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Weapons > Bo Staff > Red Oak Bo Staff

Red Oak Bo Staff by Fury Fight Gear

Red Oak Bo Staff

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$24.95 ea.

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Traditional look and feel with solid and durable construction!
4 Star Rating (37 customer reviews)

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Product Description
    • 5 and 6 foot lengths available
    • Made from solid red oak
    • Beautifully stained
    • Excellent for sparring and demonstrations

    Fury fight Gear bring you the ultimate bo staff.Made from tough red oak it is the bo you need if you are looking for something light enough for demonstrations but tough enough to take the punishement and abuse of daily training sessions.The bo is 1 1/8" thick and is available in 5 or 6 foot lengths.If you want a great staff, don't settle and get what you need.A taperedversion is also available.

    Please Note: All of our weapons are intended for light practice and form training only. They are not made for live combat or repeated impact against hard surfaces.

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Great service!

I got my shipment 5 days earlier than quoted and was very pleased! The bos were in perfect shape. I love the heft and feel, very little flex but vibrates warmly when I do my grip drill. Just a beginner here but I'm super happy with the product and service thanks guys! :)  
by: timtheblue   
6/5/2010 11:50:07 PM
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Our pleasure Tim, great to have you as a customer.
by: okiken108    
8/5/2010 2:19:19 PM
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This is the 3rd staff I've purchased from KD & it is by far the nicest bo. There were no blemishes in this bo when took out of the plastic. It is straight, has a darker tone than the other 2, & is also slightly heavier, which I am happy with. I am using this strictly for competition kata. I will now use my 1st staffs for bunkai & striking training.   
by: Chris   
7/14/2016 2:45:30 PM
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How long would this staff last?

One more question, how long do you think this staff would last, I usually practice my staff at least once every day. In the description it says its a great choice, I just want to know if it would be able to hold up through daily training sessions.  
by: Will 86700   
5/28/2014 1:31:29 PM
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This bo has pretty good durability. Will you be hitting stuff with it or just performing kata? If it's just kata the bo will last a very long time.
by: okiken108    
5/28/2014 2:07:37 PM
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Is the Bo Comeptition Ready?

Im looking for a new staff after my old one broke, i need one in the next month for a HUGE Competition. Would I be able to use this Bo in a Creativity and Form style?
Creativity such as Twists and twirls and Forms as is the basic techniques.  
by: Will 86700   
5/28/2014 1:29:15 PM
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Hi Dempsey. You could definitely use this bo for demonstrations, although it is a little heavier than most 'flashy' staffs. Something like ash would be lighter and faster although we don't have any ash in stock at the moment.
by: okiken108    
5/28/2014 2:06:14 PM
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Solid staff

The first staff had defects in the wood. Karate depots gas the best customer support out there. The second staff didn't have any defects and my son really likes it.   
by: Ritchie   
4/24/2014 7:57:03 AM
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Great Training Tool

Had been practicing with a 5' pine dowel (1.25" diameter), which is great for the ego but becomes too easy after a while. Just got my new 6' red oak bo, and it is a "trip" (sorry, never outgrew the 60's) to use a properly sized and weighted staff. The Red Oak bo I received is well made (no defects, knots or chips), a great weight (mine is just over 2.5 pounds), well balanced and straight. Feels great to practice with the real thing, makes me feel professional.  
by: The Duke   
1/3/2014 3:47:05 PM
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This bo feels very solid, and heavier than I expected (after playing 'ninja' with a few broomsticks etc.)... It looks durable, and from the practice I have done, it seems solid, and well balanced. Just a warning to other 'practice ninjas' out there, the weight may throw you, but give it a chance...LOL.  
by: Dave   
11/25/2013 12:43:00 PM
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Very Nice

This guy is solid. Great price, no cracks, not warped. This is a solid bo Buy it and see  
by: trhughes85   
9/30/2013 7:33:17 PM
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Great Bo, but not this time...

