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Custom Yo-Yo The AXL, version 1
Exhibit #2599
PackagingDisplay Boxed
ConstructionMulti-piece aluminum
Diameter57 mm
Width27 mm
Gap Width3.3 mm
Weight55 gm
OwnerRick Brough

The responsive AXL was Custom Yo-Yo's 1998 freshman release in a long line of unique aluminum, ball bearing yo-yo models that they made between 1998 and 2001. It was similar in shape to the Tom Kuhn SB-2 but used a size G ball bearing axle. Also, the AXL was not initially designed with any response pad system. By 1999, however, Custom Yo-Yo's response pads, known as "performance rings" began to appear in their product line-up. By the late 00s, the size G ball bearing axle was replaced with the more common size A ball bearing axle.

An original, Custom Yo-Yo AXL from 1998 has the following characteristics, compared to the second version made ten or more years later:
-Comes in a square plastic display box with two custom foam insert spaces: one for the yo-yo; one for the strings and spare fixed axle.
-Does not have Custom Yo-Yo's performance rings (response pads) on the inside walls of the yo-yo.
-Uses a size G ball bearing axle (inside diameter .187 in; outside diameter .375 in; width .125 in).
-Includes a stainless steel fixed axle to swap out the ball bearing axle, if desired.
-A superscript trademark symbol appears with the engraved "The AXLâ„¢" name on one halve.
-No circle around the overlaid "C" and "Y" logo.

Original retail price: $40 US.
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