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18+ different tools between the two slim devices. Perfect additions to your bug out bag. Now being offered in TITANIUM! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on March 30, 2014.

18+ different tools between the two slim devices. Perfect additions to your bug out bag. Now being offered in TITANIUM!

About this project

Our new Mantis tool (right) and Cricket tool (left)
Our new Mantis tool (right) and Cricket tool (left)

What may outlast us all? The cockroaches. The Mantis. The Cricket. Well, we’re not sure if our Mantis and Cricket will really survive until the end of time, but they will help you survive daily tasks like stripping wires, tightening screws, and scraping off old paint.   

The Mantis brings you 11+ tools in just shy of a 1.75” x 4” frame.
The Mantis brings you 11+ tools in just shy of a 1.75” x 4” frame.
The Cricket brings you 7+ tools in just shy of a 1.75” Hex shaped frame.
The Cricket brings you 7+ tools in just shy of a 1.75” Hex shaped frame.

The Mantis
You prayed for it, and now the Mantis is here as an answer to your multi-tool dreams. With an if-looks-could-kill, striking design, this elongated hexagon delivers over 10+ functionalities.

Function 1: Flat Screw Driver
Divided slightly by the nail puller feature, two useful flathead screwdrivers make the Mantis a force to be reckoned with. The two sizes – 4mm and 8.5mm – offer versatility in projects.

Flat Screw Driver
Flat Screw Driver

Function 2: Wire Stripper
The Mantis provides a small triangle with three varying angled corners (30°, 60°, 90°) for stripping wires of multiple widths.

Wire Stripper
Wire Stripper

Function 3: 2” Saw Blade/Scoring Blade with One Row of Smaller Teeth
The Mantis includes two saw blades for small-scale cutting. The saw with one row of teeth is sharp enough to get a small job done without posing harm to the carrier.

Function 4: 2” Saw Blade/Scoring Blade with One Row of Larger Teeth 
The Mantis’ second saw blade features two rows of teeth, allowing for small-scale cutting that is a bit more heavy duty than a job for a single row of teeth. 

2” Saw Blade/Scoring Blade
2” Saw Blade/Scoring Blade


Function 5: Bottle Cap Opener
Beer, water, or any other capped beverage – open it with the Mantis. 

Bottle Cap Opener
Bottle Cap Opener

Function 6: 2” Scraper
One inch longer than that of its companion, the Cricket, the Mantis’ scraper is perfect for rust, dirt, vinyl and more. 

2” Scraper
2” Scraper

Function 7: Mini Pry Bar
The Mantis’ mini pry bar gets into hard to reach areas and pops up certain beer caps and other small objects. 

Mini Pry Bar
Mini Pry Bar

Function 8: Nail Puller
A notch between the two flatheads at the top of the Mantis, the nail puller is great for extracting residual nails, staples, pushpins, etc. 

Nail Puller
Nail Puller

Function 9: 2” Ruler
Making up one of the six sides, the ruler allows for easy and accurate measuring in quarter inches. 

Function 10: 8 Hex Wrenches
The Mantis includes hex wrenches in eight sizes: 5/16”, 10mm, 13mm, 1/2”, 5mm, 1/4”, 6mm, and 7/16” 

8 Hex Wrenches
8 Hex Wrenches

Function 11: Keychain Hole
Carry the Mantis with you everyday. Hook it to a keyring so it can go wherever you do. 

Add it to your keychain!
Add it to your keychain!
Our most compact tool yet!  Meet the Cricket!
Our most compact tool yet! Meet the Cricket!

The Cricket
The Cricket is the mini companion to the Mantis, and you can almost hear it chirp with excitement at performing your tasks. The Cricket sports a hexagonal shape, with overall dimensions of 1.75” by 2”. Though compact, it features seven functionalities and an interesting design composition. 

Function 1: 1” Scraper
Making up a flat edge along the side of the Cricket, the scraper feature is perfect for small projects like paint, vinyl, or dirt. 

1” Scraper
1” Scraper

Function 2: Bottle Cap Opener
Just above the triple hex wrench, the Cricket offers the ever-important bottle opener function. 

Bottle Cap Opener
Bottle Cap Opener

Function 3: Wire Stripper
A small notch next to the ruler allows for cutting a wire’s insulation without damaging the wire itself. 

Wire Stripper
Wire Stripper

Function 4: 1” Ruler
Below a series of hex wrenches and the keychain hole, the ruler allows for quick and easy measuring in quarter inches. 

Function 5: 1” Sawblade/Scoring Blade 
The Cricket includes a saw blade for small-scale cutting. The teeth are sharp, but not enough to cause unintentional damage. 

