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 new Aurum shape: designed for max playability, while also looking unique and beautiful. It is slightly smaller and slimmer than the Prefect shape, and will 'fit in the box' to be approved for use in competitions.
The following wood species are available: Birch (pictured)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 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: ~165 mm Sarado width: ~72.5 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 ~61.5 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.