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The key shaped multitool that puts a tool box in your pocket.
The key shaped multitool that puts a tool box in your pocket.
4,226 backers pledged $83,087 to help bring this project to life.

General Update

Posted by Sean Connell (Creator)

Hi Kickstarters, 

I wanted to provide a general update regarding order fulfillment and the status of the black units. 

Order Fulfillment: To date, I have shipped out 1,075 stainless steel ATOMs to domestic backers. Also, I recently received the next batch of stainless steel units from the manufacturer. The order contained a total of 1,400 units before inspection. I will start shipping international orders this week. The manufacturer will ship the remaining units by April 7th. So, I anticipate completing all the stainless steel orders in the next 2-3 weeks. 

Status of Black Coating: The black coating has proven to be very difficult. The intent was to provide a titanium nitride finish, but the manufacturer is not able to produce a consistent coating. Recently, the manufacturer was able to produce a consistent and relatively durable hexavalent chromium coating. Hexavalent chromium is one of the most commonly used chrome plating options. However, hexavalent chromium poses several environmental and health related issues. So, I have decided not pursue a chrome plating finish for safety reasons. 

Unfortunately, that leaves us with very few options.  We may have to cancel the black coating  and replace those units with the stainless steel version. I would really appreciate feedback before moving forward. The feedback will be a critical component of the final decision. Please let me know your thoughts. 

Patent: The design patent for the ATOM tool was granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. So, ATOM is officially patented! Thanks again for the support!

Looking forward to the feedback, thanks!


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      Roberto Herrera on

      If you ever figure out how to do the black coating, it would be cool if the backers could get a discount to get it when available :)

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      pnlarsson on

      Black would be nice - but stainless works as well.

      Good job by the way!

    3. Michael Orr on

      I'd rather just have a stainless steel one at this point. Thank you for not going with the hazardous coating to just get them out, much appreciated.

    4. Lucas E Szymanowski on

      I dont recall of you were shipping to early bird backers first, since there was only 1000 of us; and I still havent received my ATOM in northern California.

      Glad to see that its moving forward.

    5. Sean Glenn on

      I'm okay with receiving a stainless steel unit instead of black.

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      vbcsgtscud on

      While the Black would look quite awesome, I am okay with the stainless vs toxic chemicals just for the sake of black. Congrats on the Patent!

    7. Elliot Lobell on

      Either one works for me!

    8. Kevin Giglio on

      Then I would gladly change my order to 2 stainless steel atoms instead. Would love to receive them soon!

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      Daniel Signor on

      I would have preferred the black one since I thought it looked cooler, but under the circumstances I'd be happy with the stainless steel one if it means getting the tool sooner rather than later. If you perfect the black in the future I can always order another one!

    10. Kylie Baker on

      Loved the look of the black but would be happy with the stainless option.

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      Derek Barnes on

      I'm fine with a stainless version. Please ship away! Also, I need to update my shipping address with you.

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      Brandon Peters on

      add me to the list for stainless, just excited to get my ATOM!

      appreciate the attention to detail and care for your creation. congrats on the patent approval!

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      Tyler Rey on

      Stainless is fine with me

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      Patrick Santos on

      Seems like most people agree stainless steel is fine. +1 on replacing the black with stainless steel.

    15. Jorge Figueiredo on

      I'm good with either one, Sean!

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      Meh. If the black coating can't be done, I say go ahead with the stainless steel. It seems to me if it can't be done, it can't be done.

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      Karl Burley on

      To me the color is insignificant. As long as I can open my beer. Sign me up for Stainless.

    18. Chris Villasenor on

      I'm good with getting the stainless just add me to that list please. Black would be cool but not at the expense of needless negative impacts. Thanks.

    19. Danny Murphy on

      Please change my black order to a stainless steel Atom. Thanks.

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      Will Wei on

      Would have preferred the black one, but under the circumstances I'd be happy with the stainless steel one. When can we expect shipments of these?

      Congrats on the patent!

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      Lee Quinn on

      Hello...I initially ordered a black but an 100% ok with accepting mine in stainless, especially if that would expedite things.

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      James on

      I'm getting sick of this project. Just send me a silver one and be done with it.

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      SACNORAD on

      Please replace my black ATOM with a stainless steel version and ship ASAP.

    24. Jim Lewis on

      Hi Sean,

      I have no problem accepting all 4 units that I ordered in Stainless. Can you let me know if you need anything else from me on that or when those might ship?

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      Hanna Iris Tolonen on

      Initially selected black but if I now change my mind and want stainless will that speed the shipping - eg will my order be included in your or manufacturer's April 7 deadline?

      Congratulations on the patent!

    26. christyrm on

      I'd rather have stainless than increased negative environmental impact. Also, would just like to get them! :)

    27. Russell G Moore on

      How can we tell if you have shipped ours or not?

    28. Zach Korthals on

      I liked the idea of a black ATOM, but, at this point, please just fulfill my order with a stainless version as soon as possible

    29. Scott Thurston on

      At this point I would be happy just to receive a stainless tool

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      Vivek Raman on

      stainless is fine, black is nice to have but not a big deal.

    31. Eduardo Alomar on

      Stainless is fine with me - if it works, it works, the color isn't that important. The lesson in manufacturing and the challenges associated with it have been enough for me - great stuff, all the best!

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      Roberto Herrera on

      Hello Sean. I was one of the ones to order the one with black coating.
      I guess I would prefer to have one of the stainless steel ones than nothing at all.

      So I would vote for a stainless steel replacement.

    33. Bob Ippolito on

      I'm happy to receive stainless steel as well, I only have a slight preference for black.

    34. Aaron on

      I think black would be awesome, but at this point please just fulfill my order with the stainless version.

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      Andrew Rich on

      Stainless is good with me

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      Corey Simone on

      Please coat them with black chrome

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      Justin Osman on

      Change my black to a stainless. T&c

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      Lindsey Poole on

      Stainless is cool with me.

    39. Jeffrey Bernt on

      Stainless steel will be fine for me. Would have preferred black, but maybe next time. :) Ship it! :)

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      Scott Penman on

      Stainless works for me.

    41. Igor on

      I would have no qualms about receiving a stainless steel version over a black one if the reason is health concerns.

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      branden aasen on

      I'm disappointed the black coating didn't work out, as it did look great. I'm fine with receiving a stainless steel option if that's the road you choose.

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      Seth on

      stainless would be great, Keep up the good work!!!

    45. Kaiulani Lie on

      I agree. Stainless Steel is fine with me. Congrats on the patent!

    46. Derek Neuland on

      I probably wouldn't have backed it if black wasn't an option, to be honest.

    47. Chris Fullman on

      I got mine and love it! Great work, Sean!!

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      Daniel Ludington on

      Stainless would be fine instead of black. Congrats on the patent.