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Woods that go well with each other

Discussion in 'The Lumber Yard' started by Giulian Tena, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. Giulian Tena

    Giulian Tena Honed Member

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    I've seen some companies offer a mix and match option for different woods and I was wondering what woods go good together. Has anyone tried something like bamboo ken and maple tama? I wanna know which two woods would make a really good Dama
     
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  2. Blake W.

    Blake W. Honed Member

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    Good combos:
    1. Maple ken X Ash tama- grip
    2. Birch ken X Ash tama- grip/stalls
    3. Beech ken X Bamboo tama- gripgripgrip
    4. Ash ken X Birch tama-stallstallstall

    That's pretty much all I've tried so far and they all slay
     
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  3. Chad Covington

    Chad Covington Slayer

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    My two favorite combos for aesthetics are:
    1. Maple and Walnut
    2. Ash and Walnut

    For playability I usually just keep the same wood types together.
     
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  4. Nick Lectura

    Nick Lectura Moderator Staff Member

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    Birch and walnut are also a really good pair when jammed thoroughly
     
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  5. Aloysius_hung_

    Aloysius_hung_ Honed Member

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    just tried a maple tama x beech ken a fee minutes ago, hones for jugs and whirlwind, pretty much everythin due to the heavier tama
     
    Mar 27, 2017
  6. Jake Wiens

    Jake Wiens Member

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    Mixing woods is fun because you get to play with weights and wood density. I've been playing a Hickory Ken with a RAW ASH tama. I was playing on the beach and dropped it in the water and now its on another level of honed.

    My other favorites
    Birch - Walnut
    Maple ken - Birch tama
    Zebrano ken - Beech Tama
     
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  7. KeeganS

    KeeganS DS Legend

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    I just put together a birch ken (KUSA kaizen) and a keyaki ozora tama. Really digging how they play with each other.
     
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  8. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    I laced up a BLK Zebrano tama with an Ozora keyaki ken and it jammed like crazy.
     
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  9. Gwalts

    Gwalts n00b

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    Padauk kaizen X Collin Sanders pro mod tama
     
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  10. Primechicken

    Primechicken n00b

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    In case y'all didn't already know, standard beech Ozora's are strung on cherry tamas. So that's one wood combo that works pretty well.

    A lot of other good combos already mentioned, but one of my favourites I've strung up is an Ash Ken (HG) with Keyaki Tama (Terra-yaki) plays great for stall tricks.
     
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  11. Jenny Cho

    Jenny Cho Slayer

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    I tend to think that with wood, the best combos involve a harder wood ken and a softer wood tama. Means the tama gets broken in faster and beautifully, and the ken stays sharp and in shape.

    Personal favorite of mine is my maple HG ken x raw ash GT-1 tama. Raw ash is the best for tamas for sure because of the extra rough grain - it makes for a grippy finish.

    Maple ken, ash tama. The best!
     
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  12. Cavs

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    Can't go wrong with a maple ken and ash tama. Crisp clacks. I've been jamming a zebrano ken with a maple tama lately. Also pretty crispy but the bevel is chipping
     
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  13. Radson

    Radson Honed Member

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    Has anyone tried a red oak ken with a natty beach tama?
     
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  14. lategreat808

    lategreat808 DS Legend

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    I put a natty beech on a krom red oak ken and that bad boy slayed like crazy. Red oak is really grippy when it breaks in.
     
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  15. KeeganS

    KeeganS DS Legend

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    Raw ash tama (from Craft, RWB, or GT) or a hickory tama (RWB) on a keyaki ozora ken.
     
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  16. Bloukinen

    Bloukinen Honed Member

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    Anyone know how raw beech on beech is?
     
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  17. Fadwil

    Fadwil n00b

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    AMAZING. Get a PNW slate when they come back in stock. Just a natty beech setup with a spinner bead for 20ish bucks. One of the grippiest fresh natty setups you can get, also breaks in to be super grippy for lunars, stalls, lighthouses, and the ken shape is great for kenflips and juggles.
     
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  18. Fadwil

    Fadwil n00b

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    In the meantime, the KUSA kaizen select beech would be a comparable setup to try.
     
    Jul 9, 2017
  19. Sir Spike

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    RWB Classic Birch x GT RAW Ash Tama!
     
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  20. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    Been playing a RWB Hickory ken and Ash tama but I think a Red Elm or Keyaki tama might be even better.
     
    Jul 21, 2017
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