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Weapons > Staff > Straight Hardwood Bo

Straight Hardwood Bo by KD Elite

Straight Hardwood Bo

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$24.95 ea.

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Product Description
    • Straight styled bo
    • 1-1/4" diameter
    • Red oak

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    warped out of the box

    I was SUPER excited when I ordered this bo. I've been out of the game for 15 years. Now that i'm back in every purchase is more exiting than it was in my teens. The disappointment when i took the bo out of the box was a little rough. Shipping was fast and the box, if straight, would be exactly what I was expecting and wanted. My first thought as I noticed the defect was, "wonderful a few other reviews said they had to wait a month or more for the replacement process." I just called, they were closed. I wrote an email and am waiting with great anticipation to see what the next move will be and if hoops will need to be jumped through. Update 24 hours later: I am amazed at the response. No hoops needed. They said discard the one I received and they would send another asap. All I can say is WHOA!! Even if the bo splits down the road you can't knock this company. The prices, helpful videos and customer service allows you to order with confidence. I'm a fan!   
    by: mail   
    11/16/2011 6:44:59 PM
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    It takes a beating!

    Watched several other students break lighter bo s during "normal" training while my "hardwood!!!!" bo took the beating. But if you tend to break your bo then this one is for you, its tough.

    I like the heaver weight some of you may not its a matter of taste. I find it easer to use due to the extra weight.   
    by: B   
    8/13/2010 5:22:12 PM
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    New to Karate

    My son was told that he needed to get a staff to start practicing with. He just got his yellow belt so he's new to this. He's 4 foot 3 inches and is strong for his age. What type of bo would be the best one to get?  
    by: SJM1976   
    6/19/2012 1:23:01 PM
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    Hi SJM. I think you'll want a bo that is durable but also not too heavy. I would recommend a 5 foot bo. The white wax tapered bo is a great compromise between speed and weight - wp-bo-32. An alternative would be this hardwood model - wp-bo-05.
    by: okiken108    
    6/20/2012 4:40:58 PM
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    Very nice bo

    I've owned quite a few bos in my lifetime and this one is by far the best. With a perfect balance of weight and size, the 6 foot felt very natural. I wouldn't use this bo as a demonstration piece - this is a real weapon and can be used as such if the need arises. If you want a REAL bo staff and not a toy to show off your flashy forms, then buy this one.  
    by: Shao   
    8/26/2011 10:04:08 AM
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    I bought 16 of these bo's and my students used them for fighting and we havent broken 1 yet. Amazingly durable, higly recommended.  
    by: truesamurai   
    12/10/2007 3:54:29 PM
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    Why does the answers to a durable staff is to use straight hardwood staff not red oak. But when I go to the straight hardwood bo staff the description says red oak why?  
    by: Brian Bonner   
    4/20/2016 6:50:31 PM
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    Hi Brian. I don't quite understand your question. Please try to reframe it and ask again. Thank you!
    by: okiken108    
    4/22/2016 11:51:28 AM
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    Red Oak Bo

    Ordered 2 red oak bo staffs 08/17/15 the receive date was 08/25/15 I received them today 5 days early. they were well packaged and arrived in good in great condition. I am recovering from major back surgery which required titanium rods and repurposed 1 for a weapon /balance walking stick. I cut it to 4 1/2 feet wrapped 12 in. on one end with para cord and used a rubber furniture foot on the other end. bo has always been my favorite weapon> this thing worked perfectly. The weight is perfect with great balance and what a surprise for a potential attacker. Great Service and a superior quality product.
    by: Ricky Mayo   
    8/20/2015 9:16:05 PM
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    That's great Ricky! We're happy to be part of your recovery, and here's hoping things continue to go well with your back rehab.
    by: okiken108    
    8/21/2015 9:41:22 AM
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    Hey guys, I was just wondering if it'd be possible to make this same bo with a 1" diameter rather than 1 1/4"? or instead of 6ft could you guys make it 5ft?
    by: juliaalondon   
    8/12/2015 4:45:26 PM
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    Hi Julia. We do not have that option in the straight hardwood, but we do offer it in the white wax wood - wp-bo-30. The white wax wood is a good product that can withstand contact.
    by: okiken108    
    8/14/2015 10:50:41 AM
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    Small crack

    After first day of practice, have a small crack developing on the exterior and running through the length. thought its not deep, i am a little worried that it could split the bo. has this happened to anyone before? id there a fix?  
    by: Srinivas   
    7/22/2015 9:47:29 AM
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    Hi Srinivas. You could attempt to fill the crack with wood glue and then send it down after the glue cures. Also, reach out to customer service so we can arrange to have a new bo shipped to you. These items should last longer than one day of practice!

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    by: okiken108    
    7/23/2015 3:16:54 PM
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    Nice BO for the money!!

