After a recent posting on Yoyonation’s forum regarding shmooving and beefcaking, I received an interesting email from Lorenzo Bassani from BrokenYoYos team in Milan. Lorenzo is planning on releasing a yo-yo with grooved insides and wanted to talk with me about it.
As it turns out, Lorenzo posted the idea of grooves to reduce the yo-yos inner surface back in July of 2005 on The Yo’s forum, complete with description and diagrams. Read the full thread here.
Thats 3 months earlier than Phil and I made our first shmooved yo-yo out of a Bolt.
To clarify that, Yes, Absolutely. was the first company to produce a shmooved yo-yo, but I believe it’s obvious that Mr. Bassani was beat us to the idea and deserves credit for his innovative design.