Monday, 30 November 2009
I have been in contact with Michael from Chiba Bogu and asked about the correct sizing of my Mine kote to protect the knuckles.
After trying a number of dojo mate's kote on for comparison I came to the conclusion that the upper portion of the Kashira should also protect the knuckle, this is wrong. Michael drew me a nice diagram and confirmed that the knuckle should sit underneath the fold, between the upper portion and the Keri to aid flexibility (which mine does).... it seems I was unlucky to catch a heavy cut at this point.
I need to inspect the padding to see if I should send it back to have more deer hair inserted. Expensive, but worth it? IT does worry me that I could hurt my hand in a similar way again.