This project's funding goal was not reached on October 3, 2013.
About this project
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Why Key Wrench?
Convenient - The Key Wrench was designed with the #1 goal of being slim, lightweight, affordable, and easy to use. Have you ever stood at your door searching for the right key on your conventional keyring? It can be quite frustrating. With the Key Wrench you will have quick and consistent access to your desired key, as it will always be in the same position.
Compact - Due to the slim and lightweight design, the Key Wrench can carry the same amount of keys while saving MUCH more space. The Key Wrench with hardware only weighs .7oz / 21g! It is so comfortable to carry; try not to panic because you think you forgot your keys.
Comfortable - Have you ever sat down with your conventional keyring in your pocket only to realize you just stabbed yourself? Then you have to stand back up and fight to get those blasted keys out of your pocket just to sit down again. Say goodbye to those days. The Key Wrench is your answer. No pain, no bulge, just comfortable to carry.
Function - We are obsessed with function and efficiency. That's why the Key Wrench was designed with both standard and metric wrenches. Not only is it a convenient and handy tool, but the integrated design saves weight for ease of carrying. That's truly impressive!
Adaptable - The Key Wrench can adapt to the amount of keys you carry. The standard Key Wrench holds 3 to 6 keys. The optional extended hardware can further expand from 6 to 12 keys in total.
Because the Key Wrench was designed to be a minimal, slim and lightweight key organizer, we didn't want to go overboard on the ability to carry 100+ keys. That would defeat the entire purpose of what the Key Wrench was designed to be. We found the average person to carry 5 to 6 keys.
Elegant - The attractive, timeless, modern design of the Key Wrench is sure to get you noticed. We know personal statements are important, that's why we want to offer you many color options. You can choose between an elegant polished version, or beautiful and colorful hard anodized coatings in Blue, Green, Red, or Black!
Loud Annoying Key Noise? - Nope. Gone. Just quiet & peaceful unlocking for your enjoyment.
Made in the USA - I'm extremely proud to say that if funded, the Key Wrench will be made right here in the USA!
Our Design Story.
My fiance Erica and I wanted to create a stylish key holder that could make a difference in someone's everyday life. We started by taking a few weeks sketching out some designs on graph paper. We wanted to give it some real thought, so we took our time making changes as the design concept evolved.
From there, I took one of our first paper designs into my grandfather's basement workshop and I constructed our first prototype out of recycled materials. It functioned very well. I showed it to friends and family who were all very supportive of the idea. With the feedback they provided, Erica and I continued to redesign through sketching.
I then had our sketch of what was to become the Key Wrench designed in CAD. We had a local tool and die shop produce a few prototypes out of aluminium using the CAD file. We were then able to test the prototypes and redesign from hands on research. After a few redesigns, we ended up with the 5 fantastic anodized prototypes you see in the pictures and video.
This is where you come in.
We need your help to make the Key Wrench project a reality. Your pledges will help us purchase all the materials, tooling, hardware, & pay the manufacturing costs that are needed to do our first production run.
We will be working with local American tool & die companies in Wisconsin to construct the Key Wrench frame out of 6061 Aluminium. From there, the frames will be sent to a local metal finishing and plating company to anodize the frames in your desired color with a quality Mil Spec Type 2 Anodized Coating. For the mounting hardware materials, we have American suppliers selected and waiting as well. We will be constructing and assembling the mounting hardware in house once we have the materials.
Your pledges will also help cover packaging, shipping, and fulfillment costs of getting the Key Wrench rewards to backers.
Below is our step by step plan for production and fulfillment. We will keep backers informed and provide details along the way as we go through each stage of the process.
Step 1 - Acquire tooling and materials
Step 2 - Construct Key Wrench frames
Step 3 - Polish and Anodize completed frames
Step 4 - Acquire, produce, and assemble mounting hardware
Step 5 - Package rewards
Step 6 - Ship rewards to backers!
Tooling and production are both time consuming and very expensive. Without the support of the Kickstarter community, Key Wrench will not become a reality. As a backer you are a very important part of this project.
It's my dream to see the Key Wrench in production, and I will work very hard to complete this project through production and fulfillment.
I want this to be an honest, transparent, and fun experience for all of us. Your feedback and ideas are greatly welcome, so please do not hesitate to contact me. Please share this project with your friends and family so that we have a better chance of producing the Key Wrench for everyone to enjoy. I deeply appreciate your support and hope that you will like the Key Wrench as much as I do.
Risks and challenges
We have been working very hard for many months on putting together production plans for the Key Wrench. We have plans in place for any foreseen obstacles that could possibly arise. As such we have set an ambitious estimate of production and fulfillment. Please keep in mind this will be our first production run. We can only expect there to be a learning curve and possible delays. But along with your support, we are confident that together we can overcome any problems. Thank you for your support Kickstarter. We can't do it without you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Key Wrench, with hardware, is extremely lightweight and only weighs .7oz / 21g! With 6 average size steel keys attached, it is only 2.4oz / 68 g.
Yes. When you add $5 for the extended hardware, you will also receive the standard hardware.
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