Those of you who are regular fixed axle throwers, which kind of response do you prefer and what kinds of characteristics do you find both have?
When I say ‘endgrain response’ What I’m referring to any fixed axle yoyo that relies on endgrain orientation in it’s innermost wall for it’s response. Those included are Yoyofactory Legend Wing and TMBR woodthread yoyos.
When I’m referring to ‘facegrain recessed response’ I mean any yoyo where the halves where the engrain of the wood is perpendicular to the axle. These include O.U.T yoyos, early TMBR models (pre woodthreaded axles), Hildy Bros. yoyos and my Spinworthy yoyos.
Here’s what I see as the characteristics of both without taking into consideration gap width, wood species of axle and body and thickness of axle.
With endgrain response yoyos, there can be better initial grab on returns, but do not wind as tightly. This means that regens are not as powerful and there is a greater potential for ‘slip thud’ on the throw in the final stage of the yoyo reaching the the of the string. Recessed facegrain however has a much tighter wind, translating into more powerful throws and regens, and a far lessened ‘slip thud’ effect (if implemented correctly).
They tend to also feel that they are spinning smoother than facegrain recessed yoyos because the wall is completely flush. You will sometimes hear a buzzing sound with facegrain recessed yoyos depending on the position of the string and the smoothness of the recesses.
They can be thrown more easily out of various stall mounts because the walls ‘bite’ a lot less into the string. Facegrain recessed yoyos tend to bite in on the string a lot firmer, which can give delayed throwouts from stalls.
Any thoughts? Anything to add or dispute?
Please give me your thoughts.