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No Jive 3-in-1
Manufacturer Tom Kuhn
Release date 1978
Shape Adjustable (Imperial/Butterfly/Pagoda)
Color Various
Weight 58 grams
Dimensions Diameter: 55.6mm
Width: 33mm
String Gap Width: 4.8mm
Material Wood with metal axle
Bearing size Wooden axle sleeve
Response system None

The No Jive 3-in-1 yo-yo was invented and patented in 1978 by Tom Kuhn, and has been in production ever since, along with being one of Dr. Kuhn's most well-known designs.

It uses a metal rod with threaded ends that screw into reversible axle nuts inserted into the yo-yo halves holding them together. The rod passes through a wooden axle sleeve, giving the the 3-in-1 the play and appeal of a traditional fixed wooden axle yo-yo. This made it the first take-apart wooden yo-yo, and allowed it to be reassembled in three different shapes by turning one or both of the halves around: "Classic" (Standard/Imperial), "Flying Camel" (Butterfly), or "Pagoda" style. The design also made it easier to untangle knots from the string. The ability to change between shapes also allowed the user to switch to different playing styles with having to alternate between two different yo-yos.

Tom had made at least 30 different prototypes and tried many different materials for the axle and string before settling on his final design.

Originally made with a plain maple finish, the No Jive has been seen finished in stained, airbrushed, laser-carved, and even multi-layer laminated styles over the years. The success of this yo-yo established Tom Kuhn as America's premier manufacturer of wooden yo-yos.

In November 2016, Tom Kuhn himself found an old batch of 100 original No Jives from the old days, and the yo-yos are sold online at YoYoExpert.


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