Best Kendamas

Updated October 2020
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54 Models Considered
12 Hours Researched
2 Experts Interviewed
110 Consumers Consulted
Zero products received from manufacturers.

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A kendama is a classic traditional Japanese toy that has never gone out of style. The toy is a cup and ball game that adds to the element of challenge with 3 cups and a spike. Most often made from wood, the kendama includes a ball on a string the user attempts to land on the spike or in one of the cups. Variations on this product include the length of the shaft, which is generally 7.25” in length from base to the tip of the spike. Some smaller models could work well for beginners or younger players. Painted models may make the model more interesting, but the repeated banging of the ball over time will tend to chip the paint.

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