Kurama Ryu Bokken - Classic Woods

The Horinouchi workshop closed permanently in September 2019 (see the detailed article on our blog). Solutions are being implemented and we are confident about the possibility of offering this product again soon. Therefore, orders for 'Kurama Ryu Bokken - Classic Woods' are temporarily suspended until we transfer the technology to the other workshops. Note that it is possible that the cost of this product increase significantly, depending on how new artisans will implement its manufacturing process.

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Extra wide Carry Bag Bokken
Tsubaki Abura (Camellia Oil)
¥9,900 ~ ¥10,900

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Extra-Wide Synthetic Leather Carry Bag For Bokken Only

Made in Japan

Material: Synthetic leather

Length: 105 cm  |  Weight: 550 g

Name plate option: Synthetic leather embroidered name plate (maximum 1 name)

Similar to the Extra-Wide Synthetic Leather Carry Bag Bokken & Jo but shorter, designed with teacher's expectations in mind, this bag allows to carry 5 to 7 Bokken.
Please be careful of non standard Bokken. Bokken longer than 104 cm will not fit in this bag.
Made of synthetic reinforced leather for an unbeatable quality.

  • Synthetic leather - Water resistant.
  • Dimensions: 103 x 16 cm
  • Reinforcement on the lower part.
  • Tsuba and Tsubadome pocket.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Front insert to fit a name plate.

"Name Plate" Option: Optionally, you can add a name plate embroidered with your name. This plate is made of synthetic leather, and will be directly integrated on the bag before shipping.
Please note: given the little space available, it is only possible to embroider either a first name, a last name, or a word (Aikido, Aikibudo etc.)
For more information about Japanese embroidery, please consult the page "How to Choose your Japanese Embroidery".

¥1,800 ~ ¥37,000

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Camellia Oil - Tsubaki abura

Made in Japan (Isu Islands)

Ingredient: 100% Tsubaki Oil

Size: 70 mL (2,3 oz) / 118 mL (3.9 oz) / 1 L (33.8 oz) / 1.8 L (60.9 oz)

This oil has been produced on the island of Toshima (Isu Shoto), off Tokyo, for more than a century. It is used by many Japanese wood workers as well as specialists in ancient blade (shinken) who are looking for a more stable oil than the Choji oil.

The 70 and 118 mL are conditionned in glass bottles. 1 and 1.8 L are conditionned in metal cans. Cans are not available in stock and require about a week before shipping.

Treatment with Camellia oil is recommended by the craftsmen who make our wooden weapons. The regular oiling is necessary for unvarnished weapons. It is recommended also for the maintenance of Iaito and Shinken.

Utilization on wooden weapons:
Once every 2 months in the wet season, 2 times per month during dry season. For a better preservation of your weapons, it is advisable to carefully rub them with a dry cloth after each use. When you apply the oil, clean the wood surface by rubbing vigorously with a dry cloth, then apply the oil in a thin layer directly with the hand. Allow to dry.
If your weapons are not painted it will not be necessary to sand, but if they are, sanding will help the wood to absorb more oil.

Note that this Camelia oil is initialy intended for skin and hair care. We've selected this oil for it's unmatched quality: 100% pure camelia oil, no additive, cold pressed, cosmetic grade, almost odorless, and halal certified.


Product Information & Size Chart

  • Kurama Ryu Bokken - Red/White Oak

    Made in Japan (Kyushu)
    Flat Spine | Flat Butt | Long Kissaki | Wood Tsuba
    Red Oak or White Oak available

    This Bokken is made from a single piece of oak (red or white) from the southern islands of Kyushu (Japan). The Kurama Ryu Bokken is quite specific: long, thick, heavy, straight, with a fitted thick wooden Tsuba. Intended for Kurama Ryu practitioners, and not recommended for usage in other arts, unless it is for pure personal research.

    Although the wooden Tsuba fits tightly on the Bokken, we deliver it with a Tsubadome (rubber Tsuba block). This model is almost identical to the Kashima Shin Ryu Bokken, what differs, however, is the Kissaki (tip) design. (The Kashima Shin Ryu model is made with a short Kissaki).

    • Choice of wood species: red oak, white oak
    • Available finish: Urethane varnish or camellia oil polish
    • Manufacturing workshop: Horinouchi for all models

    Non varnished - Oil polish option:

    All our high-end weapons are available either varnished with urethane or polished with camellia oil. The latter is more pleasant to the touch and these unvarnished weapons are also more ecologically-friendly, but they require regular (monthly) maintenance with oil (camellia or wood maintenance oil). Further, they can only be made from the finest timber of Japanese quality. Given the need for maintenance, our stocks are limited. Also, since the craftsmen must select the best wood possible to manufacture these Bokken and Jo, the processing time is longer than for varnished weapons. Please note that the oil polish can darken the wood significantly.

    Kurama Ryu Bokken Specifications
    Wood Akagashi  (Red Oak) Shirakashi (White Oak)
    Weight 800 ~ 850 g 850 ~ 950 g
    Full length 105 cm
    Blade length 78 cm
    Tsuka length 27 cm
    Tsuka diameter 48 x 30 mm
    Mine Hiramine (flat spine)
    Tsuka shape Taira (flat butt)
    Kissaki Daikissaki (long Kissaki)
    Sori Standard curvature
    Special With Wooden Tsuba

    *Due to the hand-made manufacturing, color and weight may vary slightly from one weapon to another.

    About Kurama Ryu School:

    Kurama Ryu is a Kenjutsu system founded during the Tensho era (late 16th century) by Ono Shokan in the Kanto area (Edo, Tokyo). Most archives were lost during World War II and very little is known today about the founder. Kurama Ryu is still practiced today, mainly in the Shuseikan Dojo in Yokutsu (Tokyo), with a lineage that goes back to Kaneko Sukesaburo and Shibata Emori (the dojo's founder).
    Kurama Ryu acquired its popularity with the help of Shibata Emori, instructor for the Tokyo metropolitan police, involved in the creation of the Keishi Ryu (police Kenjutsu) into which a Kurama Ryu Kata was introduced. It is the "Henka" Kata, more often called "Makiotoshi" by Kendoka, one of the most important and powerful technique to master. It is interesting to see that the Kurama Ryu Bokken is somehow similar in shape and weight to the Keishi Ryu Bokken.
    Through Keishi Ryu, Kurama Ryu also influenced the creation and development of Kendo.

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Kurama Ryu Bokken - Classic Woods: ¥11,000


1 x Extra wide Carry Bag Bokken: ¥9,900
1 x Tsubaki Abura (Camellia Oil): ¥1,800
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