Iron Wood Nunchaku


Ironwood Nunchaku
11.75″ Straight  Octagon
Approx.: 17.5 oz
Made in USA

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Iron Wood Nunchaku (Lignum Vitae)

The Iron Wood Nunchaku is an  american made nunchaku.  This is an argentinian version of the species that is slightly less dense and more brown in color but this version only grows in Argentina.  All other claims of ironwood are fake.  USA Nunchaku’s Iron Wood Nunchaku are made from “ironwood” Lignum Vitae (Argentina) This is one of the the heaviest and most dense wood we use as well as the most expensive.  These are a special set we have not made in a number of years due to the cost.   These nunchaku are all are handmade, shaped, oiled, sanded and strung.  Like all of our nunchaku each of one of kind, 100% made in the United States.  If you are looking for a more affordable similar hardwood, we have you covered!  Check out the Brazilian Walnut IPE.

We have a very limited supply, but more Lignum sets are currently being made.

As of 2020 there is no “real” Lignum Vitae (Genuine) hardwood available in sizes that can work for our nunchaku.  It is a hardwood that is next to impossible to find.  There are some counterfeit woods being sold as “ironwood” on other sites but beware.  Lignum Vitae (Genuine) only grows in the Caribbean and South America.  It is not found anywhere else.

Pro-strung 3 rope US 550 para cord, 4″ length, no glue, hidden knotsee stringing rope length

SPECS:  11.75″  Iron Wood Nunchaku

  • Diameter: 1 1/8
  • Rope Length: approx 4″  see stringing rope lengths
  • Rope Color:   your choice
  • Overall Length: approx 11.75″
  • Weight: 17.5 oz
  • Batch: 2020 Winter

Common Name(s): Lignum Vitae
Scientific Name: Guaiacum officinale, G. sanctum
Distribution: Central America and northern South America
Tree Size: 20-30 ft (6-10 m) tall, 1-2 ft (.3-.6 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 79 lbs/ft3 (1,260 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): 1.05, 1.26
Janka Hardness: 4,390 lbf (19,510 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 18,450 lbf/in2 (127.2 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 2,043,000 lbf/in2 (14.09 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 12,200 lbf/in2 (84.1 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: ~5%, Tangential: ~8%, Volumetric: ~13%, T/R Ratio: ~1.6

Traditional Nunchaku Design

Unlike mass produced martial arts weapons made overseas, we designed our Iron wood Nunchaku to be easy to hold, not get sticky and give you confidence as you practice your forms.  Originally the nunchaku was designed from farming tools in China.  Occupied Chinese were not allowed to have weapons and a whole range of new weapons sprung from the tools at hand.  Our nunchaku are not mass produced, each one is made one at a time.  We use exotic hardwoods and try to get every inch of wood used in our product.  Some of these woods are hard to find in usable sizes so we take great care to get the most out of each piece.  The design is to last and be durable.  We take out the least amounts of wood to keep them strong and use rope that will only fill the voids to make them easy to repair.  We have re string kits available as well as instruction as to how to re string our nunchaku when it becomes necessary.

  • Realistically practice self-defense, martial art forms and demonstrations with the feel and maneuverability of real weapons
  • Unlike polypropylene, wood feels great allowing martial artists to practice as much as they like
  • Quiet rope design for training
  • Octagon-shaped grip with grooves for a more realistic experience
  • heavyweight and durable

If you need an item for a special event or have any questions before ordering please feel free to use our contact page to get an estimate on shipping time or answer any questions. 

For more information about our nunchaku and us check about us  Also check out the history of nunchaku to get more information about it’s role is martial arts as well as how to care for your nunchaku.  Always check your local laws in regards nunchaku and their use as well as our terms and conditions.

If an item is listed “Back ordered” Since we make all our nunchaku by hand, back ordered for us means that the wood has not been cut yet.  This normally adds from 1-3 days to the time before an item can ship out.  For more information about shipping please see our shipping page for details. 

Additional information

Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 12 × 1.125 × 1.125 in
Rope Options

Finished Tied Rope, Open Knot (unfinished tie), Unstrung- for Massachusetts

Select Paracord Color

Abyss, Acid Purple Diamonds, Black, Blood Diamonds, Breast Cancer Awareness, Cannabal, Cap America, Cheetah, Comanche, Copperhead, Crimson, Dahlia, Day Break, Desert Folio, Digital Viper, Dragonberry, Dragonfly, Fast Pitch, Federal Navy, grey, Harley, Jedi, Jet Stream, Leopard, Lightning, Moss, Neon Lime Diamonds, Neon Orange, Shark Attack, Snake Skin, Solar Orange, Thin Red Line, Touch of Grey, US Marine Corp, White, yellow


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