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yoyomonster 3Points (mini)
Exhibit #2469
ShapeConcave )-(
ConstructionMulti-piece metal
ResponseSilicon Ring
Diameter31.4 mm
Width27 mm
Weight57 gm
OwnerRick Brough

One of the driving forces behind the 1997-1999 Hyper Yo-Yo boom in Japan was THP (Team High Performance) member Kenichi Nakamura (also goes by Nakamura Meijin and Master Nakamura).

Coming up with 3Points, according to Nakamura: "We thought about what kind of yo-yo we should make, and one of the things that occurred to us is the custom of yo-yo players carrying around their yo-yos to practice everywhere. This [thought] reminded us of how everyone carries around their cell phones, and it occurred to us, why not combine the two, and make a yo-yo you can attach to a cell phone? Of course, a normal sized yo-yo you can strap to your hip, but a mini yo-yo small enough for a cell phone strap? If you could really use it, we thought it would be really cool, and players could bust it out anywhere for a little practice or performance. With that thought in mind, we began to develop 3Points."

On 3Points and Pi, Nakamura says: "Pi is an important number in mathematics, with the value of roughly 3.14. We all learned this in grade school, and its importance to the circle makes it important to yo-yo players, whether we know it or not. So, we made the diameter of the 3Points 3.14cm, and the name comes from pi itself."

The 3Points model was used by Nakamura during the 2010 44Clash yo-yo competition. It is made from stainless steel to give it some heft for string tricks. Early releases of 3Points included a portable strap so you could easily carry the yo-yo. The strap was handmade by Nakamura. Later versions did not include the custom strap. The visible signature on the yo-yo is Nakamura's.

Uses a size A ball bearing and yoyomonster's silicone pad, small type 40 for response. Yo-yo came in a yoyomonster-branded round tin container.

Original retail price: $105 US

Collected August 1, 2015.

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