What is it about our new generation bars that sets them apart? A comprehensive testing and methodology was used throughout the entire product development process for our new generation bars. Materials selection involved testing to determine the optimal steel alloy to use. Lots of testing was performed on the hardening process and figuring out a way to create the hardest bar while still allowing for whip and preventing the bar from snapping. The knurl took us many many revisions to figure out until we all agreed on the production version of the knurl – widely considered to be the best knurl in the industry. Overall this bar has been tested and retested many times with every feature and specification in mind.
With a tensile strength of over 250k PSI and a Rockwell hardness of 51 RC, this bar is harder than any other bar currently on market. What this means in practical terms is that the knurl won’t wear down over the years, leaving you with a bar that is performing sub par, compared to when it was new. Even where the bar contacts the rack it will maintain that fine, tacky, aggressive knurl, just like the day it was unboxed.
During the design engineering phase, we put a lot of resources and time into the knurl on this barbell. We wanted to create something that grabbed well , but wasn’t so unnecessarily sharp that it cut your hands, rather than grabbing. The knurl of our bar is finer than most barbells you will find, giving the knurl more contact points per square inch and creating more surface area in which to create friction.
The attention to detail, material selection, construction quality, and performance of this bar place it in a class of its own, something we can say about all Kabuki barbells and products. We are passionate about doing things right, putting our customers first, and taking the time to craft something beautiful that we can all be proud of. Bars come with our beloved and unique stamped end-cap design that features the Kabuki Squat Face iconography as well as the weight of the bar and its country of origin (USA).
We manufacture our New Generation bars using American steel by state-of-the-art machines, and hand-assembled in Portland, Oregon by passionate machinists and technicians. We design and manufacture these bars to function for life - bars you can proudly hand down to your children, and them to their children - making the world a better place through strength, generation after generation.