The Kendo shinai is a weapon used in place of a true sword while practitioners spar and hone their skills. These Kendo swords are safer than a katana or even a bokken, but are made to simulate the weight or size of the alternative weapons. Shinai are made from slats of bamboo and must be carefully constructed to be pliable, yet durable enough to withstand prolonged or frequent sparring.
Tozando shinai are available in single units or as bulk packages. Shinai bags can also be bought separately. This crucial piece of Kendo equipment can be customized based on the customer’s needs or skill level.
To ensure (maintain) safety, shinai should go through some maintenance. They should be regularly checked for splinters and cracks, in addition to being oiled and sanded if necessary. Accessories for assembling, caring and shinai maintenance including string, rubber, tsubadome, oil, shavers and are also available.