Here at Yoyofriends we constantly challenge ourselves to make yo-yos that are at the technological forefront. We constantly strive to make the most premium and competition ready yo-yos.
Where better to start than our first release, the Hummingbird? The Hummingbird is a bird that has lightning fast speeds; a unique hum when it flaps its wings, not dissimilar to a spinning yo-yo; and the special ability to conserve its energy to travel and migrate across vast distances. We named the yo-yo after the Hummingbird as we were inspired by the bird’s extraordinary characteristics. Since its release, the Hummingbird has been lauded as one of the best bimetals ever made due to its jet-fast play akin to a Hummingbird travelling across the Gulf, easy maneuverability like a hovering Hummingbird and beautiful aesthetic (our red version with stainless steel rims is inspired by the gorgeous Ruby-throated Hummingbird).
We decided to make a premium titanium bimetal based on the Hummingbird as we wanted to improve on the existing design. We pushed our machines and made the walls of the yo-yo even thinner than the aluminium Hummingbird, at 0.5 mm which is the lowest limit for titanium, allowing for extreme weight distribution. As with most titanium-stainless steel (TiSS) yo-yos, making a smooth yo-yo is a big challenge – but we managed to consistently achieve smoothness with the press-fit stainless steel rims which are machined to precise tolerances. As a result, the yo-yo properties are even closer to the extraordinary characteristics of the Hummingbird species.
The consensus we have at Yoyofriends is that the most beautiful Hummingbird is the Fiery-throated Hummingbird and we wanted our most premium yo-yo to look like it. We managed to color the yo-yo with a never-before used secret method that is superior to the regular torched titanium yo-yos (which we find can be inconsistent). The myriad of colors, layering on the body of the yo-yo, is reminiscent of the rainbow-colored body of the Firey-throated Hummingbird.