    Looks very sturdy and is able to take hits. I am happy with this. Did not want to spend 200$ on a BO so bought this. love it.  
    by: Srinivas   
    7/17/2015 10:35:24 AM
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    This is my first bo and I am very impressed. The weight and quality of the bo is simply brilliant. I couldn't have hoped for something better. I can see that this may become "my bo" that is with me for years and years to come!  
    by: noelgreen   
    5/11/2015 12:01:31 AM
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    Very nice bow for the price red oak fairly straight grained and not warped heavy and strong the wood is unfinished and it seemed a bit dry when I got it so I treated it with olive oil and it is even more beautiful now since it is unfinished it is much easier to handle with sweaty hands  
    by: dajand8   
    4/3/2015 6:45:21 PM
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    Slightly disappointed

    This is my first order from KD I just received it today, and the first thing I noticed is that it is warped. When laid on a flat surface one end bows away by almost an inch. Its a nice heavy bo and seems like it would be pretty strong, there were a few rough spots,splinters but nothing major. I would have been a 5 out of 5 it were straight. I think it will be alright for training and heavy contact.  
    by: guard   
    9/26/2014 10:17:35 PM
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    Hi guard. Thanks for you honest feedback regarding the product. Let us know if it simply will not meet your needs. We can arrange for an exchange or refund for you.

    You can learn more about returns here - http://www.karatedepot.com/csupport-exchange.html.
    by: okiken108    
    9/29/2014 11:12:56 AM
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    The Envy of Peers

    I bought the Straight Hardwood Bo for my son, I know nothing about the differences. He is now the envy of his martial arts class and everyone has taken turns with the staff. It's heavier than the ones he was practicing with, so he's had to get accustomed to that, but otherwise he loves it, his instructor loves it, and evidently I made a great choice! Score one for mom!  
    by: cordelia78691   
    8/21/2014 8:09:58 AM
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    Tough Bo

    I was really surprised at the weight of this staff, when you work with this staff the momentum generated tends to take on a mind of it's own,A heavy staff like this is great for building muscle and technique at a slower rhythm or pace, Train with this heavier staff then pick up a lighter wax wood staff and you will really be surprised at the control and speed you are capable of. all and all I say this is a five star staff with five star Karate Depot service  
    by: gfhodsdon   
    8/4/2014 4:07:42 PM
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    Perfect for my needs !

    I ordered and received (in excellent condition) both the 5' & 6' Bo. My objective being to practice forms (naturally) and build up my strength and stamina. I prefer to practice slower and more meditatively than my younger counterparts. The red oak Bo is perfect for this 60 year old body. Thank you!  
    by: Harlan   
    5/2/2014 11:27:28 AM
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    Red Oak Bo

    The first one I received in the mail was warped and contorted like crazy, but I told KD about this and I received a new Bo within 3 days. The Bo is strong and heavy. It stands up to a lot of abuse and is good for all techniques. I would recommend this Bo to stronger people, but if you are a smaller individual, just don't get discouraged if you tire easily. This isn't a wax wood Bo or a toothpick, they are for sale elsewhere.   
    by: irbyduane5   
    4/15/2014 7:48:34 AM
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    Broke in no time

    Doing spinning exercises, caught the ground and it snapped in half. Did not hit the ground that hard. Used maybe 6 times. :-(  
    by: wwzeitler   
    4/14/2014 7:27:16 PM
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    Straight Hardwood Bo

    I ordered 2 of these staffs. One for my son and one for myself. We are very pleased with the product and the service from karate depot. I highly recommend both.  
    by: Gwiswesser   
    3/28/2014 10:32:30 AM
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    Great Bo for Price

    Really nice and solid Red Oak bo, absolutely straight and no cracks or imperfections. Much heavier than the pine dowel staff I had been using, feels like the real thing and looks like it, too. Wonderful customer service, packing and shipping, arriving earlier than scheduled despite snow storms up and down the coast. Highly recommend this company.  
    by: The Duke   
    1/27/2014 2:53:15 PM
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    Bo Weight

    Has any one weighed the straight hardwood Bo (either the five or six foot one).   
    by: The Duke   
    11/30/2013 6:49:13 PM
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    No we don't have an exact weight as each piece is a little different (the nature of wood). That being said, this is a sturdy and hefty piece as compared to white wax, our red oak tapered model, and especially rattan.
    by: okiken108    
    12/2/2013 12:17:44 PM
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    Hardwood Bo Staff

    Hi. I was wondering what size Bo I should purchase for my son. He is 5'3" and 12 years old. Would a 6' staff be too large for him to grow in to?  
    by: Sunny   
    6/16/2013 11:52:24 AM
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    Hi Sunny. I think a 6 foot staff would be a bit long to start off with. I would recommend cutting the 6 foot bo down to about 5'6".
    by: okiken108    
    6/18/2013 11:38:48 AM
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    Great product

    Very happy with quality! Impressed with the fast shipping as well.  
    by: deejay   
    6/2/2013 11:05:16 PM
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    Nice Spear Shaft

    I have ordered 2 of these to be used as spear shafts. they are absolutely perfect, nice and sturdy. they have a good weight to them as well, something I like for spears. when I build a new spear I have found no reason to consider any other options.  
    by: Malikhi   
    5/14/2013 10:30:20 PM
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    Solid Bo

    This was part of my first order from Karate Depot, and so far, no complaints. The box was pretty banged up, but I imagine it's hard to ship a 6' stick in cardboard without some wear on the box. My order arrived in 3 days with standard free shipping. The bo staff is solid, heavy and smooth but not slippery. It's personal preference and depends on what you're using it for whether you get a 5' or 6' and if a hardwood staff or a lighter weight staff works for you. I'm 5'3", but started working with a 6' bo, and have no problems with it. If this one fits your needs, it's worth every penny!  
    by: Akita   
    5/1/2013 7:55:42 PM
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    Heavy duty, balanced, and tough.

