Jump to content
Tonkotsu

"Bokuto" JapaneseDoctors Sword

Recommended Posts

Here is a Japanese ‘Bokuto’ which are imitation swords made of wood. They were worn in Japan by doctors and merchants during the 1700s and 1800s. The swords are imitation because, at this time, only Samurai warriors could carry real swords. A bokuto was often worn at night. It gave the impression of a real sword to warn off potential attackers. This sword is made of wood and is 13 ¾” (34.3cm) long.

Side-A.jpg

Side-B.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmm that looks strange. What kind of doctor was this  😁

(sorry for the kidding)

 

 

  • Like 1
  • Haha 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not an expert but just to add I read about 'replacement' pieces made of wood such as shown above for use during the tea ceremony where being armed was not permitted. I've seen a few come around and they were shaped imitating tanto koshirae.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Those for the tea ceremony, Axel, where a real blade would not be permitted, were called 茶刀 Chatō I believe.

As to bean pods, Barry, I have a giant bean pod here from a Nata-mamé plant, nata being a type of cleaver. Definite similarity as you say, and likely deliberate. Dry, so slightly shrunken.

9BC77251-5DDC-43E2-994A-BE140AAF30A6.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pietro....I wonder if they really believe that's a mushroom? 😁

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here is a picture of a few of mine. I find them very interesting, some very detailed, not usually inexpensive, and at least for me hard to find for sale. Hope you enjoy them and feel free to comment. If anyone would like a better picture of any individual piece please let me know. Thank you for looking.

                MikeR

8B7BF57B-90F3-4503-B71B-E9B93DFF9D37.jpeg

D431BC76-EE37-47F2-8477-BC06128FEF6F.jpeg

  • Like 3
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Michael, would love to see a few more pics of the top 3.
Are they solid  one piece?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very interesting! I've used bokken in martial arts for more than 30 years,& have never run across anything like these. Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...