Well, I’m stoked to be writing my first Mod Review for Yoyoskills. I have read all of Dr Yoyo’s reviews here. I never thought that I would be writing a review for Yoyoskills for everyone to read some day.
When you think of salmon, I’m sure you think “food.” Well, let me tell you that salmon are so much more than that. The salmon is a very powerful fish that swim miles up stream to lay their eggs. Some species of salmon can grow to be 100 pounds. Salmon are amazing.
The Modder: I had Jeffery Pang modify this yoyo for me. From Ontario, Canada, Jeffery has established him self as a very good modder and player. Jeffrey placed 5th at the 2009 World Mod contest with the Silk-Flythat inspired this mod.
The original yoyo: The Silk was one of the first attempts at a delrin yoyo and was put out by Alchemy Yoyos. The Silk had a very wide profile and very poor weight distribution. Despite weighing 66 grams, the Silk felt very light and unstable. All of the Silk’s issues were centered around it’s axle system.. The Silk used the same axle and bearing set as old Dif-e-yo yoyos, so the Silk had no real bearing seat, but rather a mass amount of weight placed in the middle in order the thread the axle. This weight placement made the Silk feel lighter then what it really was.
The mod: The goal of this mod was to give the Silk a actual bearing seat and re-distribute the weight. This Silk was also white, which is not the most exciting color ever. So three mods where done; a hub swap, weight rings, and a dye job.
Materials and/or other yoyos used: For the hub mod and the weight rings, a ShinwooZen 3 was used. The Zen 3 provided an improved bearing seat and a very cool rubber starburst response system. After the hubs were cut out, the weight rings were cut off of the remaining wings.
Mod #1: Hub. Jeffrey gave two options for this mod. He could either cut the hub off of the Silk and then replace it with the new hub or recess the hub area in order to set the new hub. I opted for the second option. So Jeffrey recessed the hub and set the new hubs in a similar manner to Crucial’s Spacer Pad Response system.
Review: The hub mod was done very well. While one of the hubs is perfectly flush with the face of the yoyo, the other has a slight tilt to it. This causes about a forth of the radius of the hub to be slightly elevated off the face of the yoyo. I don’t know if it was like that when I got it or not. I have used this yoyo for quite a bit of 5a, so I have dropped it several times. I knew when commissioning the modifications that both the Silk and Zen 3 would not be described as “butter smooth” players. With hand tooling, the cuts into the Silk were not likely to be machine-perfect. All the same, this is a small flaw in light of the difficulty of the modification.
Mod #2: Weight rings. I wanted the weight rings to be fitted under the IRG lip, similar to the old Buzz-On yoyos or the YoyoFactory Counter Attack. To make the rings, Jeffrey cut the rims of the remaining Zen 3 wings off. He then had to cut into the irg lip to fit the rings.
Review: This modification was done perfectly. Both rings are flush with the wings of the Silk and Jeffery cut it in such a way that the rings don’t take away the IRG lip. The rings round out away from the inner wall of the cup, forming a perfect IRG ring.
Mod #3: Dyeing: I ask for a light pink dye job done on this yoyo. I don’t know why, but I think that pink just look really sharp on a yoyo.
Review: The dye job had good results. Though the color wasn’t what I expected, I understand that precise colors are hard to achieve using dye methods.
Play: I’d long wanted to get a delrin yoyo that played well, and this yoyo plays great. The weight rings really help push the weight out from the center to the rims, moving it from light to solid in feel and inherently increased stability. Now, with 69 well distributed grams, it plays and feels the way I had hoped at 66 grams. It’s amazing to play this yoyo now that it’s realized it’s potential. While this yoyo isn’t perfectly smooth, it’s 200% better then what it was. It sleeps well and it gets tight binds with the rubber sratbursts. In the span of a week, this has taken over as my favorite 5a yoyo.
Final Thoughts: This plays and feels nothing like the Silk. Jeffrey called it the Salmon Silk, because of it’s new color. I see so many other reason to compare this yoyo to a salmon. The yoyo now feels solid and flies through the air like a salmon swimming up stream. Therefor, I’m fully adopting the name Jeffrey came up with. This is the Salmon. Jeffrey did a fantastic job on this yoyo and while I know I nit picked a little on a few things, over all I doubt that anyone could have done this job any better than Jeffrey. Thank you Jeffrey for the great work.
Jeffrey also made a video of this mod for your viewing pleasure.
Edited by Will “Hungry for a Nova Lox Bagel” Mitchell