Best Beginner Kendama 2019 (Review)

Kendama is a traditional japanese toy which translates to english to sword (ken) and ball (tama). Despite it being considered a japanese skill toy it actually originated in France in the 16th century (there is some speculation that it actually originated in China or Greece). It’s believed that kendama came to Japan around year 1777 through the Silk Road. In early 20th century the toy gained two additional side cups and became very popular in the Japanese culture. Kendama is a toy that involves skill and ever since 1979 there have been competitions for it.

If you are looking to buy your first kendama I would suggest to spend less than 30 USD. You can get decent kendamas in this price budget and as a beginner I doubt you will be able to appreciate more expensive and refined ones enough for it to be worth the extra money. After testing 13 different kendamas I have come to conclusion which are the best ones for beginners. Read full review now!

 

#1 Sweets Kendamas Prime Grain Split 2.0 Kendama

Sweets Kendamas Prime Grain Split 2.0 Kendama

Sweets Kendamas Prime are high quality kendamas for affordable pricing making them great value for money. They are well known and praised in kendama community. Prime Grain Split 2.0 Kendama has sticky paint which helps to land/learn tricks. The cups are well balanced and large. The weight balance is very good as well. Prime Grain Split 2.0 Kendama is well built, durable and has aesthetically pleasing design. It’s a great choice for both the beginners and experienced kendama players.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 3 x 2.4 inches
  • Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Package includes:
    • Sweets Kendamas Prime Grain Split 2.0 Kendama
    • Prime sticker pack
    • Colored replacement string

Rating: 9.7/10

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#2 Sweets Kendamas Radar Prime Kendama

Sweets Kendamas Radar Prime Kendama

Radar Prime Kendama is another great kendama from Sweets Kendamas. It’s slightly less expensive than Prime Grain Split 2.0 but still is a good quality product. It’s well built, durable and well balanced. Just like Prime Grain Split 2.0 it has sticky paint that helps performing tricks. Overall this is also a good choice if you are beginner, just like any other prime kendama from Sweet Kendamas.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 3 x 2.4 inches
  • Weight: 7 ounces
  • Package includes:
    • Sweets Kendamas Prime Grain Split 2.0 Kendama
    • Prime sticker pack
    • Colored replacement string

 

Rating: 9.7/10

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#3 Kotaro Pro Bamboo Kendama

Kotaro Pro Bamboo Kendama

Kotaro Pro Bamboo Kendama is inexpensive and well made. It’s durable and can handle tons of abuse. It’s not painted which means you don’t have to worry about paint chipping off with use. Overall it’s decently balanced and a good choice for beginners.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 7.2 x 3 x 3 inches (Handle is 6.25″ is from bottom to tip of spike. Spike is 1.5″)
  • Weight: 5 ounces
  • Package includes:
    • Kotaro Pro Bamboo Kendama
    • Replacement string

 

Rating: 9.0/10

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#4 Kendama USA – Kaizen Cherry Wood Kendama

Kendama USA - Kaizen Cherry Wood Kendama

Kendama USA Kaizen Cherry Wood Kendama is made out of cherry wood and is natural tama polished. The wood is quite dense so this kendama is heavier than regular ones. Despite the heaviness it’s still easy to control, it’s also very very durable which I suspect is because of the dense wood. It’s not painted so you don’t have to worry about damaging the paint. Overall balance of this kendama is ok but not the best. Still it’s a good product.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 2.9 x 2.7 inches
  • Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Package includes:
    • Kendama USA Kaizen Cherry Wood Kendama
    • Instruction manual
    • Stickers
    • Replacement string
    • Replacement bead

Rating: 8.8/10

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#5 Kraze Kendama

Kraze Kendama

Kraze kendama is well made and nicely balanced. It has amazing paint job and the quality of it is good, however with use it will eventually start to chip unfortunately. Other than the paint job the kendama is very durable. Overall this is a good kendama.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 7 x 3 x 2.5 inches
  • Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Package includes:
    • 1 x Kraze kendama
    • 1 x Replacement string

Rating: 8.4/10

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#6 Kendama USA Alex Smith Pro Model Version 4

Kendama USA Alex Smith Pro Model Version 4

Kendama USA Alex Smith Pro Model Version 4 is a well built and balanced kendama. The only thing I can complain is that the ball is perhaps slightly too heavy compared to the handle, but overall it’s pretty well balanced out. The ball has a nice smooth matte finish which helps with balancing tricks. Overall this is a good kendama.

