In an effort to focus on skill and improvement more than the actual throw im using at that moment I’m going to challenge myself to use one throw for the whole week before reaching for a different throw. I’m hoping the throw consistency for the week will help trick consistency and speed in the long run. So:
A-who’s down to try it with me?
B-what’s your throw for the week?
My throw for the week is a silver/Black fade navigator.
Easily one of the best yo-yos I have ever thrown: the SoSerious Chronos.
I always loved the Zeus yoyo. But it was just missing ‘something’? I have 4 of them. So I guess it wasn’t/isn’t missing too much of something; lol.
But Garrett mentioned the Chronos in a conversation one day. When I found hand out the guys that designed it; I knew it had to be a Beast.
When it came in the mail; the moment I took it out of the box; I was not exactly happy. I have never been fond of yo-yos that have an ‘Edgy feel’. The rings on the Chronos were outside my comfort range.
They aren’t sharp… but the should have been rounded a little more.
Fortunately; having commercial lathes in my shop is a good way to avoid getting upset about something I can make more ergonomic.
As soon as I start throwing it; the outer edges were the only thing I didn’t care for.
Well; I am definitely not at a performance level to give an, ‘I read it in the Bible’ review. But in the last 20 years; I have developed a reasonably good touch at distinguishing whether a yoyo is a player or a paperweight.
The Chronos plays(for me)as well or better than any yoyo I have or have ever had. When the Zeus came out; a few years back; I liked it so much; I ended up with 4 of them.
The Chronos is even better.
And I did end up shaving the edges down a little.
The stock edges may not even bother most folks. But they sure bothered me. I am really into ergonomics. With the Masterminds that got together and designed the Chronos; I have absolutely no idea how they failed to identify the outer edges being sharper than they needed to be?
Here is an easy test for perspective. Put a yoyo in your hand. Squeeze it with some pretty good pressure for about 15 seconds. Kinda like you are squeezing a hand gripper. Then let go of the yoyo and look at the palm of your hand in ‘good light’. Primarily; you will see only one of two types of indentations in your hand. Either dents or defined lines.
Yo-yos; regardless of most shape designs; will only leave defined lines if the outer edges are sharpe. If the outer edges are not very sharp; you will just see dents. But only an edge will leave a line.
… No yoyo made; needs sharp edges to facilitate any increase in performance potential.
When in doubt; round it out.
The worst example I have ever seen; was back many years ago. Dave Bazan made a batch of yoyos called the DV8. Black plastic body and aluminum weight rings. The rings were cut from aluminum tubing. They were just cut off on a lathe with a parting tool. NO effort(period) was made to round the outer edges whatsoever. The edges were actually sharp enough to scrape paint off the side of a house. Closest thing to a concealed weapon I have ever seen.
Fortunately that yoyo was just a one batch thing. And even though the Red Cross could have used them to inspire a Blood Drive; the yoyo actually was pretty fun for those brave enough or dumb enough to throw one around. I remember JD smacked himself right in the eyebrow with a DV8 and he did a bloody good job; hahahaha.
Anyway; the Chronos edges are not at all lethal. They just need to be a little less edgy.