I made these nunchaks 40 years ago!
My younger brother and I were in to martial arts during high school and we made nunchaks in wood shop (without being caught). We practiced for hours on hours, sometimes pounding our selves to death with bad moves. But before we graduated HS both of us were deadly fast, deadly accurate, and efficient with nunchaku use. My brother went on to train at the FBI Academy in martial arts. I moved on to other things... However, I kept one pair (in the photo) all these years. While I can still use them, I am no where near as fast nor do I have the stamina I once had.
They are great exercise, and fun to work.
In my younger years (20 something) I did happen into a situation that required my using my nunchaks on multiple attackers (2 rednecks in a bar parking lot). I popped one of them in the forehead and he dropped like rock, the other ran away. I was scared to death that I had killed the guy. I picked him up and he was semi-conscience at first. Once he came to, he was disoriented and totally confused. I found out where he lived and I took him home. I was so glad I didn't kill the guy! I never told him I was the one that took him out.
Nunchaku's were illegal then and as they are now. I never carried nunchaks again. The nunchaku's in the photo are the one's I used... his blood is still there to this day. And he probably still has a headache.