I am not the only person referring to this kind of bachi as “panda bachi” although it is not the official name for it. Whatever you call it, I think it’s a fantastic alternative to a full bekko bachi, because it is so much more affordable and also uses smaller amounts of bekko while still yielding the bekko sound. I also like the look of it!
The blade of this panda bachi is sturdy and the tips are nice and firm. This bachi is unused but has some minor surface spots from storage on the handle (see pictures). The bekko corners are unusually light in color. In the shamisen world, this color is desired because it is said to yield a better tone. I have not experienced that yet – but I also haven’t spent any time on systematically looking for a difference.
This type of bachi is usually used for Minyo style, but can also be found among Nagauta players.
- weight: 176,7 g
- blade: 10,9 cm
- length: 20,5 cm
- hilt width (bottom end): 28 mm
- hilt height (bottom end): 27,5 mm