Diameter: 57.37 mm
Width: 42.32 mm
Construction: 7075 Aluminum with Brass Weight rings.
This is the new, innovative Stealth Ogre, from Sturm Panzer. The design is the work of Kasumi Hino, of defense contracter Marshall Industry. It is just one the latest example of the current trend towards multi-material yo-yos that is currently gaining momentum in Japan and elsewhere. Other examples are the Anglam, Berserker, Phenom and the YoyoJoker: New Double Joker. These yoyo designs combine multiple materials to achieve performance otherwise unattainable with a single material. The yoyo also comes with a polishing cloth to shine your brass to its showroom gleam; as well as a cool comic/storybook which, unfortunately for me, is in Japanese. I wish I could read it. The artwork is nice though.
The SY-001 Stealth Ogre, consistes of a thin 7075 aluminum yoyo shell with machined brass rims that fit the curve of the catch-zone to position the bulk of the brass weight just behind the outer rims; fitting over the edge of the aluminum like a glove. I was apprehensive about the idea of fitting brass weight rings over the outside of the yoyo. I was afraid that even the slightest mis-alignment would cause perceptible vibe or even worse: wobble. My Stealth Ogre quickly put those fears to rest with a perfect fit and finish that spun to the length of my string with smooth precision.
The Stealth Ogre, has a Titanium axle, that is threaded through the yoyo. I am not a big fan of though-axle design. I feel it is not only cheap-looking, it has the potential to cause problems with balance and mis-alingment of the axle and the two yoyo halves resulting in vibe of even stripped threading. Instead of laser-engraving, there is a sticker that reminds me of the cheesy sticker that YoyoJoker used to use.Since Sturn Panzer is a new company, however, I would rather see them focusing in on innovation than fancy laser-graphics; so I give them a pass on this aesthetic aspect of the yoyo itself.
I have a very old wooden yoyo from the UK cica 1960 - that is wood with Steel rims covering the outside like a tire. I knew from experience that this combination would prove to be almost gyroscopic; creating a ferocious spin that was potentially dangerous. Thankfully, the combination of the relatively dense 7075 is not so easily overpowered by the denser Brass. The result is a surprisingly nimble yoyo that has a powerful spin and stability second to none.
This yoyo loves to spin. Yeah, I know - all yoyos like to spin. But this one just never seems to lose its momentum. The only thing that slows it down is my sloppy play that slaps the string against the soda-blasted aluminum walls of the inner catch-zone. Honestly, if it were not for that, I simply become bored watching it spin endlessly. Hops are easy with the brass-rims keeping the yoyo straight as a arrow. Clipping an elbow or the odd, loose sleeve usually causes the spin to deteriorate. Not this yoyo. The occasional bump or graze of fabric is simply ignored by this beast as it swings effortlessly though its paces. While the Ogre is nimble, it is a relatively large yoyo; so its maneuverability must be judged in that light.
As I mentioned before, the brass weight rings are positioned on the edge, but they are a shell, not a fully-solid chunk of metal; so this yoyo is nimble for its size an weight. If you own a YYR Gleipnir, you have something of a sense of its play. It is deliberate, powerful, but certainly not overwhelming. Taking its strengths into account, this yoyo will give you the spin-time you need to finish even the most challenging combo. Not competing? This yoyo will also give you extra spin-time to practice that long-combo you have yet to master. Indeed, one of the striking aspects of this yoyo was putting it down. I found myself becoming impatient at the spin and strength of mere mortal yoyo’s like the Code2, or the Arctic Circle. They seemed almost… plastic, after experiencing the awesome power of the Stealth Ogre from Sturm Panzer.