Top #46 “Vanguard”

Some progress! The body of this top is a design I have been stewing in for years. It’s time 😊

super early in the process


Starting to work on the body for this top now. I have always wanted to do the prong/claw on the stem side so you know what, I’m going to 🙂 pics to come once I get something worth taking a pic of. Designing everything on the machine as I go. Wish me luck

I like where this is heading!

Getting Closer, what do you think?!

I got the next design element planned but needed to order tooling. Should be here tomrrow


Let’s talk new top, short vid, better hurry

More tweaking needed but I like the way it’s going

Getting closer…again

way to go FB lol. I will upload it to IG also so you can see it in better quality

some pics


99% sure the top part of the top is done. Lots of minor tweaks. Added symmetry to both body patterns, shortened stem, added small radius in the prong corners, changed inside chamfer length so milling pattern is elongated, improved prong finish, made stem diameter before the ball smaller to accentuate curves and added length to body so I can get freaky on the second end 😊


New machine day! It’s first job will be running the bottom end of the new top. Our smallest CNC ever!

Gavin is all settled in. Mazak should be up tomorrow to install him and he should be making parts yet this week! I did have to order some holders as it did not come with the normal amount we get with a new machine. I will get a video of him working later this week!

This thing is awesome lol. Sooooo tiny

Our biggest machine is 52,000lbs this one is… 4,500lbs lol


Lots of tweaks needed on the bottom but the Vanguard spins like a dream 😊


About to get started, lots of tweaks happening. Goal is to get a Vanguard done early afternoon and get some pics of it today! Price for standard materials will be $125. I got a lot of exotic materials I plan on using for this one! Hoping to get sales rolling in a week or two. Shooting for 15 combos total.

BilletSPIN Vanguard!

-2pc top with carbide bearing balls on each end
-$125 plus shipping for standard materials on up for exotics
-around 15 material combo’s will be available
-will be available starting in a week or two
-.98″ in diameter
-All SS weighs 29g and spins around 7 minutes for me


Need input

Making tops with pointy things…


Go go Vanguard! Just waiting for Gavin to finish the bottoms

Gavin is the name of the tiny lathe we just bought

I would never poke fun. The machine is a beast and thats why I named it Gavin. Nothing says MAN like this machine

I think I will do 24 hour sales for the standard versions of the Vanguards. I “might” even split some exotic releases, one at noon and one at midnight. We deeply value our international customers and think this might be a good way to take care of them. We can schedule them but the only problem is that if there is a issue, we will be sound asleep. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

I will post pics of any combo’s I know about. You will all know what I know. Thats the best I can offer

Due to my old source for Rubies not selling them anymore, I had to use another source. Due to the price of them, the Vanguard with a ruby in the stem will cost $5 more than the ceramic. Beside the cost of the ruby itself, we have to hold a much tighter tolerance in the bore so the ruby does not crack.

Besides Ruby, we will be offering black ceramic as well as white ceramic bearing balls in the stem. As of right now, I doubt I will offer carbide in the back of the stem as I don’t like how it raises the COG. Ceramic/ruby is very light. If you plan on spinning the vanguard upside down, do NOT buy the ruby.


Just made this CuW/Ti Vanguard and checking it for spin time and to see how bad the flutter is.

Here it is at the end of the spin. It will have a ball in the end of the stem, this was just for testing. It will be the longest spinner but like with all things I make tungsten related, will have a good amount of flutter. Is this a combo you would still like available? Price will be $150 plus shipping

scale at work says 39g

got limited amount of material and if I get a crazy amount of wobblers, I will not be making many.

Video of the CuW/Ti that will be coming in a week or two

Good things are a happening here in BilletSPIN land! Just want yooze all to know I luvs ya and hope you have an amazing rest of your week. Next week the fun begins 🙂 If anyone ever has any questions or comments just let me know!

Be sure to hit the lovely Sue Stadler up for any customer service related issues or questions.


