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Nunchakus > Corded Nunchucks > Traditional Octagon Nunchaku

Traditional Octagon Nunchaku by KD Elite

Traditional Octagon Nunchaku

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$14.95 each

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Product Description
    • 12" handle length
    • Triple nylon chord
    • 4-5" chord length
    • Hardwood construction
    • Octagon style

    Octagon nunchaku based on traditional designs. The handles are constructed out of reliable hardwood that has been sanded and shaped for comfortable gripping. The chordage used is a durable nylon with triple strand for longevity.

    These nunchaku are a moderate weight which allows for striking and contact without being cumbersome.

    Please Note: All of our weapons are intended for light practice and form training only. They are not made for live combat or repeated impact against hard surfaces.

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Very well built. Worth the price.

These sticks are well built from a hard wood, I believe Red Oak. The octagonal shape does not have a tapper. Triple strung with nylon type cord that is approximately 5 inches from the inside dimension. I opted for the 12 inch length since this is the fit for me from my wrist to my elbow. I ordered 2 sets and both were the same size, so the consistency of manufacture is good. These are a perfect fit for palms that are 4 inches across like mine. They will hang perfectly across the back of the hand. The cord is knotted and hot glued into place. The top holes are a little rough so I would suggest a bit of fine sandpaper to smooth them out. This will increase the cord life. Stick weight is good for practice drills and striking but I don't consider them speed sticks. They give a good workout and are worth the price. I purchased 2 sets and shipping was included - Thanks Karate Depot.


by: v52   
12/7/2014 8:53:54 AM
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Perfect for practice

I already have nunchucks but wanted a heavier pair for practice at home. These fit the bill perfectly. I really like them but had to have them restrung because the cord was too long. I noticed that one nunchuck was quite a bit heavier then the other on the same pair so bought two more sets and paired them to fit my need. Overall, you will not be disappointed. Made of hard wood, smooth, and tapered.   
by: Tbwells01   
7/20/2016 3:55:20 PM
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Super fast delivery! great price and great product!  
by: Brian   
7/2/2015 7:47:47 AM
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Awesome Nunchaku

I got the 14". They are solid pieces of wood that are very durable & hurt like the dickens when you hit yourself practicing. My left hand is nowhere near as coordinated as my right & I continue to hit my right elbow when practicing. 2 strikes & I have to put them down & I am not going very fast trying to instill muscle memory. I drop them continuously on concrete floor as I practice in my shop & there is almost no sign of damage to the hard wood.

My only complaint is the strings that come with them are crap & entirely too long for traditional usage. I simply replaced them with paracord at the length for my liking. I practice daily for at least 15 mins, or whenever I can get the spare time & I love them; great balance & sturdy as can be. Good weapons.   
by: Chris   
5/14/2015 12:27:07 PM
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Weight of nunchaku

How many ounces do these nunchaku weigh?   
by: Kim   
4/28/2015 11:41:54 PM
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Sorry Kim, I do not have the ounce weight for this item handy. These are generally considered heavier than trick nunchaku (the fancy, foil wrapped kind) but typical for traditional nunchaku.
by: okiken108    
4/29/2015 2:45:47 PM
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Solid Wood

The bottom half is solid wood, can tell the weight difference when practicing as it seems to help momentum in maneuvers. Very well constructed & seems very durable, will begin to test in bunkai this week. Not speed chucks for kata, these are for application/self defense. Only complaint would be the nylon cordage is a little weak for my taste. Will redo with paracord once these begin to fray. Overall highly impressed w/these out of the box - if they only came w/paracord....  
by: Chris   
4/21/2015 11:36:21 AM
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Fantastic Product

Love the Nunchaku. Great quality !!! Fast shipping. I am very very pleased and will definitely be back!!!!  
by: fleaqueen   
12/6/2014 8:15:34 AM
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Traditional Octagon Nunchaku

Would be 5/5 just a little rough around the contact between the red oak and the nylon ropes, just need some fine sand paper and there good to go. Overall service and shipping Def 5/5! Thanks again  
by: jessestrickler1   
9/16/2014 2:59:37 PM
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Octagon Nunchaku

These, are most definitely the biggest nunchaku I've held or owned. At 14 inches, they take a little while to get used to, for a while I felt like the cord was too long, but I feel a lot more used to that now as well. I've had friends, that had problems with rope linked nunchaku tangling up, and they said they preferred the chain with swivel, I honestly believe that creates more resistance during spins though. I did have to use some fine grain sand paper to sand the insides of the tops where the rope comes in contact with the wood. The rope did a little fraying because initially the wood wasn't too smooth. Also one was ever so slightly longer than the other. I could fix it, but they're close enough to where it doesn't bother me enough to mess with it.  
by: Jared   
6/19/2014 2:58:38 PM
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What wood...

... are these nunchaku constructed from?

Also: what is the diameter at the "handle end" (the end AWAY from the cord)?

Thank you very much  
by: KenpoKen   
4/6/2014 2:27:22 PM
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Hi KenpoKen. The wood you get will be red oak unless the manufacturer decides to change wood shipments in the future. The diameter of the bottom handle is 1".
by: okiken108    
4/8/2014 3:13:47 PM
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Are these tapered?

