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Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by Jmaxymek42, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. frank_Frank

    frank_Frank n00b

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    Hope someone responds to this, i ordered a walnut sol and I was wondering if oiled walnut is better. Also what’s the best oil for walnut???
     
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  2. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    This has been mentioned several times in this thread but since this is a new page I'll drop it in again. :D Check out Shades of Grain for information about wood finishers (much less gnarly than grinding your dama around in your arm pit. :eek: ) Depending on how the wood is finished (how finely sanded) and the wax/oil used you can end up with something like a polished piece of furniture (pretty slick) or darker and a bit of grip. I don't have a lot of walnut (2 kens) but they were both pretty finely sanded so putting on a wood finisher only slightly darkened them. The wood finisher can feel slippery/oily for a while as you play but on most woods the residue will come off. The Walnut and Mahogany kendama that I have are kind of slippery in general but with play got better; still they're not Keyaki (my fav).
     
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  3. 96817dama

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    Yes any damas, it's just some work better than others, cherrywood or zebrano might not get as much grip as something with more grain like beech over time.
     
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  4. frank_Frank

    frank_Frank n00b

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    Thanks a lot man! I didn’t have time to read the whole thread so this is helpful
     
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  5. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    @Uprightman posted a cool idea for knotting above the tama. He uses a separate piece of string and half a double fisherman's knot.

     
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  6. Cornelis

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    I'm now familiar with the 'glue on tip' hack thanks to this thread, (mega thanks!).

    I was just wondering, did anyone ever tried to add glue to their basecup-rim to prevent chipping?
    Cheersss
     
    Jul 17, 2019
  7. ttocsic

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    I did that and I don't recommend because it makes lighthouses super slick
     
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  8. Cornelis

    Cornelis n00b

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    Thanks ttocsic, I love lighthouse tricks, so I'm keeping away from that mess.
     
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  9. ttocsic

    ttocsic Slayer

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    no problem.
     
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  10. jimgrude

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    That's what kenditioner is for. Any wood conditioner would also work, or make your own by mixing equal parts coconut oil and beeswax.
     
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  11. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm not sure that wood finishers (like Kenditioner) do more than help wood from drying out and seal off the pores to keep it from collecting dirt/sweat as easily. From what I've seen they don't really make the wood stronger and they need to be reapplied periodically at least in my experience. You might do better with mineral oil rather than coconut oil since organics can go rancid. Check here for more info: Shades of Grain
     
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  12. Cornelis

    Cornelis n00b

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    Oh wow, I'm just entering deeper down the kendama rabbit hole.... It's official - 'Hey all, I'm Cornelis and I'm addicted to kendama'. ^^
     
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  13. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome and pass me a carrot. :D
     
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