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Isu (Iron Wood) Bokuto

Isu (Iron Wood) Bokuto

Regular price $57.00 USD
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SIZE
Tsuba and Tsuba Dome

This Isu (Iron Wood) Bokuto is very popular type used not only for kendo kata, but for all sorts of martial arts.
Only isu wood that is fine-grained with natural colour is carefully selected in southern Kyushu is used to make this bokuto.
This makes this bokuto have luxurious looks.
This hard and durable bokuto is very popular to all sorts of people.


This bokuto is manufactured at a factory owned by traditional craftsman at Jo-shi in Miyazaki prefecture using a domestic wood that is properly dried.

【What is Isu?】
Formal name is Isu-no-ki (distylium racemosum).

Distylium racemosum is a broad-leaved tree of the genus Distylium racemosum, which can be found in southern Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Okinawa.
The wood is known to be very hard and has a fine texture.
This beautiful colour varies from a cream colour to dark chocolate colour close to Sunuke wood.

It is harder than oak wood; it is recognized to be the hardest wood available in Japan.
It is famous being used for Yakumaru Jigen-Ryu, Nodachi Jigen-Ryu, and Shingen-Ryu.

Recent years, Sunuke wood's core material is extremely rare.
Thus, Sunuke bokuto is used as a gift.

Additionally, Isu wood is considered as a good fortune wood and it is also called as "Yusu wood".
This wood is very popular and used for all sorts of wood arts aside from bokuto.

**Due to the high demand, it may take up to 3 months to ship it.
※需要がとても高いため、品切れの場合発送に3か月かかる場合がございます。

剣道形をはじめ、様々な武道に人気の高い普及型のイス製木刀大刀です。南九州の厳選されたイス材を使用した木刀で、キメの細かい木肌と温かい味のある色で高級感がある上に堅さ・粘りも強く幅広い層より支持を得ています。十分に乾燥させた材料のみを、宮崎県都城市の伝統工芸士の工房で製作された高品質な仕上がりとなっております。


【イスとは?】
正式には「イスノキ(柞の木)」という名称です。
イスノキとは本州南部・四国・九州・沖縄に分布する、マンサク科イスノキ属の広葉樹で、非常に重硬で緻密な肌目が特徴です。またその美しい色合いは薄いクリーム色からスヌケに近い濃いチョコレート色まで濃淡の幅が一番広い材料です。強度面では樫よりも堅く、国産の材料の中では一番、堅い素材とも言われております。薬丸自顕流・野太刀自顕流・示現流でよく使用されるのでも有名です。近年、希少化が進んでおり、中でも、その芯材のスヌケは非常に貴重で、贈答用等の高級品木刀に使用されています。
また、イスノキは「結寿(ゆす)の木」とも呼ばれ縁起物としても古くより愛されて木刀はもとより色々な木工品に加工されています。

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