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Yumu Eclipse Ken

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by azleonhart, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. azleonhart

    azleonhart Moderator Staff Member

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    (Disclaimer : I am not paid nor am i endorsed by Yumu for this article. My thoughts remain mine own.)



    Recently, Yumu head honcho Parker Yu has been teasing shots of his new ken design, dubbed the Eclipse.

    I haven't had the chance to get one in my hands, since the asking price is a little on the high side.
    Perhaps some other time.
    But i must digress.

    A little bit about Yumu.
    They're a lesser known (by the consensus, i believe) kendama company originating from Taiwan.
    Back in 2008, they opened up their factory (called Fucheng Kendama Factory), and later got affiliated with Sweets and KenCo in 2013 to produce some of their earliest products.

    They've used whatever they've picked up and learned in that time to come up with pretty awesome stuff, and which latest product is the Eclipse ken.
    Parker has been slowly trickling details about this ken, but i'll do my best to compile as much data as i can into this thread.



    The data we know so far about this new ken, is that there are three distinct characteristics.

    Firstly, the raised bevel.
    Parker says this helps the ken "hook" on to the tama hole for birds and provide better grip for stilts, but we won't know till we try.
    The concept is a different take than what the market seems to gravitating towards - engraved/slotted cup edges (like the ones on the recent Musou Grooves.).

    Yumu Raised Bevel.jpg



    Second item on the menu would be the new slip stop.
    Parker recently posted a clip on FKC of him doing an inverted axe (that's where the slip stop kinda grabs on the edge of the tama hole, hanging on for dear life).
    Parker says that this design allows you to do tricks that other kendamas can't do, but that's not really the case, since the Legaxis is already able to do this with their inverted slip stop (inverted axe was invented by the late Takumi Okada, by the way).
    Either way, this opens the Eclipse up to several new possibilities, and things people probably never thought of before.

    Yumu New Slip Stop.jpg



    And lastly, the kensaki indent.
    Given time, and usually after you've jammed your ken for a good while, the sarado starts to get loose.
    The sarado moves up and down the ken, making it difficult to get a good, consistent ken balance.
    Parker included this indent (or, a line, as he calls it), to remind players where to place their sarado, in relation to the player's style.
    If the sarado rests above the indent, you could do most tricks easily, and when the sarado rests on or goes beneath the indent, then it gets easier to do lunars.
    I think for this to actually happen, the weight variances between the sarado and ken must be kept to a minimum, and i think that it shows that Yumu cares (don't know to what extent) by making sure that the sarado and ken are evenly (or closely) weighted to allow for this to happen.

    Yumu Eclipse line.jpg



    So, what do i think of this?
    Err i have no idea, really.
    I kinda dig the raised bevel, but i remain doubtful on the slip stop.
    It's really a hit or miss kind of situation on this one.
    And as i said at the beginning, i don't have one to try out and feel for myself, since these things can get highly subjective.

    What do you folks think?
    Comment below, i'd love to hear your thoughts on this one.
     
    Sep 15, 2017
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  2. Emil Apostol

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    I saw some of these shots on instagram!

    I'm wondering if this is the sticky Clear Yumu and Folken use on some of their product...
     
    Sep 15, 2017
  3. TheWickEffect

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    I saw this post and immediately took a knife to one of my kens... 1505579512972-2034535235.jpg
    It is 100+% better at stilts, but I can't tell the difference between this and the next gen that already had a really steep angle there
     
    Sep 16, 2017
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  4. Congarranza

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    Nice move doing it at a restaurant! If you cut yourself, you get a free meal out of it (so long as no kids were present to be traumatized).
     
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    Sep 16, 2017
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  5. TheWickEffect

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    I was outside when I did it lol! Thanks for the pro tip, but a free meal ain't worth getting sloppy with my wood carving technique ;)
     
    Sep 16, 2017
  6. Congarranza

    Congarranza DS Legend

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    did you use your own carving knife, edc, it the standard issue butter knife?
     
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  7. TheWickEffect

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    Biodegradable corn knife for sure!
     
    Sep 16, 2017
  8. Emil Apostol

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    Vincent Dimaya (@kendamayaofficial on IG, not sure if he has DS or not) recently posted this quick trick with the Whirlpool kendama. Seems like a solid jammer. Would like to cop if given the opportunity
     
    Sep 17, 2017
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  9. azleonhart

    azleonhart Moderator Staff Member

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    @Vincent Dimaya
     
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  10. Allen Ku

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    I watched it too on the insta but I don't think he was using the eclipse version of whirlpool, the newest whirlpool only released less than two weeks(correct me if I wrong)
    But still the edit is dank Af
     
    Sep 18, 2017
  11. Allen Ku

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    Btw along with my opinion about Yumu eclipse, I'm a quite big fan of them as my first and second kendamas are all bought from them, and they keep throwing out stunning ideas on renovating the kendama playstyle(saturn kendama and sunken "slinger specialised sorado & ken" and etc).
    But for the eclipse, I think it is quite similar to a Craft slim or Lunartect's Givedama ken shape, aside of its 8° raised bevel.
    Still, I'm really honed about the new ken, as it is actually lit over the Taiwan and HK kendama community as those guest players of Yumu shoot some more teasers on the eclipse whirlpool.
     
    Sep 18, 2017
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  12. TB Fung

    TB Fung n00b

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    This is what it can do
     
    Sep 19, 2017
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  13. Vincent Dimaya

    Vincent Dimaya Member

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    The colorway on my kendama is the Romance Strikes Whirlpool. It appears on the new eclipse kens, HOWEVER, I did not use an Eclipse ken in this video. I have yet to try the new ken but plan to really soon.
     
    Sep 20, 2017
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  14. Allen Ku

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    Ya I did have a good look on it(as well as that photo which you took the Whirlpool with the lobsters:p) which I confirmed that wasn't Eclipse ken, but I will be more excited to see you sesh on the new ken;)
     
    Sep 20, 2017
  15. rTTn

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    These were released for anyone interested. I picked up one of the dyed ones myself. only $20 to US after shipping. So thats a plus in my book. They also dropped this edit

     
    Sep 27, 2017
  16. Vincent Dimaya

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    I am set to recieve an order soon for interested customers in the US
     
    Sep 27, 2017