The KUNAI is a refined tool creating medium size strokes. The BOLD is rich in gradations with touches of points showing up here and there. The ART produces a rich layering of textures and smoothness. The blade is medium-heavy but still balanced as the weight is focused on the lower third, giving it a good speed.
Designed to be used as twin pairs… But follow your feelings above all!
INSPIRATION: A Kunai (苦無 kunai) is a Japanese tool thought to be originally derived from the masonry trowel. The two widely-recognized variations of the Kunai are short Kunai (小苦無 shō-kunai) and the big Kunai (大苦無 dai-kunai). Although a basic tool, in the hands of a martial arts expert, the Kunai could be used as a multi-functional weapon. The Kunai is commonly associated with the ninja, who used it to gouge holes in walls. Many popular manga and ninjutsu characters use Kunai as both their primary and secondary weapons.
Designed with freestyle light painting in mind; these kata blades will influence your movements based on weight distribution so they will move differently in hand.
For example, the KUNAI and the GADA are mid-heavy blades at 68grams each, but the weight focal point is located differently.
The KUNAI is faster since the weight point is closer to your light, and its movement stays closer to your arm. The GADA has its weight distributed all the way at the top, so it pulls your motions away from your body and opens you up to a very different result.
This also depends on the positioning of the blades in the KYO. They have been designed to place in any position you like, changing the weight and movement they create. As you can see in the video, blades can be used in many creative positions and designed to be used in pairs.
One of the highlights of this design is the contrast between the softness of the white engravings and the sharpness of the outer edges. It gives the impressions of soft and sharp focus, in the same light painting. We call it Dual Texture Effect.
In brief, the main composition elements are the 6 shapes, the 12 different engravings giving the Dual Texture Effect, the Weight Distribution Point and the Creative Positioning of the blade on the KYO system. Combined with colour filters, these elements offer infinite possibilities for you to explore, find your creative style and keep uncovering new magic with light.
We have seen light painting grow and become an international passion for many of us. Thanks to the web, to technologies and especially to the passionate hearts of light painters, we are now a large and growing community practising in over 60 countries. All of this is because you are sharing your passion and sharing your light.
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