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Purple Heart: $99.00
Iron Wood: $99.00
White Oak: $60.50
This is a formidable bokuto. I ordered mine in hickory due to the beating that wood can take and received a work of art. I almost don't want to use it as it is perfectly balanced and flawless in its dimensions and angle. The weight is as a bokuto should be and I'm looking forward to the many years of use with this beautiful piece.
Carmelo kept in contact with me and is a true gentleman, a hell of a craftsman, and a pleasure to deal with. I will be recommending this company to fellow Buyu and making future purchases of my training weapons strictly through Bujinkan Weapons.
elegance and power
My ironwood bokuto is truly a fine piece of craftsmanship; the weapon is well-balanced, well-proportioned, the lines are straight and even. The weight is somewhere between a bokken and a suburito; it is substantial enough for an excellent workout. I would not hesitate to buy another such weapon from Carmelo—he does great work and is very good about staying in contact with his customers.
Purple heart Bokuto
Pictures do not show the true beauty of what Carmelo does. I purchased a purple heart Bokuto and love it. I was expecting it to be heavier but it feels great. I stand just over 6' tall and I am satisfied with the full length. Until you have one in your hands its hard to see just how nice these are! Thank You
This is not your ordinary bokuto. It's huge! Standard length is 45", and it's length and heft make it almost suburito status. I got mine in purpleheart, which came out beautifully. Very satisfied with my purchase, but make sure you get the size you want. Carmelo is obviously a highly skilled craftsman, and I've already put in my next order.
A remarkable work of art
This review (as is Kris' review) is not for the bokuto pictured above, but in fact for a new dramatic design.
Many years ago I purchased a bokuto from Japan and to this day I have yet to see any comparable design. It was hand made (just like all of Carmelo's designs) from kashi, Japanese white oak, cut at a select time of year; it was nearly 45" in length, a full inch thick and 1 1/2" wide.
This was no ordinary bokken, or even a suburi-to, it was a "Shiai" bokuto, or "match" sword - a weapon in itself. Carried by samurai units it could be employed against enemy blades with the intent of breaking them, leaving them open to attack by sword-wielding allies in the wings.
Being the artist he is, Carmelo has faithfully reproduced this Shiai bokuto in Ipe (Ironwood) and the result is an incredible working piece of art. His attention to detail is amazing - side by side to the original they are duplicates, but the Ipe is far heavier. The feel is tremendous - he got everything right.
I'll go so far as to say this: this isn't just a professional piece for serious practitioners - there's plenty of those out there. To me, this is more than that - it's the sword one wants to be remembered by. Yes, it's that good.
Carmelo is a good man. He won't let you down. Contact him - he'll work with you.
Bujinkan Shingitai-Ichi Dojo
Awesome/Zombie Smasher 5000
I recently purchsed an Iron Wood bokuto and honeslty it's one of the best training weapons I've come across. The weight is excellent and the balance of it is nicely distributed throughout the piece. Deffinitely taking this with me in the zombie appocalypse.