Do the 14" traditional octagon nunchaku taper along the length?  
by: Kirby   
3/31/2014 11:37:12 AM
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Hi Kirby. You'll see some slight tapering, thinner toward the rope. This tapering is very mild though so if you are looking for noticeable taper this may not be the model for you.
by: okiken108    
3/31/2014 1:56:44 PM
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A great nunchaku very nice for tricks. The cord vs. chain is a lot smoother but the chain version is a better work out. I'd defiantly recommend this one great price and performance.   
by: trhughes85   
11/16/2013 4:07:45 PM
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your welcome any time!

Your welcome any time!  
by: jabbs   
11/7/2013 9:45:28 PM
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These are the best pair of nunchaku's i have ever bought, they are made from very well balanced material & have great action. I would definately order from karate depot again!  
by: jabbs   
11/7/2013 9:42:49 PM
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Adjusting the Nunchaku

So I got a pair of these for Christmas, and they seem well made and sturdy. My problem is that I need to adjust them so there is a shorter length of rope between the two sides. I assume that first you use a knife or screwdriver to pry out the sealing putty, then push the knot out, untie it, retie at the correct length, then reseal with maybe silicone caulk. Am I assuming correctly, or will this trash my nunchaku? Thanks in advance!  
by: tejanojim   
2/18/2013 4:34:23 PM
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It's a little tricky, but possible. Be careful not to crack the wood as you work with the chord.
by: okiken108    
2/20/2013 12:47:22 PM
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After reading other reviews, I sanded the hollow where the cord goes in to prevent fraying. I was very pleased with them until I started practicing trapping techniques on a wooden target dummy. The hollow where the cord goes in cracked very quickly as the wood is thin there.  
by: BJP   
2/2/2013 9:36:33 AM
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Perfect Gift!

I recently bought these for my boyfriend for Christmas. I have to say I know nothing about nunchucks, so I went by pictures of what he liked before buying them. The look on his face was priceless when he opened these and I have never seen him so happy before. Apparently, they are perfect and reminded him of when he was younger and learned from his father how to use them. Thank you, Karate Depot, for an amazing product that brought a smile to the face of someone I care so much about!   
by: Jenn   
1/10/2013 1:07:49 PM
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Great Pair!

Of nunchaku I mean. They are exactly what I expected and for me to say that is good. I usually have such high expectations that I am let down, not in this case. They obviously took the complaints about the sharp edges under advisement and started filing them down before they send them. I received mine rounded off and smooth where the cord comes out. The cord is a little long for my likes but that is an easily fixed problem. I chose them for the cord and the octagonal shape, great qualities.  
by: sherlok   
8/21/2012 5:29:34 PM
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Great product, well made. Actually received them sooner than predicted.  
by: delmix61   
8/13/2012 10:07:30 PM
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14 Inch Octagonal Nunchaku

These Nunchucks are great quality, I cleaned up the top of the chucks where the string comes out with a round file and some sandpaper to prevent fraying of the rope and it looks and works fantastic.

The wood is oak with a great looking stain on them and I couldn't be happier, I even went to a military surplus store and bought some 550 paracord to insure that the rope would not break, it is rather easy to replace in my opinion and according to instructions on multiple sites you simply secure the ropes with a double knot after the threading process - I have not had any problems with these nunchucks, and I highly recommend training with this pair.  
by: shiev   
6/29/2012 11:58:40 AM
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Great customer service

I originally received a damaged nunchaku, but Karate Depot was very prompt and sent a new pair without any hassle. This is a example of customer service at its best.  
by: rustycubensis   
5/19/2012 5:32:01 PM
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12 and 14 inch

great product   
by: larry   
5/7/2012 4:38:22 PM
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12 and 14 inch

very fast free shipping. great quality at an outstanding price  
by: larry   
5/7/2012 4:36:49 PM
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Great Product

As a 40 year veteran instructor - I know nun chucks. The nun chucks I urchased from Katate Depot are made of beautiful oak with a very nice stain, and offer excellant quality at a low price. Nun chucks come in all sizes. The wood nun chucks I purchased a a bit heavey - designed to do the most damage. Those who plan to use Stand Your Ground to defend themself with a gun - better think twice. If you ahve police traning - use a gun. But the rest of us need to learn about pepper spray, stun guns, and nun chucks. Karate depot will keep you out of jail. That is what karate is all about - self defense without going to jail.
by: Gill Fisher   
4/26/2012 7:26:05 AM
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The wood is rough.

On one of the chucks the wood is very rough on the inside where the cord is housed, and also has a sharp edge along the top. I have only used it for 1 hour and the cord is already starting to fall apart.  
by: rustycubensis   
4/18/2012 1:11:57 PM
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It sounds like this pair of nunchaku didn't quite live up to expectations. Reach out to us at csupport@karatedepot.com, I believe we'll be able to arrange a replacement pair for you.
by: okiken108    
4/20/2012 12:28:45 PM
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I've been using the traditional octagon nunchaku since I was 13 years old (51 now) and that is the only kind I use. I tried the nunchaku's with the chain, I don't like them, to me they are not as smooth.
I learned with the original octagon and I'm sticking with them. I taught all my kids with the original octagon. I would just adjust the string's shorter for them. In my opinion the original octagon nunchaku is the best to learn with and use for a lifetime.

by: MIKE  
10/25/2014 9:44:39 PM
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Size: 12 inch
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Size: 14 inch
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