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Kendo Shinai by KD Elite

Kendo Shinai

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Product Description
    • Durable bamboo construction
    • Leather covered handle
    • Includes 2 piece handguard
    • The red straps are included to hold the staves together for shipping, remove them when ready to use

    Buy two for just $45.90 thanks to our new bulk pricing offer.

    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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Good strong product

My two boys have had a few wooden swords to play with. THey are 13 and 16, and love to pretend to be jedi with them. The others have broken too easily. This one is quite good. I play with them often with a lot more strength and it feels good to me. Really good deal for <$20. Highly recommended.
We are not serious, but do wack each other's shinai pretty hard. We tap each other in the body, and sometime hit the head on accident. This shinai is made to absorb some shock, so it's not like it is hitting someone with a hard wooden sword. The four bamboo staves in the sword slide past each other and absorb some shock. Really nice design. The shinai is straight and stiff, despite being able to absorb shock.   
by: drcoffma   
6/12/2010 2:45:09 PM
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I would recommend this to anyone who's thinking about joining Kendo. Kendo for those who don't already know is very fast past and demanding both body and mind and much different from other more common hand to hand arts. Kendo can also be painful when hit in areas where your bogu doesn't cover. but don't worry because you only hit each other when your a year or so in to it. This Shinai can handle about a month of Kendo so buy two. That's also a good thing because that's about how long top grade Shinai lasts for. Over all a good buy for a beginner.  
by: Kendo-rules   
12/3/2006 12:42:40 AM
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Quality over quantity!

I usually buy items for my grand daughter and some of her karate friends. I no very little about the equipment they use. However, they say it is the quality of the equipment, is top shelf. I will continue to purchase from you, quality over quantity, is very good.  
by: BSKelley   
1/24/2016 2:09:43 PM
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by: okiken108    
1/25/2016 4:14:19 PM
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Exactly what I needed.  
by: ricorum   
1/15/2015 10:35:44 AM
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Exactly what I needed.  
by: ricorum   
1/15/2015 10:35:40 AM
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Greetings. I would like to ask. I am from the Philippines and am quite interested in buying once I have the right amount. Will there be an extra fee for shipping it to my country or will the free shipping for orders exceeding $25 apply? I am a new member so please do guide me and correct me if I stated anything wrong. Thank you .  
by: JM   
8/10/2013 8:18:34 AM
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Hi JM. The free shipping over $25 offer is only valid for continental United States orders. A shipment to the Philippines would have an associated shipping cost, which you could find out by adding your desired items to your cart and going to 'checkout'. There, before entering payment info, you can get details on shipping rates and times.
by: okiken108    
8/12/2013 12:54:22 PM
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Everything I hoped for

This Kendo Shinai is everything you'd expect a high quality Shinai would be. I bought two other ones previous from somewhere else that were $5 less apiece but were of much lower quality. I'd recommend theses Shinais and the Karate Depot to anyone looking for the real deal at a reasonable price. I didn't give it five stars only because I think that everything and everyone could be better if they try hard and long enough.   
by: smeatmonster   
5/20/2013 5:23:05 PM
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how durable is the bamboo exactly and what type is it?  
by: Marvin   
4/14/2013 11:39:16 AM
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The shinai is extremely durable and designed to withstand repeated contact, especially if you conduct regular maintenance on it.
by: okiken108    
4/15/2013 3:30:51 PM
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Order arrived very quickly. My teacher and I practiced hard for two hours and there wasn't even a scratch on it. These will last you a long time and are very high quality.  
by: Silver   
9/9/2012 7:14:41 PM
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Kendo Shinai(midieval combat)

I pruchased the shinai for practice and initial qualifying in Midieval Combat training.
everyone told me to buy two because they fall apart....
Ive been through 4 fighter practice and 3 bouts in midieval tournament. I've really beat the crap out of the one I use. You cant see ANY wear or anything! no worries!
good quality, good price, I recommend!  
by: Mobiut Terrus Phlasque   
8/19/2012 9:55:41 PM
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kendo shinai

