The Paradox spinning top from Billetspin was born of the long spinner contest at the Blade show 2016. At the show there was a long spinner competition for makers. Rich made a top which ended up winning the competition. Spurred on by this success he wanted to make a long spinning one piece top. And so, the Billetspin Paradox was born.
Price: $125 standard $200 exotic
Release Date: 16th May 2016
Variations: 9 regular, 3 exotic
Materials used: SS, Cu, Br, Damascus (what are these?)
Dimensions: width 1.1” (27.9mm)
For the chart of all combinations please see the bottom of the page.
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Billetspin Paradox Design
The design of the Paradox mirrors the complications and issues of making a long spinner, whilst also keeping it one piece. On the face of it, this shouldn’t be too difficult. However, to make a top spin for a long time, you need to have the weight on the outside of the top, with a light middle. When dealing with one piece of material, and not a separate body and stem, this is a totally different issue.
It’s because of this we see the dip in the base of the spinning top. This means that there is less material closer to the stem, and more on the outside, to be conducive to long spinning. We can also see where an attempt has been made to take mass out of the stem.
For the Paradox Rich provided a relatively in depth look at the prototyping stage, mentioning how tough it had been. Though to the untrained eye the prototypes look very similar, the changes are noticeable when you take into account the reasons for them. Rich explained the process in this video.
Another unique design factor in the paradox is the ball bearing in the top of the stem. Though difficult to achieve, this means the top can be spun upside down. As the design of this spinning top was for it to be a long spinner that could be used in an Every Day Carry (EDC), it helps having the versatility for daily use.
The spinning top was available in four materials, Stainless Steel, Copper, and both Brass and Bronze. The differences between brass and bronze are subtle, but look slightly different and vary in weight and toughness. All of the tops were the same price however.
The only separate release for the Paradox was one auction for all 9 of the prototypes that got as far as being completed tops. This set was auctioned on the Billetspin Facebook page for $1,800
Release and Price
All of the Paradox spinning tops were released on the Billetspin website. They were all manufactured prior to the release, so the quantities were limited to the pre-decided amount.
Standard Materials – $125
Exotic Materials – $200