I was never a big fan of Kendama USA but I have got to try several of the new Kaizen Half Splits that they are selling for $19.99. These are really good kendamas for the price point, or for any price point. They play great: good balance, good paint, good tracking, long string, and compare favorably to the Sweets Boost models in most ways. The only downside is that they don't have a lunar balance hole so it is harder to slap a lunar than on a Luzumaki or Decade mod, and they have a bead instead of a bearing. My opinion is that they are a worthwhile kendama considerastion for the price point and show this brand is on the up.