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Underrated Kendama Companies

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by Mr. Von Braun, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. kendama duke

    kendama duke Honed Member

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    KENDAMANORWAY!
    This company is the only Norwegian company and they are trying hard to grow the kendama scene over there! They have got some super good damas, made out of Norwegian maple wood with an amazing ken shape which slays for anything. I own a few of their damas and I love them for everything.
     
    Mar 17, 2017
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  2. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    Do you know for certain it is Norwegian maple? I was under the impression they use a Chinese manufacturer, and in that case I would imagine the maple is sourced from somewhere closer to the factory (China, Canada, USA, etc)
     
    Mar 18, 2017
  3. kendama duke

    kendama duke Honed Member

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    Back in November they released a maple dama, and in the description they were saying "100% quality Norwegian wood", so I'm not sure tho. Because the new ROS that they just realeased they're not saying that it's Norwegian maple. So maybe they used to do it and then swapped to a Chinese wood or something like that.
    I've talked to them on instagram when they were working on their new dama ROS, and they were sending me pictures of the dama in production. And on a livestream that they did they visited a small little factory, where a few people was making some of their kens.
    So I'm assuming that they produce their own kendamas, with maple wood from another place? I don't know.
    Alex, try to DM them on instagram, and they will answer!
     
    Mar 18, 2017
  4. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    Ah that's rad! Always cool to gain some insight into the process behind the dama
     
    Mar 18, 2017
  5. Ryan Brewer

    Ryan Brewer Honed Member

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    Definetly have to throw cereal kendama into the mix on this one
     
    Jun 3, 2017
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  6. EdyG

    EdyG n00b

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    Man, all those good kendama companies yet i live in romania and the only good brands are ISR, sweets, kusa and krom.But i just can not find a good budget kendama here, other than a Maple Sticky AF DWI

    we also have cereal,ozora, tk16, yumu and sol but not sol pioneers and i am not that sure about the shape.If it is good please let me know,as for the others, i want some grip on the tama beacuse right now i have 3 nattys and one rhino clear isr.

    if we had pineapple kendamas,yancy, and analog here, it would be like a dream came true, i really want that birch pineapple x sweets collab that i saw in Ben's video
     
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    Oct 28, 2017
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  7. Jasper B.

    Jasper B. Slayer

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    Definitely Yancy and Active for sure
     
    Oct 28, 2017
  8. Emil Apostol

    Emil Apostol DS Legend

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    Hakushinaya!

    They are the makers of the JKA-approved Shin Fuji kendama, as well as the more recent Minna no Kendama. These things slay!
     
    Oct 30, 2017
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  9. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    Been saying Active for a long time.
     
    Oct 30, 2017
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  10. Emil Apostol

    Emil Apostol DS Legend

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    People seem to be sleeping on JAC Kendama. Those kendamas are premium pieces, but it's understandable due to them being based mostly in Japan.
     
    Oct 30, 2017
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  11. Juuke.kun

    Juuke.kun Member

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    As a newbie, I think Kendama Israel might be number 1 even thou I didn't even had one but still it makes most of the players that we also have some stuff that can be played well like Sweets or Krom something like that and their paints design is kinda unique or something resembles that this is Israel what are for, something like that.
     
    Nov 14, 2017
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  12. Gasiek

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    I would say FORTRESS KENDAMAS
    The company situated in Italy, making beauty natty damas. They dropped their first dama called "ricefield" which was out of stock after 1,5 day. Italian maple. Weight matched. Spectra. Bug and deep cups with wide/thick cup rings (the ring that tama land on the cup) which makes this dama super durable. Totally new shape. Lots of upgrades. New drop coming very soon. New sick apparel coming soon.
    So I would say that FORTRESS KENDAMA is a new company, but probably everyone knows them.
    https://www.instagram.com/fortress_kendama/ IMG_20171109_145842.jpg
     
    Nov 14, 2017
  13. Bryant Young

    Bryant Young Honed Member

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    Yancy is definitely underrated, been meaning to get one soon
     
    Nov 14, 2017
  14. thoplard

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    Nativ Kendama for sure, French brand, French Ash(more to come, like hornbeam, may be birch again), French manufacturer (turner ?),nice grain. Try its best to developp the Kendama scene in France (which is really hard). Definetely recommand if you want to support a smaller company, you might know the company under the name of Kendama France, the web shop which sales several kendamas from other brands.

    They just released a new shape the ¨Progress shape(tama cleared or not), and they slay !

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    Nov 26, 2017
  15. xplodit

    xplodit Slayer

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    Kendama Israel is great, but I don’t know if I’d consider them that small or unheard of anymore. Big Bro Tetrah is a great kendama, but the maple they use seems very light compared to other brands. My tama was 65g and the ken was 70g. After practicing a bunch of instaflips my base cup wore down really fast. The rhino clear paint on it feels like beeswax, it’s awesome.
     
    Dec 17, 2017
  16. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    Lyonken is great, seriously one of the best kendamas I have ever bought and for a great price.
     
    Dec 17, 2017
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  17. Jasper B.

    Jasper B. Slayer

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    Yeah. I have one that I won from a competition a while back, and it is sooo good. The paint and shape are amazing.
     
    Dec 17, 2017
  18. Vuong Thai

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    Sweets carries the Israel kendamas, they have lots of tetrah!! And Yancy customs is fresh af they remind me of fortress kendama in a way
     
    Dec 21, 2017
  19. Ekendama

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    So I know only a few brands like, rwb,analog,active, and some more just post some cool smaller companies that slay.
     
    Mar 10, 2018
  20. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    Mar 10, 2018