Downspike
Kendama Entertainment Network

A community for the balanced lifestyle.

Lick Here (poll)

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by goenKendama, Oct 16, 2019.

?

To lick or not to lick, that is the question.

  1. Yes, I do.

  2. No, I don't.

  3. Not me personally but don't have a problem with it.

  4. N-A-S-T-Y

Multiple votes are allowed.
Results are only viewable after voting.
  1. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Location:
    Metro Manila, Philippines
    Do you lick your bevel? If you do what do you believe it does for you? What do you think of the practice?

    Bonus question: Do you think it comes with hygiene issues? (Asked because of the seeming abundance of the post-NAKO maladies including one pretty serious strep issue that included a trip to the hospital.)

    tongue.jpg
     
    Oct 16, 2019
    Raider_Aegis and AN_TY like this.
  2. Raider_Aegis

    Raider_Aegis n00b

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2019
    I always wash my mouth out afterwards, so I don't consider it that much of a big deal. It raises the grain in the bevel, which makes stalls easier.
     
    Oct 16, 2019
    goenKendama likes this.
  3. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Location:
    Metro Manila, Philippines
    I grabbed a couple of kendama within arms reach to check and it seems to be the edge/rim of the bevel rather than the ramp that contacts the stall points. I imagine different kendama will fit differently but that's what I saw on the quick check of the ones here. If that's the case with many brands I wonder if it's really as effective as some think or maybe it's a placebo. Maybe it also has to do with older tama having a "rollover" edge from all the beating up they take and it's the wetting of that area that's what is beneficial.

    This is a brand new kendama so the tama hole edges are sharp.



    These are well played tama with a rolled edge. If you run your finger up the bevel you'll feel a bit of a ridge/hook where the rim has been rolled over.
     
    Oct 16, 2019
    Raider_Aegis likes this.
  4. Qonnor

    Qonnor Slayer

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2017
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    I lick heavily. I'm sure it's not super sanitary but it is so damn helpful. Tbh I've licked my big cup on a natty to help with loons as well
     
    Oct 17, 2019
    JordyM and goenKendama like this.
  5. Stuart Barron

    Stuart Barron Slayer

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2016
    Location:
    England
    I generally don't lick my bevel. But, if I'm filming a trick and am taking too long to get it down I'll lick the bevel, as it plain and simple makes it easier to land stall and stilt tricks etc.
    In that sense to me it seems like cheating, however I don't really care at the same time if someone were to do it against me in some sort of competition.

    I'm not American so don't really know much about baseball but it seems like the kendama equivalent of a Spitball.

    Also I didn't vote because as I said above I do sometimes lick the bevel. And yes the hygiene of it is questionable.
     
    Oct 17, 2019
    goenKendama likes this.
  6. AN_TY

    AN_TY Honed Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2018
    Location:
    VA/D.C
    Licking the bevel is without a doubt helpful if you are going for stalls. The raising of the grain is nominal IMO but more so adds friction due to the softening of the wood.

    If im going for a difficult stall line, im licking the bevel. But its not a make out session with the tama, so a quick tap to the middle of my tongue generally does just fine.

    Also, I cant correlate ever being sick from licking the bev... but I typically keep the dama off the ground where germs would be coming in contact with the tama.
     
    Oct 18, 2019
    goenKendama likes this.
  7. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Location:
    Metro Manila, Philippines
    I'm wondering if the wood itself might be a problem. IIRC Padauk and Purpleheart both tend to "weep" I wonder if they are poisonous or allergenic.
     
    Oct 24, 2019
  8. rockem

    rockem n00b

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2019
    Oct 24, 2019
  9. slothymane

    slothymane Slayer

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2017
    Location:
    Austria
    not once in my life have i had moist towlettes on me when out n about haha
     
    Oct 26, 2019
  10. rockem

    rockem n00b

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2019
    That's a valid point :)
    I'm a father so I always have some at hand
     
    Oct 26, 2019
  11. Stuart Barron

    Stuart Barron Slayer

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2016
    Location:
    England
    I'm sure I remember seeing Chelsea May Perez say that she got hives/ rash on her arm from playing purple heart or some other exotic wood 'dama once.
     
    Oct 27, 2019
  12. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Location:
    Metro Manila, Philippines
    Yikes, you really wouldn't want that happening on the "inside".
     
    Oct 27, 2019
    Stuart Barron likes this.
  13. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Location:
    Metro Manila, Philippines
    So. . . maybe this is a bit extreme. Think it will be allowed at the next competitions?

     
    May 29, 2020
  14. KeeganS

    KeeganS DS Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2016
    Location:
    Boise, Idaho
    Ohh, children...
     
    May 29, 2020
  15. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Location:
    Metro Manila, Philippines
    You know if he'd just munched a candy cane (going off the holiday background) his saliva would be pretty sugar heavy. Might make for a pretty sticky coating for his E-N-T-I-R-E kendama. :eek:
     
    May 29, 2020
  16. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2016
    Location:
    Vancouver
    That was... gross
    :(
     
    May 30, 2020
    KeeganS likes this.
  17. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Location:
    Metro Manila, Philippines
    Yes but would it be legal at KWC? :D
     
    May 30, 2020