White Ash Nunchaku Autumn Sale

20% off Select White Ash Nunchaku

20% Select White Ash Nunchaku all through the month of October. 20% off Select White Ash Nunchaku

North American White Ash is the hardwood used to make most wooden baseball bats.  It’s durable, strong and has a clean crisp look with grains highlighted by our finishing oils.  These nunchaku are perfect for day to day use and all martial arts classes.  Often overlooked, this hardwood is great to work with and we are offering it in a number of shapes and sizes to meet the needs of all martial artists. Our White Ash Nunchaku Autumn Sale runs to the end of October on select models.

White Ash Hardwood Specs:

Common Name(s): White Ash, American White Ash
Scientific Name: Fraxinus americana
Distribution: Eastern North America
Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 2-5 ft (.6-1.5 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 42 lbs/ft3 (675 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .55, .67
Janka Hardness: 1,320 lbf (5,870 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 15,000 lbf/in2 (103.5 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 1,740,000 lbf/in2 (12.00 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 7,410 lbf/in2 (51.1 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 4.9%, Tangential: 7.8%, Volumetric: 13.3%, T/R Ratio: 1.6

 

Lancaster County man accused of attempting to kill victim twice in two days

MANOR TOWNSHIP, Lancaster County — Police are searching for a 29-year-old Quarryville man accused of trying — and failing — kill the same man twice in two days.

Robert David Sheets, of Buck Heights Road, is charged with two counts of attempted homicide, according to State Police. He is currently at large.Police say Sheets shot a male victim in the chest on Sunday, according to a criminal complaint. The next day, when he discovered the victim was still alive, he shot the victim again — this time in the head — and then allegedly stabbed him.The victim survived both attempts, police say.The victim told police Sheets took him to a residence near Main Street in Conestoga and led him to the woods behind the residence, allegedly telling the victim he wanted to show him something there. The victim told police Sheets ordered him to sit on a rock with his hands behind his back. Sheets then grabbed the victim from behind, as if he was attempting to break the victim’s neck. The victim told police he elbowed Sheets in an attempt to escape, but Sheets allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the chest.
The victim told police he fell between some large rocks and laid there, bleeding, until the next morning. When he awoke, he said, he began yelling for help.
The victim told police that Sheets heard his cries and returned, apparently angry that the victim was not dead. Sheets then allegedly shot the victim again, this time behind the right ear. He also allegedly stabbed the victim, who told police he passed out.
The victim told police that when he awoke again, he walked away from the residence to a nearby cornfield. He said he was disoriented and walked around the field in circles until he reached a property on the 200 block of Oak Road, where he was discovered.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim told police that Sheets removed the victim’s wallet, which contained approximately $400, after shooting him the first time. Sheets also took the victim’s cell phone at that time, the victim said.

Police say they showed the victim a photo lineup with eight males, and the victim identified Sheets as the man who shot him.

U Swivel Chain Linked Nunchaku

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 to present our  Tapered Octagon U Swivel  Chain linked Nunchaku.  Just like our woods, the metal and all the parts are 100% American made.  It’s tried and true design that gives smooth flow to the nunchaku.   We think they are the best chain nunchaku made today and we invite you check them out.  We have a number of different models in play at the moment.  The cocobolo’s are all one of a kind and will be re listed as they made.  We are giving the option to change the amount of chain links used and have a number of different hardwoods and lengths available.

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Specs:

  • Diameter: Tapered 1 1/8″ to 1″
  • U- Swivel & Chain:  High carbon steel  375 lb test 100% American made ( 5 links plus swivel spanning 4.5″ from base to base)
  • Overall Length: 12″
  • Weight approx  14 oz.

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?”

12 inch Tapered Bloodwood NunchakuThe 12″ nunchaku is the standard size.  The tapered octagon tied with rope it is the most common nunchaku found is martial arts of karate and kung fu styles schools which teach it.  Some schools use plastic and foam nunchaku as well which are tied together with plastic chain.  While many schools use them for practice, they are the worst example of what a real nunchaku is.  The next kind of nunchaku is fastened with chain.  These are designed more for sport and swinging tricks than a martial arts form, but both can be used either way.

