New Shape New Fun
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 'prototype' 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. While we finalize the exact dimensions, we are inviting the public to test it out (and provide feedback, please!), so that we can hone in on the most playable shape possible.
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.
Hand-turned in our Workshop
New 'Prototype' 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 ~5-8 business days for production and shipping. Want something specific that isn't listed on this page? A different wood species, or a modified design? Send us an email
and we'll do our best to make it happen for you!
This product is ken only
, no tama included. This shape will fit a 61-62 mm tama best. KEN ONLY. 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.