Compared to the Shinai AAA Seiken, the handle of this Shinai has the length of a 37 Shinai. Therefore, the Seiken with short handle is particularly suitable for Kendoka with for those with short arms and small hands. The Shinai Seiken with a short handle is made of genuine Madake bamboo in AAA quality. The hand-sewn handle is deluxe quality. The focal point is, similar to the Seiken, central and the Shinai is therefore very well balanced. It is therefore equally suitable for large and small techniques. The Shinai is completely assembled and comes with Tsuba and Tsubadome. It may be necessary to adjust the Tsuba.
Bamboo quality: Madake AAA
Size 39 (120 cm)
Weight approximately 520 - 540 g (weight without Tsuba and Tsubadome).
Handle diameter approximately 24-26 mm, measured at the lower end with leather handle.
Madake bamboo grows to 8 -12 cm in diameter within 3 to 4 years. It is harvested between October and February. The bamboo is exposed to the four seasons when it grows in Japan, this makes it extremely tough. Compared to Keichiku bamboo, it is slightly dry and splinters build up faster. However, only the finest fibres of the bamboo are used for this shinai. The shinai does not break and the splinters can be removed easily. Regular maintenance with Shinai knife and oil are the best way to give them a long life.
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