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Here's my review of ForeverSpin Tops from a guy that currently owns 11 of them.
- ForeverSpin tops look terrific (these are the same type of tops used in the movie Inception), but their spin times will be much less than a ball-bearing top. My max spin time is 2:40 with the Bronze Top which is on the heavier side (compared to a 24 minute spin I can get with a BilletSpin Nexus).
- The heavier the top, the HARDER it is to spin... but if you get a good spin on it, it'll last that much longer. For example, a Titanium Top will spin much easier than a Nickel Top. But there's one other thing that affects spin time.
- How porous is the metal? The easier the top is to grip, the easier it is to spin - that means the brushed Stainless Steel will be easier to spin than the mirror polish Stainless Steel. The Damascus Steel is easier to spin than the Nickel and so forth.
- Nickel looks VERY similar to Stainless Steel, but Stainless Steel is slightly more muted when reflecting light. Titanium is the "lightest" looking color - more silver than anything else while Damascus Steel is the "darkest" looking color.
- I do not own the Silver top, but if it's polished to the degree the Gold plated top is, it will be extremely difficult to spin and to be honest, I'm not sure if I want to beat up the Silver top if you were to receive it.
- The spin base by ForeverSpin is the BEST spin base I've ever used (and I've tried ones from Vorso, Lambda, and BilletSpin). I recommend picking one up no matter what top you get.
- Here's one trick I learned when using ForeverSpin tops with the spin base... once the top is spinning, it will probably have some hula hoop (rotating in a circular motion both around the spin base and around the bottom stem of the top). To correct this, simply shake the spin base back and forth very slightly and your ForeverSpin top will stabilize. It works quite well and will increase your spin times for sure.
Comparing these tops together (and yes, I own all of them), I'd rank them in this order from EASIEST to HARDEST to spin:
- Brushed Stainless Steel
- Damascus Steel
- Mirror Stainless Steel
tldr? These are terrific display tops with below-average spin times that will introduce you to an assortment of metals which IMO is the coolest aspect.
Nice overview of materials and dynamics. They are definitely a novelty for their classic shape and the various metals used. Put they are not the best performers in the bunch.
I'll second your recommendation on defeating hula hopping. If you can glide the base around to match the motion of the top, it will center quite quickly. This is true of most tops that start off with a poor spin.
I find the base to be just a bit too small, and prefer either the lenses or concave mirrors that have more surface area.