Reverse the taper

Most of those who study kobudo are familiar with two types of bo; straight and tapered. In the former, an even diameter from end to end leads to a sturdy, relatively heavy weapon. In the latter, the diameter tapers down from the center towards each end. This removes weight without compromising strength. A tapered bo tends to allow for easier, faster manipulation.

But less commonly seen is a reverse-taper bo such as one below that I just completed for a client. In this case, the end diameters are larger than that of the center. I had not used one prior to making this one but took some time to “test” it before shipping it out. The feel is quite different. First, although it behaves like a straight bo, the weight is closer to that of a tapered version. In addition, with the weight balanced towards the ends, it creates it’s own momentum on spins. And, the extra diameter at the ends allows for great control when both hands are at one end (such as with pokes).

All in all, this is a unique alternative and I look forward to making more.

Handcarved Reverse Taper Bo Purpleheart, Jatob, and Hickory 72 x 1-1/4 inches $145 (Sold)
Handcarved Reverse Taper Bo
Purpleheart, Jatob, and Hickory
72 x 1-1/4 inches
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