Reviews

nurtuer   

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“I was very surprised to find them to be coded. So for a lot of people they have a very beautiful piece of art. For me I had no idea how much I would love them. Now to find someone who has put the time in to learn the basics.”

wk3922  

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“I just want to personally thank James for his exceptional work on my tanto with saya. Everything is perfectly crafted to meet the rigors of swordsman ship and meets higher expectations than one would expect from a bokken. His kindness and willingness to show and teach through the process was wonderful as well as all the pics through the process. These bokken are of a unique yet beautiful design perfected by himself. A true artist that shows his passion through his work. Not to mention I consider him a friend as he was kind and considerate through the process. I recommend his work for any martial artist who loves a work of art that can be passed down yet will withstand the pressures of hard training. Worth every penny. Ty again James, and take care.”

daveh1066  

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“Arrived in pristine condition, amazing work and pleased to and proud to own it.”

Rene Fernandez   

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“The item was shipped exactly as promised. The communication with the seller could not have been better. James kept me updated with pictures as he was going thru the making process. Excellent communication. But best of all was the bokken, it was handcrafted beautifully and its high quality surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend River Reed Crafts (James) and his beautifully crafted wooden swords. I will buy from again.”

emmettcheryl

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“Custom Jian delivered to me safe and sound as promised along with a certificate of authenticity. It handles like a dream. Beautiful craftsmanship. I believe it will be a faithful companion in my martial training. It is dear to me already.”

George Young

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“I feel so very fortunate to have a Katana Bokken from River Reed Crafts. James Dinh is a master craftsman of his art. And Art it is. But not just the kind of art that hangs on a wall or is viewed through a glass case or resting on a stand to be admired. It’s art that likes to be held. It’s art that lets you feel it’s strength. It’s art that has balance and grace. And all this is born from a long tradition. The strongest of woods are chosen. Then laminated and shaped to an even greater strength by a skilled artisan. I especially enjoyed how Master Dinh shared the process with me. I now have a deeper understanding of what went into his creation, and appreciate my Bokken even more….”

Luc Geurts

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“I normally don’t review goods I bought but for the odd exception, I am more than happy to recommend River Reed Crafts (James & Cheryl) for their excellent services. The custom bokken I ordered is superb, smooth in the hands, able to survive some serious heavy blows without even a scratch. And if you care for looks, this is pure craftsmanship like in the old days, something you don’t find that easy anymore. Every single detail is perfect. So in short, if you want to buy a high quality bokken, don’t (like I did) spend precious time searching online, visiting every store in reach, asking people till you drop. Talk to James and you’ll get what you were hoping for. PS, Cheryl, if you read the reviews, love the additional bag. Thanks both of you.”

genschaw123

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“Great experience and a great Bokken that is a pleasure to train with. Perfect!”

Anastasia Shuba

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“The weapon was completed earlier than expected. As always with this seller, the bokken was of outstanding quality and made for an unforgettable gift to my teacher. The balance of the bokken is amazing: it feels lighter than my regular bokken even though this handcrafted bokken is actually heavier. The surface is very smooth to the touch, but it can take lots of heavy hits and remain in perfect condition. Mind blown!”

Frank Chaustowich

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“I’ve reviewed one of James’s bokkens before here, and I marveled on it’s beauty, form, balance and it’s ultimate purpose of function. I honestly thought I’d seen his best work, and yet with this longsword…his first attempt at a non-eastern sword..he has truly exceeded my high expectations. It’s tough, perfectly balanced and weighted for training…if you close your eyes you would not know this wasn’t a true steel sword…and absolutely beautiful. The curves and woodwork detail are spot-on. The scabbard fits beautifully. l I would say this is the best ‘training waster’ you will ever use, but that sort of limits James’s creation…this is truly a masterwork in wood. I know both my reviews are super-glowing, but I can’t say enough how much I love this sword. Well worth the price he charges.”

jmarshallstone

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“Merriam-Webster defines “art” as “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects” and from this it is fair to say Mr. Dinh’s Bokken are not art. I know they are beautiful, but they are not art. The beauty of the Bokken is not the purpose of the piece. It is a convenient by-product and nothing more. These are functional. These are mean. Art isn’t functional. No, this is something else entirely, and I love it. River is an Artisan. He is passionate about creating the best Bokken, and he does. I’ve held a few interesting steel swords in my time, including Albions and custom works of amazing quality, but when I held River’s Bokken it was immediate to me that this was the highest quality, and genuinely the nicest sword I’d ever held. I can’t recommend this enough.”

Dijean OReggio

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“This is literally the best bokken I have ever bought. It felt someone’s heart and soul was put into creating this beautiful piece. It handles great, the material is very strong, love how I can grip the Tsuka, the Saya is excellent and love the color and paint work, enjoyed the updated pictures I received of my bokken being made, and the craftsman is very nice and genuine individual. The whole experience made it the best purchase I have ever done. If anyone I know is looking for an excellent bokken, I will definitely request them to River Reed Crafts because their items are well worth the price and you will not be disappointed. Only thing left to say is thank you for this bokken.”

otizzy

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“The photos do not allow for the craftsmanship and beauty of these handmade works of art. Not only beautiful and one of a kind, my Bokken has become an important part of my training, The communication was outstanding. There is no way I could be happier with the whole experience. I can highly recommend River Reed Crafts. If you are thinking about commissioning one, you will be beyond satisfied. Thank you!”