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Buy @ METALCOMBWORKS.COM  Titanium & steel pocket combs.  Made in the USA. The perfect everyday carry EDC designed to last a lifetime.
Buy @ METALCOMBWORKS.COM Titanium & steel pocket combs. Made in the USA. The perfect everyday carry EDC designed to last a lifetime.
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Metal Comb Works: Titanium and Stainless Steel pocket combs.

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Thanks to all the backers that helped make this project a success.  For those that missed out, please visit my website to purchase these comb designs and many others.  www.metalcombworks.com

Metal Comb Works: Stainless Steel and Titanium pocket combs. Crafted in the USA.

I am proud to offer new designs and materials in this, my second Kickstarter campaign.  Check out my last campaign for details on the inspiration for creating Metal Comb Works and my first few comb designs here:  http://kck.st/HgZuZm  The combs from the first campaign can now be purchased at www.metalcombworks.com.

In this campaign I am offering 3 new designs; 2 new comb profiles and an older profile in a new material.

New Designs

In my last endeavor I created combs with a nod to Machine Age design.   Form and function coming together as one.  This time I have created combs with some attitude and a "high-tech" twist.  The combs in this campaign are the "SPIRIT", "SKULL & BONES" and the "SKELETON Ti".  Read on for a more in-depth description.

Machine and Handcrafted

All combs are blanked (laser cut) here locally at a shop near my home in San Marcos, California. I personally finish machine, grind and polish each comb by hand.  100% made in the USA using modern machining techniques and a heavy dose of elbow grease.  The perfect balance between machine and handcrafted.

Materials - Stainless Steel and Titanium

For 2 of the combs I am using 13 gauge 304 stainless steel because it is durable, rust resistant and polishes up nicely. The 3rd comb is made of an aerospace grade titanium alloy. Titanium alloy is very strong and light weight but it is expensive and can be difficult to machine (more scrap). The thickness of these material is just right for this application at just under 1/10th of an inch.  Both materials are used for medical products and with minimal care they should last your lifetime and beyond.

Designs / Rewards offered

Reward #2:  SPIRIT POCKET COMB

This design is made of stainless steel with a high polish finish. I have machined 7 stars into the spine.  What do the stars mean?  Patriotism, Rock Stars, 1930's Hollywood, Tattoo art, the Big Dipper?...you decide.  From a functional point-of-view the stars help to reduce weight and provide a good grip.

The comb measures just over 5" in length and has 39 teeth which are chamfered at the tip and base so it combs smoothly through your hair or whiskers.

SPIRIT POCKET COMB  - Stainless Steel
SPIRIT POCKET COMB - Stainless Steel
SPIRIT POCKET COMB  - Stainless Steel
SPIRIT POCKET COMB - Stainless Steel

Reward #1, #3: SKULL & BONES COMB

This comb is made of stainless steel with a Skull & Bones motif in the spine, similar to tombstone art of the 19th century.  Each end of the comb has a hole where you can attach the comb to a lanyard or attach an item to the comb.  This comb would be a great gift for the gear head, hot rodder, Harley rider, tough guy or tough girl in your life.

The comb measures just over 5" in length and has 39 teeth which are chamfered at the tip and base so it combs smoothly through your hair or whiskers.

SKULL & BONES - Stainless steel, high polish
SKULL & BONES - Stainless steel, high polish
Top comb is high polished, burnished finish below.
Top comb is high polished, burnished finish below.
SKULL & BONES - Stainless steel, high polish
SKULL & BONES - Stainless steel, high polish

Reward #5:  Combo pack, 1 Skull & Bones and 1 Spirit.

Reward #4, #6 & #7: SKELETON Ti

The SKELETON Ti is made of aircraft grade titanium alloy.  This is the same popular design offered in my last campaign, but in a lighter weight yet stronger version.  This spine of this comb is "skeletonized" to remove all unnecessary material and to create an industrial look.  The sweeping arc of the spine and the bridge-like supports provide strength and utilitarian beauty.  The open slots also provide excellent grip and attachment points for a hook or lanyard.  

