History of Tom Kuhn Yo-Yos
- The World's First Ball Bearing Yo-Yo
The Silver Bullet 2 (SB2) was released shortly after Silver Bullet in 1990. The SB2 is visually indistinguishable from the Silver Bullet and features a ball bearing axle and patented adjustable gap mechanism producing groundbreaking spin times and enabling hitherto-unknown yo-yo tricks and combinations.
- Silver Bullet
In 1990, Tom changed the way people play with yo-yos by introducing the Silver Bullet: a long-spinning aluminum yo-yo with a take apart design and featuring a replaceable wooden axle.
- Turbo Disc Technology
The Turbo Disc Technology was patented in 1992. With their linen fibers replicating the feel of a wooden yo-yo, Turbo Discs allow for improved string play and response. Turbo Discs underpin the design of Tom's newest models, the Pocket Rocket (a miniature aluminum yo-yo) and the RD Series (wood w/ball bearings, successors to the Roller Woody and Sleep Machine).
- Fat Cat Yo-Yo Introduced
FAT CAT Yo-Yo introduced.
Inspired by JAZZ; the free form, improvisational 20th century art form, this yo-yo’s jazzy, angular, butterfly shape fits comfortably in your hand despite being what Dr YO calls “the FAT ONE”.
Truly a work of art, the incomparable, bright polished – mirror finish is one of the Tom Kuhn brands signature features. This finish is only achieved by meticulous hand polishing.
It’s wide profile, patented precision ball bearing, adjustable gap features infused with Turbo Disc Response System calls for standing ovations every performance! This flashy yo-yo will enable intermediate and advanced yo-ers to improvise and invent new yo-yo tricks, forms, and ideas!
What We Care About
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.
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.
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.