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Duncan Freehand One AL - Steve Brown (2021)
Exhibit #4175
ShapeConcave )-(
PackagingDisplay Boxed
ConstructionMulti-piece aluminum
ResponseCBC Slim Pad
Gap Width4.5mm
OwnerRick Brough

The Duncan Freehand One AL - Steve Brown Edition with black body and red side caps.

From the Duncan website:
"An homage to the late great original Freehand, revered in the yo-yo community by merit of how cool it is alone: We are happy to present you with the Freehand One AL!

We think of this yo-yo as more of a love letter to the original Freehand, than a pure remake: We wanted to recreate everything we all love about the original Freehand, throwing in just a dash of modern yo-yo design into the mix.

One of the coolest features of the Freehand line of yo-yos has always been the caps: You can collect 'em, customize 'em, and show 'em off to your friends. Caps are cool. So one of the features we just had to include with the Freehand One AL was interchangeable caps. In fact, the Freehand One AL even accepts your old plastic Freehand caps! Keeping with the reputation that the Freehand has of being a very customizable yo-yo, in addition to interchangeable caps, you can also interchange the bearing from the default full-size bearing to a half-spec, allowing your Freehand to shred both responsive AND unresponsive tricks!

Let go and break the conventional rules of yo-yoing with the Freehand One AL!"

From the yoyorewind.jp website:
"The Freehand ONE AL follows in the footsteps of the original Freehands, infused with the essence of modern yo-yos.

The Freehand One AL takes up the mantle of Duncan's original flagship butterfly yo-yo, the Freehand, while also weaving in the modern trends of yo-yo design into the mix. A full metal yo-yo but still maintaining the same body shape and size as the original Freehand, and even including classic-shaped aluminum side caps. That unforgettable playfeel of the original FH is maintained, but the upgrade to a size C bearing gives a smoother spin to the Freehand One AL.

If you really want to bridge the gap between old and new, you can swap the bearing out for a size C- bearing, changing the axle to M4 x 8mm, and adding a few drops of Looping Oil will change your Freehand One AL to a tug-response setting, giving you the old school feeling with a whole new flavor.

Normal release colors came with a Duncan Rapid Ball counterweight. Special editions came with a white "cap" style counterweight.

This model was designed to recreate the feeling of the original Freehand with original response from the early twenty aughts. It is not particulary suited to dead response play."

While Duncan claimed that it was possible to remove the side caps on this model (and replace them with equivalent other aluminum and plastic caps from other Freehand models), the removal process proved to be very difficult. The cap construction on this model was much tighter than on their equivalent plastic models. Spingear of Japan came up with their own solution for easily removing the caps: an air pump valve adapter that used compressed air to force the cap off the yo-yo body. The adapter is compatible with the aluminum-bodied Freehand, Butterfly, and other aluminum hollow-bodied yo-yos that use an M4 threaded axle. See the valve adapter in action! You can buy the valve adapter here (accessed November 2, 2022).

Diameter: 56mm
Width: 40.25mm
Gap Width: 4.50mm
Weight: 65.59gm
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187) with an M4 x 10mm axle; half-spec size C (.125 x .500 x .187) with an M4 x 8mm axle
Response: Size 19mm slim pads
Body material: 6061 aluminum
Design: USA
Manufacture: China
Released: May 1, 2021

Original retail price: $65 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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