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    Hello all, I have a question on Obi if you don't mind ( Thread somewhere? )

    - Is there a width difference? 4" and 2.5" are what I found. Pros and Cons?
    - What about length? How do I know which one to buy? ( 137"-144" )
    - Are they all not padded at the end?
    - I found Obi at Bujin, Budogu and E-bogu. Any experience and/or comparison out there?
    - Any advantage/difference between cotton and wool Obi?
    - Is Obi mandatory fro IAI?

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    my observations

    Originally posted by Karaken
    Hello all, I have a question on Obi if you don't mind ( Thread somewhere? )

    - Is there a width difference? 4" and 2.5" are what I found. Pros and Cons?
    Yes, the amount of support for the Iaito or Shinken. I have a longer (2.75) and heavier blade than normal, so I use a 4" rather than a 3.5" wide Obi.


    - What about length? How do I know which one to buy? ( 137"-144" )
    Long enough to wrap three times and then tie a knot. With a 42" waist, I use a 144" long Obi.


    - Are they all not padded at the end?
    No big deal. The ends are tied, and the excess tucked into the Obi.


    - I found Obi at Bujin, Budogu and E-bogu. Any experience and/or comparison out there?
    I personally have used Bujin exclusively. Works for me. YMMV.


    - Any advantage/difference between cotton and wool Obi?
    None that I know of, but I prefer cotton because I like the feel.


    - Is Obi mandatory fro IAI?
    Absolutely. Just ask anyone who has tried to just use the Himo of the Hakama - there is no real support.

    HTH.

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      You can also search for kaku obi (there is a guy who sells em on ebay <yes i realize i buy alot of stuff on ebay lol>) and they are the same ones as found on sites such as http://www.japanesesword.net/eng/misc/msg5.html and bogu bag. they are 150" long and 3.5 inch wide and i personally love mine (so much i have 3 different ones). Also, while its technically not necessary it makes such a huge difference having one as compared to not that you might aswell get one (did that sentance even make sense?).

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      • #4
        RAS and Bleda - Thank you both..

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