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Inlay Service

Veneer inlays are like precious jewels.  The eye is drawn to them, they meet with instant approval and they increase as much as twofold the value of the item on which they are used.

The inlay we use on our martial arts weapons consists of two different inlays:  wood inlay and brass inlay.

Brass inlays are brass rods which are segmented and installed. From the outside of the martial arts weapon, the brass takes on the appearance of round dots, hence we call then "Brass Dot" Inlays.

We have five wood inlays that we use to really dress up your martial arts weapon. If we make it and it is made of wood, we can add inlay. Below are the five inlays that we use.


Below is a photo of the Coral Snake Inlay, the first of the five inlays.

The Coral Snake Inlay is composed of three colors, red, white and black. The red color of the inlay is most likely Bloodwood, the white is American Holly and the black is Ebony.


The following three photos are Nunchaku with Coral Snake Inlay and Brass Dots.

The photo below
is a 16 inch Cocobolo Octagon Tapered (OCTAP) Nunchaku with the Coral Snake and Brass Inlay.


The photo below is an Indian Ebony Nunchaku with Coral Snake Inlay and Brass Dots. This combination of dark black wood and the colors of the inlay are striking.


The photo below is a 12 inch Octagon Tapered (OCTAP) Cocobolo Nunchaku with Coral Snake Inlay and Brass Dots.


The second of five inlays is the Indian Boxwood Inlay.

Indian Boxwood is mainly yellow in color with black and red highlights. The yellow color comes from a wood called Brazilian Boxwood, the black from Ebony and the red from a wood most probably Bloodwood.  Choices of wood which will go with this inlay are light brown, yellow or purple woods. Brazilian Cherry and Purpleheart woods are good choices.


The photo below shows a 12 inch Purpleheart Nunchaku with Indian Boxwood Inlay and Brass Dots. The purple color of the Purpleheart Nunchaku contrasts very sharply with the yellow color of the inlay and still matches very closely with the red color in the inlay.


The photo below shows a 14 inch Bloodwood Nunchaku with Indian Boxwood Inlay and Brass Dots. The red color of the Bloodwood Nunchaku contrasts dramatically with the yellow color of the inlay. This pair of Nunchaku has the typical ball bearing swivel cap with 5 chain links.


The photo below is a Brazilian Cherry Nunchaku 16 inches long with 11 chain links and has the Indian Boxwood Inlay and Brass Dots. The yellow color in the inlay coordinates well with the light color of the Brazilian Cherry and contrasts well with the black of the inlay.


The third of five inlays is the Diamond Braids Inlay.

This inlay uses white Sycamore for the diamond shape. Black Ebony is used for the triangles surrounding the diamond shape and for outlining the whole inlay and Tulipwood is used for the light brown/purple background between the diamond shapes.

The woods which highlight this inlay the best are Cocobolo, Padauk and Indian Ebony.


The photo below shows a Cocobolo Nunchaku which is Round Non-Tapered with Baseball Bat ends (RNTBB), is 12 inches long and has a rope connector. This is a good example of a dark wood contrasting with the light Tulipwood in the inlay.

Round Nunchaku are especially challenging to set inlay into.


The photo below shows a 12 inch long African Padauk Octagon Tapered (OCTAP) Nunchaku with the Diamond Braids Inlay and Brass Dots. This Nunchaku is 1 inch in diameter at the top and 1 1/8 inches in diameter at the bottom. This Nunchaku has the typical ball bearing cap with 5 chain links.


The photo below is an Octagon Non-Tapered (OCTNT) 12 inch long Indian Ebony Nunchaku with the Diamond Braids Inlay and Brass Dots. It has the ball bearing cap with three chain links. The dark black of the Ebony really contrasts well with the Tulipwood (light brown/purple area of the inlay).


This photo shows how the stunning grain of dark colored Cocobolo really sets off the Diamond Braids inlay. This particular Nunchaku is 14 inches long and has our special "Four Rope" option for the rope connector. We recommend the Four Rope option for extra heavy Nunchaku where the Two Rope connector just doesn't seem beefy enough.

