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Tom Kuhn Silver Bullet (SB-1)
Exhibit #3660
TypeProduction
ShapeModified
AxleTransaxle - Wood
FinishPolished
ColorAluminum
PackagingDisplay Boxed
ConstructionMulti-piece aluminum
ResponseNone
Diameter57 mm
Width26 mm
GapFixed
Weight50 gm
Condition9
Date1984
To1990
OwnerRick Brough
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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 seemed to offer 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 resulting 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.

Original retail price: $40 US (about $100 in 2021).
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