I just can't wait to get all these chucks, so I'm just kind of venting out my excitement here, haha.
Firstly, I've seen an increasing use of the World Nunchaku Organization (WNA) Safety Nunchaku around the web, so I thought I'd try my hand at some of those.
While my Dark Monk Studio Nunchaku are padded, they are quite firm and some new moves are hard to practice without the risk of smacking myself. My other foam chucks are simply too light, a common issue with foams.
I did swing some Safetey Nunchaku briefly, and they are quite light, but heavy enough for good flow, with undeniable protection, so I'm excited to get some. I'm straying from the common and traditional yellow/black coloration seen in the WNA and getting one red/black and one blue/black.
Now what I'm REALLY excited for is my incoming custom redesign of the Dark Monk Studio Nunchaku. I love my current pairs, and they are my favorite chucks for training, and for performing without LEDs or fire.
However, a small issue I have had since I got them was the squishyness of the lower grip portion. It is padded with a thicker and softer foam to protect the spinner and put more weight to the outside, but whenever I grab it (which isn't often, but is required for some movements), it gives a bit too much and gets somewhat slippery.
Chad and Brad at Dark Monk listened to my feedback and tested a new, firmer grip which holds its shape better, and an unintended benefit is a better fit for the fabric which covers it, which I also had gripes about. Also gets rid of the squishy sound!
My other configuration is using their Dragon Rope X instead of the standard technora cord. I wanted to use this tether because it is softer (I've been doing a ton of string manipulation techniques and roughing up my fingers), more durable, AND I have the option of choosing a color, which was the main driving factor haha. However, the knots inside the handles will need to be superglued so that it does not fall through the hole and send a handle flying.
The only thing I'm not sure about is how slippery the Dragon Rope X may be. They say it's slick on their page, but I'm holding out hope that string manipulations and finger spins won't slip out of place as I flow with it.
Phew, now I got that out. I had to tell somebody, because the wait for the new chucks is killing me.