Hundreds of years ago, the Japanese discovered a simple truth; that to become a good swordsman you’ll have to practice, a great deal. To become a great swordsman you’ll have to practice with a “live blade”. And during the period between “good” and “great”, you should spend your time building your skills and confidence enough to wield a razor sharp Katana safely and effectively. To accomplish this, the Japanese relied on a simple wooden sword called a “bokken” for much of their training. It was made from the super tough wood of the Japanese White Oak, a wood they called Kashi. The swords produced from this wood had the advantage of replicating the size, weight and feel of a steel sword, while minimizing the possibility of causing grievous or permanent injury to those who used it. Authentic Kashi wood Bokkens are still used today, but are becoming quite costly. They also have the disadvantages, being made of wood, that they may rot, crack split or splinter. Cold Steel’s solution to these dilemmas was to design a synthetic substitute, low in price and impervious to the elements. Our Bokken and our new Wakazashi Bokken are made of the heaviest grade polypropylene available and closely duplicate a real Katana and Wakazashi in length, size, weight and feel. While they’re not quite as rigid as wood, they have the advantages of being virtually unbreakable and remarkably stiff and cut resistant.
To truly master sword work, it’s crucial to train with a safe, non-sharp trainer blade that closely approximates the weight and feel of the real thing. This simple concept hails to ancient Roman times, when gladiators and soldiers practiced with dull wooden swords. Japanese Samurai, too, used wooden training swords called Bokken.
Creative cutlery company Cold Steel has modernized this concept with a line of synthetic training swords that won’t rot, crack, chip, or splinter. Made of heavy-duty polypropylene, these trainers closely duplicate real swords in size, weight, and feel, and are both safe for novice use and virtually unbreakable.
- 22-inch blade length
- 0.75-inch blade thickness
- Nine-inch handle length
- 31-inch overall length
- 13.3-ounce weight
- Durable polypropylene material
All Cold Steel products are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship. Details are included with your purchase.
About Cold Steel
Cold Steel, Incorporated was founded in 1980, with the goal of making the strongest, sharpest cutlery in the world for knife enthusiasts. Over the last three-plus decades, the company has been at the forefront of many design innovations that have helped innovate the knife industry, including introduction of checked Kraton handles, and the tanto point blade styles which have become industry hallmarks of quality and sophistication.
- Blade Thikness: 0.75″
- this has a Handle: 9″
- Overall Length: 31″
- Material: Polypropylene
- Virtually unbreakable
- Creative cutlery company Cold Steel has modernized concept of dull wooden training swords with a line of synthetic devices
- Made of heavy-duty polypropylene, and won’t rot, crack, chip, or splinter
- Closely duplicates real sword in size, weight, and feel; safe for novice use and virtually unbreakable
- 22-inch blade length, 0.75-inch blade thickness, nine-inch handle length, 31-inch overall length, and 13.3-ounce weight
- Includes limited manufacturer’s warranty; details included with purchase