The high quality hardwood used for the Ratan Nunchaku is made for high impact strikes. It produces a shocking effect on it's target. The Ratan style markings are burned into the wood. A clear urethane stain is added over the entire Monouchi. The Kusari is full stainless steel and linked to stainless steel Hoshi. The Hoshi links feature smooth ball bearing operation. The Ratan Nunchaku is light weight and fast, but offers the unique look of the Ratan style.