Ever heard of a Torqbar? I hadn’t either, until my brother showed up with one at Thanksgiving last year. Imagine a small, flat piece of metal that will fit in the palm of your hand. In the center is a caged bearing that you can pinch, which allows you to spin the bar around while holding on to it. Thats it.
Now, how much would you pay for something like this? If you answered “$150 and up!” then you are correct. Welcome to the world of EDC spinners.
Yeah, no joke. People go nuts for these things, spending truly big bucks on them. Torqbar isn’t the only game in town, but they seem to be the one I am seeing the most of. I am in a few knife/gear trading groups online, and after a recent Torqbar run, a not insignificant number were put up for sale or trade secondhand.
The situation actually ruffled a few feathers, with skeptics saying “WTF” as to why these were clogging up the feeds in knife groups. In one case, the moderators had to step in and rule that since spinners are “edc items” they were valid in the group.
The internet being what it is – full of snarks and malcontents – the ensuing posts were quite amusing…
God bless the internet.
This post comes on the heels of the first spinner I have ever seen that actually has a purpose. Recently unveiled by JHO Knives is the JOKR. For $200, the JOKR combines a 2.36” blade of S35VN with a liner lock and titanium scales with a bearing built into the frame.
The company founder has this to say about the knife…
“There is nothing practical about a knife that spins. It’s pure fun. Is it necessary? It is if having fun is important to you.”
I still don’t want one, but at least it could be useful.