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Reimagining the everyday carry - HANDGREY KIN Titanium Belt Key Hook - Ti6Al4V Keychain / EDC
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This project was launched especially on Father's day to celebrate the Fathers, Kings, Leaders, Teachers, and those who have guided us in life.  This project was created as my own personal reminder, and to "hang" on to the memories that pushes us forward.   

" To all you fathers and fathers-to-be, and to all of you, who dedicate themselves to the coming generations.  This project is dedicated to you!" 

Hi Everyone!  In the blink of an eye, over 2 year's have gone by, and I find myself back here on Kickstarter once more. With this new project, I decided to go with something simple.  Titanium and EDCs are still my obsessions, so that's where the focus will be. I hope the design of the HANDGREY™ KIN will strike a chord with you all.

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

The HANDGREY™ KIN is my take on the simple key hook EDC, for your pocket, belts, belt loop, purse, messenger bag, or pretty much anything you want to hook your keys on to.

I still rely on the bauhaus philosophy as my inspiration.  From then on, I let the lines and functions evolves.  The "feel" of the materials and the functions it serves, guides me toward the final outcome.  In this case, it  took on the design cues and curves, that harken back to the industrial era & machinery of the 1960s. 

With a number of variations & iterations on the drawing board, I narrowed the final design to 2 different versions / models:  KIN {No.6}, and KIN {No.9}  

There are no functional differences between the 2, only aesthetics.  I like how the 2 models feel in my hands.  No.6 felt more modern, and streamlined, while No.9 felt more mechanical and succinct.  

This new series will retain my signature unibody design, with precision details. Each piece is individually cut via EDM WIRE-CUTTING technology, solely from Grade 5 / Ti-6Al-4V Titanium. This the most detailed and precise production method available.  It is very expensive, and usually reserved for prototypes and precision tooling only.  You can't get much better than this when it comes to cutting. 

 FEATURES

  • Simple hook with semi flexible spring clip
  • Extra large inner clearance for hooking on thicker objects
  • Unique micro-grip design to create a subtle grip.
  • Premium Grade 5 / Ti6AL4V titanium 
  • SLOW EDM wire-cutting for the finest precision details
  • Combination of Machine & Hand finishing, for best appearance
Handgrey KIN + the ORBITKEY {canvas}
Handgrey KIN + the ORBITKEY {canvas}
       

I will also be offering the pledges with the option of adding my Handgrey KNOX custom Titanium Key Ring.  This will be available to backers after the project ends.  

Handgrey KNOX
Handgrey KNOX

FINISHING

I will be making the KIN in 2 finishes:

  • Sheen - Stone Tumbled Finish 
  • Bright - Hand Brushed Finish

Stone tumbling comes in many different interpretation.  It sounds very simple, but quality finishes are very hard to nail down, and the machinery needed are very expensive.  It takes a lot of time to do quality work.  I strive to find the perfect balance that gives good results, with a faster production time. 

I prefer the natural color of Titanium above all else, simply because it's everlasting. It's the way nature made it. Anodization, and PVD / DLC coating are nice, but not very durable, no matter what the marketing says. I've worn through them all.   In the future, if I manage to find a better long lasting coating, or finishing process, I will offer a larger variation of final finishing for my design.  

Dedication ~ Fathers & Kings 

Risks and challenges

I've been around Kickstarters for nearly half a decade with numerous project. You don't last this long by not delivering. The 10,000+ backers from my previous projects will attest to this.

The only risk I can foresee realistically, is TIME. There are factors that are beyond my control, such as delivery time for raw materials or turn around from our EDM manufacturers. Things happen, machines break, shipments get lost, etc., but we have enough experience to minimize and mitigate these factors to ensure that the project is not significantly affected. I will also get started much earlier than I did on the last project just to be on the safe side.

I will be working with the same EDM and machining specialist in Thailand that I have worked with the last 4 years. These GURUs know how I work, what I need from them, and that I mean what I say. So I will continue to have them do what they do best: Exceptional Quality Work!

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    Minos - Personalized / Stone Tumbled

    1 X Personalized MINOS - micro ID key tag for your EDC set up. Your MNOS can be personalized with 2 lines of text (20 characters max per line).

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    KINOS - Personalized / Stone Tumbled

    1 X Personalized KINOS - Full sized precision EDM cut, ID key tag for your EDC set up. Your KINOS can be personalized with 2 lines of text (22 characters max per line).

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    1 X Personalized KINOS - Full sized precision EDM cut, ID key tag for your EDC set up. Your KINOS can be personalized with 2 lines of text (22 characters max per line).

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    Handgrey KIN {No.9} in STONE TUMBLED finished. 30-40% off expected retail for KS backers only.

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    HANDGREY KIN {No.6} / Stone-Tumbled

    1X Handgrey KIN (no. 6) + 25mm Titanium Keyring. 25-30% off expected retail for KS backers only.

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    HANDGREY KIN {No.6} / HAND-BRUSHED

    For early backers only / KIN No.6 + 25mm Titanium Keyring. 25-30% off expected retail for KS backers only.

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    Handgrey KIN {No.9} in Hand Brushed finish. 25-30% off expected retail for KS backers only.

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    KINSHIP {KIN no.6+9} /Stone-Tumbled

    1X Handgrey KIN (no. 6) + 1X Handgrey KIN (no. 9) combination in STONE TUMBLED finish, and extra Titanium Keyrings

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    KINSHIP {KIN no.6+9} /Hand-Brushed

    1X Handgrey KIN (no. 6) + 1X Handgrey KIN (no. 9) combination in HAND BRUSHED finish, and extra Titanium Keyrings

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