I received my Red Oak Bo Staff earlier than expected along with a Straight Hardwood Bo(But I'll post a different review for the Hardwood Bo), which was great. When I opened it i was very pleased with the appearance. The Red Oak stain was beautiful and i loved the heavy feel. Unfortunately after further inspection i found a deep scratch along the side and the beginning of a crack at the top. I can tell that eventually the crack will split the wood if i make contact. I would love to have this bo in my collection, but the poor handiwork killed my hopes. From the reviews i can tell the customer service is great; i hope i can get this problem solved quickly.


With some easy emails, they happily sent over a nice replacement. It's a little lighter, but perfect for my training.   
by: Peter   
4/4/2013 11:07:00 PM
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Red Oak Bo Staff or Straight Hardwood Bo?

Hello I have been looking for a bo staff that me and my friends can fight with we go full contact and normally use wooden dowel, but I would wish to upgrade and learn to actually fight with a bo. I have been looking and have narrowed down my search to these two bo's. I am not sure which I should use that will stand up to our fights. I am 17 years old and so are my friends and we can all lift around 100 pounds easily
by: Sorroe   
2/16/2013 2:11:23 PM
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Hey Sorroe. The straight hardwood bo is a little heavier than the red oak bo, however it is also more durable and comes with a nice consistence wood grain surface. Based on your needs, I would recommend the straight hardwood. I would also recommend finding an instructor in your area who can teach you methods of handling the weapon. Your best bet will be a traditional school that focuses on combatives rather than a school that focuses on demonstration and tricks.
by: okiken108    
2/18/2013 1:25:38 PM
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how much does it weigh? will it hod up in weapon vs. weapon sparring?   
by: Jacob   
1/26/2013 12:03:03 AM
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I don't have an exact weight for you jacob, but it has a decent weight to it. This bo is not a lightweight trick bo. It can hold up to weapon vs. weapon contact, however this bo here is probably our best for contact: wp-bo-03.
by: okiken108    
1/28/2013 2:12:46 PM
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I love bo staffs

I love bo staffs so do think I should buy 1 of these and how tall should i get im 51 inches
by: eli   
12/30/2012 10:17:45 PM
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Hi Eli. I think the 5 foot bo is probably your best choice.
by: okiken108    
1/28/2013 2:13:32 PM
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How much does this staff weigh in ounces for 5ft?  
by: CJ   
8/4/2012 12:56:42 AM
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I don't have that weight number handy CJ but I'll try to find it!
by: okiken108    
8/6/2012 10:45:32 AM
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crack staff

Receive days before schedule unfortunately the staff was crack. They didnt want to send another one because they thought the same thing would happen again. Also they dont offer free shipping outside of us yet. But good comunication though  
by: master5712   
6/22/2012 11:14:18 AM
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Hi master5712. Yes we've been having some trouble with this particular item. Sorry about the complications.
by: okiken108    
6/22/2012 3:11:16 PM
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Broken on arrival !

I ordered one of these staffs for my grandsons. When it arrived I removed it from the shipping tube only to find that the staff was cracked all the way through!
I returned the staff and received another one.
To my disappointment I removed this staff from the shipping tab only to find that it was cracked almost as bad as the first one. Though the new on also had dent and divots all along the length of the staff which the manufacturer had attempted to hide by filling with wood putty! The more I inspected the staff the more dents and divots I noticed! I love Karate depot, I'd consider myself a loyal customer! I've been a customer for many years, and I don't blame KD. for any of this! The manufacturer obviously has a quality control problem! I will remain a loyal customer!   
by: jolsh   
6/7/2012 8:55:27 AM
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Hi Jolsh. Very sorry about this issue - we've noticed a potential decrease in quality on this product and we are observing it very carefully. If it persists we'll be forced to take action.

