Take a deep breath and relax…cause I am JACKED outta my friggin MIND on this one kids so hold tight because I just do not know how to try to talk about the Anti-Matter spinner from Valence Knives and not spaz out. 1st things 1st….yes this thing cost a pretty penny….just in at $600 total shipped but did you look at what we have here?
In case you are totally new to the Anti Matter spinner design by Ilya Pasumanskiy at Valence Knives…it is modular. The entire spinner comes apart into different pieces, allowing you to mix and match with other Anti-Matter spinners or to upgrade and change your existing model. No glue here people, easy to take apart and swap bearings OR weight sets.
Here is a description from the Valence website of the construction of the spinner:
Features a “no-screws” assembly- everything is held together with the bearing retainer which utilizes my very own “P-LBRS” (Pre-loaded bearing retention system) that is unique to my spinners.
Antimatter spinner has 2 piece frame construction which sandwiches inlays and end weight inserts which are available in a wide range of materials including but not limited to Timascus, Damascus, Mokume, Superconductor. You can change the look and rotating weight of your spinner by changing to end inserts and inlays of different material.
It’s not like I sat down and said to the universe….I think I should spend $600 on a spinner today…it was not like that. There is a sign up sheet on the Valence Knives website, there you choose the base items that you want for your build. Starting with the base….at the time of my order it was all pro-order basis and the other parts like the weights and inlays were all not available at the time of securing a spot on the pre-order…so I kept stacking up parts and costs. The thing is I have zero regrets. This thing is equally as badass then the Artifact spinner from Chris Bathgate in my opinion and you get to custom order exactly what you want making the option of having basically a one of a kind piece of art that you helped design.
The one you are looking at here has a Zirconuim body, that I asked to be anodized pink and green and get a stonewashing. The weights and the inlays are Timascus, I had something else like mokume ordered for the inlays but Ilya got at me and suggested the Timascus inlays to match the weights and I am glad I took his suggestion….I love this thing. Really it is just freeking lovely…can’t wait to get some other weight sets and start messing with it some day…or get me a few more Anti-matters…was not expecting to want more then one of these but not only does it appeal to the eye…it really has a special feel to it when it spins.
Yes…I have spun this thing. I have even tried aerial tricks with it (over the end of my bed of course) and let me tell you…this thing hovers in the air…it really is like anti-matter…I love how it flies..holds it’s spin so tight and is really easy to land. The buttons have a nice concavity to them and a solid outer rim, allowing you to hold the spinner securely in many positions with little effort or force applied. Now just in hand spinning it feel amazing as well. The is a very unique gyro effect that you get, maybe due to the distribution of weight between the outer weights and the inner body? I don’t know…I am not a scientist but I know that it just feels damn good to spin. When holding it in a pinch grip and rotating from side to side to really feel the gyro it is super tight…like no other spinner I have I have to say. I can’t imagine what this would be like with some Tungsten weights on there. This spinner has to be the most high-end modular spinner on the market…and I really can’t stress more how impressed with it I am. I timed over 2 min 30 seconds in hand spin time. The total weight of my model is 76.5 grams…no not a bad spin time for a relatively lightweight spinner for it’s size.
The cool thing is you can start with a more entry level $200 model and then add onto it as you feel like it…you do not have to go full exotic metals right away, although he does have some pretty tempting options as you will see. I highly recommend you check out the work of Ilya over at Valence Knives…it is companies like this with top level products and service that will keep the spinner industry interesting for the customers and push the competition to step up their game. Thank you Ilya for bringing this spinner to market in the way that you have, I wish you much success with it. ALOHA!