paladinx13 - just as a point of reference concerning how "deadly" bokken are...in the later part of his life, musashi fought duels, against men with swords, using only bokken rather than his katana. bear in mind that duels usually ended in death back then.
question for all - is it really illegal to carry a sword, in a sheath, in public? in CA we have laws about concealable guns and knives (loaded/unloaded, size, opening method, disguised...), but a sword is not considered a "concealable weapon".
are there different or specific laws that cover the carry of swords in public...
should this properly be another thread? moderators?