Red Oak Bokken

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  • Overview
  • Whether you practice Kenjitsu, Aikido, Ju Jitsu, Ninjutsu or another Japanese martial arts you’ll love these Red Oak Bokken for sword practice and training


Length 42 inches
Blade Length 75cm
Handle Length 26cm
Tsuba Width 7cm
Handle Width 2cm x 3cm
Material Wood
Colour Red

Product details

  • For styles such as Kenjitsu, Aikido, Ju Jitsu and Ninjutsu
  • Tough durable and hard wearing
  • Is 42 inches in length or 101cm
  • Red Oak bokken are the staple for many Japanese Martial Arts
  • Comes with plastic tsuba


Watch our video on our Red Oak Bokken


Red Oak Bokken Description

The absolute standard for nearly all Japanese Martial Arts that have sword training as part of their syllabus. Martial Arts that use Red Oak Bokken are widespread and include Aikido, Traditional Ju Jitsu, Kenjitsu, Ninjutsu, Iaido, some classes of Kendo to name a few.


The wooden bokken is a ‘safe’ version of a Katana or Samurai Sword, used in many Japanese styles. It is a way of practicing with the sword and avoiding major injuries. It helps build up the muscle strength, technique, skill, control until you are ready to move onto the Katana. Although in some styles you will always stick with the wooden bokken, styles like Aikido do this.


There are so many Bokken out there on the market these days, it can be hard to know what bokken to buy, let alone make a decision but maybe you think there can’t be much variation in bokken, right?




Actually there is a huge variation in the bokken you can buy. Bokken are made in all kinds of wood but Red Oak Bokken and White Oak Bokken are the most common. The other types of wood used tend to go up massively in price. Wood such as Hickory, Cherry and Ebony. Red Oak is the standard as we said, so usually people will buy Red Oak as their first bokken, unless told otherwise by their instructor.


In an ideal world you would want to feel the bokken before you buy it, and specifically pick your own bokken, all bokken ‘feel’ slightly different. This can be due to many factors including where the tree grew, which part of the tree the wood was taken, how the wood was treated post cut. There are so many factors, it's impossible to say. Being an organic product they will vary even in the same batch we buy, Bokken that all look identical. Without getting too technical pick up as many bokken as you can and find the one you like the ‘feel’ of and buy that one.


Buying online you don’t get this luxury so you’ll have to be slightly less picky but you can still get a great bokken. You can always call us and we can pick one out for you, depending on your wants and needs.


They are perfect for partner work, drills and forms. If you purchase one of our plastic saya too they are great for practicing drawing sword (Iaido) work too.


The red oak bokken comes in 42 inches or 101 cm, which is the standard katana (samurai sword) length which helps the transition when moving onto katana swords.


Good solid, reliable piece of kit and it won’t let you down.


Advice from the shop on Red Oak Bokken

“Let’s be honest, wood is not indestructible and even though these Red Oak Bokken will take a lot of punishment they are not toughened steel. Do your training and don’t make an effort to break the thing and it will last you a lifetime.”

Doug Swift, Owner of Enso Martial Arts Shop

Sizing of Red Oak Bokken


All Bokken at Enso Martial Arts Shop are the standard bokken length but there can be minor variations on thickness and weight.

  • 101cm in Length
  • 75cm blade length
  • 7cm Tsuba diameter 
  • 26cm handle length
  • 3.5cm x 2.5cm handle cross section 

If you’re not sure on what is best for you, please contact us at our shop to discuss your best choice, call (0117) 9425832 or email [email protected]


Watch our video on our Bokken Selection


Shipping your Red Oak Bokken

We have a few different options for posting your items at Enso Martial Arts Shop. Prices vary depending on the overall order, weight, size etc. The checkout page will automatically workout the possible options for you. 
We can send your item(s) in the following ways:
Courier Tracked - Order before 1pm, we can pack and post the same day to be with you the next working day, this is not a weekend service. It is fully tracked and we will send you the tracking number when we process your order.
Hermes - In our experience an extremely slow service, we cannot guarantee it will arrive. It isn't an option on the website for good reason, so if you want this pitiful service and your parcel thrown into a random hedge near your house, if you're lucky, just to save about £2 then simply call us on 0117 942 5832 and we can process your order over the phone. 
UPS Worldwide - For anywhere outside the UK, we can post the same day but delivery times are dependent on the destination. Approximate delivery times are as follows: 
  • Europe: 2-3 working days
  • USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand: 3-4 working days
  • All other destinations: 4-7 working days



4,9 stars based on 8 reviews

14 Sep 2022
I bought the red oak bokken (tsuba and rubber included) and plastic saya (will just combine the comment here into one).
1. Delivery was fast, nicely bubble wrapped.
2. All the components above fit nicely together. A bit too nice though that the bokken is hard to pull out from the saya because it's snug but I find that if you force sheath the bokken with the "cutting edge" facing the non-cutting edge of the blade into the saya, when you pull it out the saya becomes loose (which is what you want). Leave it in there for a while and it will stay that way longer.
3. Price (affordable).
4. Bokken weight is good enough for me personally.
5. Sageo that comes with bokken a bit short but you can always extend it or use a different one.
26 Aug 2022
This is an EXCELLENT bokken.
I use it for kendo kata.
It's a little heavier than the more expensive white oak ones, but i like the feel of it.
It's straight where it should be with a perfect even curve.
The lacquer isn't annoying or too sticky and doesnt feel like it'll come off with use.
The rubber stopper that comes with it is a little tight but that can stretch out.
It's one star short because of the kinds of minor blemishes you would get with a cheaper bokken, but you won't beat this quality unless you're willing to pay over £50.
So if your budget is of any concern, go for this bokken with out blinking twice.
07 Aug 2022
I am extremely pleased with my purchase. The Bokken is well made and finished, the Tsuba fits well and the weight is just right for me, slightly lighter than my Hanwei Practical Special Katana and a little heavier than my Musashi Wakizaski. Anyone wanting to practice or own a live blade should purchase a Bokken, and this one is great. Many thanks for an excellent product and service :D
17 Aug 2021
Very high quality, smooth and lovely to use. Delivered quickly and well packaged.
29 Jun 2021
Service was great, bought this and it was delivered very fast. Quality of the product was immaculate as well and I would definitely use these guys again.
26 Jun 2021
Absolutely great for practicing. Really pleased with this Bokken. Highly recommend!
17 Feb 2021
Toby Wood
Fantastic, quick service and well made, good quality products, would definitely buy from this store again
02 Feb 2021
Col 'Del' Wild
Great solid product and customer service.

As well as modern, I also practice traditional Thai Martial Arts - Muay Boran (Old/Ancient Boxing) and Krabi Krabong (Thai sword & weapons).
It is hard, if not impossible, to find replica Thai Dhab (Swords) in the UK, so the next best thing is the Bokken with the tsuba removed. I then wrap the bokken handle area and a couple of inches into the blade area with a soft and durable fabric, to provide comfort of use and replicate the longer handle of a Thai sword.

Krabi Krabong requires the fighter to use of 2 swords simultaneously. So when practicing with replica swords they can get damaged easily. The red oak bokken is perfect for this, it is very durable in contact, and long lasting. The only down side is the weight and balance distribution, Thai swords are fairly light and perfectly balanced, making them easily maneuverable, especially when 2 a used together.

Will be back for more, but what would be even better, is if you could provide actual Thai Dha/Dhab!

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