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Old 02-08-2019, 10:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I played with them in the 70s in Jr High School. We would replace the tips with sharpened nails to battle each other. Splitting your opponent’s top was an instant win. They would be classified as deadly weapons today and get you picked up by the police.

It would be a crying shame if one of your beautiful tops were ever so mistreated.

I may have to turn me one and see if I can still throw and spin it.

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My kids have "battle tops" called bey blades. They are pretty cool and nothing like you old coggers had
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Tops & marbles were great, but my Dad made sure I always had a good pocket knife.
He was a firm believer in I*XL and that’s what he always got for me. Good memories.

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When I made some a few years ago, this website was pretty helpful.

https://www.scienceofspin.com/spin-t...---videos.html
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Thanks for posting that link, Randy !!
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I had marbles and tops.

The other day I sat waiting for a train to go by and when the last car finally past with a flashing red light and no red caboose. I thought how sad.

But there are a lot of things I wouldn’t want to go back to.


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Hey, Chuck ... you could be dating yourself !! . But that's OK cuz your b.d. is given in your profile.

I am a couple of years younger and I never in my lifetime saw one of those toys (tops ?) actually in use. . But maybe I saw other things that you didn't !

You should add a video showing how you start one of those things spinning !

Nice work, BTW !!!
Well, not exactly the way they are normally spun but, close enough...!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db4lH3BZE0Q

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Tops & marbles were great, but my Dad made sure I always had a good pocket knife.
He was a firm believer in I*XL and that’s what he always got for me. Good memories.

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My pocket knife was always a K-bar... first one I got was when I was about 7 years old... it was a cast-off of my grandfathers and had one blade broken.. the other he had used to cut his chew tobacco... I put the blade in my mouth once and got a taste of it... when I lost it, Dad gave me his and he got a new one. I still carry a small pen knife, but have to be careful when I travel, i've lost at least two to TSA at the airport.


Kids get arrested today if they have a pocket knife at school.
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Hey, Chuck ... you could be dating yourself !! . But that's OK cuz your b.d. is given in your profile.

I am a couple of years younger and I never in my lifetime saw one of those toys (tops ?) actually in use. . But maybe I saw other things that you didn't !

You should add a video showing how you start one of those things spinning !

Nice work, BTW !!!
Well, not exactly the way they are normally spun but, close enough...!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db4lH3BZE0Q

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Hey George,
I saw that on You-tube last night... pretty cool, but a lot more work than this old boy wants to put in to spinning a top.



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I played with them in the 70s in Jr High School. We would replace the tips with sharpened nails to battle each other. Splitting your opponent’s top was an instant win. They would be classified as deadly weapons today and get you picked up by the police.

It would be a crying shame if one of your beautiful tops were ever so mistreated.

I may have to turn me one and see if I can still throw and spin it.

Danny
I was going to mention exactly the same thing I remembered as a young boy, we would spend hours playing and we got very accurate, the long sharp nails installed on the tops has created a few holes on my pockets and some went as far as spike my leg, after spun a few times they get dull but when freshly installed, they were deadly. I also agree with you on how the Police would react if kids were found at the schools with these "modified" tops...!

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