New plastic bachi for Tsugaru playing style. This is the typical beginner student bachi. Compared to bekkou bachi, the blade is stiff and hard. The handle is long enough to fit bigger hands, too.
If you’re just starting out with playing the shamisen: It’s pretty common that the bachi feels a bit weird at the beginning. But it should not cause any pain – neither in wrist nor in any of the fingers of your bachi hand. Please make sure not to grip the bachi handle when playing but to have the bachi wedged in your hand in a relaxed way (I know, it’s hard! But that really is the key to a healthy swing, painless play and a great tone).
If the handle feels too wide and/or long, you can saw it off and sand it down. Never accept pain 🙂 If you have questions, feel free to reach out.