From all the designs and crazy ideas we devised in our yoyo journey, one project has always stood out as the unholy mother of insanity: the DR3I
Initially planned for a 2017 release, we had to postpone the release due to the immense manufacturing difficulties that spawn from this most ambitious construction. Being a full blown tri-metal yoyo, it was clear from the start the DR3I will require all skills and manufacturing brilliance in our machinists arsenal…and then some.
At that time, we were not able to produce more than three prototypes that fulfilled our performance requirements at reasonable cost. As mitigation, we went from tri-metal to tri-material and came up with the DR3I.ii that replaced the titanium body with a polycarbonate shell. This change allowed us to produce a few more for a mini-run. But we knew, only the real deal with its titanium body will eventually fill the void the initial concept idea created in our minds.
Now at the end of 2021, four years later and with a lot more experience and confidence in our bags, we gave this another try. Countless obstacles during production from machining, fitting and selection had to be overcome but we kept pushing forward only thinking about the ultimate target: DR3I must live!
After sky-high mountains of scrap material and vast fields of shattered dreams, 23 pieces persevered. We are finally able to release our opus magnum to the world!
Here it is, the killer of lifespans and crusher of spirits: DR3I
The yoyo features a meticulously designed titanium body for maximum strength yet minimal weight. The DR3I’s power is provided by massive brass rings with a carefully shaped wave that complements the overall design and allows for exact rim weight placement. The inner cup is made of 7068 aluminum and inherits its anti-cone shape from the amazing Abyss. Thanks to the hollow construction, the angle of the anti-cone could be increased which yields even better finger spin performance. When spinning it combines the classic sounds of thin titanium and old-school throws with caps. The DR3I is a high-rpm yoyo with a satisfying oomph when binding.
The ‘Dinosalat’ anodization of the aluminum cup uses squeezed dinosaurs spiced with pirate-boot-matured Scotch. The resulting colors vary depending on the species of the used saurian making every DR3I unique.
Aside from the rare ingredients, DR3I features the known and loved ILYY specs.
|Run #1||53||42.5||62.6||14x19x1.2||C||Soda Blast||Black / Dinosalat||23||10.2021|
|Proto #1||54.00||39.00||62.50||15x22x2||C||Polished||Raw Ti / Splash||3||05.2017|