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Duncan FreeHand Zero - Steve Brown - Broken Heart, v. 1
Exhibit #3562
TypeSpecial Release
ShapeConcave )-(
AxleBearing
ColorBlack/red
PackagingBubble Carded
ConstructionMulti-piece plastic
ResponseFriction Sticker
Diameter60 mm
Width36 mm
GapAdjustable - Spacers
Weight66 gm
ConditionMint
Date2004
To2005
OwnerRick Brough
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A Duncan FreeHand Zero from about 2004-2005. This edition had a black body, and red side caps with a black imprint of Steve Brown's name, the Duncan logo, and an eye glass frame with a broken heart silhouette in the middle of one frame. This model was the signature edition of Steve Brown. Read more about the origins of freehand yo-yo play by its inventor, Steve Brown. Note, too, that this release included three different counterweights.

A second version of this yo-yo was released about 2005-2006 with some slight variations. For example, the packaging was for a Freehand II. The yo-yo itself had a black body, and black side caps with a red imprint of Steve Brown's name, the Duncan logo, and an eye glass frame with a broken heart silhouette (much more pronounced on this version compared to the one in this exhibit) in the middle of one frame, all within a hand-drawn heart shape. Also, there was only one counterweight included and one extra black string—the typical contents configuration for a Freehand II model.

As with all special edition Duncan Freehand Zeros from this time period, the yo-yo itself was exactly the same. The only difference between editions was the body color, side cap color, and imprint. Essentially, if you were collecting these editions, you were just collecting colors and side caps. Yomega used this clever sales gimmick (same yo-yo, different side caps and colors) to the hilt with their workhorse models Raider and Fireball in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

After a Freehand Zero package was opened, you could easily swap bodies and side caps from other Freehand Zeros to create new variations. For that reason, these special editions are best collected in their original, unopened packaging to ensure you are getting an authentic, untampered version.

On October 9, 2020 Duncan re-released this same model again, but in aluminum and with a solid white heart and Duncan logo, and red-framed glasses. It retailed for $60 US.

Original retail price of this model: $25 US.

See also
• Duncan Freehand Zero - 5A Edition
• Duncan Freehand Zero - Steve Brown - Broken Heart, version 1
• Duncan Freehand 2 - Steve Brown - Broken Heart, version 2
• Duncan Freehand One AL - Steve Brown Edition
• Duncan Freehand One AL - 5A Edition
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