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Offline HansNickmans

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Re: How many Kendama brands are out there?
« Reply #15 on: 08 January, 2015, 11:41:02 »
Some brands I missed in the list:

Pak Fuk Kendamas (Hong Kong)
Bear Paw Kendamas (USA)
Kendama Co (USA - Zen, Shenzhu etc,...)
Sol Kendamas (USA)
Shukar Kendama (Romania)
Tortoise (Japan)

Nice idea to try and make a list! There have been popping up brands here and there. However, I suspect that some brands come from the same factory manufacturer, only changing in logo or paint job. However recovering this information could prove to be rather difficult. Maybe a distinction in hand-turned and factory made?



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Re: How many Kendama brands are out there?
« Reply #16 on: 08 January, 2015, 12:31:43 »
Do you have link to Tiger Kendama? I only find a Store Brand named Tiger, but no Kendama Brand
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Re: How many Kendama brands are out there?
« Reply #17 on: 08 January, 2015, 12:39:47 »
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Re: How many Kendama brands are out there?
« Reply #18 on: 08 January, 2015, 12:57:27 »
Maybe a distinction in hand-turned and factory made?

What is hand-turned and what is Facktory made?
Made in a house named Facktory, or if they make more than 10 Kendamas per day, than its facktory made?
All kendama are made on a turning lathe (Drechselbank), its always a maschin, where a person cut with his hands.
may be they can use a mask, espacially for dama made, but its still hand-turned.
Only cnc-maschin will be not hand turned.
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Re: How many Kendama brands are out there?
« Reply #19 on: 02 June, 2015, 18:30:51 »
We have Zerohouse Kendama from Vietnam :D

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Re: How many Kendama brands are out there?
« Reply #20 on: 01 July, 2015, 22:55:17 »
There is also a brand called Eagle kendama :D
And a small danish brand called ultra kendama.
ultrakendama.dk

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Re: How many Kendama brands are out there?
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Re: How many Kendama brands are out there?
« Reply #22 on: 18 September, 2015, 11:14:03 »

Wizerd Kendamas:
http://www.wizerdkendamas.com/

Atlantic Kendamas:
http://atlantickendamas.com/


Both look very nice!
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Re: How many Kendama brands are out there?
« Reply #23 on: 07 October, 2015, 23:12:23 »
Maybe a distinction in hand-turned and factory made?

What is hand-turned and what is Facktory made?
Made in a house named Facktory, or if they make more than 10 Kendamas per day, than its facktory made?
All kendama are made on a turning lathe (Drechselbank), its always a maschin, where a person cut with his hands.
may be they can use a mask, espacially for dama made, but its still hand-turned.
Only cnc-maschin will be not hand turned.


Probably every company on the list above will say 'handmade' to describe their product, which isn't really a lie, since there are a lot of hands-on tasks associated with kendama-making. There are a few different ways to actually turn the pieces though:

- Free-hand: holding a chisel of some sort, carving out the ken
- Tracer: A jig is mounted on the lathe, which acts as a perfect guide for a tool to cut out the shape
- Knife-mould: a wide knife blade that is milled to be the shape of a kendama is used to cut the piece
- CNC lathe: a computer-controlled cutter-head cuts out the shape.

From what I know, there are very very few companies that actually turn kens free-hand. Terra is the longest running, others include: some Croix kendamas, Zoot (I think), some Trojka kendamas, Kendama custom kreations (KCK), Uptown Joe (affiliated with Sweets), PAW. Apologies to anyone I've missed. Most of the names on this list are hobbyists that run a small company on the side, rather than being their main gig.

There are also some people who turn tamas (like Aaron from HI), but I'm pretty sure they all just use circle-cutting jigs. (which isn't bad, if you use it right you can get great results. I prefer to do it by hand though).

 

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