    Received it super quick. The bow is well balanced and is very sturdy. If you are getting this to be super quick with. . . g'luck. I am 5'11, 170 and it is perfect for me. I'm getting back into staffs now and this is perfect to build not only your muscle, but your endurance up. It is very heavy though compared to other staffs.

    Do you want to build yourself up and focus on speed? If deciding whether or not to go with a staff like this vs. a lighter tapered staff like the white wax lotus tapered, or graphite tapered staff my advice is this; get this staff first and practice daily or as much as you can. THEN, transfer over to a lighter tapered (if preferred) staff and it will fill like your holding nothing in comparison. 'Course if you want a heavy staff that can take a beating than this is the one as well. I would NOT recommend this staff for full contact unless your pulling hits or padded up like the stay puffed marshmallow man because it's heavy and there will be substantial force behind an impact. I have not tested this staff out with impact, just form and technique.  
    by: sirdanceal0t   
    4/25/2013 8:49:30 AM
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    Good Bo, but disappointing.

    I received my Straight Hardwood Bo earlier than expected along with a Red Oak Bo Staff(But I already posted a different review for the Red Oak Bo Staff), which made me happy. I opened the package to my liking, with basically what i expected. I picked it up and found it to have a decent weight to it, but when i picked up the Red Oak Bo Staff i found that the Hardwood Bo was lighter than the Red Oak Staff. That was disappointing. I bought it hoping it would be heavier. Honestly i didn't mind too much, it still seemed strong and ready for some good training. That was until i found two deep scratches in the center and a big crack between the both of them; and to make it worse the crack was filled with wood putty. It's pretty obvious that i got a bad batch, this Bo will snap in two if i put force into my strikes.   
    by: Peter   
    4/4/2013 11:23:08 PM
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    Hi Peter. We try to keep a tight leash on bo quality but every now and then a piece slips through that isn't quite up to our customers needs. Please reach out to us at csupport@karatedepot.com (have your order # handy if possible) and we'll get you squared away.
    by: okiken108    
    4/5/2013 1:02:20 PM
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    A brief word about KarateDepot: The Bo Staff I ordered came warped, but they sent a perfect replacement the minute I alerted them of the issue and it arrived just as quickly as the first. These guys are excellent!

    Now for the Bo Staff: I am beginning training in the Bo Staff and this is my first Bo (along with a lighter toothpick Bo) and I must say that this one is just HARDCORE! You can feel the quality the moment you heft it and it permits fantastic control in your kata. It feels so solid, it shows no promise of breaking anytime soon. It's a good 3-4 pounds (it IS solid Red Oak after all) and induces a serious burn in the arms when training, excellent for building arm strength. I'm looking forward to the sore arms and a better, more controlled kata. I highly recommend this Bo!  
    by: XQKata   
    3/29/2013 9:49:26 PM
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    A brief word about KarateDepot: The Bo Staff I ordered came warped, but they sent a perfect replacement the minute I alerted them of the issue and it arrived just as quickly as the first. These guys are excellent!

    Now for the Bo Staff: I am beginning training in the Bo Staff and this is my first Bo (along with a lighter toothpick Bo) and I must say that this one is just HARDCORE! You can feel the quality the moment you heft it and it permits fantastic control in your kata. It feels so solid, it shows no promise of breaking anytime soon. It's a good 3-4 pounds (it IS solid Red Oak after all) and induces a serious burn in the arms when training, excellent for building arm strength. I'm looking forward to the sore arms and a better, more controlled kata. I highly recommend this Bo!  
    by: XQKata   
    3/29/2013 9:49:13 PM
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    Nice Bo

    This is a solid oak bo that is not light like many cheaper bos. We do have an two almost identical bo in our dojo that with one feeling 1/2 the weight of this one and the other twice the weight.

    Straight and nicely finished.  
    by: IsshinryuScott   
    2/2/2013 9:02:30 PM
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    Great staff, great service

    I ordered this hardwood bo to customize into a sturdy walking/hiking staff. I searched many sights offering pre-customized and found most to have over-priced, under-sized products. After reading reviews I decided on this one - and believe me, the customer service raves helped with the decision. Happily, I haven't needed customer service as the staff arrived before the expected delivery date and well packed, and perfectly straight. And this review is being written because of an email I received today, several weeks after delivery, just checking to make sure everything was good with the order and asking for contact if I was in any way dissatisfied. Now you don't get service like that many places. I appreciate it, am satisfied, and will definitely remember it!  
    by: Michael G.   
    1/3/2013 7:45:10 AM
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    I bought the 5 ft version. It is very thick and quite heavy, but it really doesn't seem as though it's going to break, ever! Not exactly light & nimble, but certainly very sturdy!  
    by: rob.palin   
    11/22/2012 12:31:50 PM
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    Bo Length

    I'm 6'3" and a 6ft bo seems a little short to me. I'm sure I could use it, but I would most likely feel off balance. I see most people in the videos I've watched have staves that are slightly taller than they are.. Do they even make 6 1/2 ft Bos? =/
    Anyway, suggestions and ideas are most welcome.  
    by: D   
    10/17/2012 3:18:58 AM
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    Hi D. It's true that a bo is generally recommended to be 2-3 inches taller than you. Unfortunately we don't sell 7 foot staves so you have a few options:

