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About Blizniak’s Bokken

Like any martial artist knows, it’s all about balance and strength. Blizniak’s Bokken strives for these same qualities when forming our custom bokken. Because we form our bokken from hand, we can feel the balance as we create it. We personally hand select each piece of wood for every bokken we create. We inspect each piece to make sure the wood is top quality and doesn’t have any cracks or knots that can lead to poor performance. We also look at the grain pattern to ensure the strength needed for bokken training. We get most of hardwoods from South America and Africa. We purchase our exotic woods from responsible suppliers that are concerned with the environmental factors involved with harvesting exotic hardwoods. Each wood is selected for different qualities, ranging from flexibility to hardness. Creating bokken is our passion and every bokken we create is beautiful!

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I ordered a kukri and love it! Beautiful wood and quality craftsmanship!

Sarasota, FL   

I bought a bloodwood sword on eBay from him. Redder than most reds I've seen. Tough stuff too.

Maryland   Mr.  

Bought a 49" hickory bokken and a 42" Purpleheart bokken. Both have a weight and strength that I like. I love the length of the hickory and the color of the Purpleheart, which I'm awaiting to turn a more purple shade of color.

Laurel  Hickory and Purpleheart bokken 

Got a 46' bloodwood bokken. It's a wonderful buy, and despite getting the wrong tip shape, which was totally my fault, I was able to do some sanding and made it look great. Next step is make a sheath for it.


The third and final bloodwood bokken is the epitome of a perfect bokken. Perfect weight, perfect curvature, and perfect looks. This shall be called the Murasama. After the high-frequency sword.

Laurel, MD   

I emailed Dan and he got back to me when the wood I wanted became available. 10/10 for service and quality! Thank you!

Canada  Sales 

I highly recommend the high quality hand-made products by Dan Blizniak. I have so far ordered several staffs from him, and they are all excellent and a delight to train with. Mr. Blizniak is very professional in all respects. His wood selection and prices are all superb.


The bokken Tsubas work well, and the bubinga bokken I ordered is fantastic!

US  It's fantastic 

Got another Bubinga bokken, and it's the proper length. 46 inches total length with 11 inch handle. Also learned on my end how to polish to smooth finish with sandpaper only.

Md  Omg Yass 

So I have gotten the 46" Cumaru bokken. And I'm impressed at how strong it is, and the grain of the wood is so dazzling!

MD  46" Cumaru  

Made a custom adjustment, thoroughly impressed he did as asked. Cumaru is strong, and the length required a dimension adjustment, which he complied. Quality craftsmanship


I came across these amazing bokkens at the Martial Arts Super Show in Las Vegas. I had used some other bokkens before and these are in a whole other league. The craftsmanship and time put into each sword is easy to see. They are all super smooth and shaped perfectly. I went with the Blood Wood and the rich, dark red of the wood has been brought out perfectly in the sword. Anyone who is looking for a fantastic bokken then shop no further. The price seems little high, but you get what you pay for and then some with these swords. They are made to your specifications exactly. So you true had a bokken made just for you. You won't regret buying these amazing swords!

Las Vegas  Phoenix, AZ 

I asked for a 1/2 inch increase in depth of blade through handle made of Katalox. This bokken is not only stronger than other hardwoods I've come across, but the sheer density, weight, and thickness of the handle will be the key for me to increase my strength when handling other wooden swords.

MD  Katalox super bokken 

I purchased a hickory suburito, and Dan messaged me and asked if I wanted this one jumbo as well, to which I gladly said yes. I received it yesterday, and it has met all expectations, and seems to be battle worthy, even as a suburito. Now all that's left is to adjust the edge and make a tsuba of sorts.

MD  Jumbo Suburito 

I ordered a custom 60" odachi bokken of cocobolo/hickory/cocobolo and it turned out incredible. Dan was a great help and responded to my questions in a timely manner. The quality of the wood is fantastic and is crafted together very professionally. I would highly recommend Blizniak's Bokkens and would definitely order from them again.

Phoenix, Az    

I've said it many times: He does very good work, even with custom orders. This time an augmented bloodwood bokken, which came out spectacularly, and he fulfilled my expectations. I will cherish this one like the others.

MD  Bloodwood bokken 

Honestly, I just got your Hanbo, it’s the best I ever had.

I trained for the last 40 years, I had masters from China and Japan make hanbo for me

Yours is the best I ever had!

