Calling all swordsfolks! How do you get a grip?

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    Calling all swordsfolks! How do you get a grip?

    My brand new bokken (cheap wood, single piece painted black) arrived yesterday, and I immediately took it to the gym. After about 10 or so reps of the Shadow Warrior workout... the cording on the grip came off.



    So what would folks recommend I wrap the grip in to ensure that it doesn't go flying out of my sweaty hands and kill someone, while keeping bulk down (I have small hands)? Would that tape that hockey or lacrosse players use on their sticks work? Should I go with duck tape? Should I just clean the remaining glue off and leave it as is?

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    AwkwardPenguin ... sounds like you got a bit ripped off. Sorry.
    My two bokken arrived with no wrap and survived Katana Week without a slip. That's including the 1,000 Cuts Workout, in case you were wondering.
    Yes, I went through the Katana Warmup each and every 'day' - and many times after completion.

    And, yes, the sound of the 'blade' whistling through the air made me 'feel good'.

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      #3
      Definitely no duct tape! It slips, and you will never, ever, get the stickiness off. It will collect lint and dust for years to come.

      Try something like that non-adhesive no-skid shelf liner. Wrap a piece around the hilt, and tape it to itself at both ends. It works well even on slick metal barbells. This is the type of thing I mean; cheap, washable, widely available: Duck Brand Non-Adhesive Shelf Liner.

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        #4
        Hi, my bokken (white oak, $25) also came with no grip, just with a plastic tsuba and a rubber band to fix it. I never used the tsuba and gave the bokken a nice finish with linseed oil. Now its shiny and should be even more slippery, but it never left my hands unintended, while keeping me company through Pandora and other rough places in the Darebee-universe. Maybe You are overthinking it, get rid of the glue and leave it. Especially if You have small hands it might be more comfy. If in doubt You can take some sandpaper to the handle to roughen it. I would rather have a simple, uniform piece of wood, than a lacrosse-stick-wannbe in my hands. But thats just MHO.
        DaithiMeyer Yeah! When You hear the 'swoosh', You know, You have done it right!
        Andi

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          #5
          Yup: Just clean off the glue and it should be fine. No one in my dojo wraps the hilt of their bokken and we strike with a fair amount of power and a dropped weapon is very rare.
          If you really must wrap it with something, try self-adhesive bandage wrap (like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LX9UR77/).

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