Please feel free to reach out to us again at csupport@karatedepot.com to arrange a refund or replacement.
by: okiken108    
6/8/2012 11:43:48 AM
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came broken

I recieved my staff (6ft)several days early while it was wrapped everything looked great, but once it was unwrapped you could see that it was nearly broken in half.  
by: inuyasha   
5/4/2012 4:54:06 PM
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We'll take care of it! Reach out to csupport@karatedepot.com, and have your receipt email handy if you can. We'll get a replacement out to you.
by: okiken108    
5/7/2012 12:39:55 PM
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Broken on arrival

I bought one of these and it was broken when I received it! I don't place any blame on Karate depot due to the fact that it came straight from Macho (the manufacturer).
But I was disappointed to remove the staff from the shipping tube to find that it was cracked all the way through!  
by: jolsh   
5/3/2012 7:54:00 AM
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Doh! Don't worry we've got you covered. Reach out to csupport@karatedepot.com and write a short message about what happened and what your shipping address is. We'll get a replacement bo out to you.
by: okiken108    
5/4/2012 12:20:15 PM
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Good quality

The staff came quickly and was in good condition. Our only complaint is that is is still quite heavy for a "youth" staff. We will probably hang on to it but our 10 year old son will have to grow into it. He is able to maneuver it but it is too heavy for him to use if he wanted to add any speed to his practice.  
by: gatorgirl97   
1/18/2012 11:42:09 AM
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5ft Oak Bo - Great Value

The 5 ft bo that I ordered arrived very quickly, and it lasted through alot of tough sparring sessions.
I will order again.
Great Value  
by: Kent   
12/20/2011 2:32:54 PM
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6ft is very fragile

ordered a 5 ft & 6 ft Straight Oak Bo Dec 2010.
After 11 months of tough sparring, my 5 ft bo finally started splintering. That's ok, great value for the money.

I then figured that I would use my beautiful 6 ft oak bo.
Upon the very first strike, it broke into two pieces. Very dissapointing  
by: Kent   
12/20/2011 2:30:30 PM
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Hi Kent - The manufacturers try to get as close to 100% as possible when it comes to wood durability, but sometimes there are sneaky knots and grain variances that cause premature splitting.

This is a very rare occurrence, but since it happened we'd like to send you a replacement. Please shoot us a message at csupport@karatedepot.com, and you can either explain again or just link to this comment and response. We'll get you a replacement asap.
by: okiken108    
12/21/2011 10:56:53 AM
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well it's really late but that's happend to me with solid oak but it was in a 4ft staff (was very short then) first staf i ever broke scared me since my partner was coming in with an over head and he had a solid oak as well but that was due to termites in the stock so the entire shipment was bad they replaced it in the dojo's shop for me at no charge even though we didnt buy it from them
by: sak  
4/8/2012 5:37:01 AM
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well it's really late but that's happend to me with solid oak but it was in a 4ft staff (was very short then) first staf i ever broke scared me since my partner was coming in with an over head and he had a solid oak as well but that was due to termites in the stock so the entire shipment was bad they replaced it in the dojo's shop for me at no charge even though we didnt buy it from them
by: sak  
4/8/2012 5:37:12 AM
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Solid, but wrapping????

Don't know how/where this bo was stored before shipment... because, after peeling off the plastic-wrap, I had to wipe off pervasive mold with a disinfecting wipes; not the best customer experience. Barring that, the bo has a nice feel and heft. [I bought a bokken at the same time whose top-third was askew. KarateDepot very graciously replaced it at no charge and recommended I destroy the warped one; I think I'll turn it into a shorter bokken for a different practice feel]  
by: David Dewerse   
12/18/2011 11:54:38 AM
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Great price, very fast shipping !!!!
Glad we found you   
by: lamareaves   
11/4/2011 4:36:53 PM
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6ft Red Oak Bo

Hi! I am looking to purchase a 6ft read oak bo, however I see only the 5ft are in stock right now. When do you think the 6ft will be in stock again? And one more question, do you recommend the red oak or the regular hardwood? I am a beginner and just looking for a good staff to start out.

by: Tarrah   
8/13/2011 7:27:03 PM
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Hi Tarrah. Not sure on the next shipment, but if you are comfortable with taper on the bo (getting slightly thinner at the ends) I recommend this one: wp-bo-04.
by: okiken108    
8/19/2011 1:45:28 PM
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Not a handmade work of art.

