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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between your standard bokken and Iwama style?

Our standard bokken is our most popular bokken. It combines many styles into one a beauitfully balanced bokken. Like martial arts, our bokken are designed for balance and strength. Through years of trial and error our standard bokken has evolved into design that will fit anyones needs. Our Iwama bokken has a moderate curve and shaped to the specifications of Iwama style. It has a blunt tip and is balanced slightly different than our standard bokken.

How do you measure the length of the bokken?

We measure the bokken from the tip to the back of the handle. Our standard bokken is generally 40 inches and our Iwama bokken is 41 inches. We can make a custom length if you prefer.

How long are the handles?

You can specify the size of the handle when you order.

Why do you use exotic woods?

We use exotic woods to give you a product that is as unique as it is beautiful. We choose woods based on different factors to give you a balanced and strong bokken that with last.

Why should I buy a bokken from you?

We hand select our wood from responsible suppliers with the environment as a major concern. We stand by our work and offer a 100% satisfaction guaranteed. If you feel there is something wrong with the bokken we will fix it so that you are happy. We are in the business of making people happy.

What are laminated bokkens?

Wood lamination has been around for a long time. Basically we glue multiple pieces of wood together cross-grained to give you a bokken that is very unique. Our exclusive Build-A-Bokken™ lets you create your own combination of woods to have a personalized dynamic bokken. For longer items like jo staffs, lamination will help prevent the staff from warping.

What is Dymondwood?

A highly engineered wood/plastic composite, Dymondwood has the physical and mechanical properties of high density hardwood, acrylic and polycarbonate plastics, and brass. Brightly dyed northern hardwood veneers are combined with engineering grade resins, heat and pressure to create a product that has the best characteristics of each. Dymondwood is distinguished by its unique strength, durability, dimensional stability, weather and moisture resistance as compared to regular wood. The company that made Dymondwood has closed. We have a limited stock left and we will continue to sell Dymondwood until we run out.

What makes a Blizniak's Bokken different than other bokken?

That is a question that can only be answered by holding a Blizniak’s Bokken in your hands.

Do you offer a Military discount?

We offer a discount if you are in the Military, Law Enforcement or a Firefighter. Send us a message to find out how to receive the discount.

What is Argentine Lignum Vitae?

Argentine Lignum Vitae is . . . well, not exactly Lignum Vitae. Allow us to explain. The wood popularly known as “Lignum Vitae” is, in fact, technically called “Genuine Lignum Vitae” (Guaiacum officinale). Genuine Lignum Vitae is quite famous for being “the densest wood in the world” — it ranks atop the “Janka Scale of Hardness,” which measures such things. The wood is also believed to have medicinal properties in its resins and chips; “Lignum Vitae” is, after all, Latin for “Wood of Life.” Unfortunately, because of Genuine Lignum Vitae’s highly desirable properties, the wood has been grossly over-harvested and is now possibly on the endangered species list. Although some Genuine Lignum Vitae is still available on the market, it is no longer being sold in any significant quantities. That’s where Argentine Lignum Vitae (Bulnesia sarmientoi) comes in. Although it’s not genetically related to Genuine Lignum Vitae, it has become widely used as a substitute wood due to its similar appearance and characteristics to the “genuine” variety (i.e., it’s extremely hard, heavy, dense, strong, and durable). With an average specific gravity of about 1.10, the wood will sink in water. Because of its incredible density and strength, Argentine Lignum Vitae is often applied in making mallets and clubs. Here is an article comparing Genuine and Argentine Lignum Vitae.

Have any more questions? Leave a comment below and ask.

17 Responses to "Frequently Asked Questions"
  1. Harry June 15, 2012 01:06

    What type of tip is used for the suburito?

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    • danblizniak June 15, 2012 03:06

      The Suburito has a unique tip that is a cross between the Iwama tip and the Standard tip. It is not as blunt as the Iwama and not as tapered as the Standard tip. Attached is a photo of the tip.

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  2. Geoffrey July 22, 2012 10:07

    What is the effect of lamination on durability and impact resistance?

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    • danblizniak July 23, 2012 11:07

      By laminating wood together you are increasing the strength of the weapon. Bowyers have been doing this for years. By laminating the limbs of bows, you increase the flexibility and strength of the bow (Blizniak’s Bows coming soon…). When thinking in terms of bokken, you are increasing the amount of impact edges. The more impact edges you have the stronger the weapon will be. You can think of plywood as an example. The layered edge is much stronger than the face edge because you have many layers on the impact edge. The other advantage of laminating is that you can create a more customized weight and balance to the bokken. By varying the types of woods you can get different overall weights. Laminating also creates a unique and beautiful look.

      Reply
  3. Tomas Procopio February 13, 2013 06:02

    How do you bend wood togheter in the laminate? There is any risk it could detach or separate (for blunt, impacts, suddenly temperature changes or so)?

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    • danblizniak April 22, 2013 08:04

      We do not bend wood together to laminated it, however, this is possible if you have a the right jig to bend the wood and laminate it together. We have only had a bokken de-laminate twice. One was due extreme temperature changes and the other was Genuine Lignum Vitae. Genuine Lignum is not able to be laminated due to the amount of oils and resins in the wood. You want to take care of you laminated bokken and try to keep it at normal temperatures.

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  4. Bret June 4, 2014 07:06

    What type of finishes do you typically offer for bokken?

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    • danblizniak June 5, 2014 02:06

      We currently use tung oil.

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  5. James Jeffries March 26, 2015 07:03

    What is the curve of a Bokken ? From end to end, The gap in the middle is what ?
    Thank You :
    James

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    • admin April 2, 2015 08:04

      The gap on the Standard bokken is approximately 3/4″.

      Reply
  6. Sam December 21, 2015 12:12

    Hi, i have recently started training in iaijutsu and have been searching for a place where i can buy a longer than normal bokken without much luck, then i found your website, it is great and has the customization options that i need, however my question is do you make tsuba or saya for your bokken’s at all?
    Thankyou for you time.

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    • admin December 21, 2015 01:12

      Sorry, we do not currently offer tsubas or sayas for our bokken. We are working on creating a tsuba that will fit our bokken and may offer them in the future.

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  7. Mike T April 3, 2017 05:04

    Do you still get any genuine lignum vitae? I have a pair of escrima sticks made from it and I love them and how dark they are. I was wondering if you ever get any or enough to make a Jo or Bo staff? I have a project in mind for a Octagon Bo in genuine lignum vitae. I have a machinist friend that is going to help me make 2 stainless end caps that will be octagon shaped like the Bo or Jo. They will have prongs on the end of the caps to provide traction on rough terrain and make straight thrust more effective. I have always wanted to use genuine lignum vitae.

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    • admin July 5, 2017 05:07

      Genuine Lignum Vitae is very hard to find in longer lengths. I do have the Argentine variety that is nearly identical in properties. I have a hiking stick that I use made from Argentine Lignum Vitae and it is beautiful and heavy. I prefer to use a rubber cane tip on the end for hiking. They fit nicely and are removable it you want to clean mud of of your staff.

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  8. jerome April 28, 2017 02:04

    Do you make sayas for the bokken or have a recommendation? The carry bag is nice but Id like a saya for practice.

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    • admin July 5, 2017 05:07

      I do not make sayas for my bokken, I have considered offering plastic saya that I could make a bokken to fit within. It may be an option in the future. Because my bokken are custom made, I have to make the bokken so that it fits within a saya. I have made bokken for folks in the past that fit within a saya that they sent me. If you find a saya you like you can mail it to me and I can make a bokken to fit in it.

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