Our standard takadai (tah-cuh-dye) can also be ordered with eighteen 9-pin koma rather than the usual 6-pin koma. Nine-pin koma increase the number of tama on your takadai in order to make wider braids. You might also consider our Extended Takadai which holds 22 9-pin koma.
Our standard takadai is made to use while sitting in a chair. It is constructed of hard maple with a hand rubbed shellac finish and is easily broken down for traveling. It comes with a maple sword and it has eighteen 6-pin koma (carriages with small dowels in them). If you want to increase the number of tama on your standard takadai in order to make wider braids you can get 9-pin koma instead of the usual 6-pin or consider an Extended Takadai.
The 85 gram tama are traditionally used with the takadai, however other weights can also be used. Softer more flexible braids need less weight than firm braids. Thirty-two tama are the minimum number to get started on the takadai; our regular takadai holds 84 however most patterns don't go over 68.
It is 26.5" (67.5cm) high and 33.5" (86cm) wide by 28.75" (73cm) deep. We use a fastener system that was originally developed for use in conference booths because they were reassembled so often. Our takadai can also be assembled and disassembled thousands of times without worry that there will be any failure of the bolt and dowel pin assembly.
Made in USA by BraidersHand. The waiting list for takadai is approximately 18 months.