The Keichiku bamboo mainly grown in Taiwan and are harvested all year round. Today, majority of shinai are made of Keichiku bamboo.It is known to be solid and quality close to Madake because the fibre is fine and dense, so that the shinai is more durable. However, during the production process and the storage in the dry condition, which may remove some moisture and the natural oil from the shinai, which may result in splinter upon use.With over 30 years manufacturing Shinai of our factory, our Japan Made Keichiku Shinai are made of the top percentile of each seasonal harvest, and this is what distinguishes our Keichiku from the rest. With Okada’s Keichiku Shinai, you can still get the quality and value in return to bring out the best of your Kendo.
Today in the shinai market, there are many different quality shinais are sold to the Kendokas. Without providing clear specification and source of the shinais, the shinais may not be up to standard and is unsafe to use. In order to prevent accidents in Kendo practice and tournments, which caused by poor quality of shinais , SSP (Shinai Safety Promotion) was introduced by All Japan Kendo Federation to distinguish the authenticity of the Shinai and only a few Kendo Manufacturing Companies have the right to carry this S.S.P Seal on their Shinais. SSP performs quality checked for shinai by AJKF before it can be sold in retail market throughout Japan. The SSP seal is issued when the bamboo and specification of the shinai meet the standards which are established by AJKF.As a result, shinai which has the SSP seal means both bamboo and specification are up to the standard and is safe to use.
Extra Oil Treatment
For all shinai, we give extra special plant-derived oil treatment before dispatched the shipment , this can reinforce the durablity and resistance from the dehydration. A process that will take 5 days to complete.