Cold Steel 92BKKD O Bokken Polypropylene Trainer 31.5" Blade

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Part #: CS92BKKD | Cold Steel Knives
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Description
CS92BKKD: 92BKKD O Bokken
Cold Steel
 
Our improved Cold Steel Japanese Training Swords are closely modeled after the world-famous Warrior series swords. Featuring an intricately detailed imitation cord wrap grip - molded in high impact polypropylene - they offer superior grip and comfort as well as more realistic training potential for the modern Martial Artist.

Hundreds of years ago, the Japanese discovered a simple truth; that to become a good swordsman you'll have to practice, a great deal. To become a great swordsman you'll have to practice with a "live blade". And during the period between "good" and "great", you should spend your time building your skills and confidence enough to wield a razor sharp Katana safely and effectively.

To accomplish this, the Japanese relied on a simple wooden sword called a "bokken" for much of their training. It was made from the super tough wood of the Japanese White Oak, a wood they called Kashi. The swords produced from this wood had the advantage of replicating the size, weight and feel of a steel sword, while minimizing the possibility of causing grievous or permanent injury to those who used it.

Authentic Kashi wood Bokkens are still used today, but are becoming quite costly. They also have the disadvantages, being made of wood, that they may rot, crack split or splinter. Cold Steel's solution to these dilemmas was to design a synthetic substitute, low in price and impervious to the elements.

The Bokken is made of the heaviest grade polypropylene available and closely duplicate a real Katana in length, size, weight and feel. While they're not quite as rigid as wood, they have the advantages of being virtually unbreakable and remarkably stiff and cut resistant.
Specifications
  • Item Number: 92BKKD
  • Name: O Bokken
  • Weight: 27.7 oz.
  • Blade Thickness: 1.00"
  • Blade Length: 31.50"
  • Handle: 12.50" Long.
  • Material: Polypropylene
  • Overall: 44.00"
  • Made in Taiwan
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Cold Steel 92BKKD O Bokken Polypropylene Trainer 31.5" Bladerated 4.000 stars out of 5 (1 review)
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Cold Steel 92BKKD O Bokken Polypropylene Trainer 31.5" Blade
rated 4 stars out of 5
Chuck B
Estero, FL
Jun 13, 2016
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Finish
Rough and Tough
This is a really good bokken for training. I use a target made with PVC tubing and sections of rubber matting - it can take some hard strikes, and I do not need to worry about this a broken bokken. I have typically purchased high-quality wood bokken that begin to crack, rather than fail unexpectedly, but it is still disconcerting to hear the cracking caused by a hard strike. This bokken should be able to take much more abuse. I have only used it once so far, and I like the feel. I did modify the feel, though. The simulated katana handle has well-defined edges on the 'cord wrapping' feature. Essentially, this means that all of the small bumps that give it a tsuka look, have sharp edges. I used a fine rasp to file them down a bit, making them smooth. This is the only reason I gave this product 4 stars. I like the look of the handle, and smoother edges on the raised areas would have made this a solid 5-star product. I would give it 4.75 stars if that had been possible with the rating system. I also like the Knife Center quite a lot. They have a really good selection, very good shipping, fantastic prices, and I have been very happy buying from them so far. I will be ordering more from them on a regular basis.

 

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