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History of Tom Kuhn Yo-Yos

1976

The World's First Take-Apart Yo-Yo

1990

The World's First Ball Bearing Yo-Yo
Silver Bullet

1992

Roller Woody and Sleep Machine

1999

Pocket Rocket
Turbo Disc Technology

2000

Tom Cat Introduction

2001

RD Series
SB3 Concept Yo-Yo Introduced

2002

Fat Cat Yo-Yo Introduced

2004

JIVE - WHISTLING YO-YO Introduced

2013

Portugal The Man Yo-Yos

2014

SB4 Introduced

2017

Black Cat Yo-Yo Introduced

WHO WE ARE

Although there are countless people whose hard work and dedication come together in every Tom Kuhn Yo-Yo, the driving force behind our company comes from two men:

Tom Kuhn

Tom Kuhn resides in San Francisco, where he conducts his long-established dental practice. As a child, he won the local Duncan yo-yo contest in his Detroit neighborhood. As an adult, he received the gift of a beautiful rosewood yo-yo…that broke and fell apart in a few hours! With this he set out upon the quest for the “perfect yo-yo.” The year was 1976, and marked the start of a new beginning for yo-yo design and technology. Tom’s passion and joie de vivre have inspired for over three decades; he continues to serve as the creative and philosophical “center” around which this company spins!


Brad Countryman

Brad Countryman lives in Maine, among the hardwood forests of New England. Part artist, part scientist, Brad oversees the production of Tom Kuhn Custom Yo-Yos and is constantly pushing the limits of wood (with its inherent inconsistencies), reaching new levels of precision and balance. Nearly three decades of experience producing wooden toys including: Fisher Price/ Toy Town Collectibles, Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends Wooden Railway, Little Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Play System, to name a few. Combined with his status as a master craftsman (his handmade wooden carousel horses and other projects have been featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Lemelson Center, Smithsonian Museum, Burchfield Center and Albright-Knox Art Gallery) makes Brad the world’s undisputed authority on the manufacture of wooden yo-yos.


 

Ed HaponikEd Haponik – TK Yo-Yo Expert, Public Relations & Social Media Advisor and Cohort.

Ed is a long-time adept of the zen discipline of fixed-axle yo-yoing. One of the most respected players on the planet, Ed has used his beloved No Jive to push wooden yo-yo play into previously unknown realms (he knows his way around an unresponsive throw pretty well, too).

He has won of the Worlds Fixed-Axle Championship, received the National Yo-Yo Museum’s Sportsmanship Award, and is esteemed as a contest judge, trick demonstrator, and event organizer. He lives in North Carolina with his family where he surfs, skateboards, and practices traditional Japanese swordsmanship under the oaks in his backyard.

 


What We Care About

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Quality and Design: Tom Kuhn Yo-Yos are renowned for their innovative and aesthetically pleasing designs. Nothing is quite like a Tom Kuhn Yo-Yo. Every Tom Kuhn Yo-Yo is manufactured and hand assembled in the USA, then tested for quality and tuned for performance by a World Yo-Yo Champion. We build our yo-yos to last and provide a lifetime of fun. We proudly and unconditionally guarantee customer satisfaction.


 

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People: Why yo-yo? It is a great cure for boredom, but so are many things. Indeed, the modern world is full of things to occupy our time. Many of these modern diversions have a dissociating effect on the user, leaving them in a state of isolation behind the invisible wall of handheld games and music players. Yo-yos, rather, are intriguing to other people (and pets as well!). Playing with a yo-yo in public not only makes a light-hearted, carefree statement, it invites others into your world as they marvel at your incredible tricks and recall their own personal experience with this universal toy.


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The Planet: Tom Kuhn Custom Yo-Yos is proud of its commitment to the environment. Our raw materials are sourced from mills with FSC certified hardwood. FSC (The Forest Stewardship Council) has the highest environmental standard for forest management of any certification system in the world. FSC supports healthy forests and healthy communities. Our metals are RoHS compliant, with over 85% produced in the USA.


Holding, playing, and admiring a wooden yo-yo can serve as a reminder of our responsibility to the living things of our planet, the source of everything! To be sure, we are not hopeless idealists but we do recognize that little things can have great impact (just like a yo-yo!). Yo-yo play won’t change the world, but it is definitely compatible with a more environmentally responsible future. Portable, electricity-free, and long-lasting… yo-yos provide the perfect alternative to video games, which devour energy before being discarded after a few weeks or months. We encourage people to exchange their virtual reality for actual reality…

∼Happy Yoing∼

Tom