Shinai – Kendo Practice Sword

Kendo Shinai

Along with Bokken, in practicing Kendo a shinai is used as well. Shinai is a much more durable wooden sword replica used to fight in Kendo. As you’ll be constantly hitting someone’s armor with it or parrying, I recommend you don’t get the cheapest shinai you can find: instead, try to find a more durable one, even if it costs a few bucks extra.

Names of various parts of the Shinai

Typically the Shinai isn’t used as a display sword, so if you’re looking for a katana for other purposes you can check some of my other pages, namely display katanas or steel unsharpened katana. Note that a Shinai needs to be properly maintained with oil and wax, so take that into account as well.

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