If you are looking for nunchaku for a smaller frame, shorter lengths can work very well as well as the thinner 1″ models which are better for smaller grips.  Sometimes experimenting with nunchaku lengths and rope and chain lengths is the best way to get  a nunchaku that works for your size.  The most important thing with nunchaku is having it feel comfortable while you practice.

Ropes vs Chain

Which Nunchaku is Right for Me?The chain links swing and feel very different from the rope ties, but the basic rule is that you need more chain than rope for the same swinging feel.  Rope is better for your kada and form work as it is best with joint locks and using the nunchaku leverage to inflict holds and breaks.  Yes it’s true, there are other uses beyond swinging them into things!  The chains are far better to use when trying out tricks and spins that wrap around the body.  They do require more length than the rope, and if you put too much length of chain between them you have to shorten up the nunchaku which then moves us into the speed chuck.  The speed chuck is basically a shorter nunchaku handle, with more chain.  These are harder to control, but tons of fun.

Wood Types and Weight

If you are new to the nunchaku, stay with lighter woods. They are much more forgiving and easier on the mishaps. If you are familiar with them, choose the heavy ones only if you do not drop them all the time. Unlike a piece of plastic or foam, if you crack wooden nunchaku into hard surfaces, you may damage them, or the hard surface or both. It’s basic physics. The more weight and speed, the more impact. The lighter woods are faster and spin with more speed but do not pack the punch and damage of the heavier nunchaku. This is why they are the best for the student to practice with. If you want to see what will happen when you swing your nunchaku into a tree or rock please understand that you would be setting yourself up for a broken nunchaku.

We recommend practice on grass or carpet. Do not purchase with the impression that cocobolo or other hardwoods means “indestructible” If anything, it’s the opposite. Like all other martial arts weapons, great care should be taken when using them. They should only ever be used under the supervision of a martial arts instructor in a class setting.

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Chain linked Speed Chucks

Chain linked Speed Chucks

9.5" Katalox 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 cool variations from the old days of kung fu and karate with a similar variation of the classic speed chuck.  We have made the handles shorter and the chain longer to match the total length of a standard 12″ chain set.  We are going to be making these in a variety of shapes, woods and lengths for our next batch along with 3 sectional staffs and chain linked cocobolo nunchaku.  These will finish out the dragonfly run 2017.

These nunchaku hard a bit different than the normal size to swing.  It doesn’t take too long to get used to them.  Look for us to try out a variety of woods in the coming batches to give a good weight mix for nunchaku swings of all styles.

 The debut are two pairs, one red heart at 10″ and a katlox set of 9.5″ weighting in a full 16 oz pound!  As always, join our newsletter to get updates on new nunchaku in the shop.  

 

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 the dark para cord available on the nunchaku and in re string packs.

New Exotic woods

The new woods available are just fantastic.  East India Rosewood is the first.  It’s similar to cocobolo, hard dense and dark in color.  Redheart is our second new wood, the grain pattern is as good as it gets, it’s a good middleweight nunchaku wood.  katalox is our new heavy.  Dark in color with interesting pulp patterns it’s dense and heavy.  

The main base woods will use, red oak and ash will still be available as well as these new exotic woods.  Later this summer we will be releasing some other new exotic woods that should make for some great looking nunchaku. 

Memorial Day Weekend:  Pre release New Chain linked Nunchaku

They have finally arrived.  The chain linked nunchaku in red oak.  The pre release started this week running through the holiday weekend to kick off summer.  We are excited and proud to finally offer one of the most requested versions of the nunchaku. The first sets will be from red oak and soon this summer we will be releasing the nunchaku in Red heart, rosewood and cocobolo

 

Curly Maple Sale

Curly Maple Nunchaku Sale

Curly Maple Nunchaku Sale

Curly Maple Nunchaku SaleWe will be continuing our curly maple nunchaku sale through the weekend!  Stop by the site to check out all the curly maple nunchaku we have in stock in various sizes.  This is the last of the curly maple stock and will not re visited until early Summer.

