In what can be considered a minor miracle in the pay now receive much later world of fidget spinners, I received my Triax (or is it Triaxe?) from 2R Designs just mere days after ordering it in an intense who can click the fastest drop this past Sunday. Apparently, I can click the 59th fastest which was good enough to score one of these tri-spinning finger cutters. I usually miss these drops because I have a...I don't know why, I just usually miss them. Anyway, I won this one so, take that. And I must admit, I had high hopes for the Triax. Not having ever owned the Axiom (the Triax's bar spinning ancestor) I was a bit envious of all the great things I had heard about this design.
I could tell this was a PROFESSIONALLY designed and machined spinner almost immediately after taking it out of he little spinner tin it arrived in. We all have that initial impression of a spinner upon first touch, and that was mine. And nothing that's happened over the 18 hours since then has changed m mind on that. This is a well made spinner by people who now how to make high-end spinners. While the Axiom design doesn't quite translate to 3 arms (there's just not enough room around the spinner to fit 3 full axes in) the familiar ax look is still apparent here even with a bit of tapering done to the blades.
The Triax comes in stainless steel only currently and that seems fitting for this model. Something about an ax just says stainless steel to me, though I might expect some brass, copper or titanium down the road as the trend seems to be. Better suited probably for small to medium hands with an effective diameter of 2.3", the Triax is probably fighting out of the middleweight division. It's not even close to a handful and fits comfortably into mine. If I'm picking a size for a tri-spinner, this is probably the size I'd pick to garner the largest audience of hand sizes. The weight in stainless is more of the same. A 3 little bears weight if you will. Not too light, not too heavy. Hey, these guys must know what they're doing when designing these things.
One of the most common questions people have when they first see this ax design is "Are the blades sharp?". The answer is yes, they are sharp. I cut the tip of my spin finger off on this after a few minutes but...no they're not sharp. The blades are tapered down to what looks like around 4mm if I'm eyeballing it. They provide no discomfort when spinning. A nice spiral pattern, I'm guessing left from a finishing spiral machining operation, adorns the edge of the ax "blades" giving them a sharpened look even if they aren't which is very cool. I find the machining in general to be very well done on the Triax.
The stainless steel buttons are more of the same with a familiar "power button" type design that gives a flattened but concave inner finger grip which is more than adequate to grip the Triax during even the most furious of spins.
The Axiom is offered in both a hybrid ceramic 10 ball and a One Drop Yo Yo full stainless 10 ball bearing. I chose the former and find that the two are pretty similar actually in terms of feel while spinning with the stock hybrid ceramic giving a little more feel and hum. The trend seems to be for everyone to move towards these super quiet long spinning r188 10 ball bearings popularized by One Drop Yo Yo's release of The Trillium. And while I do see the appeal, I'm more a fan of the tactile feedback you get from some of the other bearings on the market. It's sort of like the difference between driving a Tesla and a Mustang. The Tesla is nice, quiet, smooth. But sometimes you want the unrefined power of a Mustang (I know very little about cars so this analogy may fail).
The Triax pulls of the double utility of being both a fidget focused spinner and a long spinner giving me 5 minute spins with ease. The 3 blade design is nice for fidgeting, though the direction the blades are pointing does make a difference in how you spin the Triax. A trivial matter really as which way the points of the blades are facing can dictate how you choose to flick the Triax. I suppose all things being equal, from a pure spinning standpoint, I would prefer symmetrically shaped arms, but we're dealing with a specific brand here and I'm down with that.
The fitting of the buttons to the body is tight in the Triax. Maybe one of the better fits I have had the pleasure of handling. The result of this is little to no wobble. This perhaps has to do with the tapered ax blade design as well, creating very little resistance when spinning along with the added balance tri-spinners provide. It's what I would call a very clean spin. There's no slop here folks.
I'm not much for warp videos, but I can appreciate a good spin effect under the sunlight and the Triax makes sun pretty funky patterns if that's your thing.
If you're a fan of the Axiom, you're going to be a fan of the Triax. You're probably getting exactly what you expected here. A quality spinner made by people who know how to make spinners. If you need a little more tactile feedback from your spinners, the Triax might not be exactly what you're looking for. Even though I'm someone who likes to feel the spin rev a little more, the Triax won me over. It's just so well conceived, well machined and well executed. I'm first and foremost a fan of quality spinners, and put simply, that's what the Triax is.