Wooden Ninjato (Bokken)

Introduction: Wooden Ninjato (Bokken)

About: I enjoy writing programs, building circuits and collecting knives. I have recently begun school at McMaster University in pursuit of an engineering degree. I am an avid PC gamer, add me on steam! (xfrozensta...

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.

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    19 Discussions

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    stephenf
    stephenf

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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

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    FrozenStar
    FrozenStar

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    MandolorianFan
    MandolorianFan

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    ancienthart
    ancienthart

    9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    FrozenStar
    FrozenStar

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    ancienthart
    ancienthart

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    FrozenStar
    FrozenStar

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    eygen
    eygen

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

    Nice project by the way.

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    FrozenStar
    FrozenStar

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    Thanks.

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    FrozenStar
    FrozenStar

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.