    1. Go with a 6 footer
    2. Reach out to a speciality weapons shop and order a bo about 6'6" in length
    3. Go to a local hardware store and grab a long dowel. Cut it down yourself to the right length and then sand and treat it. The quality won't be as high but it will be inexpensive and the right size.
    by: okiken108    
    10/17/2012 1:50:42 PM
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    Lowes has a hardwood section in their lumber isles and if you can find a decent dowel, heat treat it, sand it, and love it. Last time i check you can get dowels in american oak which is pretty nice actually.
    by: IronMaster  
    4/1/2013 10:39:51 PM
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    Is the staff stained/sealed and coated already? If not is there a recommended stain/sealer to treat it with? Or any wood treatment at all.  
    by: Jutsy   
    10/7/2012 3:10:56 AM
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    This bo comes without stain. I would recommend danish or tung oil if you wanted to put a finish on it.
    by: okiken108    
    10/8/2012 2:37:41 PM
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    pole vault

    could you do a pole vault with this? im 130lbs, and i dont want to buy this,attempt one, and end up impaling myself  
    by: Knuckles   
    8/17/2012 8:36:49 PM
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    This bo could withstand a pole vault style maneuver. However be aware that real pole vaulting sticks have a lot of flexibility to whip the user up and over the bar. This bo will have no flexibility like that.
    by: okiken108    
    8/20/2012 10:52:52 AM
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    Disappointed: Warped out of Box

    I can say I was very excited to purchase this bo. It is the heaviest/thickest I could find. I want a few of the heaviest to have for both practice & self-defense, if need be. So, I purchased this one d/t being the heaviest. The order was delivered before it was said to with the tracking #, which is great. I pulled it out of the container & immediately I could tell one end of the bo is severely warped. My instructor can get them for me from my dojo for half of the cost, but I am not sure it will be as heavy, so I wanted to give Karate Depot a chance. Unless I can get a replacement, as I see on some of these reviews that the customer service seems great, I will not purchase again from this company. I am also in need of a new gi & was considering purchasing from here, but will wait to see how the company remedies the bo situation. There are also 2 rough spots on the bo that feel like they could slice my hand if moved just right.   
    by: Chris   
    8/6/2012 2:03:56 PM
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    Hey Chris. Sorry about the warping incident.Grab your order # from your receipt email and reach out to us at csupport@karatedepot.com. I think we'll be able to get you fixed up!
    by: okiken108    
    8/13/2012 4:23:28 PM
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    I would like to update this post b/c I told customer service I would. I have received the replacement bo & it is straight on both ends offereing great balance. I really appreciate karatedepot standing behind their products & offering replacements for the lemons. Great company!
    by: Chris  
    10/9/2012 3:24:03 PM
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    This is a substantial Bo!! Much better than the type at our Dojo.
    It is a heavier Bo than I am used to, however that makes me feel I will get stronger!   
    by: tiger29   
    7/29/2012 9:46:10 AM
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    Great Training Staff

    I've been training with this bo for several years now. It is incredibly strong and can take a beating, even from sais. Side note- we had a freak occurrence where I hit the brakes and this bo flew out my car window. It was run over by a truck coming the opposite way- no problem at all for this staff! This is an excellent choice for beginners who want to build up their wrist strength. Work with the red oak staff for a year and then be amazed when you pick up a waxwood staff and you have really great strength and speed. Overall, a great staff!  
    by: pryloc   
    7/9/2012 1:48:41 PM
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    New To This.

    Ok im 14, 5 foot 7, and i am relly getting in to this. I need a strong bo (hard wood and heavy for strangth but also able to spin)I only want a stright bo beause i think i need to cut it down (How much?) So if you could help me on getting the right bo that would be grate.
    by: Mason   
    6/10/2012 12:39:53 AM
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    Hi Mason. This is a thick, durable model that will last you. It can spin, but it's not a speedy trick kind of bo. For length, I would get the 6 foot bo and cut it down to about 5'9".
    by: okiken108    
    6/11/2012 10:21:15 AM
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    What is the Weight of a 6ft Hardwood Staff?

    I own a 6ft oak/maple staff that I customised about 3-4years ago and I love to train with it, but, its a tad heavy... not sure of the weight though... I wish to have a heavy staff but with the light weight handeling of a feather like wieghted staff... so I think this staff might be good choice for me and my Martial Arts Hidden Virtue Teachings...   
    by: Master of HiddenVirtue of the BlackAngels   
    3/30/2012 2:18:15 PM
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    While it's not feather light, I think this bo would be a good choice if you still need some durability. Another good option is the white wax wp-bo-30, which is a tad lighter and less durable but great for handling.
    by: okiken108    
    4/2/2012 12:21:42 PM
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    great service & product

    I like the prompt delivery, and I like the bo and the price.   
    by: RJ   
    3/10/2012 8:42:39 PM
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    okay i was wondering im 14 and im only 5/6' what size bo should i get a 5' or a 6'??? thatnk  
    by: BoMasterDude   
    2/23/2012 12:37:32 PM
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    Yea you're right in between. I recommend grabbing a straight 6 foot staff and cutting down 3-4". Don't forget to resand the edges afterward.
    by: okiken108    
    2/24/2012 11:27:57 AM
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    broken bo used 4 times

