The Billetspin Thrust is upon us. This has been the top of many names, ranging from the Orchid originally for its floral look, then the Iris but that was taken already before landing on the Thrust. It is a return to three piece tops for Billetspin, and the Triskelion aside is the first three piece since the K2 a full year ago!
Dimensions: width 1.24” (31.5mm)
For the chart of all combinations please see the bottom of the page
How to buy a Billetspin Top
Next Thrust Release
Combination: Mokume/Glow/SS (What are these?)
Date: 26th September 2017
Notes: This will be the only thrust model that will have glow material in it. The Mokume will have a Bead blasted finish, and wont be aviailable in a polished finish.
Billetspin Thrust Design
The thrust is a three piece top, consisting of the stem, the innermost ring, and the outer ring. The presiding design brief for the thrust is for no milling to be used in the manufacture. Generally Billetspin uses a milling technique (a moving cutting blade rather than moving material and stationary blade) in order to achieve fine detail and design. However the aim with this spinning top was to look more “traditional”
Due to the machining guidelines we can see all circular shaped on the body. This is due to the nature of not using milling. However it also adds a simplicity and smoothness which isn’t always seen from Billetspin. Originally the top was going to have a very long stem in order that users could spin with a two handed technique. However this idea was scrapped in favour of the more rounded stem design.
The inner ring is a single piece of material and has been praised for the way that it can show off exotic materials. Though eventually the outer ring too will be made from exotics, it is the inner ring which is really the showcase piece. Fittingly there will be some exciting new materials showcased in this design, including carboquartz as well as some new Damascus patterns.
Some of the tops had issues when being made, and so the bodies were released as top stands, and sold for $50.
The thrust will be released in a similar fashion to the exotic material Matrixes, in that there will one top released at a time with gaps for manufacture in between. Each top will have fixed quantities as all of the tops will be made prior to sale. This is a slightly different move for Billetspin, but will mean that there should be fewer complications or setbacks when it comes to managing quantity.
The first thrust is due for release in mid-September, with a predicted 16 combinations to follow. This is predicted to take about 2 months for the entire release. After the second combination is announced a chart will be made here documenting the different combinations.
Here is the ongoing chart of all of the confirmed combinations.
There have been many images of different combinations that have not been confirmed, but were made to showcase the different materials being used. So these combinations are not necessarily going to be released.
There is a list of provisional combinations, however these are highly subject to change. Here is the first draft:
- SS/Black Timascus/SS
- SS/SS/SS (Released with four different finish combinations)
- Flamed VF Mokume/polished Copper/machined finish Bronze
- Polished and flamed Damasteel/titanium/blue electro anodized titanium
- Timascus/twist Damascus/titanium
- Blurple electro anodized titanium/Spiro Dammy/polished SS
- Polished and flamed Zirc/ polished 3 Colour Mokume/copper
- Polished and flamed Timascus/polished and flamed Zirc/polished and flamed Zirc
- Polished flamed Zirc/Carboquartz/polished flamed Zirc
- Polished SS/Superconductor/Copper
Here is a guide to all materials and abbreviations.