I have two of these and they are good for training with one glaring issue. The weight is good (heavier side) and they are relatively straight. The problem is that both of them have begun splitting along the grain. As you know, this little issue can make working with them interesting. If not for that they would make a good training weapon but because both have done this I can't recommend them.  
by: ewcogs   
7/27/2011 2:22:10 PM
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height and stuff

I'm 5'6'', and just recently owned a metal staff, which I lost for reasons I shall not say, hehe. I'm looking for a wooden one, that would be good for me. I'm 5'6'', and I use a lot of acrobatic techniques. Is this staff good? And I should go with the 6 foot staff, right?  
by: MonkeyKing   
7/8/2011 1:54:23 PM
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This particular bo isn't ideal for acrobatic type movement. It's more oriented toward contact and forms. I might recommend the 6' white wax wood: wp-bo-32.
by: okiken108    
7/11/2011 1:03:37 PM
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Strong Bo Staff.

I am looking for an extremely durable Bo staff, in order to sustain hard hits against trees/wooden pillars. Weight is not a problem; the heavier the Bo is, the harder you train, hence the improvement in your technique & physique is bigger (in my opinion). My final conclusion has come to this Bo (Red Oak Bo Staff) and the Straight Hardwood Bo (http://www.karatedepot.com/wp-bo-03.html). Based on toughness and long term livability & durability, which Bo would appeal to my needs?  
by: Fwkiwn   
7/3/2011 7:52:38 PM
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I recommend going with the straight hardwood bo. it is darn tough, has some heft, and will tolerate abuse.
by: okiken108    
7/5/2011 12:34:17 PM
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I see people talking about a 6ft one, but I only see 5ft?  
by: Tristan   
6/27/2011 5:35:43 AM
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They're probably out of stock as of now.
by: Angie  
6/27/2011 12:37:21 PM
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They're probably out of stock as of now.
by: Angie  
6/27/2011 12:37:30 PM
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glad i got it

this is a good staff to train with. because of its good weight, when i use this staff it is makes me faster. it makes solid strikes on targets  
by: blackchef   
6/26/2011 4:17:58 AM
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When will the sell for this staff end?  
by: Roal   
6/20/2011 10:44:04 PM
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Can't be sure - we're going to keep it going for as long as we can afford to.
by: okiken108    
6/21/2011 11:59:02 AM
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i have made a mistake on my order

the staff i order is the wrong size . it was to be a 6 ft staff not a 5 ft . it still has not shiped yet . what can i do . my wepons class is no till the end of the month jun 26,20011. please some one help .   
by: razor136011   
6/14/2011 2:29:36 AM
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Hi Razor. Plese grab your order number which was provided to you on your confirmation email. Send a message out to csupport@karatedepot.com with your request and they will try to catch the order or otherwise assist you.
by: okiken108    
6/14/2011 10:44:49 AM
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I'm fairly new on the bo staff scene. Currently, I have a 6' bamboo bo near identical to the Elite Striped sold here. I've done a few practices with it and love how it handles as well as the feel of it. However, I was doing some strong strike/block drills with a partner who has the same bo and both have dents from every exchange. In general, I'm very hard on my bo. Weight's not an issue. The bamboo is lighter than what I'd prefer to be training with. I've been reading the reviews and doing some hunting on the red oak, but would like to be sure of what I've heard. The bo will be used for both creative forms and practice which include full contact drills where a lot of the beating will come from. Will the red oak handle the drills better than the bamboo? I'm assuming (and hoping) that the red oak will be heavier and more durable than the bamboo and am anticipating less give.   
by: Mythrin   
6/11/2011 11:29:59 PM
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Hey Mythrin. Here's the scoop:

Bamboo and red oak behave differently and will give you different results. Bamboo is a softer, more flexible wood. That being the case, it will dent more easily. However, it also has less tendency to snap from contact.

On the other hand, red oak is a hard wood and resists denting (although it can still be dented from time to time). While that preserves the overall feel of the bo for longer, red oak also has a higher tendency to simply snap when you've pushed it over it's threshold for contact. This usually happens surprisingly and with little warning.