    Wrote good review on this bo but after 4 uses by my 13 year old daughter, one of the two bos cracked in half. Bo ordered about 2 weeks ago My daughter is less than 100 pounds so the force she can exert should not have cracked bo. Looked at cracked part. Doesn't seem to be knot inside or out. Not Karate Depot's fault but believe it is a manufacturer's defect. Will be contacting Karate Depot to see what they can do for me.  
    by: arenadental   
    2/13/2012 10:03:03 PM
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    Ordered this just the other day, and I was surprised at how quickly it was delivered. It's in perfect condition. THANKS FOR THE GREAT SERVICE!  
    by: RJ   
    2/11/2012 8:13:37 AM
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    5 foot bo

    Bought 2 5 foot bos for my 13 yr old daughter and her sensei to use.
    Good overall quality. Had ordered a 6 foot bo from here about 4 years ago. This bo is of better quality and the finish is much better than the one I ordered previously. Would give these bos a 5 star but one bow is curved on one end. If bo was lathed and finished at factory,I would expect the ends to be strait with no curve. Bo is on the heavier side. For the money, you can't go wrong with this bo. It will serve it's purpose.
    by: arenadental   
    2/9/2012 12:25:36 PM
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    Great company to work with!

    I loved working with this company! Very quick shipping, excellent quality Bo Staff. Would definitely work with them again.  
    by: Samantha   
    2/3/2012 11:12:28 AM
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    My First Bo; Great So Far

    I'm just learning the bo staff, and was practicing at first with a friend's which was bamboo. After purchasing this one for myself, I adjusted to the heavier red oak after about a day. This bo is simple, seems great so far, and is a great deal.

    Also, I'm a 5'2" female, purchased the 6 ft. bo, and can use it fairly easily. But I feel that if it were just a few inches shorter, it'd be perfect. I'm debating whether to attempt cutting it down a bit.  
    by: shortpower24   
    2/1/2012 4:25:45 PM
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    Which Bo?

    I'm just starting out and was told I needed to procur my own bo. I don't know if I should get the straight hardwood bo or the red oak bo? We're doing a lot of basics, a lot of forms, but I would like a bo that would last quite a while and is also easy to handle. Suggestions?

    Thank you very much!  
    by: Austyn   
    1/13/2012 10:24:03 PM
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    If you want a dark wood with good durability, go with the hardwood or hardwood tapered - wp-bo-04.

    An alternative, and something a bit lighter and easier to handle while still being good quality, is the white wax - wp-bo-32.
    by: okiken108    
    1/16/2012 12:39:45 PM
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    Able to take a beating

    I bought this bo about 2 years ago, and have used it since on a weekly basis. The staff has been bowed quite intensely for about a year now, but is still holding up. I really like the heavy weight and the power it brings.  
    by: dumbdrummer15   
    12/19/2011 11:51:35 PM
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    pretty nice stick

    I was looking for a bo that would actually feel like a real quarterstaff weapon. It is nice and heavy, but no too heavy. Comes in raw wood finish, so you can seal it with your favorite sealer or waxing technique. Feels very solid for contact work. Something you can actually depend on.  
    by: Zendo   
    10/24/2011 1:52:26 PM
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    Expensive Shipping

    Straight Hardwood Bo $19.95 ea.

    (Estimated Delivery: Tuesday, August 9) $55.98

    I live in Europe...

    Todays date is 19 July...  
    by: Vice   
    7/18/2011 9:12:03 PM
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    Yes sorry about that Vice. The bo is an awkward and big item, so overseas shipping can be tough.
    by: okiken108    
    7/20/2011 12:42:57 PM
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    Small hands

    Hello. I´m 18 years old but i have quite small hands so i´m unsure if i should buy a Straight Hardwood Bo or a Youth Hardwood Bo. My hand is about 7 inches and my fingers are about 3 inches long. wich staff would give me best grip?

    by: Vice   
    7/18/2011 5:30:41 PM
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    The youth hardwood would definitely provide an easier grip for you. Of course, in exchange you sacrifice a little durability for impact. So it all depends on how hard you are going to use it.
    by: okiken108    
    7/20/2011 12:51:12 PM
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    Ordered 5 Days Ago

    Was excited that, even with S+H, this bo would've been less expensive than other sites I've checked. Would've loved to try out the staff I'd ordered. Sent for a 6 ft straight hardwood staff. Received a 5 ft metal tapered staff with green accents. Customer is responsible for return shipping.  
    by: 91108   
    5/17/2011 6:25:54 PM
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    Ohh that's not right! I think we may have boo-boo'd on this one. Please contact csupport@karatedepot.com and we'll get you taken care of, no problem.
    by: okiken108    
    5/18/2011 11:34:02 AM
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    by: 91108  
    5/18/2011 8:49:36 PM
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    Bo length?

