The Draupnir is considered by many to be the peak of yo-yo craftmanship.
The body is made from 7075 grade aluminium with stainless steel rims. Fitted with an NSK DS bearing and IR Pads, makes for one of the smoothest and best performing yo-yos on the market.
Smooth, fast, stable - for players wanting to take their game to the highest level.
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|Response System||YoYoRecreation IR Pad|
|Bearing||YoyoRecreation Ds Bearing - Size C|
|Style||1A / 3A / 5A|
What YYR say (paraphrased from direct Japanese translation):
Recently, the yo-yo world had felt that it has become more and more boring.
There was no novelty or innovation in the new products being released to yo-yo stores, instead it was more about competitive pricing.
A leading specialty store was also beginning to push the Chinese low-priced products.
In order to cause a new wind to the stagnant atmosphere, there was a need to develop an innovative new product.
Three model concepts were considered at the time. Many team members were competing with the Slepnir at this time - so whether or not the end product was going to be a high-end metal or not, the Slepnir was at the core of the design. Among the things considered were:
Size must remain the same.
Must be made lighter and more powerful.
The Slepnir was used by 20 finalists across the last 4 years at Worlds - so it was going to be incredibly difficult to make a yo-yo that would live up to this reputation and potentially exceed the performance level of the Slepnir, while keeping the above considered items in mind
To pull out maximum performance, we needed to use a material that has a different density and weight, by combining these elements effectively in a new arrangement, a new dimension of yo-yoing was born.
The finished prototype needed to be approved by the same high performing players who had used the Slepnir at the previous Japan National Championships. Ultimately all chose to switch to the Draupnir for the 2013 contest.
The official debut therefore was at the 2013 Japan National Championships, with 5 of the 16 1A finalists using the Draupnir, including the 1A Champion Akitoshi Tokubuchi, which was a fantastic result.
The yo-yo has now become a favourite among team members, with it's contest performance proof that it is beloved by them, and exceeded all performance expectations.
There are many great videos demonstrating the capability of the Draupnir - so here is one of my favourite performances by one of my favourite players using the Draupnir:
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