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A mysterious object that appears to defy gravity, this precision gyroscope is beautiful to behold and will amaze you and your friends.
A mysterious object that appears to defy gravity, this precision gyroscope is beautiful to behold and will amaze you and your friends.
5,279 backers pledged $396,111 to help bring this project to life.

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The gyroscope is a mysterious object. By just spinning a disk it can balance serenely on a pinhead defying our perception of gravity. I love the way it can surprise school kids and scientists alike and leave them wondering how it's possible.

It balances serenely on your fingertip...how is that even possible?
It balances serenely on your fingertip...how is that even possible?

Gyroscopes are used in all sorts of things from spacecraft navigation to mobile phones, but many people know them as a plastic toy for kids.

WOW!! It can balance on the nib of a pen.
WOW!! It can balance on the nib of a pen.

We believe they deserve better than that. After months of prototyping we have created the perfect gyroscope, a beautiful sculpture and built to last a lifetime. It's an object that now truly reflects the significance of the underlying science.

When balancing on a string it defies our perception of gravity.
When balancing on a string it defies our perception of gravity.

Machined from aircraft grade aluminum and solid brass, we have achieved an unmatched level of quality and surface finish.

Pictured here is the Kickstarter exclusive Green.
Pictured here is the Kickstarter exclusive Green.

Each gyroscope is finished by hand, leaving it with a brushed aluminium look that subtly varies from piece to piece. This finish is called Manuka Raw.

Each part is finished by hand. Pictured here is the Manuka Raw.
Each part is finished by hand. Pictured here is the Manuka Raw.

For those who prefer a more uniform look, the rest of the Manuka line will be anodized* giving them a consistent and beautiful finish.

This gyroscope is anodized. Pictured here is Manuka Blue.
This gyroscope is anodized. Pictured here is Manuka Blue.

We have six colours available including an exclusive Kickstarter Green that won't ever be available anywhere else.

Manuka Colour Options. Nb. Raw has no coating; all the others are anodized*
Manuka Colour Options. Nb. Raw has no coating; all the others are anodized*

Every gyroscope comes with a Kevlar (super strong) pull string and ergonomic machined aluminium pull handle. This allows you to spin the gyroscope up to a really high speed which is important for some tricks. The slot in the handle allows you to neatly wrap and stow the string.

Every gyroscopes comes with one aluminium pull handle and two Kevlar pull strings (one spare). The machined slot allows you to neatly wrap and stow the string.
Every gyroscopes comes with one aluminium pull handle and two Kevlar pull strings (one spare). The machined slot allows you to neatly wrap and stow the string.

We have also produced an aluminium display stand that reflects the beauty and precision of the gyroscope. The stand is an optional extra.

The optional stand is made from aluminium and reflects the precision and beauty of the gyroscope.
The optional stand is made from aluminium and reflects the precision and beauty of the gyroscope.

The display stand comes with a notch in the top that allows you to perform tricks with the gyroscope.

The stand allows you to perform some interesting balancing tricks
The stand allows you to perform some interesting balancing tricks

Introducing the new Super-Stand!

Thanks to backer feedback, we designed the Super-Stand. The new display stand has a precision machined slot to neatly stow the pull handle and "Made in London" laser engraved on the base. You can also customise the colour of the stand and pull handle. To get the Super-Stand just pledge for the Showcase-Plus reward or above.

The new Super-Stand!
The new Super-Stand!
The Super-Stand is precision laser engraved
The Super-Stand is precision laser engraved
You can customise your colour choice completely - For example, you can order a blue gyro, silver stand and green pull handle
You can customise your colour choice completely - For example, you can order a blue gyro, silver stand and green pull handle

Bespoke engraving is also available with the Manuka Engraved reward. The Manuka Collector reward (limited to 50 units) also includes a unique engraved serial number (eg. limited edition:15/50). 

You can choose to have your gyroscope laser engraved with a personal message
You can choose to have your gyroscope laser engraved with a personal message

We take huge pride in quality, and will not deliver anything but the best.

Quality and attention to detail is important to us. All parts are made by us in London, England
Quality and attention to detail is important to us. All parts are made by us in London, England

We have an excellent team ready to start work if the campaign is successful. You can expect regular and honest updates from us. If there's good news we'll tell you; if we are having tough times we'll also let you know.

From left to right: Mads (filmmaker), Jamie (editor), Adam (designer), Jim (machinist), Chris (quality expert), Glenn (factory owner)
From left to right: Mads (filmmaker), Jamie (editor), Adam (designer), Jim (machinist), Chris (quality expert), Glenn (factory owner)

We really hope you back us and look forward to sending you a beautiful hand crafted gyroscope that will last a lifetime.

For those that want to know a bit more about how our gyroscope works we have made this short video

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* Anodizing is the application of a coloured oxide film coating to aluminium. This allows us to add really vivid and striking colours to the gyroscope frame.

US, EU, EEA and CANADIAN SHIPPING IS INCLUDED IN ALL OUR REWARDS. FOR ALL OTHER TERRITORIES ADD $15 TO YOUR PLEDGE. 

