Mk1 Contact 2nd Run – Releasing July 30th

It’s back! The Mk1 Contact yoyo is re-releasing July 30th at UK Throw, YoyoSam, YoyoExpert, and YoyoTricks. Find out more about the Contact or watch a review or two.

The Mk1 Contact will be $45 for solids and $50 for splashes/fades/dips.

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This release includes five all-new colorways for the contact, including two signature colorways for Mk1 team members Connor and Luis. Show your support!

All B-grades will be available here on the Mk1 Shop the week following the release for a discounted price.

Mk1 Yoyos x Luis Lizardo

Luis is a friendly, supportive person who makes everything around him more positive. I first met him when I was starting out my own yoyo journey, back when I was making and trading hand-made yoyo strings with people. I even made him a terrible metal string that he apparently never received.

Last year, we got talking again, and things lined up to where we wanted to work together in yoyo. I’m very excited to present: Luis Lizardo.

Make sure you follow Luis on Instagram.

Mk1 Exia Yoyo Release

We released a new yoyo, the Mk1 Exia, which is now available at YoyoExpert, YoyoSam, YoyoWorld, and YoyoTricks. It’s an inner-ring 7068 bimetal and retails for $95.

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The Exia was designed to be light-weight yet uncompromising, with an efficient and aggressive weighting that still feels natural to hold and throw. The aesthetics, engraving, and name were inspired by Gundam, a universe filled with great media and its own amazing hobbies.

Much of the design inspiration came from Mk1 team member Max. Give him a follow and check out his cool style.

Mk1 Design Contest

When I started designing yoyos it wasn’t clear where it would take me. There was almost a year between my first tiny batch of Diffractions and the first bigger run of 60. I always enjoyed talking to the handful of other designers I knew, and one of my dreams at the time was to collaborate with one of them to make something special. The Converge with @opyoyos is the product of such a collaboration.

Now I want to know what your yoyo dreams are. For this contest, use the template in this post and draw a unique yoyo with something special to make it stand out. Then, post it and tag #mk1designcontest and @mk1yoyos.

Crochet your own Yoyo Bag

Back when I started yoyoing, I was inspired by this post on Throwcafe about crochet. I’ve since picked up crochet as a side hobby, and beyond making the pop-culture sensation “baby yoda”, I developed my own variant yoyo bag that was included in the Diffraction 2 release.

I recently downloaded the information about this yoyo bag from my brain to a PDF. Crochet patterns are a type of programming, including comments, loops, commands, and other syntax that should be familiar to folks who are computer-inclined. This pattern took about an hour the first time I made it, when I was new to crochet.