Sunday, January 04, 2009

Honsho - true character

Another great gift for Christmas! Todd got me a new bokken - and not just any old stick. An exquisitely crafted hickory aikiken from Kingfisher with the inscription, honsho, meaning true character. Thank you again, Todd, for such a fine gift.
Tonight I took the new bokken out and tried it on some suburi. It is very nicely weighted and feels more comfortable and natural in my hands than my white oak bokken that I've had for 15 years. Very solid feel. slightly heavier than my old bokken but not nearly as heavy as the red oak basher I bought a few months ago.
There are several of us looking forward to the weather clearing and warming so we can get out of the dojo and do some sword and jo (we only do sword and stick outside at Mokuren) and I will be especially looking forward to getting to practice with this fine weapon.


  1. I'm glad you like it so much! I hope I'll be able to make enough time to get some stick slinging in as well!

  2. honsho, meaning true character.

    There have been more than a few people that have referred to me as a "true character," but I'm sure that wasn't the intended meaning in this case.

    I'm not surprised that you like the Kingfisher product. I bought the least expensive jo they had to offer, and still found myself delighted with it.


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