Blizniak Lignum Vitae bokken- Iwama style
Smooth, no polish finish
No tsuba cut
Tsuka 12″ length, 4.5″ circumference
Well, here it is… the one you have all been waiting for. The Lignum Vitae bokken. I have to be honest and say that I was just as eager to get to this one as you all have been, but that presents a problem for me. I don’t want to break it! But part of the reason I have been doing all of this is to “kill the Buddha”… kill the ego and attachment and just break these bokken (well, try anyway). So I press on.
This bokken is nothing if not substantial. The largest bokken I have used so far was the 45.5″ laminated o-katana bokken that weighed 810 grams. The LV bokken, at a regular 40″ in length, weighs in at 962 grams, or 2.12 lbs.!!!!
The LV wood has a really strong smell to it, like it has been sitting in the woodshop a long time, yet I think it’s the wood itself… much stronger than any other wood I have tested. Some may not like it, but I do!
The last two pics show the result after the hard impact. Notice the alternating grain pattern in the wood. I have to say that I was very disappointed in the result, though not surprised given LV’s weight and density.