Kendamas have changed a lot since we first started making them 8+ years ago. Back then, kendamas were pretty much all the same shape and size, but that is far from the truth these days. Modern tricks demand higher-performance shapes and designs, so to put it simply: the old shapes just don't cut it anymore. Thankfully, our hand-turned kendamas are made one at a time in our Vancouver workshop, giving us an unrivalled ability to design and test out new shapes, and figure out what works best.
This is our Prefect shape: designed to be close to the maximum size allowed at major competitions (it will "fit in the box"), this is an all-around playable kendama for players that prefer a slightly larger shape.
The following wood species are available: Birch is a lightly coloured species that is renowned for its solid feel and durability. If you're looking for playability, birch is recommended as a top choice. Maple is one of our favourite species for kendama-making. Lightly coloured, durable, and amazingly playable, maple wood is a go-to for many top players. White Ash is another longtime favourite of many players. It has prominent grain, crisp feel when playing, and a very satisfying sound. Hickory is a hard and grainy species, that has a very solid feel while playing. Black Walnut is a dark and beautiful wood species, that has a light and 'clicky' feel while playing. Purpleheart is a long-time Terra classic. It is a mid-high density wood that has good durability, a nice solid feel while playing, and its purple in colour! Zebrano is a mid density species with a highly contrasting pin-striped woodgrain that is light/dark brown in colour. Has a soft yet solid feel when playing. Padauk is a mid-density species that is bright orange/red in colour when freshly cut. It has a crisp/glassy feel when playing. Indian Rosewood is a rare and beautiful species, with a mid-low density and a very nice glassy feel when playing. Purple-brown in colour, finishes to a glass-like polish. Khamphi Rosewood (pictured) is a rare and luxurious species with a very high density, and a solid yet crispy feel when playing. Orange-red in colour, with a beautiful woodgrain that finishes to a glass-like polish. Mun Ebony is a very rare species with a very high density, and a very solid feel when playing. Quite hard and durable, with dark black woodgrain that is sometimes interrupted with streaks of light blond colour. Black & White Ebony is a very rare and beautiful species with highly contrasted woodgrain, it is a favourite of many players for its looks. It is hard and durable, with a high density and a solid feel while playing.
Hand-turned in our Workshop
New Aurum shape Modernized cup sizes
Sharp edges to lock stalls Bearing bead for reduced tangle Custom hand-sewn carrying bag Wooden ID Card Ken length: ~169 mm Sarado width: ~73.9 mm
Each ken is made by hand to order; please allow ~2-4 weeks for production and shipping (orders that include further customization may have longer production times).
Note: KEN ONLY, no tama included. Will fit a ~63 mm tama best. Each Handturned Terra is numbered, hidden under the sarado. Ken comes packaged in a hand-sewn drawstring carrying bag, and includes a wooden ID card, string, bearing bead, string tool. Stickers included with every order.