This is a great lighter weight nunchaku perfect for form practice.  They will take a beating and have the wonderful curly maple figuring in the wood grain.  Like all our nunchaku these are 100% made in the USA, hand cut sanded and finished.

Sale runs Till Midnight April 2nd.

Usa Nunchaku Debut our 3 Rope Nunchaku tie

3 rope nunchaku tie

Usa Nunchaku Debut our 3 Rope Nunchaku tie

3 rope nunchaku tieWe are now going to start offering the nunchaku tied using a 3 rope nunchaku tie in the middle method.  It will be offered in a number of colors featuring a 480lb para-cord as always 100% American made.  While this method takes a bit longer to do and is more complex, we feel that it’s a great look, very strong and doesn’t require us to remove any more of the wood material which in the end makes for a stronger nunchaku.  It is also still a reliable end knot which can not unfasten like the other two method. 

This string method takes longer because of the complex pattern for the string.  We do not have an instructional set up yet for this way of roping the nunchaku.  As with all martial arts moves, there are a number of ways to arrive at your desired results.  This is also true with the many ways you can choose to tie your nunchaku later on.  This year we are also planning to feature a number of instructional  posts on the site that will feature different ways people tie their nunchaku.

Two Rope 650lb Tie

We will be continuing our two rope in the middle tie with a few changes. Now we will be using the flat 4 strand 650 para-cord.  As with all our rope we only use American made and only buy it from American retailers.  Currently this tie will only be available in a few colors but we hope to broaden the selection soon.

For more information on rope check out the rope lengths guide and the  how to string nunchaku post on our website.  Remember to sign up for our newsletter for updates, new products in stock and nunchaku news.

 

 

Welcoming in a Nunchaku New Year

Welcoming in a Nunchaku New Year

Now welcoming in a nunchaku new yearWell it has been a crazy year in America.  As it comes to a close we want to thank everyone who has made USA Nunchaku grow this year.  I have been making these nunchaku for 20 years now.  It all started in a friend’s garage next to my 2nd Apartment during the first years of my Kung fu training.  In 1997 selling things on the internet was still a bit advanced but I was able to pull it off for a select few.  Now welcoming in a nunchaku new year for  2017 to all our customers all over the world is something we are proud to do.

This year America is likely going to change.  A number of years ago we set out to be an American company who wanted to make our product here in the United States with people and materials that were made here as well.  I can promise you as this idea catches on with other American businesses this year we will continue to do our part and always take the American worker, product or company first.  It matters to everyone we serve and to us as we make our American Nunchaku that even in a small way we help make the change back to a time when “made in USA” meant everything.Now welcoming in a nunchaku new year

Great News for chain fans!

After a long research and development process  I’m excited and proud to announce that 2017 will be the year USA Nunchaku co. starts making our first run of chain linked nunchaku.  They are going to be something special.  We have gone to great lengths to make a new product that we hope will become the rebirth of a long forgotten style of nunchaku made with quality in America.  All signs point to A February release date, make sure to sign up for our news letter to get the latest information on when they are ready. 

On Behalf of USA Nunchaku have a Great and Happy New Year!

 

 

3 Days Left

3 days left for shipping by Christmas

dr-65-6As 2016 draws to a close we are rapidly approaching our last three shipping days to have your nunchaku arrive by Christmas.  This year we have grown more than expected and because of that, next year is going to be full of wonderful nunchaku surprises.  We will be introducing our first USA produced chain linked nunchaku.  This is a big deal!  In the 15 years I have been making nunchaku for friends and fellow students and now for the world on USA Nunchaku, we have been asked many times to produce chain linked nunchaku.  Thankfully we now have the means to do this in a way that is going to be quality in our new product, and satisfy everyone who loves the feel of the chain rather than the traditional rope connection.  Look for the first models to be released in February-March of 2017.

