Shoto Classic-Kendogata Oak
White oak / red oak
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Shoto Classic-Kendo gata Oak
SHOTO is the short sword Wood. called wakizashi kodachi in Europe.
In general, white oak is a little bit heavier (30 - 40g) than red oak. In addition, white oak is more solid than red one. So if you practice kata with contact, it is better to use white one.
These bokken are made from Japanese oak in Kyushu (the southern part of Japan ) by NIIDOME Bokuto Craft Company at Miyakonojo in Kyushu. Miyakonojo accounted for more than 80 % of market of bokken in Japan. This company keeps the traditional way of manufacture, such as drying the materials (wood) naturally not to destroy the fibers of oak; that makes our bokken more durable and robust. You can use them for a long time. NIIDOME Company uses the materials which come from a tree about 70 years old.
In Japan, it is humid in general, so you do not need to put the oil on the surface of bokken but in other countries which are less humid than Japan, it is better to put the camellia oil to protect your bokken from the dryness. Putting oil on the bokken also makes your bokken clean. Then put your bokken in your bag to protect from dust.