ply 6mm maple shells and heavy, 2.3mm-thick triple-flanged hoops. The hardware is in black nickel plate – a popular feature of several Tama lines. It’s all topped off with a tough Evans Power Centre Reverse Dot batter.

Yamaha oak custom

Oak is Yamaha’s trump card at the moment. The company seems to be able to make oak drums cheaper than its other lines and many of Yamaha’s endorsers are big admirers. Oak has a warm, deep and centred tone, as well as a beautiful wide grain in this matte finish.

Go for navy blue keikogi and hakama. Not White.

If you wear navy blue keikogi and hakama you will cause no troubles. But if you wear white ones then some people will not like the way you look.

It is because some people think that the white keikogi and hakama are for “special” use while others promote them since we can see it right away when they get dirty.

Some think white keikogi and hakama are for female even though it is not true. Women tend to wear white ones and cause less trouble by wearing the white ones as men. That is all.

When I was a kid, I started training with keikogi with a pattern called the musashi pattern.

I think this is for kids. I am saying it through my experience but I have never seen Japanese adults wearing a keikogi with the musashi pattern.

If you are an adult beginner, buy navy blue keikogi and hakama. You cannot go wrong with them.

Kids up to years old can still wear a keikogi with the musashi pattern. Again I am talking through my experience here.

Why up to years old? It is because that age was when I said good bye to the musashi pattern and started wearing a navy blue keikogi and hakama.

When We do Not Wear the Polyester Ones

3rd dan and above can also wear polyester ones but we have to know when NOT to wear them. – grading – when you go and train at different dojo – when you host a training session with other dojo

At special occasion, we had better avoid wearing polyester ones.

 

 

 

 

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You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the Bokken by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Bokken wisely! Good luck!

So, TOP3 of Bokken

 

 

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