    I am not sure how to choose whether to get a 5 foot or a 6 foot bo... I don't know what factors go into deciding this, but i am a 5'4" female, if that makes a difference. I am also a beginner. Thank you:]  
    by: invinciblehappiness   
    4/26/2011 9:39:41 AM
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    I'd like to first recommend the video in the upper right hand corner of this page. It should lay out for you some of the considerations. I would recommend going for the 6 foot bo, and then potentially cutting it down a few inches.
    by: okiken108    
    4/28/2011 11:05:37 AM
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    training staff

    I ordered this staff for training. It arrived promptly and was as advertized. I am using it for training and am very satified. The weight of the oak give my wrists a nice workout and help me maintain flexibility. Very nice.  
    by: lanco555   
    1/30/2011 9:54:02 AM
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    Very Nice Bo. Fast Shipping. Great Job Karate Depot!!  
    by: mweigandt138   
    1/28/2011 8:54:31 AM
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    For a 4'6" guy, what would be a good size bo, 5 foot, or 6 foot?

    I take an interest in bo's and escrima sticks and want to make sure i'm getting the right size.  
    by: MartialArtMitch   
    1/24/2011 4:58:45 PM
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    Go with the 5 foot. It's more appropriate for your height.
    by: okiken108    
    1/26/2011 11:32:18 AM
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    Nice Staff

    I bought the 6 foot version of this staff; at first I was annoyed because the management got my address screwed up, so I didn't get it shipped when I expected it to be here (which explains why I gave 4 stars).

    But anyway, when it did get here, I was surprised at the quality of the staff. I really like the texture and toughness of the bow. And, it was a lot heavier than I expected it would be; it wasn't HEAVY, but just heavier than expected. But its a pretty good bow, and I'm glad I bought it.  
    by: travis2310   
    12/27/2010 11:45:35 AM
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    Totally new?

    Hey, i'm new to the martial arts scene.. but overall i'm looking for a good bo that can stand up to (literally) hitting a tree. Not too heavy, but not too light either. Does anyone have suggestions as to which bo to use? (and will someone explain to me the difference between tapered and straight)  
    by: MyPurpose   
    12/8/2010 10:17:26 PM
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    Hi MyPurpose. The bo that you are on here (straight hardwood) is actually a good choice. It's not terribly heavy but is made out of a solid red oak. When hitting a tree with it, consider wrapping a spare blanket around the tree so as to avoid damaging the bark and exposing the tree to infection.

    For more general information about the bo, including some thoughts on taper vs straight, check out our bo video here: http://www.karatedepot.com/video-4-How-to-Size-and-Select-a-Bo.html
    by: okiken108    
    12/10/2010 3:43:50 PM
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    Well, the tree in question is a dead one... just for the feel of striking a target. i ordered the tapered hardwood because i thought that the straight might be a tad too heavy.. is the tapered one still as sturdy? -Thanks
    by: MyPurpose  
    12/10/2010 5:24:13 PM
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    The tapered bo is pretty sturdy, although not quite so much as the straight hardwood.
    by: okiken108    
    1/26/2011 11:33:24 AM
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    Me and A friend where messing around one day and picked up a couple of broom sticks. We started to fight with them and we really got into it, so we want to buy actual fighting sticks(ones that are the right length and very strong and durable for hard hitting)Also we want to spend the cheapest amount possible. We know nothing about this sport so I am looking for some advice on what would be the best Bo staff to buy.  
    by: DungeyFan3   
    11/30/2010 8:22:16 PM
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    The bo on this page here is very durable. It would be able to hand the kind of hitting you would put it through. It also has a decent amount of weight to it. This bo has very little forgiveness in terms of flexibility though so if you get hit by it your body will bend and the bo won't.

    One option to consider is this rattan bo: wp-bo-10. It is light, durable, and flexible. Although you can't hit as hard with it, if you accidentally hit each other it will cause less bodily damage.

    If you can, find some training in your area before engaging in any sparring activities.
    by: okiken108    
    12/6/2010 12:15:52 PM
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    I was wondering how much the 6 ft (72 in.) version weighs in comparison with the other staffs offered on this site. I'm looking for a staff that'll primarily be good for helping me condition my arms, shoulders and chest, so I'd like to know the heaviest option available that'd still be under $30.00 since I'm on a tight budget.  
    by: Phantom287   
    10/22/2010 10:38:25 AM
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    I don't have the exact weights in front of me, but I believe the red oak is the heaviest of our options: wp-bo-19.

    If you'd really like to train your upper body, one effective idea is to get a standard weight lifting bar. Those things are heavy and will develop the impact zones on your body. Just make sure it is smooth.
    by: okiken108    
    10/22/2010 12:33:37 PM
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    i am looking for a straight light bo staff and was wondering if this one would be good but i am not sure if its light enough or not  
    by: duffy   
    10/6/2010 5:09:25 PM
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    Hey duffy. Red oak tends to be more focused on durability and therefore is not the lightest option. If you want straight and light, I would recommend rattan:wp-bo-21 or wp-bo-10. Both are straight models.
    by: okiken108    
    10/7/2010 1:26:16 PM
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    Great training bow

    This bo is solid wood that greatly exceeded my expectations. When I cut it down to a shorter length the wood was really dense and hard. It is heavier than other bo's that I've used, but when I train with this and then pick up a lighter one I can definitely tell a difference in speed and accuracy. If I ever wear this one out or break it (huge "IF") I will definitely buy another one. And it only took 4 days to get here instead of the two weeks that was estimated for shipping.   
    by: Jennifer   
    8/9/2010 11:44:24 AM
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    Great training bow