Also shown in the photo is the brass grommet used at the top of the Nunchaku to protect the rope as it enters the Nunchaku.


The fourth of five inlays is the Volcano Inlay.

This inlay uses Ebony and Tulipwood and has a white trim made from American Holly. The zig zag pattern of the Volcano Inlay can be really eye catching.

This inlay looks great when used on Nunchaku made from African Blackwood, Cocobolo and even Indian Ebony.


The photo below shows a 14 inch Indian Ebony Nunchaku with Volcano Inlay and Brass Dots. The white trim of the inlay helps define the border between the Ebony and the inlay and helps the inlay stand out. The zig zag pattern of the Tulipwood also really catches the eye. The Nunchaku is Octagon Tapered (OCTAP) and has a ball bearing cap with 7 chain links.


The photo below is a Round Tapered Baseball Bat (RTBB) Cocobolo Nunchaku with 7 chain links with the Volcano Inlay and Brass Dots. This Nunchaku is difficult to set inlay into due to the round nature of the wood. Inlay is easer to set into Octagon Nunchaku and is more challenging in Round Nunchaku.


The photo below is a Black Walnut 12 inch long Nunchaku with the RTBB shape. It has the 7 link ball bearing swivel cap and also has the Volcano Inlay with Brass Dots. This Nunchaku is a good choice for those who like a light Nunchaku because Black Walnut is a light wood.


The photo below is an African Blackwood Nunchaku with long rope as the connector. The high gloss finish on the African Blackwood blends very well with the Ebony part of the inlay and really makes the zig zag pattern stand out. The Brass Dots really stand out in the black background as well.

The name and title "Lam Sifu" that you see on this Nunchaku is actually an optional "Kanji Service" which we also provide but that is in another section of this website. Check out the section labeled "Kanji Service" to learn more.


The fifth and last inlay is the Southwest Inlay.

It has a distinctly Americal Indian flavor. The light brown wood is American Maple and the black wood is Ebony.


The photo below is a 1 inch diameter Square (SQ) Nunchaku made from Verawood. The inlay is the Southwest Inlay with Brass Dots. The black and white colors on the inlay dramatically contrast with the green of the Verawood. The color of the rope chosen by the customer is Desert Camo.

If you look carefully you can see that the grain runs uninterrupted from one stick of the Nunchaku to the other.  The Verawood that I chose for the sticks were cut from one log and the grain is more obvious because the Nunchaku is square. I do the same for all Nunchaku that I make but the matching grain is not always obvious when the wood is shaped into round or octagon shapes.

Matching the wood for a Nunchaku not only is more visually appealing but it also guarantees a balanced Nunchaku. Obviously if the customer had ordered two pair I would have cut all four sticks from the same log to guarantee the balance. If the customer ordered the other pair later, I couldn't guarantee that both pairs would weigh the same.


Inlay Diagram

If you've looked at how the five different inlay above have been placed into the Nunchaku, you will notice a pattern.

Below is a drawing which shows how the inlay is placed in your Nunchaku.

The drawing below is for one stick. Your Nunchaku consists of two sticks so the diagram would be doubled for a typical Nunchaku.


Brass Dots

Technically, this is not one of the five inlays mentioned above but each of the inlays above use the Brass Dots with them. People who order this option tell us that they use the locations of the Brass Dots to verify their hand placement before and after specific hand techniques like hand rolls.

As a result of the demand, we also make available in the inlay section an option called "Brass Dots".

Below are some photos of Nunchaku which use the "Brass Dots" option by itself. Using the photos below and comparing them to photos above you can see that the five inlays mentioned above naturally fit into the gap between the Brass Dots.
 Below are three photos showing this option. The first photo below is a 12 inch long Round Non-Tapered Purpleheart Nunchaku with the Brass Dots option.


The second photo is a 14" Octagon Tapered (OCTAP) Nunchaku with the Brass Dots option.


The last photo below is a 12 inch long Round Tapered Baseball Bat (RTBB) Brazilian Cherry Nunchaku with the Brass Dots option.


This completes the webpage titled "Inlay Service".

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