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  • Premier Icon BlobOnAStick
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    I know the adverts on this site are targeted, so most won’t have seen the adverts for ‘ foreverspin’ but it’s on virtually every page I open!

    WTAF? A precision spinning top manufactured in Canada and guaranteed to last a lifetime? Become an heirloom?

    “Every spinning top that leaves our hands will become part of your life…….above all, a top must be absolutely simple, elegant and designed for life.”

    From 40 dollars upwards.

    Jesus H Christ the mind boggles.

    Please tell me that there’s a perfectly rational explanation why someone might need a spinning top made out of tungsten for $195……

    (they’ve disappeared now. Ah! It’s because for some reason I somehow become logged out of the site 🙄

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    I’ve been looking for a spinning top made from tungsten for ages. It’s just the thing I want to pass on to my son when my metaphorical top stops spinning.

    Are words you’ll never here from anyone, ever.

    I wonder how many they’ve sold though?

    My children will inherit my power kites.

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    I have two yoyos priced at over £130 (15 years ago!).
    There again I did work in the industry.

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    eddiebaby – Member
    I have two yoyos priced at over £130 (15 years ago!).

    Are they made from tungsten and can I have them when your top stops spinning?

    Premier Icon BlobOnAStick
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    There’s a yoyo industry?

    Sheesh. I need to get out of my dead-end old fashioned job that creates actual things that are useful and serve a greater purpose.

    I think I’ll open a shop called “I saw you coming” and just insult people who enter by charging them just for breathing in my shop. Sounds like a comedy sketch…..

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    No tungsten.
    Nicely made. Not spun since in the Sinai in 2003.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    That’s the most STW thing ever surely? Can I get a tungsten carbide one that’ll cut through steel if you spin it long enough?

    “Mr President, we’ve had news of another volcano erupting in Scotland”
    “My god. Another spinning top tectonic plate drilling disaster. When will it end?”

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    Hey Blob, we went to ISPO on a Monday in the the early 2000s, saw yoyos were the next big thing and by the Friday we had a magazine written, the following week on sale and we made a fortune. Subsequent sales were obviously up and down..l

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    Do the yoyo’s have a clutch or are they old school? What is it that makes them so costly? Genuinely interested and not taking the piss btw. I was pretty handy with a yo-yo when I was a kid.

    Premier Icon BlobOnAStick
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    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    BTW. The guys who import Aeropress? Yup. Yoyo barons and the original heeleys guys and TKC stands for The Kite Company. Don’t know if they do Tower of London poppies yet.

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    Hi funk, no clutch, just nicely machined alloy and steel.

    CountZero
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    Spinning tops really seem to be a ‘thing’, there are even neat leather carrying cases for them, I think people collect them in different metals, like brass, copper, tungsten…
    I can, sort of, see the appeal of a nicely machined piece of metal that you can play around with, needing no batteries or moving parts.

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    I need mine to check whether or not I’m still in a dream.

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    Kickstarter is still infested with them…

    Although “fidget” toys are gaining ground.

    sbob
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    Please tell me that there’s a perfectly rational explanation why someone might need a spinning top made out of tungsten for $195

    Tungsten can be a PITA to machine. 🙂

    ETA: surface finish looks a bit shite in some of the pics/vids…

    Premier Icon kayak23
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    A fine art student has been to see me in our furniture workshop this week wanting to make loads of spinning tops from a big Oak log he was given.

    True story.

    choppersquad
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    For some reason there was an advert for those tiny cubes of really heavy metal on here a while ago. Cant remember what they were made of? Unobtainium or something? I really wanted one until I saw the price.

    cranberry
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    So it isn’t just me getting the adverts all the time for Foreverspin ?

    Who buys that junk when you could get a proper, curated, artisan spinning top crafted out of the pubes of the bob-tail unicorn from your local craft spinning top producer ?

    Commercialist nonsense!

    And I bet Foreverspin don’t listen to the right music and think that Rapha are still cool.

    😯

    Premier Icon jonnyboi
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    Orange made one once, but it sank to the centre of the earth.

    stumpy01
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    choppersquad – Member

    For some reason there was an advert for those tiny cubes of really heavy metal on here a while ago. Cant remember what they were made of? Unobtainium or something? I really wanted one until I saw the price.

    I think they were 1kg cubes of tungsten. I think the appeal is that they are bloody heavy for their size – what with Tungsten being so dense and all….so people pick them up & go ‘bloody hell, that’s heavy’.
    We use a lot of tungsten at work & it is bloody heavy stuff (so is the moly we use, but not quite on the same level). It’s an absolute pig to machine, is brittle & doesn’t have a very nice appearance. Apart from that, it sounds like the perfect desktop ornament….

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Commercialist nonsense!

    As is most of our world 🙂

    Premier Icon DezB
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    OOOH! Thanks BigDummy – I thought OP meant a jersey for attending spinning classes on a static bike! I was thinking “heirloom??” 😆

    Now, I don’t know if any of you have teenage kids? Spinning stuff is your fingers in the new cycling, you know. I have a spinner to sell on eBay – like this

    Open to offers 😀

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Just searched for the tungsten cubes, found loads of quite interesting pointless stuff. Like gallium, which is a brittle solid metal until it melts slightly above room temperature. Much more sensibly priced for a novelty at $24. Or ferromagnetic fluid.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    and someone got out of the wrong side of bed… = Realistic and sensible.

    Premier Icon miketually
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    Probably not including tungsten, you can buy density sets with machined cuboids of different materials quite cheaply – https://www.teachersource.com/category/density-sets

    Premier Icon slowoldman
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    There’s a yoyo industry?

    Yes, but business has been a bit up and down in recent years.

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    I have to say that tungsten Funkmaster P is a pretty neat substance. It’s very dense, quite hard, and has an extremely high low melting point. It’s relatively rare and is a massive pain in the butt to work with.

    Hey! That’s pretty much copied from my CV last assessment

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