Thank you


Long Beach, CA   Hanbo Solid Ipe specs: Shape: Round, Length: 39, Diameter: 1.5 

Bubinga bokken has fantastic feel to it. Got some heft, but still a little lighter than some woods. The growth rings go the whole length of the blade, and yet has a wavy grain to it. It shimmers at certain angles, and looks fantastic with the color contrasts between the layers of growth.
Its strong enough to dent my bloodwood bokken. Which for me is a first because the bloodwood doesn’t dent very well

MD  49” bubinga bokken 

So my Cumaru bokken i bought awhile back has its review for customer service reasons. Now it’s time for a product review. The bokken has it’s strength on par with super bokkens (50 inches with about a 3/8” blade depth augmentation, whereas this is only 1/4” augmentation). Anyways, i could never see the growth ring pattern (hard to discern on an exptic wood like cumaru), and as it turns out it met my picky desires a long while back, i just never looked well enough. But its strength and resilience has earned it a very nice spot in my collection, and the sword has dealt with me outside under torrential downpour a few years back for almost an hour of full exposure and holds even to ths day. Long story short, Dan is probably one of the best that deals wih exotic wood on a regular basis.

Md  Cumaru bokken  

I asked Dan to make a tachi style bokken with extremely deep total sori, but at regular bokken length.

This is not an easy project. The high arching profile makes the straight grain of the wood to cross the bokken in two places, at the tip of the blade and at the handle, creating weak spots.

That was the reason the famous Japanese Bokken maker used when he refused to make it. He said it could NOT be done for bokken intended for contact training.

_IF_ single piece of wood is used.

Well Dan produced the bokken that is model of perfection, using 3 layers of cross grain lamination of Hickory. All the layers are true to the side walls and center piece going through the dead center of the arching bokken with not a slightest twist.

Bokken has been tested through moderately heavy contact training without ANY dent or lifting of the grain/splintering. The bokken is SOLID. I can't see this one breaking at all under normal training condition. ( I've seen/felt two bokken shatter/break while training within last 4 decades, it does happen)

I have two custom bokken made by Japanese Bokken maker (within their standard profile), and Dan's bokken feels better than those two.

This is an extreme profile bokken, and Dan got the balance JUST RIGHT! very responsive and lively.

It is THE BEST purchase I've made for wooden weapon within last 4 decades.

I am very grateful for Dan to take on this project to the extremely satisfying result.

NY  39" tachi with 1.88" sori 

The layering of the bokken for this is Hickory-Bubinga-Hickory, and that was probably the smartest one i asked for almost a year and a half back. Aesthetically, some people don’t like it. I think it’s fantastic, and it’s strength yield is pretty damn good. It’s weight is higher than what i was used to (it’s thicker than some other bokkens i have, but is also not the heaviest) but i got around to using it lately, and the bokken showed me its strength against some other really strong ones. Anyways, Dan has always had fine work, even if it didn’t look the part initially. His works remain to be stonger and more resilient than most out there for their wood species used.

I made a few slight adjustments to the bokken (sorry dan) to bring out the bubinga layer to the edge of the bokken.

That reminds me, this bokken was another augmented bokken for a 50” length, where the dimension of blade-edge to spine was increased by 3/8”.

In total, Dan never lets me down with his work, and shows me up even long after i’ve made my assumptions.

Md  Laminated Bokken 

Mr. Blizniak,

I would like to thank you for the beautifully crafted bokken - Bloodwood with Ipe core.

This is the Finest bokken that I have ever owned!

The craftsmanship is simply stunning. It is so smooth and seamless.

The form and balance are perfect. It is dense and heavy, and swinging it around feels great!

And the Beauty! It is Beautiful! The Ipe core, even edge-on, looks almost like agate marble.

And the Bloodwood is amazing. Even in low light, it shimmers with iridescence. It looks metallic, like copper foil.

I am blown away! Thank you again.

New Mexico  Bloodwood Bokken w/ Ipe Core 

Couldn't be more pleased. Flawless craftsmanship, and genuine materials. Will be back for a third.

Canada  Ipe shoto 

3 Responses to "About Blizniak’s Bokken"
  1. Clare May 21, 2013 11:05

    I have a sword design based on the katana. Can I order a custom Bokken based on this design?

    • danblizniak June 13, 2013 03:06

      Yes if you send us the exact measurements we can create a bokken to match them. When ordering, select options as close as possible to your specs on the Build-A-Bokken page and include the dimensions in the Other Instructions box.

  2. Casey April 15, 2014 06:04

    My wife order a custom Purple Heart and Katalox bokken for me from Dan, and it is fantastic. By far the most well crafted and beautiful handmade training weapon I have ever handled. This will be a treasure for a long time and an amazing training partner.

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