Kendama is a wooden toy that originated in Japan. It is a skill toy where you can play tricks on it. It can also be done in any trick variations from juggling the ball into 3 cups, spiking the ball with the “ken spike,” and creatively balancing both. Playing kendama can improve your eye coordination and motor skills, and it is also excellent for memory exercises. However, all toys can get fragile, especially when you are always playing with it. In this article, you will learn how to fix a kendama.
How to Fix a Kendama String
All of those playing kendama experienced a broken string, or the string’s knot comes undone. Some can be frustrating to the players who are playing. We have these steps on how to fix a kendama string.
Scissors – Use to cut the strings
Kendama String – Different string types are depending on the player or who uses it. Some use softer silk to be comfortable when using a bare hand while others are using nylon for their tricks.
Step-by-Step Procedures on How to Fix a Kendama String:
- Removed the string and the plastic bead to wooden kendama using the scissors if needed.
- Position the kendama’s body facing down. The big cup part should be facing the right side.
- Insert the new string on one end straight through the hole in the middle of the crosspiece. The players can have a long string depending on what they want to perform more tricks and more challenges, but the official kendama string is 15 inches or 38cm.
Some string is made from high-quality nylon that is braided 22 inches on the length and produced exclusively for sweet kendamas. They are resistant to perfect balance and durability. You can also add color to your string if you want because it is more beautiful when you play tricks on it. The string must be tightly fixed and in good condition.
Kendama is set up for right-handed players. Its string is tied on both ends to prevent the string from pulling through the hole. You can convert it if you are left-handed; you need to restring the kendama so that the string comes out from the opposite side of the hole on the crosspiece.
- It would be best if you flipped the kendama opposite on the other side. The big cup now should face the left side. It would help if you pulled the end of the string until it spreads about an inch to the hole for you to tie it.
- Tie a knot making a small loop, and you need to take an inch of extended string. Put the tip into the loop, and you need to put the tip of the string on the loop for the second tie to strengthen it and pull it tight. One of the difficult or challenged is tying the knot when you are changing your string. Some players are frustrated in tying an untying it; in the end, they need to cut it and change it again to the new one.
- In attaching the ball to the wooden part, place it upright, seeing the top’s hole. You need to insert the other end of the string to the hole until it comes out to the end of the big hole, which is in the bottom part.
- Insert the small bead on the end of the string. Allow the bead to go down on the hole of the ball before tying the knot. You can adjust the knots depending on the preferred strength of the string.
- You can now play with the kendama.
Knowing how to fix a kendama string is vital to kendama owners.
When you are playing the kendama excessively, of course, the string can get damaged. The step by step procedure that we gave on how to fix a kendama will help you a lot on how you will repair it. You will also learn how to tie a knot because tying a knot can be frustrating for players trying to change the kendama string. Also, you have to check on the crosspiece and the stem. If you continue playing your well-maintained kendama, it will help improve your mental ability and body motors skills. Find out more about games.