For some people these disks can be a little large and difficult to use, so therefore you can also get mini versions of both the round and the square disk. They are also ideal for children who want to try kumihimo. They measure approximately 10cm, but have the exact same function as the larger ones, and the same braids can be made with them. The size of the disk does not determine the size of the braid. It is the materials used that determine the size of the braid.
Mini round disk on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2D6UMPn
Mini square disk on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2FARhyr
There are also other disks available on the market, that either help solve a certain problem or offer different possibilities.
The first one is a double density round disk. This is exactly the same as the regular round disk, except it is double the thickness. This helps with the tension as it keeps the slots staying tighter for longer:
Double density kumihimo disk on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2CYSL3I
Another disk you can get is a round disk with a handle. This handle is meant to make it easier to hold on to the disk, while still making the braid in the same way.
Round kumihimo disk with handle on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2CXwseQ
There is also another variation of the round disk available, which has double the amount of slots. This opens the possibilities for the braids that can be made, as you can use more cords to create the braid.
64 slot round kumihimo disk on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2CVuF9V
So if you try kumihimo and find out you enjoy it and want to continue, you can always experiment with these disks in time, as all there is needed to get started are the basic disks.
Check out the video that goes along with this blogpost, where I go through the disks.