Whichever way you choose to go, I recommend grabbing two of the same kind of bo. One for your forms (keep it dent free), and one for contact. Using the same kind of bo for both will improve your overall performance.
by: okiken108    
6/14/2011 10:51:19 AM
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how long

yeah, i ordered my bo yesterday but still say "items waiting to be shipped" how long does that take  
by: hectordx   
5/18/2011 7:18:32 PM
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Hey Hector. First the order gets processed through our system, then it gets sent down to our warehouse for retrieval. A day or so later the shipping company comes and picks it up for delivery to your house, which always takes 2-5 days.
by: okiken108    
5/20/2011 11:26:26 AM
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How much ?

I am going to buy this staff, Ninja hardwood bokken and 2 more bokkens. the ones where you get 2 for 19.90. And i live in estonia. which is quite far away.. will the shipping still be 2.95 only ? If not than how much will it be because i need to know how many bokkens and stuff i can afford than. I am on a quite tight budget here sorry. Oh and how long would it take to deliver those things ? I need them before the 3rd of july. is that possible ?  
by: ChrisChaos   
5/6/2011 10:59:18 AM
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Hey Chris. We do ship to estonia, but you would be in the 'international shipping' ballpark, which we can't offer at $2.95. To find out the exact rate, simply add your items to your cart and go to checkout. Before you have to submit any payment info you will be prompted on shipment options, the cost of such, and the predicted arrival time of items.

You can then decide if your items meet your budget.
by: okiken108    
5/9/2011 11:43:24 AM
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Great Bo

Awesome Bo   
by: alexonlytuyo   
4/26/2011 9:24:38 AM
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Red Oak Bo Staff

Is this bo straight and can it roll on the ground.  
by: natbar02@aol.com   
4/25/2011 6:07:41 PM
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Yes this bo should be straight with the capability of rolling. If you order and it is not up to your standards, we'll issue a refund or exchange.
by: okiken108    
4/28/2011 11:07:23 AM
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Fast shipping, fun item!

I ordered this on Sunday, and got it that Wednesday (with standard shipping)! Now that's fast. The entire transaction, from ordering to tracking to receiving, went smoothly and I couldn't ask for more. It even came with shipping labels in case I wanted to return it. I actually am going to keep the cardboard cylinder it came in as it makes for a nice carrying case for them.

I ordered two 6-footers. The staff itself is good for the price: well-weighted, slides easily in the hands, and it feels pretty strong (haven't pounded on any heavy bags or anything yet, though). Neither of the two that I ordered are perfectly straight (if you look down them, they look a little crooked, and they won't roll on a flat surface), but they definitely look straight if you're not inspecting them closely, and it in no way hinders the useability (it actually seems more authentic that way).

I sparred with them today, and they felt good. They actually felt more lively than I thought they would, but I could still definitely see how a man could put some power behind blows with these. There were some nicks afterward, (probably from the blunt swords we were also using), but I sanded them down, and oiled them with some Minwax Tung Oil Finish (which I hear will give me moderate protection, not the best, but it's all I had around at the moment so I went with it). When I oiled them, the stain seemed to mix with the oil so that the sanded part looks just like the rest of it now, which I thought was nice (I hope that's not bad, I'm no woodworker). I'm not sure I trust the finish it comes with 'cause it seems to scratch off, so you might be well-off protecting it somehow, as red oak is known for being very porous and therefore it's important to protect it from water. If you do oil it, the porous nature of the wood may bleed back some of the oil with the first few coats, so be aware of that. If I could do it over again, I'd probably go with Waterlox Sealer varnish, which I hear offers really good protection for red oak, but please correct me if I'm wrong.

