why can other people like c3 and yyf make cheap affordable metals but you can't ?
Settle in, oddly accusatory internet citizen, and let me tell you a story!
One upon a time a kindly young fellow named Chris said "I like return tops!" and set out to find the very best one. He tried this one and that one and found that they all sucked. He was so sad. "I'm so sad, why do these all suck?" cried Chris. Then one day he remembered "Holy crap, I'm a mechanical engineer. Screw this, I'll make my own return tops with blackjack and hookers!" and so he did, except that he used flannel and syrup and math and love instead of blackjack and hookers and I think we can all agree that was a better idea.
As the years went on, Chris continued making the very best return tops he could. Eventually he settled on a machine shop in the far away land of The United States, a wild and treacherous place where health care isn't free and no one understands how good it is to put gravy and cheese curds on your fries. The machine shop was kind of expensive, but it was so much better than the others he had tried to use so he said "These are gonna be a little pricey, you guys" and his fans said "ALL GOOD KEEP 'EM COMING!" and everything was cool. And since Chris was a friggin' genius, the designs got better and his team of super rad players got bigger and his costs to keep the business going got higher and higher but everyone looooooved his stuff so much that he said "Ok, let's keep this train rolling!" and so he did.
More years went by, and his company became more popular because their team is amazing and Chris is, literally, the nicest dude ever. And instead of just being craved by high-end players his products became so popular that even younger, less experienced players wanted them. But they were still made in really small batches, by a talented but expensive machine shop, and occasionally ruined by anodizers (BOOO!) which kept his runs small and his prices high. More people wanted his magical return tops than he could possibly make! Chris got really stressed out so he took a magical nap and pondered his options.
Chris awoke from his nap and said "I'll hire a troll!" he said! So he called Steve Brown and said "Come work for me and let's make art and stuff" and Steve said "Let's make money too" and Chris said "I'm kinda terrible at that" and Steve said "All good, I'll worry about the money and you make all the big decisions so that we never lose our way or act like dicks" and Chris said "Perfect!" and so they began doing things just a little bit better and finally Steve said "A lot of people really want to have the CLYW experience but they can't afford it" and Chris thought long and hard and Steve thought long and hard and they talked to their team and their fans and said "You know what? Let's start working on some less expensive models and have them made overseas so that even our fans who don't have much money can be part of the CLYW family" and so they started working on it.
I REALLY like the name Caribou Droppings for a yoyo. You guys should use that name for Chuck's signature return top!
New from CLYW: Caribou Droppings.
"This return top is the shit!"
Steve, which colorway is your favorite among the new Puffin 2 run?
Hands down, it's Maiderade. I'm just gonna drop it right here because I love it so much. I'm a huge fan of Andrew as a player, and his colorway is fantastic. Here's your first look at it:
So the yetis got shipped to YYE right? so in theory I could break into YYE headquarters and steal some right?
Andre knows kung fu. -Steve
Clyw x walmart?
As soon as Wal-Mart gets into the $100+ return top market...we'll be sure to turn them down.
Steve, can you post a video of your "autopilot" trick ( that trick you always do when you pick up a yoyo and dont think)
It changes every few months...here's what it is right now. (using a Bonfire)
Can you guys send me a peak or a canvas. I really want one because they are amazing throws
Sure. You want a million dollars and my first born child, too?
How do you impress girls with your yoyo skills? Specific tricks? Colorway? I need to know!!!!! Hahahahaha
I ditched my girlfriend so I could spend more time with my AC2. My love for it is unconditional.
You are well on your way to becoming a World Champion!
A very, very lonely World Champion.
what kind of return tops did all of your team members use when competing in the World Yoyo Contest? I had trouble identifying a few...
Harrison Lee - Bonfire
Jensen Kimmitt - Sasquatch
Zach Gormley - Arctic Circle 2
Andrew Maider - Puffin 2
Riccardo Fraolini - Bonfire
Chuck Haycock - Puffin 2
Petr Kavka - Scout
Michael Kurti - Puffin 2
Palli - Puffin 2
Pekka - The Power of his Mind
Alex Berenguel - Sasquatch
David Kreibich - Bonfire
Ayumu Harada - Bonfire
I hope to meet charles and chris someday...
If you're ever in Edmonton:
- Take a right at the light
- Go down past the poutine stand
- Hang a left at the hockey rink
- Stand and face the sun
- Say "return top" three times
...and Chris will magically appear in a puff of maple-scented smoke and grant you one wish.
i dont own anything of value that i care about with "made in china" written on it so to answer ur question no i dont have to scratch the "made in china" off anything else... And im not Canadian either, I just respect companies who stimulate their own economies rather than cutting corners lol wake up
We do stimulate our own economy. CLYW is a Canadian company, that pays taxes in Canada, and we've just moved all our metal production back to Canada. We tried producing a plastic return top in Canada, and the whole process was 5x as expensive with poor quality results. Moving plastic production to China isn't a matter of money...we were willing to spent the money to do it in Canada. It was a matter of quality.
Since most of the world has freely moved their manufacturing to countries like China, these countries have leapt pretty far ahead in terms of quality and technology. The fact of the matter is that even Flambeau, the company that owns Duncan, which is and always has been a plastic molding company with multiple molding facilities in the United States, has moved much of their molding to China because the quality is better than what they can accomplish without completely re-tooling all of their facilities. So if a company who's primary business is making plastic says that China is better at making plastic, what chance does a tiny operation of CLYW stand of proving that wrong?
We tried Canada for plastic molding. It was a disaster. The options became 1) Give up on plastic return tops or 2) Make them in China.
I'm woke. I know how the world works. If you think this is about "cutting corners" you seem to have mistaken our company for one that doesn't care about quality. There are two things we care about: our team, and our quality. Everything else is window dressing. If you don't believe us on this, then you don't believe in CLYW and there is no reason for you to support us. If you do believe us, then I'd suggest leaving the "Made in China" on the side of your Big Dipper because it's always good to give credit where credit is due.
We aren't just making phone calls and cutting ourselves off from how our products are made. We flew to China. We know exactly who is making these. We know that they are people, just like us, working hard, just like us, to support families, just like us. That's good enough for us. If that's not good enough for you, then we appreciate your past support and we're sorry to lose you as a customer. -Steve
hey steve, can i have a pictute of your yoyo collection?
There's more tucked away in the garage, but this is most of it.
Do you guys still have the Bonfire that was murdered by Jensen? If so does it vibe?
I think Jensen melted it down and used the aluminum to make bullets. Then he used those bullets to shoot some jackalopes that were eating all the carrots out of the Lodge garden.
The bullets had some vibe, though.