Hello, all. How are you? Regrettably, I picked up a night shift the other day and was up from 7 PM to 7 AM. But, I did have some good company. A little while ago, I received the prototypes of the Gatsby.
Seeing the design in person after staring at it on a computer screen for weeks was a funny experience. The prototype Gatsby felt smaller than I expected. Maybe because of how streamlined the design is, because I’ve only ever seen it digitally blown up, or perhaps because it feels like it spins faster than other spinners of the same size. Anyway, if there were a time to change the dimensions, this would be it. But after awhile, I found that I would not have liked it to be any bigger or smaller. As it is, it’s small enough to be discreet, but large enough to have a satisfying spin.
The spin itself is very fast, yet has a lot of inertia behind it. That makes sense since the majority of the spinner starts at 4.75 mm in height and then gets thicker towards the ends. If you’ve ever spun something with removable weights in the arms, it feels something like that, except here it’s to a lesser degree since the “weights” are integrated into the body of the spinner and made of the same metal. And also like those types of spinners, the Gatsby gets a pretty decent spin time. On a cleaned bearing, held vertically by hand, and with a two-handed pull, I got 6 minutes and 5 seconds on a first attempt.
(Note: this spin time test was done on a prototype CuSn8 Gatsby, and the 655 silicon bronze production version will be slightly lighter. More on that later. Also, this test was done using a generic hybrid ceramic – the production version will come with HC2zs, which will likely increase spin time.)
For those who are less interested in spin time and more interested in fidget factor, I have good news for you, too! Because of the stepped design, almost every surface on the Gatsby is primed for a pull or flick. This includes the top, sides, front, back, what have you. Seriously, I designed the thing and even I was surprised by how well the steps work. While testing the prototypes, I found that they actually feel a lot like diagonal flats and give great leverage for hard pulls. The filleted edges have also proven their worth here – not a single area feels anywhere near sharp or out of place. Everything truly flows. This is a spinner that could stay with you 24/7 and never give you so much as a callous. The rounded ends are a dream to pull on, as well. And for people who like slow spins or feeling the momentum of a spinner, the middle layer (also the thickest layer) is an excellent place to be.
All in all, my extremely biased opinion is that I think the Gatsby could find its way into my small and selective collection and stay there. It’s got a good spin time, the design is my cup of tea (hopefully yours too!), its fidget factor is very good, and it’s speedy yet weighty at the same time. The Gatsby will really shine for those that like feeling the resistance of inertia when they spin.
The Gatsby also passes the “hand a spinner to someone who’s never had one before and see how they like it” test, which I just made up. An officer where I work couldn’t put it down after he tried it out. So rest assured you don’t have to be a spin pro to “get” the Gatsby, it just works. But wait, there’s more!
A few changes to note after testing the prototypes:
Material: 655 silicon bronze, changed from CuSn8 bronze.
Button depth: I found the steps a bit too shallow on the protos, so they’re deepened by 0.5 mm on the final model.
Thanks for following along. Next post will be made in a couple days when production starts.