"Why Would Anyone Buy a $75 Kendama?"
I have been asked that many times by non-kendama players. I have to admit, it's a fair question.
Recently, I've had the pleasure of picking up a Terra prefect. I had promised to kind of shelf it for a little bit, but I find myself reaching for it more and more over any other kendama I own. In fact, the kendamas I play the most (right now) are the Prefect, a Mugen x HG collab, and a Rez. It struck me that the combined value of these is somewhere in the $250+ range, which is absurd. And yet, I seem to be getting my use out of them.
Sweet baby jesus is this thing honed.
5 reasons why you should splurge:
1.) You'll land more tricks.
A more expensive kendama does NOT make you a better player. In fact, one could even argue it acts like a crutch. It's almost like growing up surfing a perfect wave... the second you have to surf a shitty one, you're out of your element. But then again, having a completely honed setup will almost certainly increase your consistency. It may even unlock some new tricks.
Case in point: I'm terrible at stilts. Usually I need a 2 year old Tama with a chewed up hole. However, stilt on a prefect? ...First try out of the box.
Beginners luck? Maybe. But nah.
The consistency provided by a perfectly balanced and well-crafted kendama will serve you in your efforts to tweak, hone, and learn. Many people have locked in lunars on something like a slaydawg only to learn that they are powerless over a TK-16 (which I also love).
2.) It's a more delightful experience
This might sound ridiculous to non-kendama players, but while playing kendama is enjoyable, playing a premium kendama can be delightful. There is a palpable difference in how a premium kendama feels. In the same way that a blue bottle cappuccino performs better on the tastebuds than a Starbucks, there is something to be said for craftsmanship. Whether it's brewing espresso, designing luxury clothing, or turning a wooden toy, there is always a range of quality. Millenials value craftsmanship in almost everything else they consume, so why not kendama?
Which one of these are you drinking?
3.) They Last Longer.
4.) You up your street cred
If you're like me, you're no good at kendama. But that's less important if you're slanging a $100+ jammer around your neck at all times. Stroll up to any jam sesh confident that people will look at your jammer and not your lame tricks.
Growing up, Colin and I saved up money for a year to attend camp Woodward in Pennsylvania, the biggest skatepark in the world. The camp costs around $1500 for a week. When we got there, we met a kid named... well, I can't remember what his name was, but we called him "Laser Eye Kid Surgery". His dad invented laser eye surgery and used his fortune to send him to the camp all summer long. Laser Eye Kid Surgery never once skated when we were there, but it didn't matter. We all knew he was loaded, and that was almost as cool as being able to skate. I guess my point here is if you spend enough money, maybe nobody will notice that you suck at kendama.
5.) Buying a Premium Kendama Supports Good People
The premium kendamas on the market fall into two categories. Category one is individual artisans that are hand turning small batches of premium kendamas. (Think: Kazuma Iwata, Alex Smith & RodDama, REZ, etc.) These people do this as a passion, but the money you spend on it helps keep that passion alive. The second category are larger kendama companies that want to make sure they're doing enough for the die-hard jammer (Think: Kusa Craft Slim, Sweets x HG, etc). Believe it or not, it's a pain in the ass for these companies to switch from mass-produced mode to more aggressive Quality Control, and despite the increased price, the margins aren't necessarily better business. They're doing it for the slayers. Every dollar is a chance to vote, so when people buy great kendamas, people make great kendamas.
What's the most you have you spent on a kendama?
Tell us in the comments, and if you feel it was worth it.
Some premium kendama pr0n:
Why would anyone buy a $75+ Kendama?
By Cheech_Sander on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:37 AM