Well I decided to order a few Chinese throws and give them a whirl. I did not want to buy any obvious rip-offs since I prefer to support the more mainstream companies with original ideas. As I was sifting through all the types I was slightly excited to get some full metals for $15-20. Very skeptical as well. I did not want to order just one brand and end up liking or not liking it and assume that that company makes either good quality or poor quality throws. I ordered 2 Aoda’s and 1 Qi Xia.
1st throw - Aoda Fraxel
Maximum Diameter: 46mm
Weight: about 65.5g
Bearing System: KK bearing
This was the most expensive one I bought at $20 and surprisingly is also the worst one I got lol.
It has no vibe and plays smooth but the hubstacks are loud! I’ve never heard that noise on hubstacks before but it was high-pitched and very annoying. I say this is the worst one I got due to how thin and really cheap it feels. But it does play nice. The gap is too small I would say and when you do some hubstack tricks I find it to bind up on you and that’s never fun. I wouldn’t say this throw is bad but it is by far the worst one I got.
2nd throw - Qi Xia Ultimate Soldiers
Maximum Diameter: 53.4mm
Maximum Width: 4.08cm
Weight: About 78g
Body Material: Titanium Alloy
Finish: Anodized grinding with laser engraving
Gap Type: Fixed
Gap width: 4.7mm
Bearing Type: 10 Ball Bearing
Bearing Material: Stainless Steel
Response System: Silicone pad (Large)
Also no vibe, plays great. This was the cheapest throw I ordered and may be the best one oddly.
The hubstacks are short to catch but run silent or quiet at least. The bearing is fast and nice and the whole thing sounds great. This one popped out to me since I could not match it with any other brand so I am thinking this is not a knockoff. If it is let me know. I would recommend this throw at the price. The gap is not large but its not small like the Fraxel can handle layers of string and I’m using fat string in it. It does not feel cheap but it costs $14.69 for me and I’ve seen it other places for $15.90. It’s worth the buy.
3rd throw - Aoda Sunshine
Diameter : 50mm
Width : 40mm
Weight : 64g approx
Gap : 4mm approx
Response : Aoda Ring Pad
Axle/bearing : Size D Aoda Concave
Ok so this one is sort of a 888 knock off. The width and diameter match up. But unlike the 888 this one has a really fat gap and uses a D size and is almost 4g less than the 888. Ive played the 888 before and it is way better than this. The hubstacks on this one are awful, same as the Fraxel. Loud and cheap feeling. But they do work. No vibe once again and it plays great. The gap is so big it takes quite a tug during a bind to get it back and I love it! I’ve never played a throw with a D size bearing but I like it personally. It is very floaty for the weight and you can put layers upon layers in this gap without any problems. This one cost about $18.
Cleaned one bearing in the fraxel to see how much it would cut down noise. It worked.
I personally have no respect for companies that knockoff others, But I mean look at the Duncan butterfly and how many “hometown” companies knock that off. It’s not considered knocking off following a butterfly shape with similar dimensions and weight. But these companies like Aoda and Qi Xia have throws that are complete knockoffs like the Aoda Jumbo is the 888 and the Qi Xia soul is the Supernova. I will not buy these due to the fact that they didn’t put in a single ounce of effort in making it slightly different. As for the three that I got I am satisfied with the quality and play (just not the hubstacks on the Aoda’s). I tried to pick ones that are not knockoffs so I can show what they offer and make a review that will not be removed. I hope you all found this informative but I must stress the fact that if you know it’s a knockoff you should probably save a little more and buy the real one. Companies work hard to offer us quality throws with new ideas and for someone to take those ideas and mark them down by 60% or more and use lower quality materials seems wrong. But I can’t tell you all how to spend your money and if you like the throw get it. I just don’t think if it’s a knockoff it’s worth showing off lol but that’s just me.
Thanks for reading,
Brandon aka Randysavage