Due to high customer demand, Aoi is pleased to offer the “Koban” Shinai (Oval shaped handle). This shinai is carefully crafted from sturdy “Keichiku” frosted bamboo and is proven to be as durable as our top selling Tadayoshi brand shinai’s. The handle is oval and has the traditional feel of a sword or bokuto, which aides in the proper kendo strike for beginners or novice Kendo-ka. Vertical as well as diagonal strikes can be made with greater precision, which can shave off that millisecond and score that winning point!
Once you try the Oval shinai, you will be hard pressed to return to the regular’s ever again!
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||OVAL GRIP REGULAR STYLE
||480g - 490g (#39 - Only Bamboo)
"REGULAR" Style Shinai
The regular shinai is the most frequently used form of shinai in the world. This type of shinai is usually mass produced, resulting in a greater variation in balance from one shinai to another. As a result, the price is relatively low for these shinais. Everyone from children, beginners to the intermediate players use this in practice.
Majority of shinai's out there are made of Keichiku bamboo. Keichiku bamboo is roughly 7-8cm in diameter and are harvested all year round in Taiwan. The high density fibers is said to contribute to the long life of the shinai. However, during import, or the storage they go through some dry conditions which may remove some of the natural oil and or moisture from the shinai resulting it easy to develop slivers on the shinai upon use. All our shinai has given special oil treatment in factory before shipment that can extend the life of shinai and increase the durability and resistance from being destroy by dehydration.
Over 40 years of martial arts experience as well as listening to 10 years of customer's requests and input in order to provide the best in what the industry has to offer. The Aoi tag guarantees that the item has been developed for safety and comfort from the early stages of finding cutting edge materials, and crafting it with the highest of standards.