After calibrating and changing batteries on the scale; The exact weight of the kanabo is 3,25 kg or 7,17 pounds. Sorry for previous exagerations
Anthony, your kanabo is still very heavy, it must be made from a dense wood and the iron appears to be quite thick. With so few of these types of weapons being recorded the weights and lengths are important. Many Japanese weapons seem quite lite compared to European and Indo-Persian weapons but your kanabo is right up there, it would have done some serious damage.
So far I have an ararebo (283grams 14in), two tall kanabo (4lbs/4ft 8in) and (4.85lb/5ft 4in) and your shorter kanabo (3ft/7.17lb)
To put it in perspective, a Katana weighs anything from 2 to 3 pounds, a true Scottish Claymore weighs 5 to six pounds.
It's very much not how much it weighs but how it balances and how you use it as to whether it feels heavy.
Same with Kana Bo etc I guess, if you're an Oni then the heavier the better......
Although not Kanabo, this might show it ain't the size of the dog in the fight...
I swear they make this stuff up nowadays.
When I saw the freeze frame of the video, I was sure it was a compilation of people failing to draw their way too long swords. Now I can't even say if the actual content is less ridiculous - or more...
Ian, while that does resemble a kanabo there is this bit of info about what the object may also be.
I was told by my friend who owns the picture that the item being held is actually a bell that was taken from a rival village during a battle, he was given this information whilst living in japan learning the skill of bow making. He actually trained as a wooden instrument maker in south africa and his love of samurai led him to japan which leads me on to the existance of clans in japan as they are still recognised, as they would be in scotland uk.
At the end of his eight years in japan he was recognised as a bow maker and given the honour of such and i have seen the certificate which made him a member of the fujiwara clan as official bow maker. His son practices with the bows and has taken part in many events in japan, my friend also has 30 years sword practice under his belt and is truely amazing to watch with a katana even at 65 years of age. Obviously as there are still desendents of the clan alive not all the members committed seppuku and there is lots of info online regarding the clan. May i also say that i am so happy this picture has raised so much interest and debate, i just knew it would.
My Kanabo got a big sister today. She is 5 feet, 150 cm, so quite a lot longer than my other one. My first has an iron core. This one is made of wood but has some metal reinforcements in the knobs.
The only issue is the insect damage at the top. It does not look that deep and more to one side but who knows the actual dept they been destroying.
I have 3 options and would like your opinion.
1. Treat her with pesicide and let her be. 2. Treat her with pesticide and paint the top (There is a high tech paint shop close to my home that can blend any colour) 3. Since the top knobs are all missing, cut her down a half or a full inch and then repaint.
Nice Kanabo Anthony! I'm not an expert and this is my humble opinion, but I will go with option 1. Because I like having something damaged, it is something that has a story to tell. But I can understand that the look would be much better with option 3; maybe others member with actual experience might be wiser than me Cheers, Luca
Anthony You could have a nuclear attack in your collection if you don't treat the kanabo. It looks you still have worms alive!! The orange color of the wood is intense, a bad sympton... For sure, no doubts, you should treat it! 1. Take away Lucielle right now from the room cause you have so many wood stuff there that could be affected as well. 2. Put her inside a plastic bag and seal it till you treat it 3. Buy a pesticide, a brush and a syringe 4. You need to introduce the pesticide with the syringe in every each hole. On the top just give with the brush. Remember that pesticide turns the wood color darker so if some goes down from the stick it could change the color 5. Seal it again. Before sealing it you could introduced inside a glass with cottom that has been immersed in pesticide. Then, closed completely with tape and don't allow any air going in, we want to create a toxic microclimate for the worms. 6. Keep it at least 2-3 weeks in the plastic bag. And 7 up to you if you wanna cover/paint it... I think I would cover it with a wood resin and make it flat. Then, I would apply a color
I check her out more closely today. I brushed the surface, not much came of. Nothing comes out when tapping. I probed every hole with a wire. There is only very shallow holes a couple of mm, the deepest was aroung 1/5 inch or 5mm, and that was a single one. The holes could go sideways and be deeper but I still belive the damage is not very deep.
I need to contemplate. The advice to make an extermination process is very good, and probably necessary, but it could also be that if I cut 1 cm of the top I might get a fresh surface that I could paint or cap.