When you want to replace the string or cord of your nunchaku, you may wonder which kind of string is the best for the nunchuck.
In order to find the best cord, it must have some properties:
- It has to be strong, and should resist a lot of force.
- It must resist the friction when you swing your nunchaku.
- It should be smooth, so you can do finger tricks more easy.
- Personal note: Avoid twisted cord… just go with braided cord.
With that in mind, I have tested many cords, and here are my insight about them:
- Cotton: My first home made nunchaku were made with cotton braided rope. It wasn’t too strong, but resisted very well the friction. It wasn’t too smooth either.
- Nylon: Then I jump from cotton to nylon, but the nylon I was using wasn’t smooth, even though the friction resistance and the strong of the string were great.
- Paracord 550: This is the nunchaku link I’m using now. The friction and strength of this cord are great, and it is the smoothest cord I have ever had. I totally recommend using paracord to string your nunchaku, it is the best connection I have found.
Even though, my advise to you is to test… test as much as you can, and if you find something good, let me know so I can test it too.
By the way, while writing this post, I was thinking on the history of nunchaku, and how they said that a long time ago, the connector of the two sticks was horse’s hair… when I can get close enough to a horse, with a pair of scissors I will totally try this out! =D