After the campaign ends you will receive a survey asking you for your colour and engraving choices. You don't need to specify these before then. 

Delivery timeframes: 

We are blown away with the popularity of our little project. It's fantastic! We are looking into adding a night shift to accommodate all these extra orders. Please read the FAQ for more info on batches.

PLEASE READ THE FAQ BEFORE SENDING US A MESSAGE. THANKS!

            

Risks and challenges

We have an excellent team assembled here but nevertheless problems do arise with order fulfilment. We are realistic and know that whatever you do, something unexpected is going to happen. We have allowed ourselves plenty of margin to deliver these orders and are confident we can deliver within the estimated delivery timeframe. Items that say "Guaranteed by Christmas" are guaranteed - ie if you don't receive them before that date we will give you all your money back.

We have already prototyped the design and it works, so that is a major obstacle overcome. We also have a very experienced team and Glenn and Chris between them have a huge amount of production experience.

The biggest challenge as we see it lies in scaling up production. In order to be able to offer these high precision items at a reasonable cost, we have to be running fairly large volumes with low wastage. So far we have only estimated how long it will take to produce each gyro when the line is running at full speed.

In terms of fulfilment and postage, Glenn runs an online retail company and so has all the experience and resources to ship internationally without a hitch.

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    MANUKA FRIEND: Our eternal gratitude, and the opportunity to follow the project with our regular updates

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    EARLY BIRD: As a gyroscope pioneer you get a MANUKA COLOUR reward for just $45 (~£28)! We only ask you spread the Kickstarter love and get word out to friends. Reward includes the coloured gyroscope, kevlar string and pull handle. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15.

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    MANUKA RAW: This is the raw machined aluminium look with no coating. Each surface finish is subtly different and unique. Reward includes the raw gyroscope, kevlar string and pull handle. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15.

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    MANUKA RAW: This is the raw machined aluminium look with no coating. Each surface finish is subtly different and unique. Reward includes the raw gyroscope, kevlar string and pull handle. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15.

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    MANUKA COLOUR: Choose from any of the available colours including a Kickstarter exclusive green. The surface finish is consistent and beautiful. Reward includes a coloured gyroscope in silver, black, gold, red, blue or green, kevlar string and pull handle. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15.

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    MANUKA COLOUR: Choose from any of the available colours including a Kickstarter exclusive green. The surface finish is consistent and beautiful. Reward includes a coloured gyroscope in silver, black, gold, red, blue or green, kevlar string and pull handle. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15.

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    MANUKA SHOWCASE: The Manuka Colour reward but with the high precision aluminium display stand. Reward includes a coloured gyroscope, kevlar string, pull handle and display stand. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15

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    MANUKA ENGRAVED: The Manuka Showcase reward with stand and personalised engraving. Ideal as a personalised gift for yourself or someone special. Reward includes a coloured gyroscope, kevlar string, pull handle, display stand and personalised engraving. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15.

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    MANUKA SHOWCASE PLUS: The Manuka Colour reward but with the high precision Super-Stand. Reward includes a coloured gyroscope, kevlar string, pull handle and Super-Stand. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15

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    MANUKA GIFT: The Manuka Engraved reward with stand and personalised engraving but this time guaranteed for Christmas or all your money back! Reward includes a coloured gyroscope, kevlar string, pull handle, display stand and personalised engraving. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $20.

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    MANUKA ENGRAVED PLUS: The Manuka Showcase Plus reward with Super-Stand and personalised engraving. Ideal as a personalised gift for yourself or someone special. Reward includes a coloured gyroscope, kevlar string, pull handle, Super-Stand and personalised engraving. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $15.

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    MANUKA COLLECTOR: A strictly limited edition collectors' set of all SEVEN colours, each with stand and engraving of your choice plus a unique engraved edition serial number (eg. limited edition:15/50). Also guaranteed for Christmas. Reward includes the Raw, Silver, Black, Gold, Red, Blue and Kickstarter exclusive Green gyroscopes, kevlar strings, seven pull handles, seven display stands and personalised engraving on all gyros all in a beautiful custom box. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $30. Strictly limited to 50 units!

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    MANUKA COLLECTOR: A strictly limited edition collectors' set of all SEVEN colours, each with stand and engraving of your choice plus a unique engraved edition serial number (eg. limited edition:15/50). Reward includes the Raw, Silver, Black, Gold, Red, Blue and Kickstarter exclusive Green gyroscopes, kevlar strings, seven pull handles, seven display stands and personalised engraving on all gyros all in a beautiful custom box. Delivery for x-mass is not guaranteed but we will do our best and you will be first in line for shipment. EU AND US SHIPPING IS INCLUDED! For rest of world add $30. Strictly limited to 50 units!

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    MANUKA GOLD: A hand made solid sterling silver frame with 24ct gold plated brass disk. A true expression of precision craftsmanship, beauty and design. This gyroscope is timeless and for those who are passionate, creative, and aspiring about form and function. It will be hallmarked in London and come in a special presentation case. A stand, pull string, bespoke hand engraving and world wide shipping is included in this unique reward. Only 5 will be produced. Guaranteed in time for Christmas.

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