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"The Thing About String"

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by Cobikaze, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. Cobikaze

    Cobikaze Honed Member

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    Everyone has a different preference when it comes to string, but it seems to be the least talked about aspect of kendama. Since NO ONE likes getting tangled up in mid-lace, tell us what you think is the best string and why?
     
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  2. Ben Lowe

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    I'd be more curious about string length personally. I think the generally recommended length is 2 fingers underneath base cup, but then I hear about folks who do 3-4, etc. Is this just preference, or do some tricks NEED a longer string length? And surely string can be too long, but where is that point?
     
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  3. Almostgets

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    Love ozoras string. Silky and light. Seems responsive but doesn't tangle.

    As for length, I'm learning to juggle. I like 3 fingers long, under the cup. Gives me a little more room to work with when things are in flight.
     
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  4. SouthpawTRK

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    There are three brands of string that I like (and the reason why and in no particular order):

    CWCS: I like the variety of colors, the thinner diameter, very tangle resistant and does not stretch out over time.

    Kendama USA: I like the diameter (it feels thicker than the CWCS), the color options and the durability.

    Ken Lab: I like the diameter as well, material options (nylon and satin), color options and durability.

    On a side note, adding a Dama Mod is a definite must for those that get string tangles no matter what string that they are using.
     
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  5. Cobikaze

    Cobikaze Honed Member

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    When I started playing kendama I used a 2 finger length. However, now I use a 3 finger length because the new-gen style players prefers a little longer string for juggles, instas, late flips, etc. I would consider the acceptable range to be around 2-4 fingers depending on finger size. I have pretty small fingers so my 3 might be someone else's 2. It definitely all comes down to preference.
     
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  6. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    I usually rock it 2.5 of my fingers.

    Newgenner pros are on the like... 5-6 finger game? I saw some ridiculous lengths at MKO. Seems like pull up tricks would be tougher, but I guess you just gotta juggle juggle juggle juggle juggle juggle these days.
     
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  7. NicholasPereira

    NicholasPereira Honed Member

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    I really only use white KUSA string unless something different comes on a dama. I usually run right at 2 fingers but trying to stretch it out a little bit.
     
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  8. Angelo Saček

    Angelo Saček Honed Member

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    Three fingers is my favorite length, not really because of juggles but spacewalks. I think they don't look as 'majestic' on shorter strings :)
    Although I do find it a bit more difficult to go for double/triple spacewalks/mooncircles on longer strings.
     
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  9. Cobikaze

    Cobikaze Honed Member

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    WOW! That is really long. Hahaha, yeah I thought that your post in the "Worst Trends" thread was really funny! You are right though. There is so much more out there than just juggling.
     
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  10. nikki_deo

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    i really love cwcs speed string. it feels great when doing tornadoes and other string-esque tricks. also, i find 3-3.5 fingers lengths is justttt right for me
     
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  11. Sbermea22

    Sbermea22 Member

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    best string out there is hands down KenLab strings but you can only get em with GTs now which sucs since i use to buy em in packs and now i can find em anywere. as far as string length that 100% preference, i rock a 3-3.5 but i can play with a homies 4-5 or even a 2 and it wont feel too weird but 3 seems to be most peoples sweet spot.
     
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  12. Cobikaze

    Cobikaze Honed Member

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    I just got the chance to try CWCS speed string and I really like it so far. Not sure if my GT-1.5 came with Ken Lab string or KUSA string, but it seems to work pretty good as well. The one thing I do know is that string that is constructed cylindrically seem to be more tangle resistant. I feel like strings with a flatter shape get tangled easier. What are your guys thoughts on this?
     
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  13. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    Ran across some US made string a while back that does not stretch at all. Plays great but is a little stiff in the beginning. I used to just play however the kendama came, 3-4 fingers, but lately I've been trying the JKA suggested 2 finger length and so far so good. I picked up some Kevlar for a Bahama Kendama Kenzilla that we use for events because even the 100# stuff we've used snaps.
     
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  14. Ben Lowe

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    I've seen the excessive juggles too, seems a bit ridiculous. But surely a tastefully placed juggle within a varied line is not obnoxious right? As a beginner I do like juggles, they feel good and look cool, but not to excess...
     
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  15. Dillonjohns79

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    nahhhhh. Juggles are sweet. and people that are good at them are awesome. it just seems like a lot people who are really good at them can't do anything else. I love juggles, but i also love other tricks and I'm rounding myself out, you know?
     
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  16. triggerscold

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    i like ozora string a lot. wasnt stiff or waxy like others or so sliky soft it frays and becomes annoying. i like 3-4 fingers because kenflips get tangled easier when i play two and after i change tama a few times the string will only get shorter. if i cut one to two fingers ill almost never play it and itll just be frustrating untill i change it. and aparently ppl who juggle like longer string
     
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  17. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    Tasteful is tasteful, but often it becomes a sort of... difficult cop-out? Gotta keep em tight and purposeful. (I can't keep em tight, for what thats worth)
     
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  18. RyanArthurWalker

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    I like Black string only and usually like 3-4 finger lengths. Like 3 with a little bit is perfect.
     
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  19. Cobikaze

    Cobikaze Honed Member

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    Same man. Black string is classy. 3 fingers+ is perfect.
     
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  20. Chelsea May Perez

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    KenLab strings, hands down! Thank you, Grain Theory for providing some in the past. I believe they still do!

    The strings on Sweets Homegrowns and the extra one in the box are awesome too.

    I usually use 2 fingers string length. Or I adjust for comfort and accommodation accordingly, depending on the length of the Ken as well.
     
    Nov 5, 2016
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