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Bokken, jo, and tanto used in Aikido are most commonly made from oak. For beginners, we recommend red or white oak in particular due to their durability and reasonable pricing. Both red and white oak, which have combined strength and density, are regarded as excellent materials in martial arts, and are widely favored from beginners to trained practitioners.
Akagashi red oak (Quercus gilva) is slightly lighter and less expensive than white oak, making it especially in demand among female practitioners and students. In contrast, highly popular white oak is somewhat heavier and gives a more solid feeling when gripped.