    This bo is solid wood that greatly exceeded my expectations. When I cut it down to a shorter length the wood was really dense and hard. It is heavier than other bo's that I've used, but when I train with this and then pick up a lighter one I can definitely tell a difference in speed and accuracy. If I ever wear this one out or break it (huge "IF") I will definitely buy another one.  
    by: Jennifer   
    8/9/2010 11:44:16 AM
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    A bow to kick @$$ with

    I don't want a competition bow, I don't want a practice bow, I don't want a strength training bow. I want a weapon, for self defense, that will hold up to abuse. I don't want to spin it around like a toy to impress friends. i want to be able to kick the S out of someone with it if need be, and not have to worry about it breaking. I feel like too many people care about playing around with a bow and never thinking of actually using it for its intended purpose. I'm not some dumb ass kid that wants to buy a bo staff to go beat up a bully. I'm just a guy that wants a decent WEAPON.  
    by: sean   
    7/7/2010 10:58:14 AM
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    I understand where you are coming from sean - the kobudo system I study is not for points and tournament trophies.

    The bo you selected here is a hardy type, and you can also consider this bo: wp-bo-19. Both should be able to withstand serious use.

    I'd also like to recommend this jo (wp-bo-02) since your interest is in self defense. The jo is an excellent in-home self defense tool as it can be used in confined spaces, requires no loading/preperation, and is safe with kids in the house.
    by: okiken108    
    7/13/2010 3:13:37 PM
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    Picking the length

    I'm about 5'5", so should I buy the 5-foot or the 6-foot staff?   
    by: Jason   
    6/21/2010 1:37:05 AM
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    Jason - go with the 6 foot bo. This way you have the benefit of the added length, and also the ability to cut it down to your exact specifications. This being a straight bo you can cut and then sand down the edge on either side.

    Ideally you'd have the bo about 2-3 inches above your head.
    by: okiken108    
    6/21/2010 6:12:48 PM
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    Solid Staff

    This is my first bo staff. I have been using it for training for about 2 weeks now.
    I am 6'4" and I was in need of a solid sturdy red oak staff that would be able to tolerate everyday use as well as suporting me as I learn my katas. Well this staff is so far been very good in all areas. I found it to be a solid and heavy staff I estimate weighing in at about 2.5 lbs. this is a desirable trait to me as I use my staff as a strengthening tool as well as a weapon and forms tool. I have noticed recently that my staff has begun to develop a few additional splits in the wood grain but as of this writing they have not posed an issue. I would suggest that this staff is not necessarily the best choice for practioners who are of a smaller body or lighter build they may find it a bit unwieldly or overly heavy. But for you bigger folks with a bit stronger upper bodies I would recommend this staff. I am new to this but I believe based upon the recommendation of my sifou that this is a very good tool. He was pleased with it when he saw it as well.  
    by: CraigV   
    5/1/2010 12:04:20 AM
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    Good Staff

    I like the staff simply for what it is, a solid dependable stick. Good for Train and self defense. The delivery was also fine. I order it, if came, what else could you ask for?  
    by: tyronte1140   
    4/26/2010 11:33:02 PM
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    A pleasure to be sure!

    Long ago I purchased an ash wood staff, and to my disappointment, it became tragically warped, forming what I called the "smiley" part of a smiley face. However, this bo is far from the 'smiley staff', but instead, is a sturdy, abuse-accepting rod of red oak. It's weight is far more significant than my old, now broken, bo, and that is a boon in my eyes. I prefer something with some weight, as it helps improve my speed, strength, and stamina. Thankfully the finish is not overly glossy, or oily in feel, and the wood has been sanded to an almost marble-like smoothness, thus alleviating any fears of porcupine hands due to splinters.

    A wonderful bo in many respects.  
    by: Ian   
    4/22/2010 4:00:17 PM
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    Nice But Heavy

    Great bo! Straight, no knots or residue from stickers or anything. Sucker is very heavy, especially when compared to the tapered bo, which I recommend.

    This bo is more suited for a stronger/bigger karate-ka than me, 155 lbs, 5'6", medium build.  
    by: thegerm78   
    3/20/2010 11:56:39 AM
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    hit or miss

    i ordered the 5 and 6 foot versions of this staff. the six footer is very heavy, strong, and has no warps or knots. this product on its own would recieve 5 stars. the five foot staff on the other hand leaves much to be desired (i purchased these with the intent to spar with them). it is extremely light, almost like its made of pine, and has severe knots. i leaned on it very gently to feel its sturdyness, and i feel i could have easily broken it. this bo has good balance, and i may use it for kata, but its quality is fair at best...3 stars  
    by: hoodd   
    3/19/2010 3:03:08 PM
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    is it a great one?

    like it is cheaper than usa karates catalog it is like half price but i want to know is the same quality ir better?  
    by: nik14   
    3/14/2010 10:26:43 AM
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    Hey Nik - the real trick here is noting what kind of wood both bos are made out of. This one is red oak and has a 1-1/4" diameter. If those traits are the same in the usa karate catalog, then you can trust the quality to be the same and you'll be good to go to order here. If the woods are different, then you'll have to choose which one you prefer.
    by: okiken108    
    3/15/2010 5:20:37 PM
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    is it a great one?

    like it is cheaper than usa karates catalog it is like half price but i want to know is the same quality ir better?  
    by: nik14   
    3/14/2010 10:26:42 AM
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    Well nik it is made of red oak which is good. IT DEEPENS ON THE KIND OF WOOD
    by: Shuriken enthusiast  
    9/20/2010 8:14:04 PM
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    Well nik it is made of red oak which is good. IT DEPENDS ON THE KIND OF WOOD
    by: Shuriken enthusiast  
    9/20/2010 8:14:09 PM
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    I really enjoy using this! Great staff. It came in MUCH faster than expected. The packaging didn't last all the way; the Bo staff was slipping out from the top. (I didn't expect much as it came from the East coast all the way to the West.)