More Cocobolo to come.  In 2016 we have secured a great source for the beloved cocobolo hard wood.  You will see them as a regular throughout the year in all of our short batches.  In addition to that we will feature more red oak is a larger range of sizes including tapered, the addition of more Black Locust hardwood and in time all of these available to chain linked nunchaku.

While some of the exotic hardwoods are obviously imported to our American wood distributors, we try to make every single item used to make our product come from companies who make and manufacturer their product in the United States.  This goes for all our wood shop materials, the ropes, shipping ect.   We take great pride in being a 100% American (United States) made product.

The last sale of the year will be wrapping up this week, again anything shipped by 21st should arrive on time to all locations on the main land Untied States

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Have a Happy Holiday!

10% off all red oak nunchaku

 

 

Black Friday Sale 2016

Black Friday Nunchaku Sale

Black Friday Nunchaku SaleStop by USA Nunchaku this Black Friday for our 24 hour Black Friday Nunchaku Sale.  For 24 hours all cocobolo in stock are 15% off.

Cut from the hard to find dense cocobolo wood, these nunchaku are not only beautiful, they are some of the heaviest strongest sets we offer. The late 2012 batch are cut in a straight octagon shape. Get them while they are here. All are handmade in the United States.

These training weapons are made of top grade  and  match real weapons in length, size, weight, and feel. These 7.75″ cocobolo nunchaku constructed to be durable, cut resistant, and remarkably stiff, which allow martial artists to master techniques, footwork, and the basic stances.  USA Nunchaku’s Cocobolo Traditional Octagon Nunchaku are made from cocobolo these nunchaku are all are handmade, shaped, oiled, sanded and strung.  Like all of our nunchaku each of one of kind.  The weapon you see is the exact one you will receive.  100% made in the United States.

 

Handmade Nunchaku in Store Now

American Handcrafted Nunchaku

The First Batch of Handmade Nunchaku in Store Now

Cocobolo Traditional Octagon NunchakuWell it took a while to complete, but the first batch of handmade nunchaku for fall 2017 has been added to the online store.  We were sold out for some time and to keep that from happening this season we have already started another run of red oak to be ready next week.  With the second batch, we will be adding a martial arts school pack which will consist of sets of 10 or 20 red oak nunchaku strung in white or black and sold at a discounted price for schools and teachers of martial arts.  Instructors and schools can sign up here to get their discount codes .  We hope to have this product and feature added to the site the weekend of September 24th.

Website Updated for Fall

We have updated our web store to handle more volume and added new payment credit card options.  We were experiencing an issue with new site plugins preventing customers from entering their credit cards to check out.  This has been fixed and tested and we are happy to announce the checkout is working perfectly.

Cocobolo in stock

2017-hallows-26-8We have a number of cocobolo nunchaku in stock.  we are also featuring some new smaller and larger sizes.  These will not be around for long, so make sure to stop by soon and check them out.

 

New Nunchaku Stock Coming!

New Nunchaku Stock Coming!

Exotic WoodsIt’s been since spring that we have run the mills in the shop but we have finally found some new exotic woods and the time to produce a whole ton of beautiful American Red Oak Nunchaku!

Bloodwood, Cocobolo, Zebrawood, and a few others will be featured this time as well as  new product designed for the martial arts school or instructor.   We will be bundling 10-20 12″ Red Oak Nunchaku in packs for schools at a discount.  Each one will be strung on the one side and come with the instructions on sizing the rope to the correct length.

We know our stock is about at rock bottom, more nunchaku are coming!!

Update 8/6/2016: We made a special trip to the warehouse and have New cocobolo stock!  The cocobolo nunchaku has some great pulp markings in the grain and will have a variety of lengths to choose from this time around.