Origin of Ball Bearing Axles


Tom Kuhn and the No Jive 3-in-1:

Kuhn invents the first take apart yo-yo which allows for the axle to be changed.


Michael Caffrey and the Brain:

Caffrey invents the “Transaxle” and the Auto-Return Brain, which had a Centrifugal Clutch System. This consisted of a weighted, spring loaded clutch which pulled away at higher speeds and closed in at lower speeds.


The first Ball Bearing axle:

Swedish bearing company SDK made novelty Ball Bearing axle yo-yos that didn’t work very well.

Late 1980’s

Shooting with a Silver Bullet:

Kuhn invents The Silver Bullet 2 with a metal transaxle, making it the first successful yo-yo with a Ball Bearing axle.

This should probably be stickied.

No. You say that about everything lol… plus it will have the sticky curse- no one reads it.

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No one reads this already. ;D

Stickies should be reserved for link lists to archives/guides/information, rules, and important updates. Anything else is totally unnecessary.

Referencing would also be nice.


Wrong site! Wikipedia

Lol ok, who did The contributor on Wikipedia garner the information from?

From the Sources Section

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@VinegarEel - I can assure you that yoyofactoryben is an expert on this subject. Any information that he adds is quite valid.

Now let’s all play nice. :slight_smile:

I was. He asked for Wikipedia’s Sources, and I gave him them! I’m not a mean person! ;D

^ Lucky's Collectors Guide to 20th Century Yo-Yos, 1999

Ding ding ding!

Exact same text, we agree :slight_smile: