Superior Hon Biwa Bokken (Loquat) - By Master Aramaki

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  • Deluxe Bokken 101.5 cm - Hon Biwa (Loquat)

    Made in Japan (Kyushu)

    Chevroned Spine | Rounded butt | Long Kissaki | Kotobuki Style
    Each model is unique - and you choose it directly from its pictures!

    This "Hon Biwa" bokken is made from a single piece of Loquat. The term Loquat (or Japanese Medlar) includes several subspecies, and the type of wood used for the production of this particular model is the one that has been used for hundreds of years in Japan for the manufacture of exceptional bokken. Wood is handpicked by Master Aramaki, 3rd generation Master from the Aramaki workshop. Although it is difficult for us to advise practitioners to use that bokken for full contact because of its price, it is the bokken that harbors the best safety characteristics in the world for "uchiai." Extremely durable, highly resilient (shock resistant), incredibly well balanced, and very pleasant to the touch, this weapon has only qualities even though its relatively lightweight eliminates it de facto from practice types such as suburi.
    Many legends exist about the Loquat, the most famous relates the story of a saber duel between two masters, one using a bokken made of oak, the other of Loquat. The fighter wielding the oak bokken refusing to admit defeat after taking a few hits that did not incapacitate him, he left the field convinced of his superiority. The next day, he woke up covered in bruises and could not get up. Indeed, the softness of Loquat tends to promote the penetration of forces on impact, hence causing internal damage more easily while harder bokken tends to hurt only on the surface.

    Each model is selected based on its unique specifications and pictures. Please check the product pictures to choose your model.
    This model is offered in classic deluxe shape (presenting a line between tsuka and blade), or in tsubanashi shape (deletion of the line between tsuka and blade allowing a grip on a much larger portion of the bokken).

    • Wood species: Hon Biwa (true Japanese Loquat)
    • Style : Deluxe Bokken shape (Tokusei) or Tsubanashi shape.
    • Finish: Non-varnished (camellia oil polish).
    • Manufacturing workshop: Aramaki
    • Signature of the craftman : on the left side of the tsuka when the weapons is held by the handle.

    All our high-end bokken are offered nonvarnished (camellia oil polish finish). Note that unvarnished weapons are much more pleasant to the touch as well as usage. Unvarnished weapons are more ecologically friendly, but they require regular (monthly) maintenance with oil (camellia or wood maintenance oil) and they can only be made from the finest, Japanese quality woods. Given the need for maintenance of these weapons, our stocks are limited. Also, since the craftsmen must select the best wood possible to manufacture these weapons, the processing time is longer than for varnished weapons. If out of stock, or made to order, the shipping time can take up to 6 weeks in case of shortage. 

    Deluxe Hon Biwa Bokken Specifications
    Weight 520 ~ See product options
    Full length 101.5 cm
    Blade length 75.5 cm
    Tsuka length 26 cm
    Tsuka diameter 37 x 26 mm
    Mine Kenmine (chevroned spine)
    Tsuka shape Hanmaru (rounded butt)
    Kissaki Toku-daikissaki (extra-long) (~4 cm)

    * All prices include shipping (except South America and Africa).

    About counterfeit products :
    The "real" Biwa is known under the name of "Hon Biwa" even though Tsubaki (camellia) is now also sold under the name "Biwa". The Hon Biwa is currently used by only one workshop, Aramaki, and it is only manufactured by the master craftsman of that workshop. The Hon Biwa is very close in appearance as in technical specifications to Tsubaki (camellia). The Loquat of Japan is very expensive because the wood is very rare and subject to drastic cutting quotas. On the tsukagashira (pommel), you will find the mark of the workshop (a cross) and on the left side of the tsuka, master Aramaki's signature. "Hyuga no kuni, Miyakonojo Junin, Sandaime, Kazuhiro Saku", meaning "Made by Kazuhiro, third of the name, a resident of Miyakonojo, province of Hyuga." All classic Hon Biwa bokken harbor a very thorough finish and a high marking of the Kissaki. This finish is typically used to make the difference between "false" biwa (tsubaki) and Hon Biwa (Loquat).

  • Customer Reviews

    Based on 11 reviews
    Fabrice Perrey (Paris)
    Une œuvre d'art

    Juste la perfection, doux, léger, solide, parfaitement équilibré. La Ferrari des Bokken. Attention ça fait des jaloux.

    Maverick (Hong Kong)
    Great handmade craftsmanship

    Great craftsmanship with details, wood grain is extremely fine and curvature line meet each other accurately.

    Highly recommended for using it for practice or decorative purpose!!

    康彦 須藤


    Matt (United Kingdom, Eagle Dojo Nottingham)

    This bokken is an exceptional piece of craftsmanship and I feel very privileged to have received it. As other reviewers have noted, the shape and balance are remarkable as is the feel of the hon biwa itself. There is something deeply spiritual involved in practising with this weapon — you can feel the shift in energy/focus when cutting or turning the blade.

    Domo arigato gozaimashita

    団塊の世代 (現在無所属、隠居生活満喫中)



    T M 48歳 (剣術)


    David C. (Nivelles (Belgique))
    Je recommande vraiment

    Après avoir longtemps hésité, bokken Hon Biwa commandé auprès de BudoExport. Reçu ce jour... service et livraison parfaite évidemment. Sensation vraiment différente de tout ce que j'ai pu utiliser comme bokken jusqu'à maintenant. Touché évidemment très agréable mais surtout un équilibre parfait. Je recommande vraiment.

    David Cana pour la Kaigen Ryu.

    Alexis B. (Quint-Fonsegrives (France))
    Très agréable au toucher

    Ce bokken a dépassé toutes mes espérances, il s'agit véritablement d'une arme magnifique. Très agréable au toucher, parfaitement équilibré, c'est un plaisir de s'entrainer avec. Je suis ravi d'avoir mis le prix, pour cette matière première rare et surtout pour le temps et le savoir faire de l'artisan qui l'a transformé en chef dœuvre.

    L'emballage individualisé dans une petit étui carton (à l'intérieur même du colis), avec papier bulle par dessus une petite housse de tissu assure un arrivé en parfait état.

    Timmy (Gloucester, ON, Canada)
    Endless Amazement

    Words are not enough to describe the beauty, balance and quality of this bokken. A treasure from Japan :)
    Domo arigato gozaimashita

    Denis (France)
    Absolute perfection

    I am very impressed by the finish of this bokken and its balance. It's a perfect item. So much refinement and perfection surely comes from the invisible world, inspiring its creator. Its beauty and grandeur can only be felt with the heart, in perfect harmony with the mind. It reveals itself over time and i recommend it to very serious practitioner. THANK YOU.

    For compliance reasons, reviews placed in French and Japanese and imported here on February 2024 do not display as 'verified'.
    When importing Japanese reviews, the impossibility to automatically determine the presence of a familly name forced us to label all Japanese reviews as 'anonymous' (Familly names in roman characters have been filtered out).

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Superior Hon Biwa Bokken (Loquat) - By Master Aramaki: ¥103,500


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