These are really neat! I like the sounds they make when clashing together! We choreograph fight scenes and is really fun! I can't say how they hold up under intense fighting as we don't get to aggressive, at least right now. I give a thumbs up for sure, and if they break, I'd buy more, can't beat the price! ; )  
by: dne''   
7/8/2012 4:38:12 PM
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As always, I absolutely love these things. I only wish they were sturdier but I always just end up duct taping all my kendo swords anyways, regardless of who they are from. I'm probably not using them correctly, my sparring partners and I usually just wack the living crap out of each other. Ah, good times.  
by: KFPanda   
1/6/2012 6:17:09 PM
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its a good item and i would recommend it to anyone who wants a practice sword. my only complaint is that it didn't come with a tsuba, and thats a relatively minor complaint anyhow wonderful product overall  
by: shu wen   
12/20/2011 12:55:23 AM
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What is the correct size for an adult?  
by: Michelle   
12/14/2011 12:28:17 PM
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Hi Michelle. A size 46 is appropriate for adult females, and 47 for males. There can be some height alterations to that, but in general that's the way to go.
by: okiken108    
12/16/2011 11:11:15 AM
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2 for 1

I am very pleased with this item. I have used Shinai before and this is very good quality. It can take a nice beating and it won't bend, break or otherwise warp easily. Plus, I only ordered 1 and I received 2 in the mail. I am sure it was a mistake but I am still quite pleased with it.   
by: Alex   
2/18/2011 4:41:56 PM
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Good Shinai, Great Price! Buy 2 and save even more money (and have a spare).  
by: jimcaudill   
1/14/2011 11:02:39 AM
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What's handguard?

What's handguard? Is it stopper(Tsuba)?  
by: Kendo   
10/16/2010 7:05:40 PM
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Yes, tsuba is the handguard. It includes a plastic guard and a rubber stopper.
by: okiken108    
10/19/2010 4:08:48 PM
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Sorry, and thank you for the weight, but I meant the individual lengths. For example another is 40 inches long, but 29' blade, 10.5" handle. What are the dimensions of this one?  
by: cheeto_king   
10/7/2010 5:38:08 PM
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Ohh ok. For the 46" shinai the blade is about 32" and the handle about 14".

Each would be a touch longer for the 47".
by: okiken108    
10/8/2010 11:12:15 AM
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What is the exact length of this Shinai? Including blade, hand guard and handle. And, what is the (Give or take) weight of this item?  
by: cheeto_king   
10/6/2010 6:25:04 PM
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The length you order (46", 47", etc) is the total length of the weapon. It weighs about 1.2 lbs.
by: okiken108    
10/7/2010 1:22:41 PM
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In Love

I looked around for a good strong Shinai and had acouple fail shots until coming here. These boys are strong and lightweight. How strong you may asked? I took him to a tree first nice training swing and moved up to homerun baseball swing lol the joints on the wood crazy strong total worth it and what a Great Price!! Just brought 6 more
by: Amanda   
6/12/2010 5:33:49 AM
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wat stays on

What strings go and wat strings stay on  
by: sonicbhw   
4/14/2010 4:50:03 PM
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All the strings stay on except for the three red bands around the bamboo. Those are mostly for shipping purposes. However, if you dont want to chance it, just leave them on - they will eventually wear off during your training.
by: okiken108    
4/21/2010 4:54:34 PM
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this shinai is great!!!!I wacked it hard on a tree and it didnt brake! this is great to buy when it breaks im really gonna buy a new one!!!!  
by: azndude   
12/25/2008 1:42:22 PM
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I am a beginner in the art, but I love the feel of my Shinai. The weight is very comfortable for me. I plan on buying another for myself and 2 pairs for my kids.  
by: masonde   
10/26/2008 11:18:29 AM
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I just got mine today, very fast shipping 3 days earlier then expected. They split up my order so I don't know how they made money off me, The Shinai is awesome, I removed the strings and got all the plastic off and smacked it as hard as I could against a tree and it didn't break, crack, or dent. I am very happy and will write another review when my shinai breaks.   
by: marine09666   
9/22/2008 11:54:43 AM
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These are the same shinai that can be bought for twice the price at most stores. They last well for mid level sparring, and I would recommend them for all levels so long as you're not attempting to just wail on each other with them. Make sure to take off the red strips, they are not only meant to come off, but they shinai is more likely to break with them on. the weapon is also much more dangerous with them on because it can't absorb shock as well.  
by: superdude69   
4/12/2008 11:47:29 AM
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Me and my freind both ordered 2 of these from this site about a year ago. His broke about 2 months in, might i add in we strike with all the force we can when we hit, mine lasted almost 2 years, it just started cracking to day, and even tho it started cracking, we keep fighting, now at the top its all cracked. im buying another one of these soon, i love the balance and maneuverability of these Shinai's.  
by: montney   
11/9/2007 9:21:03 PM
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I bought two of these a little while back, and they are absolutely great! The craftsmanship is remarkable, they are light and nimble, and me and my friend had a great sparring with them! I definitely recommend it, it is great buy for the money!  
by: silvrstridr   
7/7/2007 11:46:27 AM
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My friend ordered a bunch of these and we practiced for hours they are a amazingly light and durable, a must buy.  
by: masoonxx4   
12/16/2006 11:32:53 PM
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I bought this product for my rigorous training schedule and have been pleased immensely by its tough durability yet lightness and balance. I highly recommend the purchase of this product!  
by: dragonsamurai   
8/20/2006 8:38:43 PM
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Incredible Value

