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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. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    MOD MODE: @KenWave I merged your thread with a similar old one. Check out some of the older replies if you're interested, as well as the poll :D
     
    Sep 12, 2018
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  2. Jordan_MTB

    Jordan_MTB Member

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    Are the slims still good for Lunars? I really want to get a Craft but don’t know if I should wait for shift to be back in stock or get the slim before it’s gone. I really like stall tricks, balance, and slingers.
     
    Sep 17, 2018
  3. Jasper B.

    Jasper B. Slayer

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    I 100% like the slim more than the shift. The slim can completely SLAP lunars, and DESTROY slings. Shift is just as amazing for lunars but really is not great at slings.
     
    Sep 18, 2018
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  4. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey guys. Updated the poll (since the OP hasn't been on for 2 years). Wenge wasn't getting any love, 0 votes, so it's been replaced with Bamboo so let's get some votes up there for Bamboo.
     
    Mar 17, 2019
  5. Emil Apostol

    Emil Apostol DS Legend

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    It's a maple-y, maple-y world. I remember a time when beech was still the standard, and maple was considered a premium wood; now, it seems companies are offering maple kens as a standard to mid-level option. A caveat, though; it might just be me, but maple completes, at least from my experience, tend to be ken heavy. This is why i like maple kens with beech tamas for more consistent weight.
     
    Mar 17, 2019
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  6. Emil Apostol

    Emil Apostol DS Legend

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    I'm of the opinion that maple is the best wood for your money by far. I used to think beech was the best wood because maple takes too long to break in, but maple will last much longer than any beech ken, assuming one treats both with the same degree of care.

    In other words, the beech ken will likely break before the maple ken is "broken in."
     
    Mar 25, 2019
  7. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    Actually Maple is one of my least favorite woods. Keyaki, Bamboo, Birch are my favorites.
     
    Mar 25, 2019
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  8. slothymane

    slothymane Slayer

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    Finally a likeminded person lol
    I dislike maple over any other wood (stallability, weights, sound)

    1) Birch & Oak
    2) Ash & Hick
    3) Keyaki & Beech
     
    Apr 15, 2019
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  9. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    I was lucky enough to get an Ash/Hickory from RWB a while back and I like it but the Red Elm (Keyaki related) from them ended up being played more. I think part was that I like stalls and it broke in the ken as well as the tama faster. Hickory is a pretty tough wood.
     
    Apr 15, 2019
  10. slothymane

    slothymane Slayer

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    That's why i love Hickory. Its like Maple durability X Ash stalls cause of the grain.
    I'd love to try out red elm one day
     
    Apr 15, 2019
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  11. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    This little chat has convinced me to grab the two RWBs and head outside for a bit. I've not played them for a while as I've been concentrating on braking in a stubborn chunk of Maple. :D
     
    Apr 16, 2019
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