Day: March 13, 2013

What is Keichiku?

The Keichiku bamboo species is mainly grown in Taiwan. Today, most of the standard Shinai on market is made of Keichiku, reflecting the fact that, due to the shortage of Madake and the work that’s needed to make traditional Shinai, most of the Shinai production has moved to Taiwan and Read More

What is Madake?

‘Madake’ is also called Giant Timber Bamboo or Japanese Timber Bamboo, is a bamboo species in the genus Phyllostachys. This species is native to Japan and is often used for many different types Japanese traditional craftsmanship.  This is the traditional bamboo used for making Shinai in Japan. Due to the Bamboo plant Read More

What is Asian Ebony?

The Asian Ebony grows in South Eastern parts of Asia and can mostly be found in Indonesia.  The beautiful characteristic grain of the wood, the smooth body and beautiful natural color brought forth without using any artificial coloring, could be said to be a piece of art in itself.  The Asian Ebony Read More

What is Camellia?

Camellia is also know as ‘Tsubaki’ in Japanese. Camellia is probably mainly known for producing beautiful flowers during winter to early spring, but Kendo practitioners recognize the Camellia as a source of great wood for Bokken. The wood from the Camellia is know for it’s luxurious color and it’s fine grains Read More