What is a hand-stitched Kendo Bogu? Last Updated: 2012-08-22
With a hand-stitched Kendo Bogu, the needle is passed through the Futon to the reverse side, and ten inserted back through to the surface after a small interval. Then it is passed almost immediately back through to the reverse, leaving only a small dot type stitch on the surface on the Futon. For this reason, the hand-stitched Kendo Bogu set has less of the stitching thread exposed to the Futon's surface. This means that stitches are much less likely to break when struck with Shinai.
To keep the stitches in an evenly spaced line, the futon is firmly scored, giving the Futon a grid-like appreance. This is often mi-interpreted to be square-shaped stitching, or double stitching; however, upon close inspection, it can be seen that stitches are the tiny dots as described above.