ST RT 98,
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This is the second bo I have bought from Dan and again, I am amazed. The look, the weight, the feel. It’s like the bo was meant for me. Those in the martial arts community know exactly what I mean by that. I had also asked Dan if he could possibly get the bo to me in a certain timeframe because of an event I was attending at the End of August. I know his work keeps him busy so imagine my surprise when he got it to me much sooner than I expected. I can’t thank Dan enough for his knowledge, professionalism and dedication to his craft. Please believe me when I say you will not regret purchasing a bo (or any other product) from Blizniak’s Bokken. Thank you Dan!

Dean T.,

Chechen Bo

Dan’s work is a thing of beauty. I had a project coming up and was in need of a 2-part bo staff to travel with on short notice. Given the window, I didn’t think that something of such quality was feasible within my schedule. Surely enough, Dan came through and helped me out on short notice. I’d asked him for help and advice and we quickly got to discovery; within 5 days of talking, it was complete, and within a week it was at my door. Here I was feeling pressed for time, and Dan came through with flying colors. I can’t be thankful enough. I highly recommend Blizniak’s Bokken for all your training needs, and will surely return for more in due time.

Bien Q. Pham,

2-Part Laminated Bo Staff

I found Blizniak’s Bokken while researching different stores and craftsmen for days — reading about it in an old website and then being thoroughly impressed by the unique, custom order form. I was pleasantly surprised to find Dan Blizniak was still active because nowhere else could I find as many customization options, let alone the option to create a CUSTOM LAMINATED bokken. The 3-layer, laminated bokken I ordered was of impressive quality, met ALL customization details, and heldsup extremely well in FULL-CONTACT practice against other practitioners with bokken as well as sword pells. Laminated bokken from Blizniak definitely live up to their description in the FAQ’s — they’re much more impact resistant AND offer a beautiful, unique look that makes the bokken worthy of being given as a gift or heirloom, which was definitely the case for the one I ordered. Even after several days of the bokken being heavily used for practice, it shows no cracks or dents and virtually zero scuffs and scratches. Aside from the excellent craftsmanship, Dan is quite knowledgeable and communicative — answering questions and giving advice when requested. Overall, if you’re looking for something truly tailor-made AND functional for full-contact practice — Blizniak’s Bokken is where you’ll find it!

R. L.,

Laminated Bokken Review

I can’t say enough good things about the quality of work Dan does or his commitment to his customers. I have both a triple layered bokken and pair of naginatas from Dan. The quality of these weapons is amazing. In my training, weapons take a serious beating and the triple layered Ipe-Lignum Vitae-Ipe weapons he has made for me and also my training partner are impressive. I have many bokkens from Kingfisher made from L7 grade hickory but Dan’s are a notch above even those. Serious top shelf quality!

Chris N.,

Bokken and Naginata Review

I was extremely pleased to receive my new custom bokken from Dan. Both the service I received and the final product were of outstanding quality. I ordered a laminated bokken with a central dark core of Ipe between two layers of Tulipwood. The distinct and prominent red grain of the tulipwood is unique and dramatic, creating a work of art. The weight and balance were close to that of a steel Katana and its laminated construction symbolically mirrored the folded layering of a traditional sword. For a custom bokken I would recommend Dan without hesitation!

Peter V,

Laminated Tulipwood/Ipe/Tulipwood Bokken

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

Max – 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.

Shifu Jonathan Bluestein,


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

Chris – It’s fantastic,


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!

Peter – 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.

Eric – 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.

Eric – Jumbo Suburito,


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.

Eric – Bloodwood bokken,


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

Christopher – 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.

Eric – 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.

T.T. – 39″ tachi with 1.88″ sori,


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.

D.Baca – Bloodwood Bokken w/ Ipe Core,

New Mexico

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.

Eric – Laminated 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 Serge AUGIER Hanbo Solid Ipe specs: Shape: Round, Length: 39, Diameter: 1.5


Long Beach, CA

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