Sponsors and Curators
The Museum of Yo-Yo History is a labor of love, and we would not be able to stay up-to-date with exhibits without the support of our sponsors and curators. Big thanks go to One Drop Design and Duncan for supplying us with their latest models, YoYoExpert for their help and support, and to Cody Orr, TotalArtist and YoYoBrothers™ for allowing us to use their collections!
If you're a manufacturer, or just a big collector and you want to help support the Museum drop me at line at email@example.com
|Duncan Freehand One AL - 5A (2021)
|CBC Slim Pad
|The Duncan Freehand One AL - 5A Edition with red body and black side caps. Yo-yo features the 5A star logo and a counterweight image in the center of the star, designed by yo-yo professional Steve Brown. Five A or Freehand is a style of yo-yo play that uses a counterweight attached to one end of the string, opposite the spinning yo-yo.
Read more about how 5A play was invented by Steve Brown in 1999.
The Yo-yo and method for using a yo-yo (aka Freehand) was covered by US patent 6371824B1 which expired April 28, 2020 after twenty years.
From the Duncan website:
"An homage to the late great original Freehand, revered in the yo-yo community by merit of how cool it is alone: We are happy to present you with the Freehand One AL!
We think of this yo-yo as more of a love letter to the original Freehand, than a pure remake: We wanted to recreate everything we all love about the original Freehand, throwing in just a dash of modern yo-yo design into the mix.
One of the coolest features of the Freehand line of yo-yos has always been the caps: You can collect 'em, customize 'em, and show 'em off to your friends. Caps are cool. So one of the features we just had to include with the Freehand One AL was interchangeable caps. In fact, the Freehand One AL even accepts your old plastic Freehand caps! Keeping with the reputation that the Freehand has of being a very customizable yo-yo, in addition to interchangeable caps, you can also interchange the bearing from the default full-size bearing to a half-spec, allowing your Freehand to shred both responsive AND unresponsive tricks!
Let go and break the conventional rules of yo-yoing with the Freehand One AL!"
From the yoyorewind.jp website:
"The Freehand ONE AL follows in the footsteps of the original Freehands, infused with the essence of modern yo-yos.
The Freehand One AL takes up the mantle of Duncan's original flagship butterfly yo-yo, the Freehand, while also weaving in the modern trends of yo-yo design into the mix. A full metal yo-yo but still maintaining the same body shape and size as the original Freehand, and even including classic-shaped aluminum side caps. That unforgettable playfeel of the original FH is maintained, but the upgrade to a size C bearing gives a smoother spin to the Freehand One AL.
If you really want to bridge the gap between old and new, you can swap the bearing out for a size C- bearing, changing the axle to M4 x 8mm, and adding a few drops of Looping Oil will change your Freehand One AL to a tug-response setting, giving you the old school feeling with a whole new flavor.
Normal release colors came with a Duncan Rapid Ball counterweight. Special editions came with a white "cap" style counterweight.
This model was designed to recreate the feeling of the original Freehand with original response from the early twenty aughts. It is not particularly suited to dead response play."
While Duncan claimed that it was possible to remove the side caps on this model (and replace them with equivalent other aluminum and plastic caps from other Freehand models), the removal process proved to be very difficult. The cap construction on this model was much tighter than on their equivalent plastic models. Spingear of Japan came up with their own solution to easily remove the caps: an air pump valve adapter that used compressed air to force the cap off the yo-yo body. The adapter is compatible with the aluminum-bodied Freehand, Butterfly, and other aluminum hollow-bodied yo-yos that use an M4 threaded axle. See the valve adapter in action! You can buy the valve adapter here (accessed November 2, 2022).
Gap Width: 4.50mm
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187) with an M4 x 10mm axle; half-spec size C (.125 x .500 x .187) with an M4 x 8mm axle
Response: Size 19mm slim pads
Body material: 6061 aluminum
Released: May 1, 2021
Original retail price: $65 US.
â€¢ Duncan Freehand Zero - 5A Edition
â€¢ Duncan Freehand Zero - Steve Brown - Broken Heart, version 1
â€¢ Duncan Freehand 2 - Steve Brown - Broken Heart, version 2
â€¢ Duncan Freehand One AL - Steve Brown Edition
â€¢ Duncan Freehand One AL - 5A Edition