Trying to find a place to purchase a Bokken

Discussion in 'Aikido' started by Greetings!, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. Greetings!

    Greetings! Valued Member

    Greetings everyone,

    I live in Marina del Rey, California, and work in Santa Monica.

    Still somewhat considering myself as a newbie to Aikido, not yet having done any bokken (wooden training sword ) work, our instructor has finally now suggested to us that we may wish to start looking around to purchase a bokken, so that we can soon begin doing some bokken work. Our instructor commuting to our area from the other side of the city (Los Angeles), thus, he is not familiar with martial arts supply stores in my area.

    Thus, I am therefore looking around to purchase a bokken.

    I am thinking that I probably do not want to purchase a bokken online in order to otherwise avoid a, possibly substantial, shipping charge, as well as to avoid the wait time for delivery. Therefore, I am looking for an actual, physical store in my area, ... unless any of you folks strongly believe that I should in fact buy a bokken online. (?)

    Having done a search on Google as well as on Yelp, I am only seeing the nearest Martial Arts Supply store in, for instance, Koreatown (which is in downtown Los Angeles).

    Is there perhaps a place that I can purchase a bokken closer to my home or work place, i.e. the Marina del Rey / Santa Monica area?

    Or, perhaps even in the, somewhat close, West Los Angeles area?

    I have called various boxing/MMA supply stores in my area, there seem to be quite a few, and they have told me that I need to "find a Martial Arts store". When I ask them where one of these is located around here in my area, they claim that they do not know. Be that as it may. :)

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you very much.

    The best to all,
    Greetings!
     
  2. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Moderator Supporter

    maybe you could ask your instructor about him buying you one wherever he got his and just pay him for it when he gives it to you?
     
  3. SWC Sifu Ben

    SWC Sifu Ben I am the law

  4. matveimediaarts

    matveimediaarts Underappreciated genius

    This^^ My sensei can order weapons for me at a significant discount from what I would pay retailers. Definitely check with the instructor(s) first.:cool:
     
  5. aikiMac

    aikiMac boxing is fun Moderator Supporter

    Try I & I, in Torrance, very close to Alpine Village.
     
  6. raaeoh

    raaeoh never tell me the odds

    2 words. Amazon prime. I know it's online. I personally go out of my way to buy local. I also take advantage of free shipping as a prime member.
     
  7. Greetings!

    Greetings! Valued Member

    Fish of Doom, SWC Sifu Ben, matveimediaarts, AikiMac, and raaeoh,

    Thank you very much for the helpful information.

    The best to all,
    Greetings!
     
  8. BklynJames

    BklynJames Kung Fu New Jack

    OK so you want a Great Boken? But are you willing to spend the money.
    About 6 years ago I was told to save money and purchase one of their top level boken, and Jo's from thsi company. Let me tell you this Boken is a beast. The top grade weapons are all handmade and are made from Appalachian Hickory and they are 99.99% dense. So basically the core of the tree is used. Have a look and let me know what you think.. This will be a once in a lifetime purchase.. Believe me.

    http://kingfisherwoodworks.com/
     
  9. aikiMac

    aikiMac boxing is fun Moderator Supporter

    I can affirm that Kingfisher makes good aikido weapons. I've seen many people with their stuff.
     
  10. BklynJames

    BklynJames Kung Fu New Jack

    Yeah their custom line is all handmade, no sand paper whatsoever.. All rasps, files, and planes, great ridges on their weapons too..
     
  11. matveimediaarts

    matveimediaarts Underappreciated genius

    Looks nice! :D I want!:cool::evil:
     

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