World yoyo champion's choice. YoYofactory's Edge series yoyo recommendation

World yoyo champion's choice. YoYofactory's Edge series yoyo recommendation

ByEricMay 20, 2022

Honolulu Yo-Yo Pro Evan Nagao Sets Sights on World Championship
The Edge series from YoYoFactory is the signature series of yo-yos by Evan Nagao.

When Evan Nagao was three years old, his father, Alan Nagao, taught him to yo-yo. Evan’s father was the founder of THP, the famed yo-yo demonstration team responsible for the yo-yo craze in the 1990s.Evan’s technique focuses on memorable performances, frequently featuring tricks that most people wouldn’t think of, such as false knots in GT Suicides, under the leg Brent Stoles, and even a horizontal variation on the classic walk the dog seen in his 2015 Nationals freestyle.

Evan became a YoYoFactory-sponsored player in 2009. He defeated three-time National 1A Champion Gentry Stein to become the 2017 US National 1A Champion. At the World Yo-Yo Contest in 2018, Evan Nagao won the 1A world championship。

Wedge is a budget version of Edge - popular Evan Nagao yoyo. This throw is aimed mainly at people with low budgets or beginners, but it is also an excellent addition to almost every collection. (I own two of them)

It’s a plastic throw from YoyoFactory, with an aluminum center and fingerspin hub. I bought it because I wanted to learn finger spins; it’s straightforward. It’s plastic polycarbonate yoyo without CNC machining technology, but yet in hands, it feels very nice.

Specs:

  • Diameter: 57.40 mm
  • Width: 47.45 mm
  • Gap Width: 4.50 mm
  • Weight: 66.6 g
  • Bearing Size: YYF Center Track bearing
  • Response: Size 19mm pads

Pros:

  • out of the box, it’s smooth
  • stable yoyo with enough spin time, and it can go fast
  • budget-friendly - 20$
  • easy to fingerspin
  • good starter yoyo for beginners
  • a durable and suitable option for 5A

Cons:

  • bearing seat, axle - once you unscrew it, the yoyo will have a horrific wobble vibe; you need to find the perfect position where it’s vibe free
  • giant rims, the string is hitting those giant rims, and this causes an imbalance of a yoyo
  • also, it’s pretty loud
  • grinds are complex because of that polycarbonate

Edge Ultimatum is 6061 aluminum yoyo designed by Evan Nagao and one of the best mono metals from YYF. I don’t need to say who he is; everyone knows him. He is a Champion! This yoyo was made for one purpose. To be a wild animal, and it is. Yoyo is huge, very wide, and very light. Ultimatum cost around 50-60$, it’s maybe a little too much for 6061 Al, but it’s worth it.

Specs:

  • weight: 63,7 g
  • diameter: 58,98 mm
  • width: 51,49 mm
  • gap width: 4,57 mm.
  • bearing: size C center track bearing
  • pads: 19mm YYF brown pads

Beadblast/Surface:

  • classic YYF soft bead blast
  • it has some nice minimalistic engravings, and some color combinations also have bimetal styling
  • finger spins are effortless to do and grinds, too, because of that width
  • the shape is sharp, so sometimes it can hurt

Feel on the string:

  • this throws is just amazing, I don’t know how YYF did this, but man, it’s another level
  • yoyo is light yet wildly, very long spinning
  • it’s stable and excellent for horizontal, slack tricks
  • tech tricks are a bit harder because of that wide shape
  • yoyo is making a satisfying sound, and it’s a lot of fun
  • out of the box, the binds can be slippery, so I recommend using fat strings

Smoothness/Vibe:

  • it’s very smooth for YYF standards; out of the box, it’s around 9-10 smoothness (can be tuned)
  • the quietest and smoothest yoyo from the edge lineup

Conclusion:

  • if you like wide and big yoyos, this is definitely to go; it’s smooth, stable, and fun. Sometimes I don’t even hear and see if it’s spinning, and it comes to my hand fast when I bind it.
  • the only downside is that it’s not pocket friendly; use the yoyo holder

The next edition to Evans Nagao’s line-up is Edge Infinity. The most potent yoyo among all edges. It’s 6061 aluminum yoyo with HUGE stainless steel rings. Edge Infinity is a novelty of 2021, worth an incredible 18 months of patient work, development, and testing. The Edge yoyo itself came out in several variations. Still, Infinity is the absolute top that takes the whole Edge line to a completely different level, and above all, it is one of the best yo-yos the yoyofactory has ever released, but it has its flaws.

Specs:

  • Diameter: 54.08 mm
  • Width: 46.72 mm
  • Gap Width: 4.82 mm
  • Weight: 64.88 g
  • Bearing Size: Size C center track
  • Response: Size 19mm YYF white pads
  • Material: 6061 Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Pros:

  • very stable
  • very long spinning
  • very forgiving
  • smooth bead blast
  • perfect shape for finger spins and grinds
  • very maneuverable and fast
  • perfect size for small hands

Cons:

  • it comes with a vibe (6-8); it can be tuned, but the axle is very tiny, and the bearing seat is loose, so you need to be careful
  • very slippy pads
  • not suitable for beginners, it has so much power, and it can be dangerous
  • price is a little bit too much (around 120-130$)
  • no NSK bearing

In conclusion, the yoyo is a beast; it’s a competition-oriented throw for advanced players who want the best. Yep, it maybe has some little problems, but after all, it’s one of the best yoyos on the market. It’s worth it. This throw was made for Champion, and the yoyo itself is also Champion.

Specs:

  • Diameter: 53.40 mm / 2.10 inches
  • Width: 47.00 mm / 1.85 inches
  • Gap Width: 4.45 mm / 0.17 inches
  • Weight: 64.8 grams
  • Bearing Size: Size C Center Trac
  • Response: Size 19mm YYF white pads

Shape/Surface:

  • smaller diameter V shape throw with more wideness
  • yoyo has thick wide stainless steel rims that can hurt when the trick is messed up
  • bead blast of aluminum is soft and grinds friendly
  • very comfortable to hold, especially if you have small hands

Smoothness:

  • out of the box, it has a fingernail vibe, but it can be tuned; it has a small axle like all edge yoyos, so be careful with it
  • no vibe on string
  • there are two versions; the older version had an NSK bearing and titanium axle, and it was much smoother
  • now, it comes with standard CT bearing with a typicalaluminumm axle

General impression:

  • If you are looking for a stable bimetal, Edge Beyond is one of the best options out there
  • it’s small, fast, agile, maneuverable ,and perfect yoyo for every competition
  • it spins forever, feels very smooth on the string, and looks beautiful
  • I would recommend this throw only for advanced players because it has so much power,and it’s also less durable because of the vast SS rims

Cons:

  1. Price - around 130$
  2. No NSK bearing on the latest runs
  3. Sharp Edges
  4. To many vibes out of the box sometimes

Thanks to the Authors: Ced#2813, JustinL#3462 and derfneb#21122 from Discord server - Thrower Center.

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Eric is a professional yoyo player with over 10 years of yoyo experience. He is also a yoyo collector and has purchased over 200 yoyos from yoyo shops such as YoYo Expert, SLUSNY, and YoYoSam. His yoyo collection includes professional yoyo brands such as YoYoFactory, Duncan, and YoYoRecreation.