Introduction: Solid Hardwood Battle-Ready Bokuto (Japanese Practice Sword)

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Hey everybody, Telos here bringing you another weapon-related slideshow. Now, this is a Bokuto/Bokken, which is a Japanese practice sword. The Bokuto is used by the Samurai of ancient Japan to practice sword moves without getting permanently injured. It is, however, still a deadly weapon in it's own right. It can easily cause bruises and break bones and if swung with the right force can easily kill someone. Miyamoto Musashi, a legendary Samurai, is known for being able to kill skilled enemies with just one or two Bokuto.

Now, I'm really pleased with the Bokuto I made. It mimicked the length and the curve of a Katana. It has a rounded Tsuka (hilt) so you know where the Tsuka ends and the blade begins. It is made out of one solid piece of Teak hardwood, and is VERY tough. I managed to repeatedly smack a coconut tree at full strength with the Bokuto and not even a single dent is apparent, hence the 'Battle-Ready' I put in the title.

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RyanT9 (author)2015-11-17

so, did you eventually chop the tree down XD

KarlS18 (author)2015-10-22

You made a comment on a forum once about the energy aspect of Yoko Ichimonji. I am intrigued and would like to know more. Care to share?

Alanade315007 (author)2014-12-22

Die coconut tree XD

Janus Horus (author)2012-04-28

Just wondering if you guys know Iaido?

rallen71366 (author)2010-08-08

Guys, please be careful when you make these. Camisado is not joking when he says "Battle Ready". I've personally broken a man's arm with one in a fraction of a second, and could easily have killed him in the blink of an eye. (Yes, he was deserving of it.)

I could also easily have gone to jail. Most places don't like people being able to protect themselves, so don't LOOK like you're caring a weapon. Carry a nice, polished walking stick, or a piece of oak with measuring marks carved in it, or religious symbols (not necessarily YOUR religious symbols). A wrapping of cord (like a sling?) or ribbon (like a samuri sword) will set it off nicely.

Remember, if you don't LOOK like you have a weapon, then people think you are "safe".     : )

Camisado (author)rallen713662010-08-10

Hey, thanks for commenting. I'm curious, what did the guy do to deserve that kind of (rather brutal) beating? I believe you when you said that he was deserving of it, I just want to know the specifics. Oh, and FYI, its spelled "samurai", not "samuri". You may have not spelled it like that deliberately (maybe you made a typo), but I just want to clear things up.

rallen71366 (author)Camisado2010-08-10

If you know a young married couple, and go out of your way to get her drunk, torment her, and have your way with her, don't expect to get off with just a stern lecture. In Dallas, in the 80's, he was lucky he didn't wind up in the landfill as crow food.

Camisado (author)rallen713662010-08-11

Ah, I get your point. Never compromise the integrity of a marriage. IMO, It's okay to be a pervert (you seem to describe this guy as some out-of-control pervert), but keep it to yourself.

rallen71366 (author)Camisado2010-08-11

Nothing wrong with being a pervert. But lying, pretending to be a friendly neighbor, just to cause unnecessary harm to others. Bad Karma came back to him. The couple wound up divorcing a couple of years later. That little episode helped convince me that I need to stay away from people with lots of drama in their lives. Some of it always tends to splash on you, and it's uncomfortable and sticks for a long time.

Camisado (author)rallen713662010-08-12

True. I like people like you, rational, open-minded people capable of providing sufficient reasoning to back up your claims and are logical in doing so. People like you are what makes society great. May the Force be with you, my man.

Janus Horus (author)Camisado2012-04-28

I love your sens of humor....and "delicateness"

overblast (author)rallen713662012-02-12

I know a guy like that. Got a lady stoned, did what he did. The next day her 16 year old son showed up with some brass knuckles. They now call him "The Toothless Wonder".

Actually a good thing for Mr. Wonder; he was in the hospital when her husband showed up later the same day.

overblast (author)rallen713662012-02-12

My father was a Marine during the Korean War. Showed how to make a killing weapon out of newspaper. Also told how to destroy a black belt's hand and wrist by using green pine boards.... (don't know if he had a mean sensei of humor?)

liLightaura (author)2012-02-11

Are there instructions yet on how to actually make this cause i also saw TTF's and then i saw yours and i want to make one of each to see wich is actually stronger (I would probably end up using the same kind of wood for both parts of the TTF version just for good solid testing conditions)

CHIEFGR8TWOLF (author)2009-11-08

Wonderful, fantastic ,great! How can I make me one? I have made tantos for my friends and son to practice with, but to make a battle ready sword length has to be twice as hard. The knives are only used as replicas for self defense classes. I want to make a sword that can take the repeated onslaught of someone releasing their frustrations. Show us , please? By the by I used oak and walnut for the look . I have a forest behind my house. 

Camisado (author)CHIEFGR8TWOLF2009-11-14

Hehe, thanks for the compliment! By the way you talk, I can see you're the type of guy that knows what he's doing, which is good. Making a bokuto is not nearly twice as hard as making a boku-tanto, trust me. I'm not really good at explaining how I make my weapons, but I think I can get around to making a Bokuto how-to. If you want a strong sword, use teak, hickory, or Brazilian cherry. White oak is not terrible, but in my honest opinion white oak is overrated. Walnut would be great for looks, but it's not very strong, so keep that in mind. Hope I helped!

ilpug (author)Camisado2012-01-05

The best wood i have found for making these swords is the wood of Common Lilac.

