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The Kuntosh is a yo-yo designed by Anti-Yo founder Sonny Patrick and produced by One Drop. The original design was created in the early 2010’s but never had a full production run. I was not active in the yo-yo community early enough to enjoy Anti-Yo in its heyday, but the hype around their brand has always been strong. I have been fortunate enough to try a couple of their designs: the Bapezilla 2 and the YWET. Even after only a few throws, it became obvious that Anti-Yo was always one for high quality designs that delivered clean aesthetics and solid performance.
After acquiring those two designs I stopped chasing more Anti-Yo throws – the Dri-YWET and Kuntosh that I had gained interest in proved to be elusive and expensive. My interest in the brand was reignited when One Drop started teasing about a possible release in early April with a picture of Sonny visiting the One Drop shop in Eugene with the hashtag “#küntosh”. Over the next month a few more pictures turned up on One Drop’s Flickr page with a formal announcement arriving in early May and the official release following a couple of weeks later. I present to you the One Drop Kuntosh designed by Sonny Patrick.
[Note: unfortunately I was unable to take any pictures of my Kuntosh for this review, but thankfully One Drop was kind enough to give me permission to crib some of theirs.]
- Diameter: 56.9 mm
- Width: 45.6 mm
- Weight: 66.3 grams (with aluminum Flat Cap Side Effects)
- Bearing: Size C One Drop 10-ball flat
- Response: One Drop Flow Groove pads
- Material: 6061 aluminum
- Finish: PyramatteTM
- Axle System: Side EffectsTM
- Price: Starts at $85 USD
The One Drop Kuntosh is mostly unchanged from the original design that Sonny finalized years ago. The body itself is the same, while the Pyramatte finish, flat cap Side Effects, and engravings are new to this release. Anti-Yo is well known for their half-swapped colorways, and this release honors the design’s heritage with a variety of half and half solid colorways. The solids feature engravings of the Lamborghini Countach whose likeness inspired this yo-yo design. There are three different engravings: the front, middle, and rear of the Countach. One Drop also released an assortment of their popular splash colorways that are unengraved.
The body of the Kuntosh is as angular as the car that inspired it, yet it still manages to be comfortable in the hand. The catch zone is a V shape between the guts and the rims with just enough room to cradle your throw hand middle finger, while the rims are wide and flat, almost parallel to the axle. The wideness of the design provides plenty of area to hold onto when throwing and catching, keeping this throw comfortable even through longer play sessions. A small step at the edge of the rim adds a nice aesthetic touch and presumably pays a part in the weight distribution. The cup is as simple and clean as the catch zone. The rim has some solid weight near the edge that cuts inward forming with a deep and highly usable lip for thump grinds. A single cut extends from the edge of the cup to a small flat floor that surrounds One Drop’s trademark axle system. Flat cap side effects come stock on the Kuntosh and I spent most of my playtime with them installed.
The Kuntosh is a solid player with great spin time and stability. It feels wide in the hand, throws comfortably, spins dead smooth, and lands on the string with a solid presence without feeling heavy. The response is nice and snappy, allowing for tight binds and powerful throws. The Kuntosh moves around easily and feels naturally quick – it can be pushed to high speeds with little effort. It stays on plane well and doesn’t fight gyro flops. I prefer to play at a slow to medium pace, and I found it easy to keep the Kuntosh playing at an agreeable speed. The catch zone does not take up the whole width of the design but is still easy to hit and despite the wide stance I still found it possible to move through tight string formations. The Pyramatte finish grinds well in dry weather, and I had no problem executing finger, palm, and thumb grinds. Finger spins are possible, although the engravings in the cup of my model tend to kill the spin quickly.
I had read several accounts that Sonny had designed this throw with 5A play in mind, so I spent some time exercising my rudimentary 5A skills with the Kuntosh. The spin time and stability were greatly appreciated while I worked through my meager repertoire of basic e-fan combos and body tricks. After a few sessions playing 5A with the Kuntosh, the counterweight stayed attached to mine – it has become one of my favorites for counterweight play.
The Kuntosh has a reputation for a reason – it is a great design from Sonny and One Drop. It maintains aesthetics and performance that do its inspiration proud and delivers an excellent play experience. It is worth the asking price and I highly recommend it, especially to 5A players.