The comb measures just over 5 3/8" in length and has 39 teeth which are chamfered at the tip and base so it combs smoothly through your hair or whiskers.  The finish is a smooth matte finish achieved through tumble polishing.

Skeleton Ti (titanium)
Skeleton Ti (titanium)
CAD drawing of the SKELETON Ti
CAD drawing of the SKELETON Ti

Packaging Design

Paper art has always been fascinating to me.  The ingenuity involved in creating an Origami swan or a complex children's pop-up book from a flat piece of paper is amazing.  I have taken some effort to create my own packaging design for each comb.  I hope you will appreciate the simple but effective package when you receive your reward.

Funding

Funding will be used to purchase raw materials, supplies and to build custom fixtures to final machine and polish each comb efficiently. It is a risky investment to offer production quantities and volume pricing without backer support.  The funds will be used to purchase stainless steel, titanium sheet, polishing compounds, grinding belts, and tooling are the main expenses. Your pledge will allow me to purchase materials in bulk to support economies of scale and keep costs down on the finished combs.

Production and Fulfillment Plan

Here is an overview of how I will bring your rewards to you! I will personally manage or perform all of the activities listed below unless otherwise noted.

Product design: Complete. I have CAD drawings ready for the 3 comb designs. I created these drawings using a free software program called DraftSight.

Material selection: Complete. I will use grade 304 stainless steel and titanium alloy 13 gauge sheet. This is the material I used for the prototypes.

Prototyping: Complete. Prototypes are shown in the photos above.

Raw material sourcing: Vendors have been identified and quotations are secured for the sheet materials.  Lead time is less than 3 days for this material including shipping. 

Comb "blanking" (laser cutting): Vendors have been identified and quotations are secured. Lead time is 2 to 5 working days after receipt of material. I will blank all 3 designs at the same time.

Final machining: This will be done in my shop. Lead time will depend on which comb type is most popular but I have the capacity to build 100 combs per day including the polishing operation listed below.

Polishing: Polishing is the most time consuming process step per comb. I have the capacity to polish more than 100 combs per day by myself and can add manpower to help with this step if necessary.

Packaging and delivery: I will do this operation with the support of my family and friends will ship promptly.

Shipping Goal: I have limited this funding effort to less than 30 days. With successful funding I am targeting no later than April 30, 2014 as the ship date for all rewards.

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

This project is low risk as I have worked through many of the design and fabrication challenges already. Real prototypes are shown in the images here. If the project becomes massively over funded it could push back the delivery date. With that said, anyone who pledges to my project can do so with confidence as I have a history of promptly delivering quality rewards.

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    Pledge $38 or more About $38

    NEW REWARD 3/9 - SKULL & BONES: One stainless steel pocket comb in a BURNISHED finish. Skull and bone motif on the spine. Measures about 5 inches wide to fit perfectly in your pocket. Holes located on the spine to hook to a lanyard or key chain.

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    SKULL & BONES:

    One stainless steel pocket comb in a high polish finish. Skull and bone motif on the spine. Measures about 5 inches wide to fit perfectly in your pocket. Holes located on the spine to hook to a lanyard or key chain.

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    SPIRIT:

    One stainless steel pocket comb with 7 stars across the spine in a high polish finish. Measures 5 inches wide to fit perfectly in your pocket.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: SKELETON Ti -

    One Skeleton model pocket comb made of light weight, but strong, titanium alloy in a smooth matte finish.

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    COMBO PACK: SKULL & BONES plus SPIRIT COMB - By popular demand. One Skull and Bones AND one Spirit comb. Both made of stainless steel in high polish.

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    NOT SO EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: SKELETON Ti - One Skeleton model pocket comb made of Titanium alloy in a smooth matte finish.

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    SKELETON Ti:

    One Skeleton model pocket comb made of light weight, but strong, titanium alloy in a smooth matte finish.

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Funding period

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