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Tom Kuhn Silver Bullet (SB-1 SB1)
Exhibit #3660
AxleTransaxle - Wood
PackagingDisplay Boxed
ConstructionMulti-piece aluminum
Diameter57 mm
Width26 mm
Weight50 gm
OwnerRick Brough

The Silver Bullet, also known as SB-1 was Tom Kuhn's freshman release of the world's first aluminum, fixed axle yo-yo. In an era of plastic yo-yo makers such as Duncan, Festival, Jack Russell, Royal, and Trag-E Toys/Playmaxx, the Silver Bullet was a bold and brash alternative to players looking for high precision and performance. First released in 1984, the Silver Bullet used the axle system of their famous wooden No Jive yo-yo and joined it with an aircraft grade aluminum body. And, like the No Jive, the Silver Bullet was completely dismantlable. The engraving appears on one side only.

The model's name is taken from the shape of the hub nub on each halve. You could optionally add a weight ring to the inside rim of each halve to further add stability and increase spin time.

The recipe for the Silver Bullet was used as the basis for the Tom Kuhn Turbo-Yo prototype that came out in July, 1990, and the subsequent Silver Bullet 2 in November 1990.

The Silver Bullet was the catalyst that triggered my return to yo-yo playing after 15 years and began my interest in yo-yo collecting/history.

See also the Silver Bullet History under Other Views in the Tom Kuhn Silver Bullet Series exhibit.

Original Tom Kuhn Silver Bullet series:
Silver Bullet (SB-1) - 1984
Turbo-Yo (SB-2 prototype) - 1990
Silver Bullet 2 (SB-2) - 1990 in Tortoise shell and in Polished aluminum
Silver Bullet 3 (SB-3) - 2012
Silver Bullet Series limited box set 4 (contains SB-1, SB-2, and SB-3)
Silver Bullet 4 (SB-4) - 2014

Original retail price: $40 US (about $100 in 2021).
Other Views
Close-up of side A
Side B, angled, large

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