The Flatpack Kendama reexamines the classic toy through the lens of a playable model kit, lasercut from a single flat piece of wood. Pop the pieces out & fit them together to build a beautiful & highly functional kendama, great for both expanding your collection & sharpening your skills.
Height: 6.8 Inches
Weight: ~32 Grams
Height: 2.25 Inches
Weight: ~30 Grams
Made & designed in the USA. Lasercut from 1/8″ Birch & packed in a hand-screened record sleeve.
The Flatpack Kendama is designed to be played. It is worth noting, though, that its construction naturally makes it lighter & more delicate than traditional kendamas. For this reason, we ask that you take care during assembly & while attempting risky tricks.
Now, attach the string through the holes on the sarado and the top of the tama, tie a knot on each end, and have fun!
The Flatpack Kendama is designed to press fit together out of the package. However, we recommend a small amount of glue for models subject to heavy play.
How was the Flatpack Kendama made?
The Flatpack Kendama was lasercut in the USA from 1/8″ birch plywood. Drew handled the design, Hank managed the machining & printing.
Who is behind this project?
44RPM was founded by Hank Freeman & Drew Tetz, two professional yoyoers & best bros looking to explore the creative side of the skill toy scene. Hank is a three time world yo-yo champion living in Prague, Drew is the 2014 trick innovator of the year working as a graphic designer in New York.
Can the Flatpack Kendama be played with?
Yes! The Flatpack Kendama is a fully functional kendama.
The unique construction of the Flatpack Kendama makes it a little lighter & more delicate than traditional kendamas. For this reason, we recommend that you use caution when performing difficult tricks… but there are also some tricks that are easier on a flatpack kendama. Take a look at some of the tricks you can perform on the blog here.
Do the toys need glue?
The Flatpack Kendama will press fit & hold together on its own for display or light play. However, we strongly recommend the use of glue for maximum playability.
What is a Kendama?
The kendama is a traditional Japanese skill toy consisting of a ball (tama) attached to a handle (ken.) It expands on the classic “ball & cup” archetype through the addition of two smaller cups & a spike, giving the player a dizzying number of trick possibilities. Recent popularity has brought in a new generation with new tricks, making kendama more exciting than ever.
Where do I start with Kendama?
Most players begin by trying to land the tama on the big cup; pull up gently, & bend your knees to soften the landing on the catch. Once this feels comfortable, try bouncing the tama between different cups. With enough practice, you can “spike” the tama & learn a variety of other advanced moves such as Bird, Airplane, & Revolver.