Fukuro shinai – padded training swords
Over the last couple of months we have been working on making some padded shinai for training – allowing you to hit each other with reasonable force without the damaging effects of a bokken – these are great for use in taijutsu, mutodori and weapons practice (although I still do prefer a heafty bokuto against a bo, yari or naginata…)
To the right is a new page with more info, pictures and my email for those who wish to order one. Please remember that these are hand made and some items come directly from Japan so there may be a wait of 2-3 weeks.
Current colours are brown leather blade and either golden-brown or black handle. In the future if there is sufficient interest then we can do alternative blade leather and handle binding colours.
I have made 3 sizes – a longer blade and handle similar to a Shinden Fudō Ryū sword, a regular size equivalent to a katana or bokken and a shorter bladed ninja-tō.
Many thanks to Jen, John, Ferg, Dunc, Jake, Norm, Joe, Matt, Andy for help in prototype testing and a few improvement suggestions.