At the time Trevor Hirschi decided to make an imitation, the market was already saturated with plastic devices of $ 2 that covered the shelves of the toy stores and warehouses. Then Hirschi, a machine-tool technology instructor at Bridgerland Technical College and designer jewelry for men, started working on something a little more exciting.
After reviewing a couple of different concepts, he decided on an airplane propeller. He had saved a World War II plane model in his room as a child that would later inspire his first toy, TiSpin Prop. To do so, he assembled a 3-D model and used a numerical control machine to carve 5 titanium into shape of a propeller. That machine works with up to 30,000 rotations per minute, which Hirschi says is necessary to create precise blades for your propellers.
You could call the TiSpin Prop a fidget agitator, but it's not the kind you're used to seeing in the mall kiosks and convenience stores. The meticulously crafted device, made of premium materials, takes hours to design and manufacture. Oh, and it costs $ 425.
"This is an art form with which few others try to work in the manufacturing industry because of its time-consuming nature," he says. That's because Hirschi and others who are creating ultra expensive "luxurious" stirring spinners do not see their spinners as toys. They see them as pocket works of art.
Anatomy of a Fidget Spinner
Most agitated agitators, which were marketed initially as a remedy for diseases such as anxiety and ADHD, share the same basic anatomy: they have three ̵
Hirschi & # 39; s TiSpin Prop is a bit different. The titanium spinner has two blades, instead of the traditional three, and high-quality bearing packages that prevent the rotary sounds of their more affordable counterparts. This is an absolute silence as it moves away.
Nor is he the only "luxury" luxury agitator in the market. Take the 9 Gear Fidget Spinner from Real Gear Spinners, which has a cost of $ 600. It's a wild artifact that includes nine stainless steel gears and 52 pieces in total in a brass casing that creates a kind of mix between a children's toy and a steampunk contraption for your pocket.
Not all luxury spinners are as bold as the 9 Gear Fidget Spinner. Others are meant to be as nice to look at as they are to celebrate, like the $ 335 Sterling Silver Black Lotus from House of Yurich. Ben Richardson, an engineer and jewelry designer, modeled it with an arrowhead pendant. Each of its three small blades has cutouts that reveal an almost circuit design. You can get it in sterling silver, stainless steel, bronze or bronze; It looks like a totem that a character from Inception would carry out a dream chase adventure.
Then there's the Damasteel Stubby Spinner from Rotablade. As the name implies, it is made of Damascus steel, a material originally produced in Syria and used for sword blades. The material is remarkable for the patterns on its surface, which often resemble the circles of the crops or the grain of the wood, and add a seasoned flavor to the aesthetics of the roulette. In a unique combination of form and function, the $ 430 Stubby Spinner also functions as a cigar stand.
In a market saturated with spinners that can be purchased with a pocket change, these luxury versions are difficult to sell. But for creators like Hirschi, that price is easily justifiable. "They have criticized me for my price," he says, "but if I do not value what I do, why would someone else do it?"
To begin with, they are made with much more pleasant materials that you will find in any shelf in the store. Some use titanium, others stainless steel or brass. Some luxury spinners, such as the $ 199 Maelstrom Custom from Flyaway Toys, even use aerospace grade materials. Each unit is anodized with a unique range of colors and designs: no two units look the same.
Then, there is the way in which these original contraptions are manufactured. Flyaway Toys uses heavy-duty saws to cut metal bars into small wafers, and once those wafers are converted to their final shape, they are sprayed with liquid nitrogen to reduce their size and adjust them. Once the pieces are assembled and reheated to room temperature, the pieces fit perfectly without requiring glue, screws or any other undesirable part that can reduce the quality of the product.
Richardson's process may not involve liquid nitrogen but it is still a complicated endeavor. Each spinner begins as a 3-D model that is then printed in 3-D immediately to produce the final product, or for steel and brass models, it is printed in wax and then placed in the desired metal. Then, each unit is equipped with bearings and screws to turn it from a stationary trinket into a roulette wheel. Once this is done, some models will be polished before shipment, while others will be shipped as is.
While this may explain the high cost of luxury spinners, even some creators do not find it ideal. "If I were able to produce these with 3-D printing alone, that would make their price less expensive," says Richardson, "but it's still a few years away from having that kind of consistent precision at an affordable price."  These luxury spinners are made for people who like the art they can wear with them, brag to their friends and eat in their downtime. His role as fidget spinners is secondary to serve as a work of art.
Hirshi's goal has always been to create art for himself, and anyone who enjoys it is just a small bonus. "My target market was simply collectors of spinners, but I soon discovered more than that," he says, "I found retired Air Force Captains, pilots, drone enthusiasts, knife collectors and EDC gurus (everyday transport) as well." The goal, he says, is not to make money with an expensive toy. It's about making art with which people can interact.
Alison Miles of Flyaway Toys explains that the intention of the company is to manufacture a product for high-end collectors that appreciate unique designs. "I have been told several times [collectors] as the idea of having something that will still exist 100 years from now," he says.
The tendency to spin in a spiral may soon be news. But a $ 600 titanium spinner could last forever.