Long time no talk. Been a little busy starting a new job, forgive me. But I’ve been thinking of making this post for awhile, so don’t think I’ve forgotten you folks! Today, I want to share some things about the little details in Gatsby’s design. I owe a lot of these things to brainstorming with Dark EDC, and their experience in spinner design has been invaluable. I hope you’ll appreciate the insight and a peek behind the curtain.
Gatsby is a complex design by spinner standards. It took about 50 hours of modeling, with constant tweaking and design changes, to get to where it is now. Let’s start with the least noticeable detail, something that I think we usually take for granted in the designs around us: symmetry.
Every layer is equidistant from one another. The distance from the base layer to the middle layer to the thickest layer is exactly the same. Everything is perfectly centered around the bearing down to the millimeter. This creates an effect that is not only visually pleasing, but also lends itself to a perfectly balanced spin. Here’s a picture that shows what I’m talking about:
Another thing you can see in that photo – all the edges are rounded. This design has three times the amount of edges there would be on other spinners just because of the number of layers. To make sure the spinner would remain ergonomic and not a pain in the…. finger… to spin, Gatsby’s edges are filleted. This introduces more challenges in machining because it requires a different type of tooling than the ones used for chamfers, but it’s well worth it.
And speaking of layers, the distance between each is not arbitrary. Gatsby is compact, but each step is long enough for you to get a decent pull or flick on. This is what I call “modular-adjacent,” where you can “choose” how long you want the spinner to be based on which length is most comfortable for you. It’s not modular in the sense of interchangeable parts, but it does have qualities that allow you to choose what kind of spin you want. In my opinion, the innermost layer would be best suited to flicks, while the outermost layer would be best suited for pulls. But, of course, it’s all up to you on how you want to approach it!
Next, buttons. If you’ve already read my entirely too lengthy and info-filled post about buttons, found here, then you know the reasoning behind the design already. But if you haven’t, a quick little summary is that the steps on the buttons mirror the steps on the body. That’s the outside. Now, here’s what’s under the hood:
There are a couple things of note here: the small indentation between the shoulder of the button (the tiny step on the underside) and the post (the cylinders where the screws go) and the chamfers on both posts. Basically, these are there to keep the spin as “pure” as possible. By “pure,” I mean unaffected by factors other than those from the bearing itself. R188 bearings are surprisingly sensitive and can be ruined by simple drops on the ground or from the hole being bored a nanometer too small into the spinner body. These small adjustments to the buttons would not make or break a spinner, but they do ensure that the pressure from the buttons’ fit into the bearing does as little as possible to affect the spin qualities.
In the same vein, we have this tiny detail here:
This is from an earlier model, but this part remains the same. In case you didn’t see it right away (which I don’t blame you for), I mean the tiny chamfer around the bearing hole. The bearing fits squarely (or round-ly) within the hole, which is the exact height of an R188, and the chamfer makes it easy for you to see when it’s perfectly level. While not strictly “necessary,” it adds a little elegant touch to the overall package. And the Gatsby is nothing if not opulent. 🙂
Thanks for tuning in to the latest segment on the Gatsby. Here’s an update on progress for you: prototypes are set to come in the next week, as long as no unexpected issues arise. If I’m satisfied with how it spins, I’ll move onto production of the full run. COAs and packaging have been ordered, but I’m keeping those a surprise for when you get them in the mail. It might be a little different than what you’re used to 🙂 I’ll probably make a post about them after the drop anyway, just because I like for you folks to know why I do things the way I do. Expect another post in about a week when the prototypes arrive!