    But there was no extreme damage. Just a few contact scratches.

    In response to one of the reviews, I didn't see any stickers on the bo staff. It's good to know that Karate Depot takes our opinions into consideration.

    All in all, 5 stars for great products and awesomely low shipping fees.

    Thanks! I will be sure to shop from this site again if I need anything.   
    by: tigerrabbit77   
    4/26/2009 4:46:01 PM
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    This is my 1st Bo. I am 56 years old and deaf. A friend is trying to help me understand its vast uses. I feel more secure having it with me. This is a great weapon for me. I feel uncomfortable carrying a gun because if someone bumps me on the back of my head, they now have my gun. At least if they steal my bo, all they have is a piece of wood, and it also serves as a great walking stick.  
    by: fadeninno   
    3/10/2009 11:52:42 PM
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    My son and I are very pleased. The bo arrived quickly and in perfect condition. The weight was good for training, and it is so well balanced it almost spins itself. I have taught martial arts and weapons use for over thirteen years, and I am impressed with Karate Depot's service. I will definitely shop here again.  
    by: plumcider   
    10/20/2007 12:36:57 PM
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    Excellent practice Bo. Sturdy, straight with enough weight to feel like a weapon. Weight felt about right for a practice Bo. Very good Bo for the price.   
    by: devangel   
    7/11/2007 6:03:10 PM
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    Good for Practice

    This bo is a pure speed practice bo. It was my first bo so when I changed to a light weight GForce I was 10 times faster. Very durable. After 2 weeks of training in my garden using full contact strikes against trees the very tip broke off. I still use it when I am strength training. It is around 3 lbs for the 5 footer. Great starting Bo due to its durability, weight and price.  
    by: jettdead   
    11/2/2006 2:17:14 PM
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    excellent bo! Great deal.

    This hardwood bo (oak) arrived in excellent condition. It seems very sturdy, and you can't beat the price (total was $20.90, including shipping!). I definitely recommend it. If you need a bo for a martial arts class, make sure to check with your sensei what makes sense for you.   
    by: monkeyshines   
    10/30/2006 2:09:46 PM
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    The weapon arrived a little late and was a bit heavier than I thought it would be, but all in all it is a good weapon to train with.  
    by: Haft   
    9/3/2006 3:52:05 AM
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    it's a good product.  
    by: anonymous
    6/18/2006 10:32:49 PM
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    You get what you pay for

    I was a bit disappointed with this item. First it was packaged poorly so it was damaged in shipping (a large dent about a foot from one end that actually caused a slight bend at that spot).

    Also I regret not looking it over thoroughly before using it. There turned out to be a small crack where the wood stuck out a bit. It took a small chunk of skin out of my hand within 10 min of use.

    The only reason I didn't give it 1 star is because both the item and the shipping were inexpensive.  
    by: psyte   
    6/8/2006 10:02:03 PM
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    an excellent service

    I ordered a straight hardwood bo and it came 3 days early it was nice and clean, I've had 1 come to me before (from a different store) and it looked like it had just been varnished and started splitting in days, anyway this is a nice bo but I found it a little light for me mind you though it has a nice thickness and feel. Don't be put off by my 3 star I am just a bit hard to please (so some may say) . Thanks KarateDepot!  
    by: clayton   
    5/12/2006 5:22:28 PM
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    Very good weapon

    This lasted a long time for me, I've had it for a few months and it hasn't cracked yet. I highly recommend it, and am thinking of ordering a few more for my club.  
    by: Fenix   
    4/19/2006 10:28:03 AM
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    Great item

    Excellent item, nice and straight and strong. Heavier than some bo, but that leads to stronger arms and better control. An all around great item and only a fraction of the cost of other places.  
    by: rslezak   
    4/9/2006 12:27:58 PM
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    I found this product excellent, although it was very heavy, The strength of this product meant that it will have good use and be around for a long time. If you're looking for a bo, I advise you to consider this one.  
    by: Flame_06   
    3/18/2006 12:46:57 PM
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    Excellent Bo

    This is my first bo, and I really like the weight of it. It shipped in a cardboard tube, which was more to protect the finish than the bo as it's made very solid. The sticker on the bo came off pretty easily with Goo-B-Gone.  
    by: mister_bun   
    12/18/2005 9:23:21 PM
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    A little heavy

    This bo is a little heavy. Very hard to do one-handed techniques. But using it will help you when you move to a competition bo. Over all good quality and workmanship.  
    by: dreaming63   
    12/14/2005 4:53:03 PM
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    Great staff

    This is a great product. It's a bit heavier than I thought it would be, but overall I am very happy with it. It gives you a great workout.  
    by: koob72   
    10/22/2005 7:17:47 PM
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