Here’s another BilletsSPIN Jester Version 3, but this one’s full bronze! Read on for some pictures (and mostly text echoed from the tungsten copper version.)
I happen to love brass, and bronze is close enough. Has that nice “red metal” look but very little (if any) of that smell. Design is still great, and spins are still wonderful!
This top shipped in a BilletSpin pouch, inside a bubble wrap pouch. In this case, the pouch makes for a good way to carry the Jester, too – the stem doesn’t get in the way, and the Jester is very tiny.
These are going for (what I consider to be a low price of) $75 on the BilletSPIN website. They should be available tomorrow here.
These look practically gold, which is a nice thing. They’re one piece designs, aside from the ball bearing press fit as a spin contact.
These are a “three spoke” design.
The body, which is just one piece (save the spin point) has smooth edges.
And when I say smooth edges, I mean it. At one point during testing I wanted to stop during a spin, and grabbed by the edges. It’s so smooth I couldn’t even feel it spinning.
The top of the stem, interestingly, is hollow. I don’t know the design logic behind this but I imagine it has something to do with rotational weight (in this case, putting more of the weight on the waist.)
The grip area is pleasantly not directional. Just some deep grooves, with a little offset from each neighbor.
The bottom is also very smooth!
I said this above, but I’ll say it again. The widest parts of the Jester Version 3 are so very smooth. During a spin they’re so smooth you can grab it without even being able to tell it’s spinning.
The grip area is the opposite, in a great way. Plenty of grip for maximum force to be applied to a spin, and when stopping a spin, these grooves are deep enough to force a nice “vrrrrrrrrrrr” on your fingers.
One thing of note with the Bronze version, especially after having held the Tungsten Copper version. It feels very light. It’s not really (comparatively) but it’s just that the Tungsten Copper is so heavy. Also a standard feature of Jesters is having so much of the weight on the periphery, which I think helps with rotational weight and spin times.
I spun this guy a bunch. I’m no master spinner by any stretch, and I don’t even have a spin station. But I was pulling some pretty good times, with not all that much effort.
These shots are all just for the photos though…. on a soft wood surface you’ll expect the top to act funny.
I was able to notice a bit more judder on the bronze vs the tungsten copper.
And isn’t the backside of a $2 bill just fantastic?
Here are some actual spintime tests and the results are as follows (including one full video!):
|1 (concave glass)||10:38.39|
|2 (concave glass)||10:18.86|
|3 (concave glass)||10:48.19|
|4 (concave glass)||10:40.87|
I stopped testing on anything but my concave glass, which is as close to a spin station as I have. It’s pretty good for it, even if it’s not an official piece.
The contact point for spinning is a tungsten carbide ball bearing.
Maintenance / Disassembly
There’s nothing that can be disassembled on the Jester Version 3. It’s a one piece body, and the tungsten carbide bearing is press fit in.
Keeping the top clean should provide a long lifetime.
Officially: Weight is 29 grams. 1.05” diameter.
Below is the Jester version 3 with my favorite flashlight, the TorchLAB BOSS (custom engraved!)
And here’s the Tungsten Copper (left) with the bronze. Same item, just different material.
And below with another of my favorites, the Vanguard.
What I Like
- High quality build
- Amazing spin times
- Very pocketable, and small
- Extreme grip for excellent spins
- Very good price
What I Don’t Like
I have a few more similar items that I’ll be posting in the coming weeks. If there’s anything more or specific that you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments!
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