This wooden Bachi shows slight signs of use at the corners. As you can see in the pictures, there’s an imperfection at the side where the weight is inserted. It is very comfortable to hold and play with. The blade is relatively stiff considering it’s wood. It should make it a robust little friend for your shamisen. It’s on the heavy side for wooden bachi and also relatively long. So if you have larger hands, this should be the right choice for you!
Wooden Bachi are usually used in Nagauta practice. Personally, I think they are great for styles like Minyo as well, because the wood is just so comfortable in your hand and the flexibility of the blade creates a nice snap. For Tsugaru style the blade can’t take the impact of extended stretches of intense hitting. It’s a great bachi to start out with though, because the smoothness of the material and the low weight make it easier for your hand to get used to holding the bachi – which just feels weird in the beginning!
Being made of wood, it’s also very easy to adjust the hilt length, width or height in case you want to make it fit your hand even better.
weight: 189,6 g
blade: 11,5 cm
length: 19,9 cm
hilt width (bottom end): 2,7 cm
hilt height (bottom end): 2,6 cm