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Author Topic: What makes a Kendama, "good"?  (Read 4549 times)
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« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2016, 06:26:29 PM »

Glacial (the company that produces HG's) is well-known for putting out ridiculous variances in weight with some tamas being more than 20g heavier than the ken.
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« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2016, 01:50:07 PM »

Glad you like the Homegrowns, my favorite too! But don't get down on the stripes so easily. I have a Purpleheart stripe that's only like 1-2 grams off, I think it's just luck of the draw. Try mixing and matching with other kendamas to get a closer weight if you can, thats what I usually do.

Yeah, you're right. The answer is definitely more kendamas in my possession!


Glacial (the company that produces HG's) is well-known for putting out ridiculous variances in weight with some tamas being more than 20g heavier than the ken.

Wow, and here I thought I had an extreme.
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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2016, 07:27:48 PM »

I put my HG Purple heart on a scale. Surprized to find -
Ken - 67.7g
Tama - 82.7g
150.4g total
15g difference

I have ordered a hickory HG ken and requested an "80g or just under" as I think I want my tama just a little heavier than my ken, but i think 15g may be too much?
Ill report back when I get my hickory one. Im not disappointed at all, by the way. I know how much wood can vary in density and finished weight. Ill get my setup dialed down eventually, but i will say that I *love* my purpleheart tama!
I bought a walnut stripe one for a friend and his tama is 72g and ken was 67g and I think that setup was a little too light! haha
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« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2016, 08:57:05 PM »

The thing is, yes, wood weight varies quite a bit BUT this is very easy to fix. All they have to do is weigh the full billets and you use the heavier billets for spikes and sarados and use the lighter billets for tamas. Problem solved.

If you're looking for a quality, American-made kendama, check out RWB.
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« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2016, 08:16:18 PM »

It's a very subjective matter, I prefer heavier kendamas because I just like the feel, tacky tamas because it is very easy for learning Tricks like lighthouse. The wood really doesnt matter to me, as long as its fairly dense. Someone else might like something completely different, I for one am by no means, a good kendama player but that is what I look for. Craftsmanship is a big factor too, which is why mugen's are quite saught after. Hope that helps!

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« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2016, 04:45:21 PM »

I have ordered a hickory HG ken and requested an "80g or just under"...

Please let us know what you think about it. I've done the same, including the weight.

If you're looking for a quality, American-made kendama, check out RWB.

Thanks for the suggestion. I waiting on their new collaboration with KendamaUSA.
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« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2016, 04:24:28 PM »

Please let us know what you think about it. I've done the same, including the weight.
Mine showed up today and its currently hanging so my glue job dries properly and is drying. I cant find my scale however so Im looking for that now. Ill edit when I find its exact weight and then again after I get a chance to play. ^_^


**edit** Found the scale. It weighs 78g and I am much happier with the weight difference now. That hickory grain makes it look GOOD too! at least mine does. wood vaires so much.

**second edit**
First impressions -
The smell! It kinda smelled like something ive eaten before. Not bad. The grain is pretty and the texture of the grain is strong! The weight is excellent. I love a heavy setup. It seems tackier than the stock one that came with my HG (maple i think) but not nearly as tacky as tacky painted ones, obvi.
The sound! Its quieter, denser, deeper. It sounds more pleasing and feels like tool grade wood. Like an axe handle.
So far, I am in LOVE


**Third edit**
After spending a day with it I can say that this setup is, without question, my favorite. The feel, the sound, the weight. 78g ken 82g tama feels "just right" and most other kendamas i play with seem much more toy like. It feels professional, polished, and excellent. 
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« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2016, 10:42:03 PM »

I got my homegrown hickory today and it weighs in a 78g which makes it around 3 grams lighter than my tama so I am very pleased. It pairs wonderfully with the purple heart tama.
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