Overall, I'm glad to have ordered from karatedepot.com and will definitely keep them in mind if I need any other items. If the karatedepot guys are reading this, I would like to say that what set you guys apart initially was your price and your shipping, so I hope you continue to offer good deals. I'm definitely going to put these items through a lot of punishment, but I've got high hopes for them.  
by: onodrim   
4/24/2011 12:09:32 AM
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awesome service but the bo had a huge problem that I over looked

to my surprise it was shiped right on the day it was sopposed to I opened it today (christmas) and first thought it looked amazing a good wieght to it and powerful so I couldnt wait to test this baby out went to the backyard to train a lil and I didn't hit the stick on anything til I felt...a splinter,lol I quikly took it out and noticed the staff had a pretty good sized crack that at the same time was hardly noticable so yeah it would've split in two if I did any rough training so that dissapointed me  
by: Luke117   
12/26/2010 1:34:02 AM
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Hmm, that's not good Luke. Please feel free to alert our customer service so that we can get you a new one - http://www.karatedepot.com/csupport-exchange.html
by: okiken108    
12/27/2010 11:55:00 AM
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Solid stick, except for a spot.

I ordered two of these. One was definitely nicer than the other, which was defected with a rough spot (apparently a patched area). After a few blows, the patched area broke apart and now needs to be taped to avoid splinters.
Heavy bows, which could be what you are looking for. I prefer the 1 inch diameter. These have more weight, but are harder to get a good grip on than the 1 inch.  
by: wathakes   
12/24/2010 8:07:51 AM
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hey guys i was wondring how much this wieghs {the 5ft one} i really want to buy it but im afraid it will be to heavy so can someone please tell me how much it weighs thnx.  
by: Airman909   
12/17/2010 5:26:40 PM
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I don't have this item on hand airman but I can tell you it is a solid hardwood and therefore has some weight to it. Ash and rattan would both be lighter options.
by: okiken108    
12/21/2010 4:04:13 PM
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Where's Inventory?!

I ordered my Bo two months ago and it still has'nt come in or heard any information about it even being shipped yet, Whats going on? I called in October 22 and they said they were still geting it from inventory, How long does it take to get to inventory?   
by: Hawaii214   
11/22/2010 3:15:18 AM
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Hi Hawaii214. This is not good! Very sorry for the inconvenience. Could you email your info to csupport@karatedepot.com so that we can look into this matter?
by: okiken108    
11/22/2010 1:34:15 PM
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Extra long Bo

i am looking for a Bo, 7 foot long, i am 6'7" AND A 6 foot Bo is a little short. any ideas where i can locate one or is it possible special order one of that length.   
by: james weaver   
11/14/2010 1:24:56 PM
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Unfortunately we aren't carrying any that long at the moment James. A nice temporary solution would be to visit your neighborhood Home Depot and snag a 7 foot dowel. Sand it down, oil it up if you want to.

I'll keep you posted if we get some 7 footers in stock!
by: okiken108    
11/16/2010 12:56:41 PM
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Received my shipment 3 days after I placed the order. The bo is excellent for training. Fast processing and shipping.   
by: Carmen   
10/23/2010 7:11:39 PM
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Excellent Staff!

Bought this nearly a year ago and it is still going strong. A few slight scuff marks are the only sign of the heavy use it gets during staff practice, at least twice a week.  
by: Purple Belt 99   
10/9/2010 2:35:10 PM
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how susceptible is this staff to wood dents and/or cracks?  
by: SoxKid   
10/6/2010 8:34:44 PM
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Red oak is very durable soxkid. It should take punishment well. That being said it is still wood so if you bang it around enough you will see denting.
by: okiken108    
10/7/2010 1:17:38 PM
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Hello Im about 5'5 and i was wondering if i were to order this staff should i get 5ft or 6ft? and im still a beginner  
by: AlphaKenny1   
9/18/2010 1:56:25 PM
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Go with the 6' Alphakenny. The reason why is twofold:

1. Since you are looking at the nontapered version you can always cut down some of the length to a perfect match with your height (be sure to sand the edges too).

