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Broken Bokken Sold by Martial Art Shop and Fulfilled by Amazon.,
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Though I'm not going to go through the hassle of repackaging this item and returning it I do feel like giving other potential buyers a 'heads up'. This is a Chinese made Bokken, though many are imported from Japan and retailed at a similar or lower price. It arrived on time in a long triangular Toblerone style Amazon cardboard package, which had been through the wars with many puncture marks and deep dents. The Bokken itself (the red oak option) had a 2cm by 3mm square chip out of the very tip, very disappointing, hard to say whether this was done during manufacture or damaged before packing. Its weight is good, for me, the red oak has a nice grain. But if you're looking for traditional Japanese craftsmanship look elsewhere, the bevels either side of the back edge are uneven for instance and the ridge created to hold the tsuba in place is rough and unfinished, basically a careless notch. Much criticism but have given it 3 stars because it feels well balanced and is solid and usable for partner work.