Well, it’s the Holy Grail for me at least…
I’ll be honest – the shift knob wasn’t something I was dying to change. I was pretty happy with the stock one and there wasn’t anything out there that I really loved. I’m a sucker for Titanium blue knobs so that narrowed down my options substantially. It was a toss up between ordering another WC Lathewerks one, J’s Racing, ARC, Moonface, or the Amuse R1. I was leaning towards the WC Lathewerks because of the option of being able to customize the whole knob and colour, but I also wanted to try one of the “big name” knobs to see what all the hype is about.
The J’s and ARC are really small in diameter and I don’t see the appeal in them, personally. The Moonface knob proved to be rather difficult to find without either A) getting price gouged or B) being a fake. WC lathewerks is the heaviest of the bunch and has the perfect diameter which is perfect – but the grass is always greener on the other side… So that left the Amuse R1. To be honest, I wasn’t really looking all that hard because, as I mentioned, I wasn’t in a rush to replace the stock one.
But as always, when I get the idea of something, I can’t move on until I get it… Bad habit to have. At the same time, I was talking to Peter about shift knobs and he informed me that Amuse went out of business and any outstanding orders were basically dead in the water. Any other businesses that didn’t know would still take your order and you’d be left without your deposit in some cases. This causes a ripple effect on any existing products that consumers may have – prices go up because they are now a commodity.
So, I put forward my plea on Instagram to see if anyone had a J’s Racing or Amuse knob and as luck would have it, the stars aligned for me once again. Ernyel messaged me on Instagram and told me he had one for me. With the knowledge that Amuse is now out of business and an Amuse R1 titan knob being offered to me – what more convincing did I need? With the transaction completed – Ernyel shipped it out and I had it within a matter of days.
Not many pics because it’s literally just a shift knob but I’ve been writing about it like it’s some big performance mod LOL. I really like the feel of it – it’s not a full sphere but it’s not oval either – it’s got a very slight tear drop pull at the bottom that you don’t see on many knobs. I’ve always been a fan of the spherical knobs because they’re more aesthetically pleasing to look at.
The really cool thing about it is that the colour changes quite drastically depending on which angle you’re looking at it from. From the very top, it’s a very bright and vibrant blue. About a quarter way down, it starts to lighten and turn to a blue/purple.
Then finally when you get down side by side with it, you see almost no blue at all and only purple and gold/yellow. It’s pretty trippy actually especially when I compare it to the WC lathewerks – the burn quality is extremely top notch – I guess something to be expected from Amuse and their signature titanium burns. Not that WC lathewerks is not top notch (cause it also is), but the spectrum of colours on the Amuse knob is impressive.
You can also see the slight teardrop pull down at the very bottom of the knob. Pairs nicely with the J’s Racing shift boot IMO. All that text for a shift knob… LOL
Whatever – Holy Grail acquired!