2. Having the extra length will be a little tough to negotiate at first, but is ultimately better for application and combat purposes. Many of the original Okinawan bojutsuka were much shorter than you or I and still used 6' staffs!
by: okiken108    
9/20/2010 11:20:37 AM
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just what was advertised

The bo staff was just what was advertised and I was very pleased with it. It came in the mail in record time which was good. I would order again from this company.  
by: sburtonfamily   
9/13/2010 12:23:15 PM
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This Bo looks pretty good. But I'm not sure about it, what do you guys think is the best type of Bo to get for practice and training? I've heard the wax wood is ok but bends more and is not as sturdy. I just want something that is durable and wont break easily or at all. If you could help me out that would be great.   
by: wookie90   
8/28/2010 10:53:25 AM
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This red oak staff will get you where you're going. Have fun wookie.
by: okiken108    
8/30/2010 5:21:29 PM
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Red Oak Bo

Excellent product, straight and sturdy. Delivered early and well packaged. I will definitely be back...  
by: Keith   
8/16/2010 11:17:46 AM
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speedy shipment with discreet packaging

Used standard shipping and it arrived before promised. Excellent quality: takes a beating, but beautiful enough for display. Doubles now as a great walking staff to ward off bears and cougars. ;)  
by: ericpaulmonroe   
8/15/2010 5:46:47 PM
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am I too light or weak for this bo?

I'm 5'7" and I only weigh like 110 pounds. I really want a bo staff I can defend myself with. I want it to last for heavy sparring, but I don't know if this will be too heavy for me? A lot of people say it's really heavy for lightweights but others say it's light. I don't know what to do. P.S I WANT a 6' bo, no less.  
by: DaniValentine   
8/5/2010 3:49:49 AM
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Hey Dani, you might be interested to know that the original okinawans who developed the bo kata and combat methods were smaller than yourself. They used bo's like this, and some even heavier. That being the case, I say yes - go for it. Grab this bo and challenge yourself to develop physically and learn how to use it effectively as a weapon.
by: okiken108    
8/5/2010 2:27:03 PM
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Very Pleased

I just received the staff today and i must say, it is a beautiful staff. It arrived 4 days before the estimated shipping date so that much appreciated. I am new to the bo staff but as far as i can tell it is very durable and very heavy. It is a bit hard to get spinning but when it does it carries with it amazing momentum. this is a great product and the service was just as pleasing.  
by: qtipguard   
7/8/2010 8:44:21 PM
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Really Good staff

really good weight and heft to it  
by: jgwong   
7/3/2010 12:00:43 PM
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Excellent buy

Previous to this purchase I have never handled a bo staff. The red oak straight and the waxwood tapered were bought together in the six foot length (I'm 5'8"). I have no sensei. In this remote, low population area it's do it yourself or not at all. At this point I have no interest in a style or competition. I just want to handle a staff for: the enjoyment of the skill, development of coordination, muscle and connective tissue strengthening and (at the bottom) self-defense. This staff and a six foot straight waxwood (bought elsewhere) are my preferred tools. The heft and handling meet my needs better than the taper. The milling and balance of the red oak staff are superior. The weight provides more control, as does the straight profile. The taper is faster because of lower tip mass (wood-type factored out) but is touchy to handle because the diameter changes along the length. The higher mass and straight milling of the oak is more forgiving of hand placement. The additional inertial mass also keeps the bo moving with less frequent input. Of course it's harder to stop (change direction), but that's where finesse comes in. A goof in smooth movement is readily apparent. As a weapon, I would not like to see this heavy object coming at me. A taper is easier to divert. And yes, muscle development and connective tissue flexibility have increased. I use bo staff practice as part of warm-up before a run.  
by: goosehaven   
7/1/2010 5:17:14 PM
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this review was very helpful. I am the same height and it was nice to know that the 6foot height was working for you.
by: qtipguard  
7/8/2010 8:45:25 PM
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wicked wicked WICKED!

quite simply the best staff i have worked with.
i have both the 5ft and the 6ft versions and both are extraordinary. the weight forces me to learn to be comfortable with moving it fast and keeping it in a constant motion. Its got an incredible amount of power and durability. the overall functionality of it is awesome, because with enough practice it can be used for demos and spars or in actual life combat situations.
again i got both sizes and thats ALL i'll ever need.  
by: Sean   
6/21/2010 8:26:31 AM
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Can you spare with this bo?

