Handturned Terra - GFN Ken

$ 199.99 CAD

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Wood Species: Birch

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Designed by Chris June

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 'GFN' shape: designed by Terra pro team member Chris June. We spent a few days in the workshop with Chris, measuring kens, drawing CAD files, and turning prototypes on the lathe. The result is the GFN shape: the perfect ken for his technical style of play.

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 (pictured) 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 GFN shape
Modernized cup sizes
Sharp edges to lock stalls
Bearing bead for reduced tangle
Custom hand-sewn carrying bag
Wooden ID Card
Ken length: ~162 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 ~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. This June's shape, so a royalty is paid to him for each piece sold, support your favourite players!

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