A Guide to Ultramatte and AMS2488 Type II

November 16, 2021

I get a lot of questions asking about these two very different finishes. I figured it would probably make sense to have a specific blog post regarding this I could link to in the future. Both Ultramatte and AMS2488 are titanium specific coatings, generally reserved for fasteners in the aerospace and medical industry but their functions as a coating for yoyos are very different.

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The Titanium Executive - A Collab with Ernest and Doc

October 18, 2021

When I started yoyoing as a kid there wasn't much media. Youtube wasn't really a thing so you only had a few options to learn tricks from. Kens World On a String was a classic go to, with jpegs of how to do tricks, and if you wanted to watch videos it would be a painful download of Quicktime or flash videos. I remember vividly watching a video of a man doing the most creative tricks in an elevator shaft - you would know him as Doctor Popular. I must have learned a dozen of his tricks (and likely you unknowingly have too).

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Acadia BTM - A Bimetal Evolution of Evora

July 05, 2021

Last few months have been a bit interesting. Things here in Ontario are finally starting to open up again, which feels like a light at the end of the tunnel. I finally got to see my yoyo friends here for the first time since March in 2020 - almost a year and a half. Of course I brought many titanium yoyo prototypes, including the new Acadia. 

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Experimental Design Study pt.1 - The Micra Multiform

March 11, 2021

For 2021 I started to focus on doing more releases in tighter clusters. The demand and growth has been nice but I realized that more and more people are in the market for higher end products. I have even noticed that more companies are producing yoyos in titanium. I always said I would move on to other projects once other companies started producing the products i felt was missing in the market. The previous triple zero release was a massive success, and it was the largest run I have ever done. I feel like everyone who wanted one got one, even if it was only just.

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000 BTM - The Triple Zero Bimetal

February 02, 2021 1 Comment

The demand for the Triple Zero was the highest I have ever seen since the original Evora. Two years ago I challenged myself to design something that was a bit different than the rest of the Luftverk releases. It was during a time where I moved to a new city and went through some of the worst depression I had ever experienced. I think looking back at that experience though, it did help shape my design philosophy behind this very yoyo.

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The Evora Rebirth Pt. 2 - AMS2488, Ultramatte & Anodized

January 16, 2021

I remember the day I released the original Evora. There were existing yoyos out there made from aluminum and plastics, but very few were made from Titanium. Even when companies made titanium yoyos it would be a one and done kind of deal - as the difficulties and quality control needed for titanium was much more risky from a business standpoint. I approached the original Evora project thinking it would be a one run project - up until all 60 original units sold out in under 5 minutes.

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Learning Yoyo Design - Refreshing My Old Taig Lathe

January 10, 2021

The year was 2006, I was pretty young back then and as a kid I was pretty active on the forums. I had a weird obsession about how different yoyos felt even more so than learning tricks itself. I think a lot of people who like collecting are similar - they tend to appreciate the feel of multiple yoyos which entices them to build up a library that represents their own taste. In 2006, this was less of an option.

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5 Year Anniversary Evora

November 22, 2020

I was planning to run these anodized, but so many people requested them in raw titanium. Its crazy to think its already been 5 years since I released that yoyo, I think that really changed my life. Looking back, I ended up moving to Prague after Worlds in Tokyo. Traveled all over Europe before moving to the west coast of Vancouver.

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2020 Ultima - All The Color

July 04, 2020

2020 we can all agree has been a strange year. I ended up back in Ontario after living in Vancouver for about a year - and the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world. I was stuck at my parents home for a bit but for me, it was somewhat what I needed. I think the years before were such a whirlwind of career change, mental health struggles and general stress of living somewhere new it was a welcomed change. I started seeing a therapist which deepened my understanding of my own thoughts and feelings. In a profound way I look at humanity in a very different light. There are still so many things I need to work on, but putting my head down and getting another release done was a much much longer process this time around - it has been half a year since my last release.

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New Website for a New Decade

July 01, 2020

Just finished the brand new website. I made the original website in 2015 - back when things were a bit more primitive and my design/photography was a bit lack luster. I like to believe I've improved over the years although I question it sometimes haha. Last year I updated the packaging for the entire line, so it was only a matter of time before I also redid the website.

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Responsive Refined - The Daytona SB Highwall

January 14, 2020

I left West coast Canada in December but only temporarily - I left most of my stuff there. Moved back home with the parents for a bit after the start up I was working for went under - I saw it coming though, and it was a crazy well timed event that landed me back home. The slowness of releases in 2019 were a good indication of how busy I was, but also trying not to force creativity when my mood isn't the best. A few issues cropped up when I left Vancouver, mostly my deteriorating mental health. More often than not my projects become ways to cope with how I feel weather its cars or coding or doing yoyo releases.

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ULTIMA BTM - Return of the Competition Titanium

July 21, 2019

My flight from Toronto landed literally two days ago. For those of you who don't know, I moved to Vancouver a year back to I guess "settle down" and get an adult life. The years of traveling and living in hostels eating pasta needed to end eventually. I went to school, got a job coding and tried to live a more normal 9-5 life. But that also meant I lost a lot of time running Luftverk too - which many will have realized I dropped off the yoyo world for a bit. Going back to Toronto was a strange feeling especially after more than a year.

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