1” Sawblade/Scoring Blade
1” Sawblade/Scoring Blade

Function 6: 9 Hex Wrenches
The Cricket provides an array of hex wrenches. Sizes include: 13mm, 1/2”, 5/16”, 10mm, 3/8”, 7/16”, 5mm, 6mm, 1/4” 

9 Hex Wrenches
9 Hex Wrenches


Function 7: Keychain Hole
For hanging purposes and portability, the Cricket provides a keychain hole on one if its side points. 

Add it to your keychain!
Add it to your keychain!
Design with dimensions prior to laser engraved mockups for our Mantis tool!
Design with dimensions prior to laser engraved mockups for our Mantis tool!
Laser cutting sample mockups to test proportions, certain functionality as well as thickness options.
Laser cutting sample mockups to test proportions, certain functionality as well as thickness options.
Design with dimensions prior to laser engraved mockups for the Cricket.
Design with dimensions prior to laser engraved mockups for the Cricket.
Laser cutting sample mockups to test proportions, certain functionality as well as thickness options.
Laser cutting sample mockups to test proportions, certain functionality as well as thickness options.
Our Mantis in silver and Cricket in black!
Our Mantis in silver and Cricket in black!
All $46+ pledge levels will receive a wooden branded box with the logo of their choice! Great gift idea!
All $46+ pledge levels will receive a wooden branded box with the logo of their choice! Great gift idea!
All $46+ pledge levels will receive a wooden branded box with the logo of their choice! Great gift idea!
All $46+ pledge levels will receive a wooden branded box with the logo of their choice! Great gift idea!
For our $74+ reward levels!
For our $74+ reward levels!
Some say can be a fashion tool!
Some say can be a fashion tool!

Risks and challenges

We have completed the design and structure stage, and our hard samples have been created and arrived perfectly. We carefully chose the manufacturer for The Mantis and Cricket based on several factors, including quality and years of experience, and are using a reputable manufacturer that we have used previously for successful multi-tool projects. For these reasons we do not anticipate issues with production, which should take approximately 18-22 business days after the successful project completion with Kickstarter. The wooden storage box for larger pledges is laser engraved in-house, and sample boxes have been approved to ensure quick and accurate engraving. The production time for all of the boxes is approximately 2-3 business days.

We are fully staffed and capable of large distribution with our in-house fulfillment center. Fulfillment should take approximately 1-2 weeks, and the estimated delivery timeframe is April 2014. If production or fulfillment issues arise, updates on our Kickstarter page will be posted promptly letting our backers know new dates of delivery. We will do our very best to ensure that everything goes according to plan and that we meet our promised deadlines!

As soon as we reach the pledged amount, the next step is to place the order with our manufacturer and start mass production. Once The Mantis and Cricket and wooden boxes have arrived, they will be thoroughly checked by our in-house fulfillment center for quality and accuracy. Each order will then be individually packaged and shipped, and shipping time will vary depending on the destination of the order.

We thank you for your support in helping us bring these unique tools to life!

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    Early pledger. One stainless steel Cricket in the finish of your choice. Select either Matte Silver or Matte Black. FREE domestic shipping!

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    One stainless steel Mantis in the finish of your choice. Select either Matte Silver or Matte Black. FREE domestic shipping!

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    Early pledger. One stainless steel Mantis PLUS one stainless steel Cricket in the finishes of your choice. Select either Matte Silver or Matte Black. FREE domestic shipping!

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    One stainless steel Mantis PLUS one stainless steel Cricket in the finishes of your choice. Select either Matte Silver or Matte Black. FREE domestic shipping!

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    NEW! Receive one Titanium version of our Cricket tool! FREE domestic shipping!

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    25 backers

    Receive one stainless steel Mantis PLUS one stainless steel Cricket in the finishes of your choice. Select either Matte Silver or Matte Black. Your multi-tools will arrive in a wooden box that features the laser engraved Mantis & Cricket logos. Free domestic shipping!

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    22 backers

    NEW! Receive one Titanium version of our Mantis tool! FREE domestic shipping!

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    78 backers

    Receive one stainless steel Mantis tool, one stainless steel Cricket tool, one stainless steel Knuckler tool and one stainless steel Parachute tool in the finishes of your choice! They will arrive in a laser engraved wooden box! Free domestic shipping!

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    25 backers

    NEW! Receive one Titanium Mantis tool PLUS one Titanium Cricket tool! FREE domestic shipping!

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    36 backers

    Receive one Titanium Mantis tool, one Titanium Cricket tool, one stainless steel Knuckler tool and one stainless steel Parachute tool. They will arrive in a laser engraved wooden box! Free domestic shipping!

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