|Written by Jürgen Seebeck|
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Keikoyari (training spears) are not obtained easyly even in Japan. The author saw a kamayari for sale in a budô equipment shop in Tôkyô just once. And there is only one maker/distributor of wooden weapons who sells kamayari and suyari (but only 9 shaku long) through his webshop. Recently he ships the spears to destinations outside Japan as well, but I fear the transportation might be even more expensive than the spear itself.
So in the end you have to ask a carpenter to build a spear to your specifications. Or just do it yourself. Don't worry. Building a spear isn't that difficult. On the contrary it is a lot of fun, at least for me.
The jûmonji kamayari (cross shaped sickle-spear)
Length: approximately 273 cm
Diameter: tapers from approximately 32 mm at the ishizuki (butt end of the spear) to approximately 25 mm at the tip
These are the measurements of the spears used in Nara. In Hamburg, Germany we usually use spears which taper from 35 mm to 25 mm or from 30 mm to slightly less than 25 mm depending on the quality of the material available.
Approximately 24 cm below the tip a cross-bar of 16 cm length is inserted in the shaft. Width and thickness of this cross-bar depend on the material used. In the beginning we used the wood, but in the last couple of years we only use bamboo which is the material of choice in Japan as well. In the case of bamboo a width of less than 20 mm and a thickness of approximately 6 - 8 mm is sufficient for the cross-bar and the shaft of the kamayari is not weekened more than necassary.
The suyari (straight/simple spear)