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whats your favorite wood for a kendama and why?

Discussion in 'The Lumber Yard' started by inQntrol, Dec 9, 2016.

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What Is The best Kendama Wood For You and Everyone?

  1. Maple

  2. Birch

  3. White Ash

  4. Hickory

  5. Cherry

  6. Beech

  7. Padauk

  8. Purpleheart

  9. Bamboo

  10. Keyaki

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  1. inQntrol

    inQntrol n00b

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    my first 2 kens were beech wodd but i found, that the spike got dull quite fast (given i wasnt too godd at spikes at that time but nevertheless). have a maple one now and it holds up incredibly well. glued the spike once and its still holding up perfectly fine.
     
    Dec 9, 2016
  2. damon

    damon Slayer

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    In my opinion, nothing beats a perfectly broken in maple dama. Such a classic wood, always looks clean and plays even better!
     
    Dec 9, 2016
  3. Nick Lectura

    Nick Lectura Moderator Staff Member

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    Birch is becoming one of, if not my favorite kind of wood for a ken. Breaks in like a dream. Maple is definitely a favorite as well because it is so durable and makes awesome clack sounds. Beech, maple, and birch are pretty much the only wood types my kens consist of (with the exception of a hickory and a bamboo)
     
    Dec 9, 2016
  4. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    I'm really a big fan of my Japenese maple ozora; that wood is excellent, but then again all maple is nice. I have been wanting to try some other exotic woods like hickory, Elm and birch but haven't boughten any yet. I have several zabrano kendamas and those are nice too. I don't particularly like Purple Heart, it is a very heavy wood and I like my damas more in the mid range.
     
    Dec 17, 2016
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  5. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    I also have a keyaki ozora and that wood takes a while to break in...in fact mine isn't even close to honed. It is however very durable and has a nice slick quality.
     
    Dec 17, 2016
  6. NicholasPereira

    NicholasPereira Honed Member

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    Hickory and maple just 'cause
     
    Dec 17, 2016
  7. Jun. I

    Jun. I Member

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    Birch, maple and ash are great
     
    Dec 27, 2016
  8. Aloysius_hung_

    Aloysius_hung_ Honed Member

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    Maple cos of the durability, clack and grain
    ash or elm because of the the grain too and for some brands they make the kens grippier
     
    Dec 27, 2016
  9. Matthew Dam

    Matthew Dam Member

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    lets be honest, beech; because its the only type of wood most of us can buy LOL
     
    Dec 27, 2016
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  10. Blake W.

    Blake W. Honed Member

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    Birch, so soft and durable...
     
    Dec 27, 2016
  11. Matthew Dam

    Matthew Dam Member

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    TRU
     
    Dec 27, 2016
  12. 7Cabbages

    7Cabbages Slayer

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    I always confuse birch and beech.. Which is the one they use for Ozora?
     
    Dec 27, 2016
  13. Nick Lectura

    Nick Lectura Moderator Staff Member

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    They use beech for ozoras
     
    Dec 27, 2016
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  14. 7Cabbages

    7Cabbages Slayer

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    Niceeeeeee
     
    Dec 27, 2016
  15. dama.hon

    dama.hon Member

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    Eyy! Whats up everyone! Today's thread is gonna be whats the best wood? In every term that you think of! Exotic, Durable, Grip or Smooth! Vote on the poll! Have an awesome day!

    Shoutout to htimSxelA for setting some ground rules on downspike!

    Take part in the poll!

    Thanks!

    - Hon
     
    Dec 27, 2016
  16. Instagrom3

    Instagrom3 Honed Member

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    For you and everyone kinda of threw me off, I'd say if you were to go straight up for everyone beech,judt because it's a classic entry into kendama, but as far as for myself and what I like to play if go keyaki just because I like the sound and howw a natty yak plays broken in
     
    Dec 28, 2016
  17. Dwesty

    Dwesty Honed Member

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    And it breaks in for stalls quickly
     
    Dec 29, 2016
  18. Sbermea22

    Sbermea22 Member

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    Padauk is such a under appreciated wood breaks in super durable and it gets that darks ass red that looks extra dope. Only shitty thing about the tamas is that a natty padauk tama stays slip. But if you have the KUSA silk ones they are extra prime.
     
    Dec 29, 2016
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  19. Chad Covington

    Chad Covington Slayer

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    Maple is definitely my favorite. It is such a durable wood type, it looks beautiful, and it contrasts so well with walnut!

    If i had to choose a second favorite, it'd probably be beech. It's definitely a classic
     
    Dec 29, 2016
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  20. sorrywongnumber

    sorrywongnumber Honed Member

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    I love maple it breaks in so nicely and so good for stalls. Although my #1 favorite wood us Birch because of its softness and it's gripy-ness.
     
    Dec 30, 2016
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