First off I have to say this is one amazing spinner…and who knew that it was so properly named? The Shrike is a small, carnivorous bird, that kills its prey by first impaling it on something sharp. It then often leaves the prey there, sometimes hanging for days, to eat off of as wanted. Wow. That’s gnarly! Here is a little take from Wikipedia on the Shrike:

The family name, and that of the largest genus, Lanius, is derived from the Latin word for “butcher“, and some shrikes are also known as butcherbirds because of their feeding habits.[1] The common English name shrike is from Old English scrīc, alluding to the shrike’s shriek-like call.[2]

So enough with all the name talk, let’s get down to business. I have to say that ever since I met Joel Garrett from Columbia River Precision and got my hands on the Shrike I own I have loved this spinner. It just feels great to spin. The torque, the feel, I am not a scientist but there is some science happening here for sure. The body is steel, and it must be some really hard ass steel because I have dropped the living shit out of this thing and there are very few dings on any kind. It is a beast that way. My son and I like to do spinner tricks and this thing takes a beating because it works so well for tricks. It holds itself great in the air, and it as a very sleek design making it easy to grab w/o the spinner being too much in the way like a lot of other spinner models are. The thing gets some amazing spin speeds. You can flick it, one finger, to a rapid speed. Super good angles..and even though it is named after a BUTCHER….no hot spots. Only way you will get a hotspot is if you drop this thing on concrete, from like 3 stories up I think 😛

The buttons are a great diameter, super comfy and great for tricks too. The ones with the cross hatch marks are my favorite. There is a nice slight concavity to the button. Under the buttons you have a R188 bearing, good quality…spins like a champ! I just timed over 2 min 30 second in hand spin time….original bearing, cleaned out a few times over the past 6 or so months I have owned it.

Another great part about the Shrike is the cool carrying case they come with. Most spinners sold by CRP come with the same, mini Pelican style case. Fully padded and ready for full on warfare with the world. Nothing is going to hurt your spinner in one of these. In fact you can fit more then one in here due to the shape being more rectangular than square….great for a small day carry use.

So…where can you get one? That is a good question. There was originally a pre-sale sign up for them on the CRP website having them at $150. Once they were released the price jumped to $250. Since then CRP has gone a little off the grid…sorting through some personal and other business issues causing there to be very little being offered by CRP at the moment. I do have 2 cherry, mint condition Shrike’s (the ones pictured in this review) that I might decide to sell to pay some bills over on www.cooelstshop.com but I have not committed to that as of yet….but stay tuned because we hope to be featuring more CRP product and expect them to make a come back to the scene in the coming year….maybe 2018 is the year of the Shrike?

Snatch the pebble from my hand Grasshopper 😛

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