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Keyaki vs maple ozora
« on: 20 September, 2017, 17:47:31 »
Hey guys! I'm looking to get a natural ozora, and the choice is between keyaki and maple. I'm mostly wondering...
1.Which is more durable?
2. Which 'breaks in' the nicest?
I haven't had a full maple or keyaki kendama before. Thank you!
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Re: Keyaki vs maple ozora
« Reply #1 on: 20 September, 2017, 18:34:17 »
I don't have any kendamas in either of those woods. I like the feel of the keyakis I've briefly tried, though.

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Re: Keyaki vs maple ozora
« Reply #2 on: 20 September, 2017, 18:41:38 »
Hey guys! I'm looking to get a natural ozora, and the choice is between keyaki and maple. I'm mostly wondering...
1.Which is more durable?
2. Which 'breaks in' the nicest?
I haven't had a full maple or keyaki kendama before. Thank you!
I have a maple ken usa the maze one can't think of the pros name and I have a kayaki ozora tama and wow the rams is heavy maples alot lighter but not as durable

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Re: Keyaki vs maple ozora
« Reply #3 on: 20 September, 2017, 19:07:52 »
Hey guys! I'm looking to get a natural ozora, and the choice is between keyaki and maple. I'm mostly wondering...
1.Which is more durable?
2. Which 'breaks in' the nicest?
I haven't had a full maple or keyaki kendama before. Thank you!
I have a maple ken usa the maze one can't think of the pros name and I have a kayaki ozora tama and wow the rams is heavy maples alot lighter but not as durable

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Rams (tama) auto correct lol

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Re: Keyaki vs maple ozora
« Reply #4 on: 20 September, 2017, 19:38:55 »
Hey @rhys_goes_peace I have all the Ozora hardwoods Keyaki, Maple and Enjyu and they are  all fantastic. Well they are Ozora after all.

Regards the maple and keyaki though:

Maple is really nice and durable, but takes a looooong time to break in nicely.

Keyaki breaks in amazingly well and is pretty durable too. However it does smell rather odd. Its kinda like marmite you'll either love it or hate it!

I would recommend the Keyaki to you though, as its the OG Ozora hardwood.

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Re: Keyaki vs maple ozora
« Reply #5 on: 20 September, 2017, 20:08:11 »
Hey guys! I'm looking to get a natural ozora, and the choice is between keyaki and maple. I'm mostly wondering...
1.Which is more durable?
2. Which 'breaks in' the nicest?
I haven't had a full maple or keyaki kendama before. Thank you!
I have a maple ken usa the maze one can't think of the pros name and I have a kayaki ozora tama and wow the rams is heavy maples alot lighter but not as durable

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Is the pro you're thinking about Alex Smith?
Hey @rhys_goes_peace I have all the Ozora hardwoods Keyaki, Maple and Enjyu and they are  all fantastic. Well they are Ozora after all.

Regards the maple and keyaki though:

Maple is really nice and durable, but takes a looooong time to break in nicely.

Keyaki breaks in amazingly well and is pretty durable too. However it does smell rather odd. Its kinda like marmite you'll either love it or hate it!

I would recommend the Keyaki to you though, as its the OG Ozora hardwood.

Hope this helps.
Okay, probably going to go with the Keyaki. Thanks! :)



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Re: Keyaki vs maple ozora
« Reply #6 on: 20 September, 2017, 20:28:19 »
Hey Rhys. I also have both of these ozora kendamas, and like them both for different qualities.
Maple for me is the go to for any cup tricks it has a great weight for that kind of play. Keyaki is lighter but still really durable. I've played my keyaki a lot and it is well broken in now. Of the two I would say keyaki is the favourite as I feel it is a better all rounder. Be prepared for the smell though lol

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Re: Keyaki vs maple ozora
« Reply #7 on: 20 September, 2017, 20:46:32 »
Alex Smith yeah haha

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Re: Keyaki vs maple ozora
« Reply #8 on: 02 October, 2017, 18:01:12 »
Just bought one (a keyaki). Excited for it!
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