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

 

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

New Nunchaku Stock

New Nunchaku Stock

New Nunchaku Stock
Off the drying strings and into be strung. Lots of cocobolo to choose from.

It will only be matter of days now.  Our new nunchaku stock will be complete.  All the new stock is dry and being strung.  We were waiting for some new colors of para-cord to arrive for the 2017 holiday batches.  It has been hot, the main woodshop doesn’t have AC, so when it’s 96 outside, it’s 115 inside.  While the heat has been uncomfortable, we scored some great pieces of bloodwood and cocobolo this time and we can’t wait to get them in the store for all to see.  We have smaller lengths and larger lengths of nunchaku in cocobolo, red oak, and bloodwood as well as the standard 12″ styles.

Stringing takes some time but we will be uploading them as fast as possible.  Unlike other stores, we have to take photos of each pair because the one you see is the one you get.  In the end it is all worth it.  Handmade martial arts nunchaku crafted in the USA.  Our nunchaku are a perfect gift for a martial artist.  Each one unique.  Each one an individual like the martial arts practitioner who uses them.  That is one of the great things about our nunchaku.  You will always know which is yours on your schools weapon rack.Cocobolo Nunchaku

Look for the new stock to hit the store around 8/30/16.  We will be sending out a newsletter or registered users on the arrival of our new stock  so sign up soon!  Also twitter and Facebook, Google plus will get the release.  This time due to the ever growing demand, we have already begun the next batch to ensure we can keep up with the holiday shopping season, but quantiles are limited in each batch so check the website often.

Cocobolo Dust

Handmade Nunchaku

Cocobolo Dust

Cocobolo NunchakuOh my, it is so hot outside in north America this summer.  Right now in the north east the humidity has taken over completely.  Day and night it is 100 % in charge.  It’s pea soup at 5:30am, and it just gets hotter and stickier as the sun crosses the  sky.  There is only like one guy that I know who isn’t bothered by this at all.  Not to worrycocobolo, the last 2016 batch of  nunchaku are on the way.  We spent the weekend doing the ruff cuts and hard routes and Cocobolo dust.  Soon the next batch will be at the sanding stations.

Cocobolo dust is one thing that is hard to deal with.  Most people don’t know that the saw dust is poisonous.   It has a strong smell when it’s cut and creates a red dust power that gets on everything. I can tell you is to horrible.  In the shop the saw dust can get crazy.  We cut and expel a lot of wood.  Add the 72% relative humidity and 92 degrees F, it makes the cocobolo dust cling to your skin and turn to a paste.  I have to take breaks and continuously wash off while cutting this wood.  Not much fun, but the only path to the beautiful and colorful wood becoming a set of nunchakucocobolo nunchaku.

This time around we will have cocobolo featured but we will also have some other great woods like zebra, bloodwood, red oak, and locust.  Small and slim models with some of the high end woods and our new highly searched for “nunchaku stringing packet“.  I’m planning three complete batches to be for sale between now and Christmas so there will be plenty to go around for everyone.  As always each is handmade, never stained and we sand, oil and string every pair.  It’s without question and best nunchaku value for the practicing martial artist and best of all, they are made in the USA.

History of the Nunchaku

Red Heart Nunchaku
Handmade Nunchaku

The nunchaku (Japanese: ヌンチャク Hepburn: nunchaku?, often “nunchuks “, “num-chuk”, “danger sticks”, “juan-tuo”, “chuka sticks'”[1] or “chainsticks” in English) is a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope. Used by Okinawan nobles,[citation needed] it was not a historically popular weapon because it was ineffective against the most widely used weapons of that time, and because few techniques for its use existed. 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 most widely used in martial arts such as Okinawan kobudō and karate, and is used as a training weapon, since it allows the development of quicker hand movements and improves posture. Many varieties of nunchaku are available.

During the Japanese occupation of Okinawa some 350 years ago, invading warlords prohibited the use of ordinary weapons such as the gun, sword and spear. So, the Okinawans turned to karate and kobu-do, which is the art of karate weapons such as the bo (a staff), sai (a short sword with the two prongs at the handle, kama (a sickle), and surushin, a length of rope with weights attached to both ends) for protection. Some kobu-do weapons were farm implements which the ingenious farmers converted into effective protective devices. For instance, the forerunner of the nunchaku was an instrument used to pound grain, which was later put to practical use as a weapon. The nunchaku was constructed of two hardwood sticks which were securely connected by rope braided from horses’ tails. Today, the sticks are tied with rope or chain. Because of is innocent appearance, nunchucks could easily be mistaken for a toy or harmless bundle of sticks. In a defensive situation, however, it could be used to strike, block, hit, twist and pinch

Classical nunchuku dimensions conform to their user’s anatomy. The linking chain is the length of the back of the user’s hand. The two sticks are as long as the distance between the user’s wrist and elbow. These dimensions are optimal, they allow the execution of many maneuvers.

Also known as nunchaku, nunchucks, chucks or chain sticks, originally a farm tool used to harvest rice, it developed into a traditional Okinawan weapon and consists of two sticks connected at their ends with a short chain or rope.