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Making weapons and practice weapons!
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Please any tips I am thinking about making some weapons. Where do I start what tools are needed what should I start with?

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Aloha Joe, Hawaii is my favorite place in this world! What kinds of weapons do you want to make? If you have a table saw you can cut the wood to the rough shape and then use a disc sander to do a lot of shaping. That is what I use to make the tanto and shoto that I sell. For the "sticks" a router also for making them rounded and a belt sander for smoothing as it is hard to do on a disc. You can collect quite a few tools in this pursuit. Just me an email if you have questions and I'll help you if I know the answer. It is also certainly important to understand the types of wood and what works best. My email is flyboy@ptd.net
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PVC pipe, foam pipe wrap, electric tape for bo or hanbo. You can make 10 weapons for under $30 buying the stuff from a plumbing or home supply store.

Good for striking hard and fast without killing your partner, but not so good for throws or locks.

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Same as a PVC bo / hanbo, bokken can be made but made a form using a board and nails to shape the PVC in a sword-like shape (outline a wooden bokken on the board with pencil and drive nails on outline). Heat gun it gently til it keeps the shape then procede with the foam and wrapping. Colored duct tape can make it look less boring than basic black.


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Just be aware that when pvc does break, in my experience it tends to be quite jagged and sharp. You might want to wrap the pvc in duct tape first before applying the pipe wrap. This will help to hold things together a bit more safely if and when it does break.

Swords aren't likely to break. but pvc bo's or jo's can when you do throws and such, and the uke does ukemi. Just something to be aware of.

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Thank you budo brothers I appreciate it and I am headed to hardware store ASAP.

Practice weapons seem to be most practical to start.

Aloha & Mahalo!
Joe

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Ever get to Honolulu lets train!

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When you are using "weapons" that will actually hit another training partner, then those padded pvc ones are very good. If you are going to be striking another weapon, then you do want good wood ones. Make certain they are made from a strong wood, pine just will not work!! Hickory is great, probably the best wood for many, oak and ash are good, most exotics are just "pretty" and don't have a lot of strength.

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