Introduction: Wooden Ninjato (Bokken)

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Over the Christmas break I had some time to to do a bit of wood working, so I decided to make a katana (I now know it is a ninjato). After a bit of searching around I found a good piece of wood, my Grandpa said it was mahogany. I used a router and a belt sander for the blade, then I took a square piece of wood for the guard, cut it in half, then cut the blade shape out of the two halves. I glued the guard in place then sanded it to shape.

There are some imperfections in the blade that I am unhappy with, and I also don't like the discoloration on the guard, but I felt it was a good job for my first freehand project.

I plan to stain it, and wrap the handle but for now I felt I would just get pictures up.


DJ SLIMBEATZ (author)2015-06-25

beats buying one

uncleandyv (author)2015-02-10

Not bad. Also create tsuka with tsuka-ito for more realism.

Deadpool16 (author)2014-01-24

Very nice. I hope you have pics of it wrapped and stained

Deadpool16 (author)2014-01-24

Very nice.

stephenf (author)2013-09-17

Very Nice Job (tm). What is the length overall and length of the handle? What were the dimensions of the beginning piec of wood?

Boba Jett (author)2013-04-21

Cool! Quick and easy! (and cheap)

zombie1212 (author)2011-07-23

that is amazing

MandolorianFan (author)2011-05-16

I made a ninjato replika which i tried to use as a bokken which broke it.

Aw that's too bad. Do you know what type of wood you used?

I have absolute no idea what kind it was i just used some wood i found
that was thin.

SomeAsianKid (author)2011-04-19

i have a wooden buster sword :D lol wood

ancienthart (author)2011-01-11

In Japanese martial arts, this is referred to as a boken.

FrozenStar (author)ancienthart2011-01-12

Isn't there two k's in bokken? Anyways, I didn't feel I should call it one because all the bokkens I have seen have rounded leading edges and I gave mine a sharp edge.

Still I will add it to the title because I guess it is still considered one.

ancienthart (author)FrozenStar2011-01-12

Whoops. Anycase, for a practice bokken :) a rounded grip is more important. If you're at the other end of one, you're not supposed to let one touch you any way.

FrozenStar (author)ancienthart2011-01-12

The grip is rounded but it is a bit too smooth so I need to wrap it.

eygen (author)FrozenStar2011-01-12

Well yes, but then you might as well get "are" right; there are two k's in 'bokken'.

Nice project by the way.

FrozenStar (author)eygen2011-01-12

I'm assuming you were referring to the beginning of my comment where "Isn't there" should have been "Aren't there"? I was a bit tired since I just got up.


hg341 (author)2011-01-12

not a katana...
but still cool
it looks more like a Ninjatō
as it has no curve

but i still like it and it looks a lot better then mine...

FrozenStar (author)hg3412011-01-12

Ah thanks, I didn't think there was a name for a curve-less katana so I assumed they were both katanas.

I'll change the name now.

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