We weren’t originally planning on making a fidget spinner video. They have been super trendy lately and have gotten a lot of hate but there were so many comments asking us to do a fidget spinner video so we couldn’t resist. Since we don’t know anybody close by who could do anything particularly special with fidget spinners, we decided to do a bunch of experiments and try few tricks ourselves with the spinners. The tricks are surprisingly hard and took us forever but they’re more fun than they look. Hope you guys enjoy the video, we had fun making it at least :)
In our latest video, we featured a skill toy called begleri. Aroundsquare was nice enough to send us a couple sets of begleri (Titans, Hydras) and a couple decks of their new Concept cards to give away to you guys. Check out the video on YouTube for more details of how to enter!
What Is Pen Spinning?
Pen spinning is growing in popularity as of late. Chances are you already saw our video showcasing why, but if you haven't check it out here. We think you will be blown away at how deep these performers take the skill.
If you are interested in trying your own hand at pen spinning, we have talked to the most passionate enthusiasts and performers around the world to compile a list of the best pens for pen spinning. (Plus we highlight some popular pen spinning tricks & tutorials you may be interested in)
But first! a quick catch-up if you are unfamiliar with the pen spinning world.
Where Did Pen Spinning Come From?
Nobody really knows exactly where pen spinning came from. You can find mentions of it in pre-WWII era Japanese literature and print. Which is no surprise that the most authoritative and oldest pen spinning site belongs to a Japanese native spinner, Hideaki Kondoh. The problem is if you don't speak Japanese, then the site may be a bit confusing. However it has a whole slew of pen spinning tutorials accompanied by free downloadable videos. So if your interesting in learning how to pen spin here you can learn some of the easy pen spinning tricks to get a start on.
On the western front David Weis was a pioneer in early pen spinning, and the author of the first English pen spinning site. He took most, if not all of the pen spinning tricks from Kideaki's website, but expanded his trick list even further. Some of today's popular tricks like the "backaround" and the "neobackaround" were invented by David. His site is a gold mine of cool pen spinning tricks for you to gawk at.
One of the other early adopters of pen spinning was Kam Kuo, who created a website geared towards teaching newcomers the basics of pen spinning. His site, first dubbed Pentix soon evolved into the Universal Pen Spinning Board (UPSB) which is now a central hub for the community. He not only provided a rich database of pen spinning tutorials full of all the best pen spinning tricks, he also kickstarted the entire pen spinning mod movement.
Fast forward to 2016 and there are over 20 viable pen spinning communities around the world. The Universal Pen Spinning Board (UPSB) is like a central intersection for all of these communities to interact with each other.
Spinners will collab together or videos showcasing their best pen spinning tricks to straight up organizing the biggest pen spinning world tournament. Needless to say the pen spinning community is thriving and very accosting to newcomers. Don't hesitate to check it out!
Now in no particular order, below you can find a list of our favorite pen spinning pens here at Kuma Films.
Our 3 Favorite Beginner Pen Spinning Pens
Now, the RSVP MX is highly thought of as the one of the best pens for beginners to pick up for very good reason. With its highly customizable colors and ability for paper insert designs, it’s definitely a favorite of some pen spinners.
It is also a popular pen for mods as there are plenty of mod kits to buy from and it is fairly easy to create you own mods and customize the pen weights to fit your own personal style.
The "Pilot Dr. Grip Pen" is also extremely popular for good reason. One it is a great pen to write with anyway, two it is extremely forgiving in its weight distribution thus making it great for learning on. If you are looking for a pilot dr. grip review then look no further! This pen is awesome! Not to mention you can get a killer pokemon version of the pen as well for all your nerdy needs. That is a plus 10 Internets in our book!
The Zebra Telescopic Pen is another popular pen to learn pen spinning tricks on. Like most pens it is cheap to invest in, fairly durable and forgiving in it's weight displacement. Like the other pens it also lends itself well to mods.
Well thats it folks, whether you are interesting in simply learning some easy pen spinning tricks or interested in more advanced pen spinning tutorials the above 3 pens you cannot go wrong with.
If you are looking a good resource for beginners, the pen spinning reddit thread has a great pen spinning for beginners resource.
We're trying to catch up on all our behind the scenes videos. Here is our latest vlog from our shoot with Ouka, a really talented performer using 8 ring, isolation hoops, buugeng, etc. when we were in Japan earlier this year.
Here is the behind the scenes/vlog for the skateboard video we shot in Japan with Isamu, the crazy skateboarder kid. We got to hangout with him and his parents for two days in Kyoto. Really fun time and really awesome family.
We had a great time filming with Ryo Yamashita in Osaka Japan. It was pretty cold that day but luckily it didn't rain/snow. Getting to see Ryo's skills in person was pretty amazing.
Here is our latest video we filmed with Ryo Yamashita in Osaka, Japan. We will be giving away some yoyos so all you need to do is share the video on Facebook with the hashtag #YomegaGiveaway. We'll also be giving a prize away through our Instagram so follow us @kumafilms . We'll be posting a photo soon!
Spent the day exploring Osaka, Japan! Dotonbori is hands down one of the coolest streets we've ever visited! All the different signs, lights, and the atmosphere were amazing!