My old pair of AWMA/Century sais not only arrived a bit rusted but are now even more rusted and falling apart on me. With that being said, I decided to go online and search for a different brand or better quality sai. Unfortunately, my search returned little to no results but I did manage to find a couple sites that can make custom sais that are form fitted.
I ended up going with Phillip Worbington of Worbington Steele (worbingtonsteele.com). Phil is not only a Nana Dan (7th Degree Black Belt) but also a master machinist. Who better to trust in making my sais? Phil's site described what dimensions he needed from me. I sent over my request and measurements and he did the rest. It was fast and painless.
Within two weeks I had my sais in hand and I honestly couldn't be happier. I will be training with them this week and will let you know how they are. I can say that right now the sais look exceptional and have a wonderful feel to them. They are very balanced and on the lighter side which is great.
Here are some pics until I can do a more robust review after playing around with them for a bit longer:
|My Worbington Sais are truly a work of art.|
|"Isshin Ryu Karate Do" etched into the sais|
|I chose a cone shaped tsukagashira (butt end of handle) to pack more of a punch.|
|I chose an antique finish for my sais. Look at the weld job!|
|I chose a black tsuka (handle) wrap. Other colors available.|
Nice sai. I like the kanji etching job, that's a nice touch. I got a pair of Shureido that I picked up a few years ago that are really nice.ReplyDelete
Good luck towards 2nd dan.
Thanks for writing John. I did contact Shureido but it took forever to get a quote back from them and I got antsy. Do you have any pics of your sais that you can share? Kind of curious how they look compared to mine. I haven't seen any pics of their sais which was also something that scared me off as well.ReplyDelete
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I have had two sets of sai made by Phillip Worbington. Both sets are expertly made and hold up very well to contact training against bo and jo. Highly recommended.ReplyDelete
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