Shinbudo Weapons Training Bokken Giveaway Winner: Congratulations to Arnaud LG of Vancouver, WA, winner of the Shinbudo Weapons Training Bokken. Thanks to all entrants, and be sure to check the Dude homepage or Dude Giveaways section for your chance to enter our latest prize drawing.
This giveaway concluded on April 3, 2016.
Shinbudo Weapons Training Bokken Giveaway
If you missed the bokken boat the last time Shinbudo Weapons offered up one of their handmade Japanese training swords to Dude readers, here's your second chance to learn like a samurai. Click here and enter to win a Traditional or Sinbudo-style Bokken in your choice of size and color from Shinbudo Weapons! A $300 value!
This giveaway is open to US residents only.
About Shinbudo Weapons Training Bokken
Bokken are traditional, usually katana-shaped training tools used in Japanese martial arts. Dennis King of Shinbudo Weapons makes all of them himself, by hand is his Corvallis shop. Corvallis is in Oregon, the capitol of recycling and being nice to people and trees, so King also carves his bokken out of resin-impregnated recycled paper products that emulate the qualities of exotic woods without harming the environment.
Shinbudo Bokkens are deemed training tools because their long, curved bodies have smooth edges and blunt ends that, upon impact, will presumably feel more like the nun rapping your knuckles than cutting them off. The 2 choices of bokken styles Shinbudo Weapons is offering up to our giveaway winner are the Traditional Bokken and the Shinbudo Bokken. Their differences lie largely in blade and point shapes, and overall heft. Each bokken measures approximately 39" long, but is available in 3 different thicknesses and handle lengths to accommodate varying hand sizes. King guarantees the balance, weight, feel, and overall quality of every weapon that leaves his shop.
The Traditional Bokken has a rounded blade as expected, but Shinbudo Weapons' material choice enables them to fabricate it thinner than a wood version wihout sacrificing durability and sturdiness. It is slightly more robust than the Shinbudo-style bokken, and recommended for fighters in the kumitachi, or other impact training, discipline.
The Shinbudo Bokken has beveled edges and a shape that more resembles a shinken. It is lighter than the Traditional style and recommended for suburi. Note that the Shinbudo Bokken does indicate a choice of "with bohi" or "without bohi" (a "bohi" is a blood groove) in its online store listing. Should Dude's giveaway winner choose a Shinbudo Bokken as his / her prize, the "with bohi" option will not be available.
In addition to your choice of handle thickness / size (Small, Medium, or Large) both bokken come with a choice of sori, or curve, style. The "Katana" version mimics the curvature of a shinkin at 1-1/2", and the "Aiki" has a more subtle 1/2" curve Shinbudo says should be better for those who practice Aikido.
Shinbudo bokken also come in a choice of 6 colors, samples of which can be viewed here.
Shinbudo Weapons Training Bokken Giveaway Entry Instructions
To register, click here and fill out the Shinbudo Weapons Training Bokken Giveaway entry form. Or, if you're already a member of DudeIWantThat.com, when the magic entry form button appears, just click it to enter.
Giveaway prize includes 1 x Japanese bokken training tool in the winner's choice of Traditional or Shinbudo styles. Winner will also select sword handle size and color, as well as Aiki or Katana sori (blade curvature). Note that the "with Bohi" option will not be available in the Shinbudo Bokken. Total retail value is $300.
The Shinbudo Weapons Training Bokken Giveaway entry period is open through 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Our drawn winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours of the entry period's conclusion, and will have 12 hours to respond and claim his/her prize. (Should we not hear back from a drawn winner in the specified time period, a new winner will be drawn and contacted.)
Winner should allow up to 3 weeks for prize delivery.
Once winners are drawn and confirmed, they will be announced above.
This giveaway is open to US residents only.
Get Shinbudo Weapons Japanese Training Tools Now
If you need a bokken ASAP...or need a second bokken for battling your friend Cornelius after your win the first one, click here to check out Shinbudo Weapons' complete inventory. Bokkens typically range in price from $250 to $400. The company also handcrafts training knives, which typically range in price from $40 to $85.
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