The Shinai Seiken is made of real bamboo Madake in AAA quality. The Tsukagawa in hand-stitched leather is deluxe quality. This high quality Shinai is good to handle and has its centre of gravity in the middle. Therefore, it is suitable for both large and small techniques.
The Shinai is delivered with Tsuba and a Tsubadome
Bamboo quality: Madake AAA
39 thin (120 cm) Weight: approx. 510 g - 530 g (Weight is measured without Tsuba or Tsubadome).
A = Handle: approx. 25-27 mm, handle is measured on the bottom end with Tsukagawa.
B = Handle: approx. 30-32 mm, handle is measured on the top end with Tsukagawa.
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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