AKURA MG - Development of Luftverk's First Magnesium
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by Jeffrey Pang
1M ago
It has been a while since Ive written much - the second half of 2023 was insanely busy with project management. Since the release of the plastic lineup, I had very little time to focus on the roots of what made Luftverk so exciting. I realized this was a huge problem - I needed to guide Luftverk back to it's roots of exploring new materials and build product lineups that told a story stemmed from exploration. I had done this with plastics last year but in 2024 I would like to also focus back onto some more products that use exotic materials. While being incredibly ..read more
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Luftverk x CLYW - The Plastic Peak
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by Jeffrey Pang
7M ago
CLYW is a Canadian brand that started in 2006. I was 14 at the time when I watched this new brand unfold on the Yoyonation forums. They released their first yoyo named the "Peak" with 50 pieces retailing for $85. Today, that yoyo has used asking prices north of $2500 making it one of the most insanely rare and expensive yoyos to date. This "OG Painted Peak" featured a custom painted surface by a Canadian airbrush artist named Levi. Overtime as the Peak was impacted or dinged, the paint would chip off meaning there are only a handful of units in the world ..read more
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Recapturing YYJ Nostalgia - Hybrid Fulvia
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by Jeffrey Pang
10M ago
Im writing to you from Bali, Indonesia. The last month has been insane, mostly filled with work related travels. I left Canada and I started off with California where I met up with Augie Fash for a titanium project we are working on. We road tripped all over California in his Miata (Its part of the project I swear hah). Then I ended up in Thailand for a bit with Brandon Vu for the massive Cheatcode release. It was fun to work with other people in the yoyo world who are good friends of mine. But I finally had some time to unwind a bit in Bali and focus on my own projects before I head to J ..read more
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Injection Machined Triple Zero - A New Chapter
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by Jeffrey Pang
1y ago
Apologies if this writeup seems short. it has been an insane month of work, accumulating multiple 70 hour work weeks back to back. More than half of that work is comprised of plastic projects I have in the pipeline for 2023. So although it has been non-stop, it is work I have been enjoying quite a lot. Im trying to get stuff buttoned up before I leave Canada, so things have been all over the place. Back in December when the Fulvia hit the stores, this Triple zero was already in development. In fact - this was supposed to be the first yoyo released until I changed my mind in mid 2022 ..read more
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Winter Updates - Last Run of Acadia, Moving and More
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by Jeffrey Pang
1y ago
December was such an insane month, it almost burnt me out. The amount of yoyos I had to ship out for the Fulvia release was insane, but on top of that being just a single person running Luftverk, it meant I was also dealing with invoicing stores all around the world and making sure the factory got paid in advance for shipments. All in all it was a slurry of spreadsheets and staying up late to pack orders every day. Switching gears for a moment back to titanium was an interesting realization. The realization that I did feel more connected and fulfilled doing the large scale Fulvia project. Th ..read more
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The Plastic Fulvia - A $30 "Injection Machined" Polycarbonate Yoyo
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by Jeffrey Pang
1y ago
I dont know where to start with the project. It has been the most expensive yoyo by multiple magnitudes to develop. Not only was this project costly due to injection molding, but my persistence on a machining operation meant the R&D for this yoyo took forever. I started designing this yoyo over 2 years ago - and it has slowly snowballed into this proof-of-concept initial release based on the beloved Fulvia design. The Concept: Injection Machined Technology This yoyo is quite different because it uses what I call "Injection Machined" technology. Early on, I wanted to replicate the f ..read more
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Fall Updates - 000 Ti7068, Japan, Future Projects & More
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by Jeffrey Pang
1y ago
It feels like it has been a long time since I've done a post but really I think just a lot happened in October. The 000 54SE that was released in September was a huge success - I ended up selling out all units through my direct store. During October it was a grind of getting those orders out the door. I received the Ti-7068 000 and Fulvia, but only half of the accessories and stickers. It's why I had to separate them from this 000 release. The Fulvia sold more than I expected - the Champaign colorway sold so quick I had to pull some from the store for retailers.  It was my 30t ..read more
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Triple Zero 54SE - The 54mm Side Effect Variant
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by Jeffrey Pang
1y ago
It has been almost 4 months since my last post here. Nationals came and went, and being back in Toronto full time meant I could put my head down and focus on some projects. Over the summer I was able to get to see more friends by hosting more local meetups through various hobbies, yoyoing included. I know that when winter hits in Toronto, It's usually pretty horrible so trying to make the best of the weather we have now feels key. The truth about Luftverk is that last year I committed myself to a project that scared me, but felt important enough to pursue. As you likely have heard, I have ha ..read more
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2022 USA National Yoyo Contest
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by Jeffrey Pang
1y ago
After two and a half years of Covid restrictions and such, there was finally a yoyo contest I could go to. I knew a lot of my friends would go so I booked my tickets fairly quickly. I was definitely out of practice from flying all over - I actually almost missed my connecting flight due to a delay in my flight from Toronto. Luckily I made it. I didn't know what to expect since I figured people might still be hesitant to go out to an event this big. I was ready for it though.    What I wasn't ready for was how hot Arizona was. It was already over 100 degrees there, and coming fr ..read more
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Triple Zero and Fulvia - Reimagined in Titanium & 7068
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by Jeffrey Pang
1y ago
When I prototyped these designs for the first time, I wanted to explore something specific. There are two different design related journeys I will attempt to explain since they are a little bit different. Being a new project with different materials, it was a nice challenge to design in both titanium and 7068 aluminum. I didn't actually plan to release these at the same time - but it made sense due to delays and other exploratory reasons. The Fulvia The journey with the original Fulvia started way back in 2016 with the attempt to create the ultimate rim weighted titanium yoyo. Thi ..read more
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