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Offline Thorny

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Favourite Kendama?
« on: 20 August, 2011, 11:29:42 »
What is your preferred model of kendama to bust out tricks/feels nicest in your hand?

I know it's a difficult question because they all feel so different but in theory it should spark some discussion!

For me, I'd have to say Mugen or Oozora - probably the latter. Solely because I've landed all of my hardest tricks on an Oozora (bar one, which was on the Mugen).

Anybody agree or have any different views?

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Re: Favourite Kendama?
« Reply #1 on: 20 August, 2011, 15:48:01 »
I've only been playing for 4 or so years seriously. I feel it's too early to say.  :)
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Re: Favourite Kendama?
« Reply #2 on: 22 August, 2011, 21:54:19 »
Is that because you feel that you haven't seen enough models come and (or at least rather) go out of production for you to say?

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Re: Favourite Kendama?
« Reply #3 on: 23 August, 2011, 03:10:53 »
Woodgrain shin Fuji alll thee wayy

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Re: Favourite Kendama?
« Reply #4 on: 23 August, 2011, 10:42:19 »
Harry's been wanting to get a grain Shin Fuji for some time. I think you might've just made him want one even more so now haha

I'm growing very fond of my yellow Oozora. It's rapidly becoming one of my favourites although I think my actual favourite kendama of all time would be the green oozora.

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Re: Favourite Kendama?
« Reply #5 on: 23 August, 2011, 12:02:04 »
Is that because you feel that you haven't seen enough models come and (or at least rather) go out of production for you to say?

No, it's because I feel it's very difficult to make a fair assessment. Should I compare my Mugen that I played with when just starting out on the harder tricks, and haven't used now for 2 years, with my Sunrise that I've just got out of the packet, and am using now I'm at 3rd Dan skill/experience level?

The only rational way of comparing KDs is to have a selection of new ones, and line them up. Then try trick A 10 times with each of them. Repeat for trick B, trick C, trick D etc. Repeat the whole exercise weekly, noting the differences as the kendamas wear in with age/use. After several months, you might start to get a fair idea of which is *really* your favourite kendama. Personally, I don't have the patience, nor the spare cash to spend on a batch of new KDs *solely for this purpose*, nor the time to carry out the test.

Then of course, you should probably have 3 or 4 of each model, to even out any variation you may get in the natural density differences between different pieces of wood.

Then again, I recognise that the question is worded as "which is your favourite kendama?", and 'favourite' does not necessarily imply a sound empirical judgement. So..... erm, well, thinking about it......  I still don't think I've got one!
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Re: Favourite Kendama?
« Reply #6 on: 23 August, 2011, 13:35:47 »
I've got a plain wood oozara and an orange sunrise. The sunrise is my favourite as I find it easier to play with, and I can land tricks like lighthouse on it, which I've never managed on the oozara.


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Re: Favourite Kendama?
« Reply #7 on: 23 August, 2011, 17:29:24 »
I'd say it was mostly just the kendama that I use on a regular basis that I like the best.  That is, the one that I'm most tuned in to, rather that whether it's somehow 'better' in some physical or aesthetic way.  For a long time, I had a couple of Mugens that fulfilled this role.  Because of the silly price situation with these, I now seem happy enough using SunRise 2 models instead.

Somewhat unexpectedly, Arthur still seems to be enjoying the G-Ken...   :)

 

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