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Kashima Shinto Ryu Bokken - Red/White Oak
Made in Japan (Kyushu)
Flat Spine | Flat Butt | Beveled Kissaki
Red Oak or White Oak available
This Bokken is made from a single piece of oak (red or white) and carved in the south of Japan, on the islands of Kyushu. It is a heavy and thick Bokken with a distinctively beveled Kissaki and no curvature. It is intended for practitioners of the 'Kashima Shinto Ryu', but it is also perfectly suited for the practice of Suburi.
This Bokken much resembles the Jiki Shinkage Ryu Bokken model which can be explained by their shared lineage. There are also some similarities between this Bokken and the Iwama Bokken (which is lighter however), potentially due to the fact that the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei, is likely to also have learned Kashima Shinto Ryu for several years.
- Choice of wood species: red oak, white oak.
- Available finish: Standard Finish or Seido Special Finish.
- Manufacturing workshop: Matsuzaki for all models.
Kashima Shinto Ryu Shoto (short sword) also available.
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.
Standard Finish: At Seido, we complete the workshop finish with Camelia oil treatment by default. This is the standard Seido finish.
We do not apply any additional polishing for this finish, so some weapons might have a slightly rough surface.
For maintenance, we recommend that you oil your weapons about once a month with a vegetal based oil.
Seido Special Finish: For this special Finish, we first apply a Camelia oil polish (oiling and sanding the weapons with oiled sand paper), then we finish the weapon with high quality beeswax. This finish makes the wood as smooth as it can be and guarantee an excellent protection for several months.
For maintenance, we recommend at least to oil your weapons every month or so. You can also apply wax a few hours after oiling your weapons (if some oil remains on the wood, remove it with a piece of cloth or tissue).
Kashima Shinto Ryu Bokken Specifications Wood Akagashi (Red Oak) Shirakashi (White Oak) Weight 700 ~ 800 g 800 ~ 900 g Full length 106 cm Blade length 78 cm Tsuka length 28 cm Tsuka diameter 38 x 30 mm Mine Hiramine (flat spine) Tsuka shape Taira (flat butt) Kissaki Beleved Kissaki Sori None - straight Bokken
*Due to the hand-made manufacturing, color and weight may vary slightly from one weapon to another.
About Kashima Shinto Ryu School:
Kashima Shinto Ryu is one of the oldest Koryu school with a history of more than 600 years. Founded during the 16th century by Tsukuhara Bokuden, one of the most famous swordsman of Japanese history, Kashima Shinto Ryu finds its roots on the battlefields of the most violent Sengoku era. Historians attribute an incredible 37 experiences on the battleground and over 212 confirmed murders to Tsukarhara Bokuden. This often grants him the status of the 'greatest swordsman of all time'. Kashima Shinto Ryu is characterized by a very deep Hanmi position, that is sometimes compared to the Aikido Hanmi position, required to move forward with very long weapons (swords, spears, Naginata) that were common in battles at this period. Kashima Shinto Ryu includes techniques of Naginatajutsu (hallberd), Sojutsu (spear) and various other ancient weapons. Although the Aikikai Foundation officially neither confirms nor denies that Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido, studied Kashima Shinto Ryu, but researcher Meik Skoss attests to have seen the Keppan (blood seal) of Morihei Ueshiba on Kashima Shinto Ryu's registers. Many practitioners and researchers see great similarities between the Aikiken of Morihito Saito and Kashima Shinto Ryu in both, the techniques and the distinctive Hanmi position. Some instructors from the Kobukan period (Ueshiba's first Dojo) also confirm this connection.