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Blemish Notes

    • Black Oxide Blemish 250k Power Bars are in stock and ready to ship. 
      • Blemish Price is 10% off Retail. No further discounts can be used on blemish products.
      • Note: These are cosmetic blemish barbells for a discounted price. Possible defects include small scratches or blemishes in the finish, minor knurl tracking issues, or other non-functional issues. The bars perform and function exactly as new barbells and have never been used.
        • All sales on items listed as blemish are final. No returns, refunds or exchanges will be accepted.



    Welcome to the product page for the last power bar you'll ever buy, just because it's that good. This bar is our IPF spec, multi purpose, power bar. It is a 29mm bar, with aggressive but not overly sharp knurl, and standard powerlifting markings. 

    What is it about our new generation bars that sets them apart? With a tensile strength of over 250k PSI and a rockwell hardness of 51 RC, this bar is harder than any other currently bar 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. 

    The knurl itself is the other piece of engineering that went into this bar this bar that we are proud of. 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 points per square inch and creating more surface area  to create friction against. 


    Lastly, another small feature to differentiate our bar is the center marks in the knurl. We wanted to leave the power bar with a continuous center knurl so as to not lose any of the grip effects for squatting, but still have marking to indicate the bars center for alignment purposes.


    Our New Generation bars are passionately made using American steel by state-of-the-art machines, and hand-assembled in Portland, Oregon. We design and manufacture these bars to function for life - bars you can proudly hand down your children, and them to their children - making the world a better place through strength generation after generation.

    We fully stand behind our product and believe in it wholeheartedly, which is why each bar comes with a 5 year warranty against any type of manufacturing defect. What this means is if your bar begins to wear prematurely, we will repair or replace it free of charge.  While our bar does have a higher tensile strength – what this doesn’t mean is that we will warranty against customer induced damage such as dropping the bar into metal safety pins. Depending on many variables such as the height and weight used this is just simply too much force into one area of the bar to not cause permanent deformation.


    Bars come with a unique stamped end-cap design that features the famous Kabuki Squat Face as well as the weight of the bar and its country of origin (USA).


    Metallurgy 101

    Testing occurred throughout the entire 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.


    In this video, our chief engineer and co-owner Chris Duffin discusses the metallurgy and science of barbells. He explains what the common numbers are data are used to describe barbells and what they mean practically in real-world performance. If you’re not convinced our bar is the best, this video will explain factually and objectively why it is.



    Knurl Test 

    This video shows a knurl test performed on our bar against a competitor’s power bar. The test had two components: 1) Our bar held stationary against a spinning competitors bar (on lathe) and 2) The competitor’s bar held stationary against our spinning bar.



    GarageGymReviews.com reviewed the New Generation Power Bar soon after it was launched, and had this to say about the bar. Click here for full reivew.

    "The Kabuki Strength New Generation Power Bar is the best power bar we've tested to date. Everything from the knurling to the tensile strength of the steel is superior to other power bars we've reviewed including our previous favorite, the Rogue Ohio Power Bar. If you're looking for the best, and are willing to spend money to get it, then this is a bar we highly recommend."


    GarageGymLab.com also did a long, in-depth review on the Power Bar and rated it a 9.6 out of 10. You can read the full review here.

    "The Kabuki Strength New Generation Power Bar is an outstanding all-purpose power bar that delivers performance and aesthetics. While it's a pricey barbell, it is a premium bar that will last a lifetime."


    The GOAT himself, Ed Coan stopped by the Kabuki Strength booth when we were down at the US Open in San Diego and had this to say about our new generation bars…



    All New Generation barbells are plated for corrosion resistance purposes. Below you will find more information about our 3 different platting options. Please note that barbell in plating pictures below are the New Generation Squat Bar.

    This is a premium finish. Nickel Plating is used in engineering applications where high wear, corrosion resistance, and hardness are needed.  Nickel plating is both more cosmetically appealing than stainless steel as well as significantly more corrosion resistant in like products than stainless steel! Nickel plating is more durable than chrome and will retain it's warm, mirror smooth polish for years until worn through.  In our application we believe Nickel plating to be both superior to Stainless steel in Cosmetic Finish, Corrosion Resistance, Surface Hardness, as well as maintaining the desired strength and material characteristics of our bar. Nickel is our favorite plating option, and in our opinion also the best looking.


    The same corrosion resistant coating as the Shoulderok. Shiny and bright on arrival with a hue that varies from bluish to brownish. As the bar is used this coating will develop dull, gunmetal grey patina. The default, least expensive and most durable option.


    Black oxide or blackening is a conversion coating for ferrous materials, stainless steel, copper and copper based alloys, zinc, powdered metals, and silver solder. It is used to add mild corrosion resistance, for appearance and to minimize light reflection. We particularly like the gunmetal black finish it gives to the bar. It just looks badass in our opinion!



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    • Hi, will these bars be available unplated at any point? Thanks, Chad

      We are not offering an unplated version of the bar.  

    • Wanted to know the difference between the zinc, black oxide and nickel options?

      The biggest differences are going to be in color and corossion resistance. The black oxide is black, making that unique, but it is also the least corrosion resistant. It only has a mild corrosion resistance and is better suited for climate controlled environments. 

      The zinc and nickel are pretty equally corrosion resistant, but look fairly different. There are pictures of the two finishes for both the Duffalo bar and the Shoulderok. The zinc has a more blue-ish silver look to it, where the nickel has a shinier bronze look to it. The nickel is also significantly harder and more durable than the zinc finish as well. 

    • Greetings, I just a had a quick question about the electroless nickel coating. How is this compared to just zinc? I have not seen this offered before. Thank you for your time.

      The electroless nickel coating is a very high end coating often used in engineering parts. Most plating shops don't have tanks big enough to accomodate a barbell so not a lot of companies offer it. It will have a very similar high level of corossion resistance like the zinc, but it will keep it's shine a lot longer and is a harder finish.

    • What is the defect in these? Also does this mean regular power bars are coming?The

      The defects are anomalies with how the finish or plating adhered to the bar/sleeves.  The zinc bars are cloudy and uneven and look sandblasted.  The black oxide bars have long scratches and/or you can see the yellow spirals from heat treating through the black oxide finish.  These visual defects do not affect the performance of the bar, but are not up to our standards.  To answer your last question, yes, Power Bars are being manufactured and as soon as a batch passes our quality assurance inspection, they will be added to inventory on our site.

    • Can I purchase a bare steel power bar

      Unfortunately, we do not offer our Power Bar in bare steel.

    • As a consumer, would I notice anything significnat on a blemish bar that would set it apart from the regular bar?

      You may.  Blemished bars or IASTM tools are products that have aesthetic defects that do not affect the performance of the bar, or tool itself.  Most of the blemishes have to do with the plating where it may appear discolored, or have small rub marks, scratches, or dents/raised areas from uneven plating.

    • Does the Blemish bars come with the same warranty as the non blemished bars?Thank you for your time and effort.

      Yes, blemished items are covered by the same warranty as non-blemished items.  Our warranty is listed here:  All our bars carry a lifetime warranty against any manufacturing defect. Warranty against bending does not cover any bar which has been damaged due to negligent or faulty use, alteration, maintenance, storage, or handling by the user. Negligent or faulty use includes abusive dropping of the bar (i.e., dropping the bar on a box, bench, spotter arms or pins in a power rack, excessive dropping with insufficient or damaged plates, excessive dropping with iron plates, excessive dropping on concrete or similar surfaces, and similar usage). Any specific issues regarding a Kabuki Strength product with which a customer is not satisfied will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  

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