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A Suburito

A suburitō (素振り刀 ?) is a wooden practice sword possessing significantly greater size and weight than those of a typical bokken. As such, it is used for practicing suburi (sword swinging) and solo kata only, and is not intended for use in contact drills. Its main purpose is to perfect hasuji (edge-angle) and tomei (ability to stop the sword). Together, the suburitō and bokken were used by samurai to prepare for katana training and use.

A suburitō is commonly around 115 cm (45 in) in length, with a mass of 1 kg (2.2 lb), but it can be as long as 130 cm (50 in) and weigh 2 kg (4.5 lb). Unlike a bokken, a suburitō does not possess a guard.

A common misconception among persons unfamiliar with the suburitō is that it is connected to nodachi training, due to its being similar in size and shape. Although its utility in that regard could be argued, it was never intended for such training purposes.

Legend has it that Miyamoto Musashi carved a suburitō out of a boat's oar as he traveled to his famous duel with Sasaki Kojiro, whom he killed by striking him on the skull and killing him with a single blow.

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