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The last of the HSpin’s

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As you might have seen in my latest podcast, HSPIN is winding down for an exit from the yoyoing community. As sad as this is, we have had an amazing time in this global community. Situation is, before being able to leave with our heads held high, we have some debt to clear. In this context, we would appreciate any support you can lend to HSPIN. For this purpose, we make available the below very limited commemorative hand-anodized limited editions of three very successful releases of ours.

Hand painted HSPIN specials while they last. This is the last of them.
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HSpin’s swan song

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A few people know this, but every time I sit down and look for yo-yo news, I launch three web browser applications and open 273 websites that I have collected over the last few years. Many of these pages get updates few and far between, and I was surprised to see that the HSPIN website had an update….. and now I am sad. We all knew that HSPIN was ramping down production, but this is essentially the nail in the coffin.

YoYoJoker D-Strider

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Here is a new version of YoYoJoker’s Strider, called the D-Strider. The D-Strider is a tribute to HSPIN, sporting a D-size bearing and the iconic flames from the HSPIN Pyro. It even has the HSPIN logo. From the HSPIN website:

Email from “Hironori Mii (Yo-Yo Company Inc.)” to ChrisK on February 1, 2012:


Dear Chris,
It was very nice seeing you again in Prague.
I am writing this e-mail on behalf of Daisuke Shimada of YoYoJoker. Daisuke is a legend 3A world champion as you know and he runs YoYoJoker, a yo-yo manufacturer in Japan.
He thinks you, Hspin is one of the originators of the metal yo-yo era and want to show his respect for your work.
Please see the pictures I attached. He is making a yo-yo with D size bearing which you started using, and people call them Hspin size. […]
Hironori Mii
REWIND

What more needs to be said…
Daisuke: Thank you for your kind and honorable intentions. It means tons to me and to HSPIN. All the best with the D-Strider.

Beyond Envy by HSPIN

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Here’s a little blurp about the Beyond Envy straight from the HSPIN website.

The BEYOND ENVY is the first release that brings HSPIN back on track. I scribbled the drawings on a pieces of paper during a phone conversation in fall 2010, then took a picture of it with my Blackberry and mailed it to Had for conversion to CAD format. Prototypes were shown with great success during EYYC 2011 in the Czech Republic.

Expect solid ChrisK-style yoyo design… this one is a limited edition playing like a slim, large bearing yoyo, uncompromisingly precision-machined and assembled in Switzerland. Changes since previous versions include raw gap-side finish, “edgy” design in all aspects, large bearing, K-pad response (thanks Had) and a return to hard-core H-profile.

35 pieces per color option only. Available soon.

Specs:
Weight: 63.7g
Diameter: 54.0mm
Width: 35.0mm
Gap: 4 mm
Bearing: 13mm
Response: K-pads

Beyond Envy

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Beyond Envy

Remember this. Well here is what was put up today on Hspin’s website.

This clarifies it: HSPIN has no intention to turn out the lights as many of you speculate. Quite the opposite. Fewer an more extravagant eruptions of creativity is what you shall see.

After summer 2010, Spencer Berry and I recapped his observations and synthesis from Worlds. One thing he told me was that many players had shared with him that they were missing “HSPIN’s extravagant, weird creations from previous years”.

This lead me to solidify thoughts that had been fermenting in my brain for a while, and to the changes you have seen recently. HSPIN got famous because of the class-of-its-own, odd yoyo designs such as the ENVY, PYRO or Good&Evil releases. Recent efforts to cater to actively competing yoyo players resulted in frustration, cost and less success. I was running after others’ preferences rather than protecting the HSPIN that HSPIN once was.

The BEYOND ENVY is the first release that brings HSPIN back on track. I scribbled the drawings on a pieces of paper during a phone conversation in fall 2010, then took a picture of it with my Blackberry and mailed it to Had for conversion to CAD format. Prototypes were shown with great success during EYYC 2011 in the Czech Republic.

Expect solid ChrisK-style yoyo design… this one is a limited edition playing like a slim, large bearing yoyo, uncompromisingly precision-machined and assembled in Switzerland. Changes since previous versions include raw gap-side finish, “edgy” design in all aspects, large bearing, K-pad response (thanks Had) and a return to hard-core H-profile.

35 pieces per color option only. Available soon.

Specs:
Weight: 63.7g
Diameter: 54.0mm
Width: 35.0mm
Gap: 4 mm
Bearing: 13mm
Response: K-pads

HSpin Corli Du Toit and Shinya Prototype

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First – the Corli Du Toit


As seen on the HSpin Facebook Page
Here is what I know –

  • Diameter – 52.5mm
  • Width – 41mm
  • Weight – 64.5gr
  • Gap – 4.5 mm for a large metric bearing 6x13x5mm
  • Kpads, AND can take Flowable silicone

and the Shinya

  • ‎Diameter – 52mm
  • Width – 42.5mm
  • Weight – 65~66gr
  • hspin sized bearing 5x11x5 (red pads AND flowable silicone)
  • 4.5mm gap

BOTH should be available for purchase (prototypes only) on the HSpin Website soon

Product Review – The HSpin ICON

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Before the use of computers, the word Icon had a completely different meaning. An icon was a visual representation of an idea, or culture. To say something was Iconic was to say that something was a representation of an idea or location; Such as the Statue of Liberty, the Eifel Tower, Chuck Norris or Neil Patrick Harris. HSpin, a company known for unique designs and impressive graphics, has been the long time sponsor of Stefan “Magl33to” Benjamin, and has finally honored him with a signature yo-yo. The ICON has been in development for a while and after an unveiling at the European Yo-Yo Meet, feedback has been rolling in.
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Make Noel Kunz Shave his Head!

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This is a cool Promotion.

Noel has 25 of these brilliantly designed H-Spin Cuts remaining for sale at $99 each.  If all 25 sell by January 23rd, He is going to SHAVE HIS HEAD LIVE on BlogTV !

Further more, if you purchase one and email him at  noelkunzyoyo@gmail.com with the subject line “SHAVE YOUR HEAD, Noel will enter you into a drawing to win one his Fedora’s he uses when he competes.

Noel’s Signature Edition CUT can be purchased at the H-Spin Store

Review – NVx by H-Spin

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Introductions:

The original rendition of the Evny was a very bold and risky move. H-Spin produced the Envy with the most pronounced H-Profile the market had only imagined on paper. This 72 gram behemoth came out in April 2007, and has seen both critical acclaim and criticism. The overall feelings on this yo-yo are mixed. Some people like the shape while others hate it. One thing that no one can deny is that the H-Spin Envy helped change the way yo-yos were designed and manufactured. There have been two significant changes to the Envy since the first release in April. The Envy 64 kept the overall shape, but brought it down to 63.4 grams, and the now the NVx, a complete re-envisioning of a progressive original shape with maximum rim weight and a huge catch zone. H-Spin was kind enough to send me an NVx for review, and with excitement, I am happy to comply.  Much like the Gingerbread house my Daughter made, the NVx looks good enough to eat.  Just in time for Christmas, here is the the NVx.
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