The First Prototypes were made from Walter Six.
A couple mistakes (which now seem obvious):
- Too much weight near the center – because the rims are so damn thick the thing barely spins.
- Without a response system, it eats through pads
- With a full size bearing it doesn’t play responsive at all
What I do have is the desire and vision for a tug responsive yoyo that modernizes some of my favorite yoyos (SB2, BSP) which add to a completely original end product . While I don’t think the demand is high for this type of yo-yo, I do think it is a niche piece of the market that is not currently covered.
The closest yoyo in recent history is the SPYY/Ed Haponik Flying V – which is a great playing yo-yo. Steve sent me one a while back and it is a real charmer. Snappy, fly away fun, regens damn well. It is a highly aggressive yoyo, not unlike walter, but The Flying V has a lot more useable gap than Walter (because it is a pure butterfly, instead a modified/butterfly hybrid) and has sharp corners. So the Flying V will cut you, and Walter will bruise you. Walter will also be a bit more pocket friendly (due to shape/size differences).
Words from Nov 2011