BilletSPIN Vanguard combo #1 All SS. 24 hour unlimited sale starting noon central June 26th″ diameter -29g-6-9 minute spin times-$130 w/ruby $125 w/ceramic ball in end of stem-DO NOT spin this top upside down with Ruby ball-1/8″ carbide bearing


This wednesday June 26th noon central we will start a 24 hour sale of the all SS Vanguard. We will make whatever we sell. $125/$130 w ruby

On Friday, June 28th noon central the Copper Tungsten/Ti Vanguards will go live. I have a LOT of these. This was the last of the 1″ stock I had. I do still have some larger stock but this will be the last of this size or smaller top BilletSPIN will make from WCu or W. If that’s your jam, don’t miss out on this combo of the vanguard. This will be the only combo using the heavy stuff. Also be aware you can expect flutter on this combo. I will be doing a full video review of this top and showing it spinning about mid week. $150 w/ ruby

Next week Wednesday will be Twist Dammy/titanium. $175

That’s all I know for now. Let me know if you got any questions


Tomorrow 24hr Vanguard sale starting noon central!


CuW/Ti Vanguard going up for sale tomorrow noon central! We will space them out a bit more in the future. Pics and video will be coming late tonight. These are already made up but we have a lot of them. Let me know if you have any questions

Copper Tungsten/titanium stem Vanguard coming June 28th noon central I ran all the material I had so there is a lot available but when they are gone, they are gone. -39g-9-13 minute spin times-expect flutter!!!-$150 plus shipping


Ya know I really thought I made enough for a few weeks, yooze all are awesome 🙂 still some left but just amazing support. Thank you all


BilletSPIN Vanguard Twist Dammy/Titanium stem going live on July 5th noon central

I have a lot of material so this sale could last as long as 24 hours but we make no promises. Shipping lead time will be one week from date of sale.

.98″ diameter
6-10 minute spin times
Ruby ($180) Gray ceramic ($175) White ceramic ($175)
Let me know if you have any questions!


Going live today at noon!!


Vanguard #4 Bronze/Titanium going live July 12th noon central and will run until July 15th noon central on I will make as many as are ordered!

-$140 for White and gray ceramic
-$145 for Ruby
-6-10 minute spin times
-.98″ in diameter


Had to do one outside for the ruby! Going live Friday noon central


Been a long week, I had posted the wrong price earlier this week. I apologize for any issues this caused.


Coming this week!

BilletSPIN Vanguard 3 color Mokume with titanium stem! Going live July 19th noon central. We have a decent amount of these and they will stay up until they are sold out!

-$175 with ceramic, $180 with ruby plus shipping
-1/8″ tungsten carbide contact point
-.98″ in diameter
-Spin times 6-10 minutes


Two hours until mokume heaven!

These are live!


A little teaser pic of what is coming this wednesday! Damascus stems are rare for us so I hope you enjoy these! I ran all the material I had. More pics and a video will be coming tomorrow! Price will be $200 ceramic and $205 ruby.


Here is the other side, Zirc over twist dammy! Coming tomorrow, July 24th noon central $200 ceramic, $205 Ruby

I will get some better pics tonight!

Getting the studio stuff warmed up and had to share tomorrow’s top!

Some pics! Good video coming later tonight! Dropping Tomorrow July 24th at noon central

Zirc over twist dammy $200

Here is a video of tomorrows drop! Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great night and best of luck tomorrow!


Copper/SS Vanguard coming tomorrow noon central $125

Better pics and YT video coming today!

Coming tomorrow, July 26th noon central Copper/Stainless Steel Vanguard! These will stay up until they sell out and we have a good supply!

$125 ceramic
$130 Ruby
Bit longer spin times with this combo


Next Vanguard coming this Wednesday noon central Twist dammy over zirc! $185 ceramic, $190 ruby. Better pics and vid coming tomorrow!


Twist Dammy/Zirc Vanguard coming this Wednesday, July 31st. noon central

$185 ceramic, $190 ruby
6-10 minute spin times


Vanguard Bronze/Copper going live 8/13 noon central

$125 ceramic/ $130 Ruby
6-10 minute spin times


Vanguard SS/Cu going live 8/15 noon central
$125 ceramic/ $130 Ruby
6-10 minute spin times


3 color Sakmar Mokume over Copper Vanguard! Dropping at noon central on Aug 28th

$175 ceramic/$180 Ruby
7-11 minute spin times


Final Vanguard!! SS/Bronze going live Sept 5th noon
$125 ceramic/ $130 Ruby
6-10 minute spin times

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