I am thinking about getting this staff was wondering if you could use it for heavy sparring?  
by: Nick   
6/18/2010 5:41:17 PM
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its quite an amazing staff honestly.
though i wouldnt use it for practice until you have proper control of its power, because i GUARANTEE putting 2% of your strength into a strike with that staff is MORE than enough to knock someone out.
trust me... i would know... i did XMA with it.... i was out for 3 days.
wasnt too pretty, haha. but i love it to death.
by: Sean  
6/21/2010 8:19:57 AM
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Don't listen to sean. although it is a powerful weapon itd take more than 2% to knock someone out.

Over exaggeration much?
by: Passionatefighter18  
7/20/2010 11:59:46 PM
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Its a solid staff and can be used for heavy sparring, although can break if you are striking solid objects over and over. Sean is right, I can thrust this bo with 18% of my strength and deliver a deadly blow. This is a very powerful weapon when weilded properly.
by: koolwaves25  
7/31/2010 11:34:51 AM
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I like it

Its a great deal heavier than I expected. Its really solid with like no flex to it. It really carries momentum and creates heavy impact. It will help better your forms and help u to feel comfortable with speed. It also makes you careful. If you want a decently heavy training staff its a good buy. I bought the 6-foot I am sure the 5-foot is less heavy and everything accordingly. I am definitely happy with it.  
by: krockyon   
5/12/2010 6:10:26 AM
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Krochyon is spot on. This is a lot heavier than I expected. Not bad at all for practice. If you strike someone with this full force, it will really really really hurt.
by: merlyn_dhc  
7/30/2010 1:13:33 PM
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Excellent staff, excellent price

Shipping and order processing were fast with no hassles involved. The staff, when received, is high quality merchandise and still in use during the karate class I am taking. I got a six foot staff, and it is solid wood, so if you're smaller you might want to go with the shorter length. The weight suits me perfectly but then I am 6 ft 5 inches and solidly built.  
by: Purple Belt 99   
4/15/2010 2:30:27 PM
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what is the actual diameter of the bo
by: Ryan147  
8/18/2010 10:36:44 AM
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It's 1 1/8" in diameter.
by: topout  
8/22/2010 1:28:52 PM
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This is the first bo that I have bought and I don't have much to complain about. It is strong, but it is a bit heavy if you're looking to flip it around easily. Great for basic forms, but look for something lighter if you plan to flip it around a lot.   
by: metalmaster32   
9/26/2009 4:55:24 PM
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this is problably the best weapon ever!!lol  
by: anonymous
7/8/2009 6:22:36 PM
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Good quality, POOR SERVICE.

I have No problems with the Bo, a little on the heavy side but too bad. Well made.

Be careful when ordering, 2 day shipping means 2 days "after" they get around to having it ready for the shipping company! IE; 2, 3, 4 days Ect...
I was told by customer service, "The timer that tells you how long you have for express shipping has little to do with reality, because it doesn't work properly, it's 2 days from the time we get it ready to ship". Too bad if for me that I need a replacement in a hurry. Don't expect an upgrade in shipping because you didn't understand their dysfunctional website, cause it ain't gonna happen.  
by: leblanc42   
6/30/2010 5:53:32 PM
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leblanc42 I apologize for the trouble. Your order should not take more than one business day to ship. I couldn't find your order number. Please email customercare@karatedepot.com your order number and I'll see that the issue is resolved.

Monday - Friday orders received before 3:00 eastern ship that day unless the item is not in stock (the website will tell you if an item is not in stock) or there's some other weird issue, like a credit card hold or the like.
by: topout  
6/30/2010 9:55:27 PM
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hey. is this staff good if I only goingto do tricks? I have done this tricks thing for about 5 years and could need a good staffto show some of my tricks to youtube and I got a few friends that doing this stuff to so pl tell me if this is good for only tricks:)
by: Ðoonight  
5/23/2011 12:26:47 PM
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Don't believe the comment with the apology. I placed an order on 20/May, my card was charged on 23/May. Today is 1/June and the order still says "processing". I'm hoping it'll make it to me by the 12th since its supposed to be a birthday present.
by: pugwhan  
6/1/2011 7:44:12 PM
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