Heavy Nunchaku

The Facts about Heavy Nunchaku One of the most asked questions we get here at American Nunchaku is normally about Nunchaku weight and durability.  “Which nunchaku is strongest?”  “Which nunchaku is Heavy?”  On the surface these would seem to be questions about similar properties that the hardwoods have but in reality they … Read more

Preserving a Fading China

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The 20-Minute No-Equipment

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Kung Fu Motion Visualization

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The Black Palm Hardwood for Nunchaku

The black palm hardwood was introduced to the shop this year via a request from one of our @Twitter supporters and customers.  Making a Black Palm Nunchaku was an experiment that turned out wonderfully.  All hardwoods have certain properties that effect how well they feel and how well they can be used.  A … Read more

Nunchaku History

 Nunchaku History The nunchaku (Japanese: ヌンチャク Hepburn: nunchaku, often “nunchuks“, “chainsticks“, “chuka sticks“ or “karate sticks“ in English) is a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope. The two sections of the weapon are commonly made out of wood, while the link is a cord or a metal chain. The nunchaku is … Read more

Having Trouble With Spider Guard?

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American Handmade Nunchaku

American Handmade Nunchaku

Given the choice wouldn’t you rather buy American Handmade Nunchaku than a nunchaku with no soul? all of our martial arts weapons are made one at a time by martial artists. we don’t buy them over seas or from a big warehouse store. We think this makes them special and unique. This gives the weapon the character that the user possesses.

Handmade vs Robot made

USA Nunchaku is not a warehouse in China, or a large manufacturing factory. USA Nunchaku Co. is a small American company making handmade nunchaku from 100% American materials in our small workshop. We make handmade nunchaku in different shapes and sizes in small batches, each featuring a selection of various hardwoods. While they do cost a bit more than a $9 Chinese “chuck in a bag”, our nunchaku are Handmade and each one of a kind.

Stop in and check out the store, your perfect nunchaku is waiting for a spin. If you have any questions or need help picking the perfect nunchaku for your training, please do not hesitate to contact us directly and we will be more than happy to help out with your choice or any other information you may need.


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U Swivel Chain Linked Nunchaku

We have been making nunchaku by hand for 20 years.  In that time the number one request has always been handmade u Swivel chain linked nunchaku.  To do it right, we had to go back in time and skip the cheap imported barely metal versions of this classic martial arts weapon. We are proud … Read more

Which Nunchaku is Right for Me?

Which Nunchaku is Right for Me? While most martial arts stores and warehouse have lots of stuff, unlike USA Nunchaku Co,  they only have 12″ nunchaku which raises the question, “Since I have options, which nunchaku is right for me?” This site is best viewed on a tablet or computer to display … Read more

Chain linked Speed Chucks

Chain linked Speed Chucks As we hit the dog days of summer in 2017 the shop is finishing out the Dragon Fly run of nunchaku to end the first part of the season.  With the introduction of our chain linked nunchaku this summer, we wanted to add to the mix with some … Read more

Why is Cocobolo so Expensive?

The Rare Preferred Hardwood of the Martial Arts world. Why is Cocobolo so Expensive?

Cocobolo Dalbergia retusa is the long sought after hardwood in martial arts.  It is in the family of the Rosewoods Dalbergia nigra. In part it is very popular because of it’s weight and density but also because of the beautiful colors and patterns that appear in the wood’s grain.  With this wood however it is not the demand that is the problem as much as it is the supply.  So Why is Cocobolo so Expensive? The first price point that drives it up is being able to find it.  The second is how much it costs once you have located something you can use.  Unlike red oak or ash, cocobolo is a medium to small sized tree that has fewer straight branches.  It is much harder to mill and even harder to get good undamaged straight boards so you can work with them.  Hardwoods of this nature eat through expensive cutting bits in weeks, where as the same bit would last a lifetime with normal woods.  The last price point that adds more to the final cost is how hard it is to work with.  The first problem; the saw dust is poisonous to humans.  Don’t get me wrong, all saw dust is bad for people and use of a mask is the general practice, but with cocobolo it is down right hurtful.  It is much like getting poison ivy on the inside of your lungs.  Not fun.  So we use suits and masks and it’s hot and miserable doing so.

In the end it’s always worth it but much more time and work go into things made of cocobolo.  It’s a rare wood loved by all the martial arts.  The time may also be coming when cocobolo is gone from the planet.  I wonder what those cocobolo nunchaku would be worth then? At USA Nunchaku Co. We hunt down cocobolo every week to use in our wood shop so we can bring you great nunchaku pieces.  It’s a time honored hardwood in the martial arts world, but don’t forget all the other great woods we have available.


Other Choices

While cocobolo is a great hardwood, there are others that will also serve the same purpose.  We encourage our nunchaku users to try out different weight hardwoods and test out some of the many other exotic hardwood options we provide. Most of our customers will wind up with nunchaku they use privately and nunchaku they use in class for strikes and contact with other weapons which spare the more expensive nunchaku from harm. As always, if you have more questions about any of our nunchaku please feel free to contact us and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Nunchaku News May 2017

Nunchaku News May 2017 Moving all our Nunchaku to the three Rope Tie The three rope tie method will be the norm for all nunchaku coming out of our store from May 2017 forward.  The 660 para cord colors are expanding too,  Summer 2017 will see reflective para cord and glow in … Read more

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