MORE species will be added shortly.

Sunuke: This tree does not exist as such, it is a name used by the craftsmen of Kyushu to talk about a \"Isu no ki\" tree (see below) with more than 300 years' age. Indeed, \"su-nuke\" literally means \"without heart\" since reached a certain age the heart of the trunk is hollow, wood remaining around becomes denser and takes on a dark brown color. The Sunuke is a relatively hardwood that does not support great shock, its specific smell is particularly pleasant appearance makes it a beautiful wood and its weight makes it particularly suitable for the production of heavy bokken. It is also an ideal choice for the backing of manufacture (katanakake) upscale. The Sunuke is a type of wood worked exclusively in the Kyushu region.

Isu no ki (Distylium racemosum) literally means \"wooden chair\" and gets its name because it has long been used in the manufacture of high quality chairs. This wood is also traditionally used in the manufacture of talismans as legend gives it the power to bind things and people (musubi). This is a slightly less hard than white oak wood resistant to shocks, more beautiful, a brown, softer and therefore more pleasant to the touch.

Biwa (Japan Medlar): The Biwa is a relatively thin tree where on one portion can be one, two or even three when bokken lucky. To this must be added the sharp decline in the last 30 years Biwa and the implementation of stringent quotas. In fact, it takes about 900 ~ € 1,000 for a bokken in Biwa, the price has been multiplied by 4/5 since the 70s The \"real\" Biwa is under the appellation \"Hon Biwa\", since the Now we find the Tsubaki (camellia) sold under the name \"Biwa\". Biwa is soft and strong, it is a beautiful wood and impact resistant. The bokken in Biwa are what we can find better for practice.

Tsubaki (Camellia): The Camellia wood is extremely close to the Biwa. In reality, as we shall see later, the Biwa is subject to drastic cutting quotas and it has become extremely rare and expensive. The tsubaki perfectly replaces Biwa because it gives weapons a color almost identical to Biwa for properties that are very close in terms of weight and resistance for a much lower price. Mr. Nidome told us that he himself hard pressed to distinguish the Tsubaki Biwa once the weapon over. (The tsubaki is sometimes sold under the appellation \"Biwa\" including Japan. The biwa is now named \"Hon Biwa\" Biwa = true).