You can't go wrong with this kendo shinai. For roughly twenty bucks, you get first-rate craftsmanship and absolutely incredible durability. This might be the best buy of KarateDepot.com  
by: anonymous
7/7/2006 7:14:18 PM
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good product

This is a great training sword, just perfect for those just beginning to learn how to handle a Japanese sword. Definitely recommended!  
by: shinobi294   
6/22/2006 11:11:51 PM
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Great Buy

This is a great product for such a low price. EXTREMELY Fast & cheap shipping. Thank you very much.  
by: anonymous
6/9/2006 3:30:07 AM
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I just started kendo and this shinai is holding up very well. in class we have sparred and so far I cant see any sign of damage on this shinai. after about 7 classes the only difference I can see on this shinai is that the handle is getting discolored but there is no damage to the shinai. this is a great buy and it will last you a long time....buy this shinai!  
by: beZoar   
4/16/2006 6:13:38 PM
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Good Training Sword

Very light and extremely maneuverable. A good sword for trainees just getting started.  
by: battlehammer   
4/5/2006 6:45:28 PM
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good practice weapon

This shinai is of great quality. Not for competition or anything like that for practice. For longer results the shinai should be sanded on the inside of the staves and oiled.   
by: watojutsu_gokui   
2/13/2006 8:20:29 PM
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They do say...

They do say to take the little red strings off before use. So don't think its a bad thing that they do come off. Great item!  
by: woggy84   
1/3/2006 11:07:24 PM
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Good sword, cheap strings.

My brother and I use these to develop our 2 sword style. The bamboo is very durable, but one of the red strings snapped the first time I hit him with it. Here's a tip: I use my sister's hairspray to make the strings stay on better. Highly recommended.  
by: CyberSamurai   
10/21/2005 3:32:09 PM
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A very nice beating stick

I don't have a lot of experience with other shinais, but friends who have used mine (and DO have experience) think it's a simple but very nice little number. I wish the ballance were shifted more towards the hilt, but you adapt quickly. Forget the little red strings - mine lasted all of 15 minutes (and I still keep finding them every now and then).

Also, thanks to an accident, I can verify that they can handle being left out in the rain, and can survive active use in the middle of a river (we were drunk). Durable and strong, though they need occasional tightening.  
by: Lithium   
6/18/2005 9:11:37 PM
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Great Value! I've had shinai's that snapped in half after a couple hours of sparring. That surely won't happen with this one. The red strings do come off once in a while, but other than that, great! A perfect practice sword. Buy it.  
by: Dex0791   
4/6/2005 11:57:57 PM
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Good Sword

Very good practice sword. I recommend it to anyone who wants to build up their striking power and to anyone who wants to increase speed with a sword. The only problem I had was that the hand guard slips off occasionally. Overall, good sword to build up things.  
by: yinsword90   
3/6/2005 2:23:36 PM
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Its very durable but could be beter.

It is a very good kendo shinai but it starts to get loose after a while of practicing. The red strings do come off very easily and the white grip gets worn and dis-colored easily. Overall it s a good practice sword so buy it. You won't be disapointed.  
by: Matt   
1/13/2005 4:57:40 PM
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Very strong, durable wood. However, when practicing, don't plan on keeping the little red strings on. After an hour of training mine were all off. In any case, the swords certainly isn't just for looks. Other than the small decorative strings, this practical equipment is certainly a superb training sword that should last quite some time.  
by: Nyukin   
5/19/2004 10:01:17 AM
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Length: 43"
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Length: 47"
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KD Elite means Value. Get more than you expect with KD Elite martial arts equipment. Our student uniforms are just a bit heavier, our judo gis are stitched perfectly, and our shields take more punishment. Products that last - KD Elite.
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