Recently all aspects of the NYC ban on nunchaku was struck down in federal court. So I am now the proud owner of a few of these goodies. I have always liked them since I was a kid and enjoyed playing with them and doing tricks. They provide a good workout for the wrist, upper arms, forearms, and upper body. They also help improved martial arts form as well as hand to eye coordination. As a weapon they require a good amount of dynamic practice and time to learn to use them practically. From what I have read they are much more effective as a grappling device for various joint locks etc... and are much more easy to learn to use in that manner. In fact some police departments use them specifically for that purpose. After trying out a cheap pair I got for $20.00 (too much) I picked up a local cheapo martial arts store I decided it was not for me. These would be described by usanunchaku who later sold me my first quality (hickory) pair as polyurethane coated driftwood which he does not sell. I admit they were effective spinners but the cheap ball bearing chain system on these are known to come apart with mild to moderate use sending the other half flying across the room and one chuck was slightly longer than the other. The guy who sold them told me they were good, ummm I don't know about that. Next at $55 dollars (usanunchaku) is my favorite a quality pair of octagon impact grade appalachian hickory ones finished in linseed oil with paracord. These were nice. The difference was night and day and they were nice and quiet unlike the junkie rickety chain held on by a thin piece of metal end cap on the cheapos. Thats it for now. What are your experience with Nunchaku.