About this project
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.
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.
Function 2: Wire Stripper
The Mantis provides a small triangle with three varying angled corners (30°, 60°, 90°) for stripping wires of multiple widths.
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.
Function 5: Bottle Cap Opener
Beer, water, or any other capped beverage – open it with the Mantis.
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.
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.
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.
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”
Function 11: Keychain Hole
Carry the Mantis with you everyday. Hook it to a keyring so it can go wherever you do.
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.
Function 2: Bottle Cap Opener
Just above the triple hex wrench, the Cricket offers the ever-important bottle opener function.
Function 3: Wire Stripper
A small notch next to the ruler allows for cutting a wire’s insulation without damaging the wire itself.
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.
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”
Function 7: Keychain Hole
For hanging purposes and portability, the Cricket provides a keychain hole on one if its side points.
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.
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