Details:

  • Weight: 8 ounces
  • Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 12 inches
  • Package includes:
    • Kendama USA Alex Smith Pro Model Version 4
    • Replacement string
    • Replacement bead
    • Instructional guide
    • Stickers

Rating: 8.4/10

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#7 Kotaro Blue Tama Deluxe Pro Kendama

Kotaro Blue Tama Deluxe Pro Kendama

Kotaro Blue Tama Deluxe Pro kendama is pretty small sized, however it feels nice and is well balanced. The weight is just right and I also like the shape. It isn’t painted so paint chipping is not something you have to worry about, the kendama itself seems to be sturdy and durable. Overall this is a good product especially considering the inexpensive price, however I would suggest to get regular sized kendama as your first one.

Details:

  • Dimensions
    6.5 x 4.5 x 2 inches
  • Weight
    5.6 ounces
  • Package includes:
    • 1 x Kotaro Blue Tama Deluxe Pro kendama
    • 1 x String
    • 1 x Holder / holster
    • 1 x Instructions

Rating: 8.3/10

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#8 Kendama USA – Tribute Kendama

Kendama USA - Tribute Kendama

Kendama USA Tribute kendama is well made and has a good balance. It’s not perfect though, the paint although holds up well it start to crack after a while. Durability isn’t bad but isn’t the best either, if you abuse this kendama some dents will eventually appear. It’s a bit slippery so some of the tricks are hard to perform, however this added difficulty forces you to become much more skilled. Overall this is a pretty good kendama.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 9.7 x 5.5 x 2.2 inches
  • Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Package includes:
    • 1 x Kendama USA Tribute kendama
    • 1 x Instruction manual in English
    • 1 x Free stickers
    • 1 x Replacement string
    • 1 x Bead pack

Rating: 8.2/10

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#9 Kendama USA – TJ Kolesnik Pro Model

Kendama USA - TJ Kolesnik Pro Model

Kendama USA – TJ Kolesnik Pro Model is well made and durable. The paint job is durable as well, it will still eventually start to chip but it will last longer than on most other kendamas. The overall balance of this kendama is nice and it feels nice in your hands. Overall this is a good kendama however it’s a bit more expensive than the others I tried so the value for money isn’t the best.

Details:

  • Weight: 8 ounces
  • Package includes:
    • Kendama USA – TJ Kolesnik Pro Model
    • Extra string
    • Extra bead
    • Stringing tool
    • Stickers
    • Pocket trick guide

Rating: 7.6/10

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#10 Kaleb USA Full Mars Marble Kendama

Kaleb USA Full Mars Marble Kendama

Kaleb USA Full Mars Marble Kendama has a cool paint job but that’s about it when it comes to positives. Kendama is badly made and not durable at all and the paint coating start to chip pretty much immediately. Balance of kendama is ok for the most part, but not among the best. Overall I would suggest to avoid this kendama as you can get much better ones for similar pricing.

Details:

  • Weight: 160g
  • Ball Weight: 85g
  • Ball Diameter: 2.35″ inches
  • Overall Height Including Ball: 7.25″ inches
  • Package includes:
    • 1 x Kaleb USA Full Mars Marble Kendama
    • 1 x Replacement String
    • 1 x Sticker

Rating: 6.6/10

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#11 KENDAMA TOY CO. Kendama (2 pack)

KENDAMA TOY CO. Kendama (2 pack)

The colors of KENDAMA TOY CO. Kendama’s are cool, however the paint is thin and chips quite easily. Unfortunately this kendama isn’t made from solid wood and is a bit too light. It’s also slippery which makes performing certain tricks very hard, on the other hand this really makes you improve your skills by a lot. As a kendama it is pretty mediocre and there are far better products available for similar pricing.

Details:
  • Dimensions: 2.2 x 3 x 7.3 inches
  • Weight: 5 ounces
  • Package includes:
    • 2 x KENDAMA TOY CO. Kendama (different colors)

Rating: 6.2/10

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#12 RQN Bamboo Kendama

RQN Bamboo Kendama

RQN Bamboo Kendama is rather badly balanced. It’s also not very well built and durability is far from best. Kendama however is nicely sized and the ball is very smooth and shiny. Overall I would suggest you to get different kendama at this price point.

Details:
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Package includes:
    • 1 x RQN Bamboo Kendama
    • 1 x Replacement string

Rating: 4.6/10

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#13 Toysmith Bamboo Kendama

Toysmith Bamboo Kendama

Toysmith Bamboo Kendama is pretty mediocre. It feels cheap compared to other kendamas and the string is too short. It’s not very well balanced. This kendama also isn’t painted so you don’t have worry about paint chipping. Overall this kendama isn’t horrible but some others for similar pricing are much better in every way.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.8 x 2.8 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Package includes:
    • 1 x Toysmith Bamboo Kendama

Rating: 4.3/10

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Kendama Videos

 

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