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MINO :: Master Quality MADAKE DARK Koto/Chokuto Shinai Regular Grip [Bamboo Only - Size 39]

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Mino's design is very unique. Based on antique Shinais, with the KOTO style, it has a straight finish, all through the Shinai (which is opposite to the Dobari Shinais). MINO was based on a Shinai that an old 8 Dan Sensei gave to me. The bamboo is specially treated with BIO Technology for durability, giving a dark traditional look. Very beautiful finish. "It was a big surprise when an old 8 Dan Sensei gave me his Shinai that was given to him by his Sensei, about 40 years ago. This old Shinai had a very different concept than what the Shinais are now days. It even felt that I was holding a real sword. It had a very nice balance, and it did not have that fat Dobari feeling. The Sensei told me that in the old days, Kenshis used to use this type of Shinai. I would strongly recommend our new Koto style Shinai, MINO. As the Kenshi goes higher in ranks, they tend to go into a 'One Shot' style, and I believe that is the ultimate beauty of the Kendo. Win and Hit, instead of Hit and Win." Taro Ariga CEO (Kendo Renshi 7 Dan)
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Top Quality BIO Treated Shinai - "MINO" Koto Style (Bamboo Only) Size 39

39 470-490 Koto 78 mm 122 mm 95 mm 85 mm 62 cm

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Great for practice and tournaments! May 17, 2010
Reviewer: Brian B. from Ann Arbor, MI United States  
I live in Michigan where winter practices can really destroy shinai. The dry weather causes splintering and splits, but the BIO treated Mino Koto Shinai has proven that it can withstand the weather. Since the fit and finish of this shinai is also impressive, it is a great shinai to show up to tournaments with.

I'm sure that the higher price (at least relative to a practice shinai) will turn off some people, but I believe you will save more money in the long run buying a shinai that is BIO-treated. If you have developed your swing to the point where you properly use your left arm for cuts, then this shinai should last you a long, long time. An absolute joy to use!

One word of caution from an intermediate kendoka: If you favor rapid hits in succession for your shiai, then you might find this shinai a bit slow. The description recommends this shinai for the "one hit" style, and they weren't kidding!

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