These plants are kind of rare to find in large size, but at my house I have a whole grove of them. I have made about a dozen bokken, and only two have ever broken, one broken on purpose to see how hard it was to break, and another broke because of a knot in the wood, not because of strength of the wood, I just didn't use a good stave.

CHIEFGR8TWOLF (author)Camisado2009-11-16

What you have said is true but it is better for me to use what is readily available to practice with than some expensive firewood tobe. Yes the walnut looks cool and at short lengths(8 to 11 inches total) works great! 
I will continue to watch for your Instructables. By the by I made my son's
tonfas out of 1" and 3/4" galvanized pipe and filled the with sand for a good
workout. The actual wooden ones have become very easy for him to continuosly use now. Just somthing  to think about. Thank you for taking time to reply see you in the cycber world.

Your tonfa design (sand-filled pipe) is very similar to what some of the SCA fighters use in their practice sessions. Not against people! Against old tires hanging from ropes. They learn how to handle weapon rebound that way.    : )

You build up your strength using black iron pipe, baseball bats, firewood with a handle carved on one end, Indian clubs, etc. By building up their strength and reflexes with a heavy weight, when they grab a light stick (sword), their movements are fast and their strikes are hard.

Camisado (author)CHIEFGR8TWOLF2009-11-17

The tonfas sound great! Thanks again for the compliment and I hope you'll continue to make DIY weapons.

Camisado (author)Camisado2009-11-17

Oh and, may I have pictures?

Apple_4_life (author)Camisado2010-03-28

 actually, white oak is a harder wood than teak :P IN YOUR FACE!!!!! i looked at a couple of janka tests (look it up if ya dont know what it is) and in all of them the oak is harder and will take more abuse and again in your face (im just messin with ya btw) 

Apple_4_life (author)2010-03-28

 I'm looking into making one :D what power tools *drool* did you use? ALL of em leave out no details (such as a table saw or power sander) I likey power tools but ima minor so i gotta use ma dad's tools and i dont think he is gonna let me buy a 1000$+ power tool to make a wooden sword >:(

Thanks

 also, do you think that oak is hard enough for this kind of sword? seeing as its a hardwood

Camisado (author)Apple_4_life2010-07-14

Oak is hard enough. I simply used teak because that's the only hardwood within reach by the time I made this wooden sword.

voodoosteve (author)2010-07-14

I own an authentic bokuto and i must say thats pretty damn good man looks real and if its as sturdy as you say it is deffinetly put yourself into business man

Camisado (author)voodoosteve2010-07-14

Thanks for the compliment, greatly appreciated.

Camisado (author)2009-08-31

Eh.... I'm only 14

phoenix12 (author)Camisado2010-03-18

I had my first job when i was fourteen, Maybe you could make euro style practice swords for the Renissance Festival? Or rapiers and such.  Saw a guy one year who was selling toy sword made out of 2 X 4 planks for around $30 or more.

Camisado (author)phoenix122010-04-23

Lol, cool!

samuraii (author)2009-08-01

bokken is bad possitioned and too thin it will snap in 1 on 1 practise

Camisado (author)samuraii2009-08-01

It's not to thin and it's not positioned badly. This Bokuto is made out of solid, durable Teak hardwood and believe me, I used it on lots of kumite (battle practice) and it doesn't even dent. Pardon me, but I don't think my work should be criticized by some wannabe kid who I bet doesn't no jack crud about Nihonto (generic word for Japanese swords, betcha didn't even know that before). And if I was too harsh, sorry, I had a bad day.

Poidawg (author)Camisado2010-02-01

May I make a suggestion?

Although it really is personal preference, the bokuto that I have used and held had oval cross sections in the "handle" portion. However, as yours is "battle ready" perhaps the rectangular cross section gives you a better grip.

Still, an oval cross section makes it easier to have a stronger grip and doesn't hurt me as much when blocking strong strikes from an opponent's sword.

Nicely done BTW.

Camisado (author)2009-11-28

Sure thing.

Camisado (author)2009-11-28

Hmm.... maybe later, when I'm not lazy as holy heck =P

stunami (author)2009-11-02

This is pretty cool. I was thinking about one of these instead of my sword replicas for my halloween costume. The downside of metal swords, even replicas, is that you can't just break it out of its sheath in public. I might do this next year.

Btw, if you're into Japanese armor and stuff, I just posted an instructable from this halloween with my armor that I made. Let me know what you think!


Camisado (author)stunami2009-11-14

Thanks for the compliment! I like your I'ble a lot, the only suggestion I can give you is to ditch the balaclava (the ninja-ish mask) because that's not what samurai wore. Samurai wore Kabuto, a type of helmet that matches the samurai's armor. Hope I helped!

vexxishidi (author)2009-11-02

Not sure why Samuraii was complaining, looks darn good....id like to see him do better.

Camisado (author)vexxishidi2009-11-14

Thanks for the compliment!

joeruto (author)2009-09-14

dude

Camisado (author)joeruto2009-09-15

What?

z-man6233 (author)2009-07-13

Nice bokken i made one useing the instructable that TTF made

Camisado (author)z-man62332009-07-13

Cool. TTF's Bokuto is made out of two different pieces of wood, while mine is solid teak hardwood.

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