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Koryu Bokken (Stylized)

Average rating: 4.9/5 - 248 customer reviews

About our Koryu Bokken (stylized)

The wooden weapons proposed by Seido are manufactured by one of the last traditional workshops in the south of Japan, in the region of Miyakonojo (Kyushu), Nidome, Matsuzaki, and Aramaki. Seido is the only company in the world (including Japan) working with these workshops simultaneously. Our weapons are selected according to the specialties of each workshop, the time of manufacture as well as the pricing. If you have got a preference for a particular workshop, please contact us for a quotation.

The "Koryu Bokken" are stylized Bokken used in particular in Budo, Kobudo, Kenjutsu, and Iaido schools. These specific Bokken are very diverse in terms of length, thickness, or curvature. With the exception of the Takemusu Aiki, Sasaki Kojiro, and Miyamoto Musashi models that are not used in any specific school, all other models are still in use today. In the Aikido practice, Bokken used in the Niten Ichi Ryu, Jiki Shinkage Ryu, Yagyu Shinkage Ryu, and Katori Shinto Ryu are less popular than other models, however, for historical reasons related to the founder himself or other famous teachers, these models have, some success in certain groups. Similarly, Bokken used by schools from which Kendo originates have great success with Kendo practitioners.

The lightweight models are used for fine work, and such Bokken were used by Morihei Ueshiba, particularly for his Kata practice and his "divine dance". Practice with a thin and light Bokken helps work on speed and precision.

Heavy models are used for Tanren work (reinforcement). The Iwama Ryu model is particularly heavy and very suitable for the practice of Suburi. The Keishi Ryu model is also well suited for that with its classic shape and curvature. The Sasaki Kojiro Bokken is the only Nodachi/Odachi in the catalog, with a very classic shape and curvature, it will please all practitioners wishing to train with a Nodachi. Heavy models, because of their thickness, cannot be made of ​​Camellia, Sunuke, Musaraki Kokutan, and Shima Kokutan because of the scarcity of these woods.

All Bokken can be engraved directly in our facilities within a few days.
In 2021, with concerns for the workers, all workshops greatly reduced the number of urethane-varnished weapons and replaced the finish by a "Candle Wax". Seido is now transitioning to a new finish offer for the majority of its weapons, which consists of either camellia oil treatment (standard finish) or camellia oil with extra polishing + bee wax finish (Seido special finish). Until all stocks for varnish weapons run out, varnish finish is still offered on some weapons.

All products displayed with the green tree icon fall under our forest preservation program. A flat amount is donated to the NGO MoreTrees for each piece ordered.

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  • Iwama Ryu Bokken - Classic Woods

    ¥9,000 ~ ¥13,500

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Standard Iwama Shape - Heavy Bokken
    Red Oak and White Oak
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Squared kissaki
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    Best
    seller
    In stock: ships within 2 working days

    4.9/5 - 51 customer reviews
  • Keishi Ryu Bokken - White Oak

    ¥12,600 ~ ¥15,300

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Keishi Ryu Shape - Heavy Bokken
    White Oak
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Small Kissaki
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    In stock: ships within 2 working days

    4.9/5 - 31 customer reviews
  • Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Edo Branch Bokken - White Oak

    ¥14,400 ~ ¥17,100

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Edo Branch model
    Thin & medium weight, straight Bokken
    White Oak
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Bevelled Kissaki
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    In stock: ships within 2 working days

    4.9/5 - 38 customer reviews
  • Katori Shinto Ryu Bokken [Aramaki Model] - Classic Wood - White Oak

    ¥12,200 ~ ¥14,900

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Semi heavy weight, straight Bokken
    White Oak
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Bevelled Kissaki
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    Aramaki Workshop Special Design (slightly shorter)
    In stock: ships within 2 working days

    4.6/5 - 14 customer reviews
  • Niten Ichi Ryu Bokken - White Oak

    ¥11,300 ~ ¥14,000

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Thin & Light weight, straight Bokken
    White Oak Only
    Rounded Spine | Flat butt | Bevelled Kissaki
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    Best
    seller
    Temporarily out of stock

    4.8/5 - 28 customer reviews
  • Jiki Shinkage Ryu (Naginata Yo) Bokken - Classic Woods

    ¥10,800 ~ ¥13,500

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Thin & Light weight, straigh Bokken
    White Oak
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Small Kissaki
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    Best
    seller
    In stock: ships within 2 working days

    4.9/5 - 41 customer reviews
  • Jiki Shinkage Ryu Bokken (Hojo) - White Oak

    ¥16,200 ~ ¥18,900

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Super heavy Bokken (for Suburi)
    White Oak
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Bevelled Kissaki
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    In stock: ships within 2 working days

    4.9/5 - 10 customer reviews
  • Kashima Shin Ryu Bokken - White Oak

    ¥18,500 ~ ¥22,100

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Kashima Shin Ryu Shape - Super Heavy Bokken
    White Oak
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Small Kissaki
    With large and thick wooden Tsuba
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    07/25/2024

    5/5 - 16 customer reviews
  • Ono-Ha Itto Ryu Bokken - Classic Wood - White Oak

    ¥11,700 ~ ¥14,400

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    White Oak
    Rounded Spine | Flat butt | Short Kissaki
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    Best
    seller
    06/24/2024

    5/5 - 3 customer reviews
  • Sasaki Kojiro Bokken/Nodachi - White Oak

    ¥28,400 ~ ¥32,000

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    Sasaki Kojiro Original Nodachi Bokken
    White Oak only
    Flat Spine | Flat butt | Small kissaki
    Total length: 128 cm
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    Temporarily out of stock

    5/5 - 4 customer reviews
  • Musashi Original Oar Shaped Bokken - White Oak

    ¥28,400 ~ ¥30,600

    Made in Japan (Kyushu region)
    The legendary Bokken made by Miyamoto Musashi himself to defeat Sasaki Kojiro.
    Super heavy, for Suburi practice only.
    White oak only
    Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish
    In stock: ships within 2 working days

    5/5 - 12 customer reviews
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