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My take on the traditional split key ring in Grade 5 ( Ti-6AL-4V) Titanium ...reimagine your EDC everyday carry.
CUSTOM Grade 5 / TITANIUM Split Keyring
CUSTOM Grade 5 / TITANIUM Split Keyring
2,958 backers pledged $110,288 to help bring this project to life.

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HANDGREY KNOX Custom EDC Titanium Split Key Ring

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NEW PLEDGE LEVEL ADDED ( Nov. 7th )

With 2000 backers reached, I decided to add a new pledge level to the project     {  • Ti SURVIVAL WHISTLE / ID WHISTLE  + KNOX COMBO }

{Pictured below} I have had this whistle on me for the past 2 years. Traveling around in new places, and sometimes, through less than desirable locations, it's not a bad idea to have a whistle handy. I used it to call Taxi, flag down police if needed, and even keep myself awake driving long distances. Yes, I used this to wake myself up driving. Who would've thought.

The small size and weight of this whistle design makes it ideal for everyday carry. It's roughly 2 inches long X 1/4 inch in diameter. In celebration of the 2K backer mark, I will offer this as a new pledge level. I will pair this with the KNOX, and it will be offered in 2 different finishes.

  • All Titanium Body (Gr.5) with Titanium (Gr.1) insert 
  • Classic minimal design 
  • Machine Brushed Finish (pictured below) / (1 Knox + 1 whistle ) $27 per set 
  • Stone-Tumbled Finish / (1 Knox + 1 whistle ) $27 per set 
  • Personalized option available for + $12 
  • Stand-alone whistle add-on will be available through BackerKit as well ($15)
NEW PLEDGE LEVEL ADDED
NEW PLEDGE LEVEL ADDED

The whistle is perfect for hiking, traveling, especially for men, women, children, and elderly, moving through isolated area, such as camping trails, in urban settings, and various travel destination, where safety could become a concern. A perfect way to ward off would be muggers!

PERSONALIZING the whistle, will turn this into a personal ID Tag. I will allow 16 characters on the rear side of the whistle, for numbers and letters. Please keep the personalization within reason, and I will try accommodate it. (Shorter the better, but 16 is the max). Caption may include your MONOGRAM, PHONE NUMBER, NAME, EMAIL, MEDICAL CONDITION, ETC. Up to you. No special / weird character please :]

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The Important Things:

During the past 3 years, I have moved around a lot.  And in doing so, I learn to focus on the things I really need, and those are usually the things I travel with, or carry with me.  I guess this is why I like to design everyday carry items, or EDC products.  They are things I use everyday, and carry with me where ever I go.   They are the little conveniences that makes life simpler. 

It's funny how certain tools and objects are so prevalent in our lives, that we don't even see them or think about them anymore....or at least till you need them and can't find them.  A simple key ring is one of those things.  

I hope with this project, I'm able to give a small reminder to every backers that carry this key rings, not to forget about the little things in life, whether they are people, places or things that matters to us.  I guess, in a way, this project is a tribute...and a way to show my appreciation for the "little things."

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The Split Key Rings : Minimal to the point of near perfection.

I have used this project as a way to study minimalism in products that we have used for generations, but haven't changed very much.  The traditional split key ring is a perfect example of this.  It's been around for over a century, and have remained nearly unchanged.  Its' utility perfectly clear.  It's design is truly minimal.  And it's dirt cheap to manufacture.  It's almost perfect. (if it wasn't for the broken finger nails, and not being able to pry the hard ones open with slippery finger tips)

When I took on this project, my intention was to study, and reevaluate the traditional design, and see how it could be improved.  This is a monumental task.  How do you minimized the minimal?   I succeeded in some respect, while I failed at others.

Compatibility is limitless:  The great thing about redesigning a basic key accessory, is the fact that it goes with almost everything!  Here are some ideas for combination with past projects by talent designers in past Kickstarter Projects!  {more will be added to the list as the project progresses}  

This is to show the various combination of EDC with the project.  Keep in mind that this project is for the KNOX KEY RING ONLY!

                     

PRODUCTION / MANUFACTURING:

These key rings are produced via PRECISION EDM Wire Cutting, often reserved for prototyping & precision tool making. It takes around 30 minutes to cut each one, followed by another half a day of Stone Tumbling. The material and the process makes the price much higher than the traditional key rings. Keep in mind, that regular split key rings take around 10 seconds to make, and are automated for mass production, which is why they are a few cents a piece. 

 The HANDGREY KNOX is a custom manual-cut design piece, that is meant to be used only as your primary key rings. Something new and different to carry with you, everywhere you go.

I will be making these in Thailand with the same team, that help create my last 2 projects. They have had hands on experience, and they know my requirements. They are a lot more expensive than Chinese mfg, but I prefer to go with quality and experience at a higher cost, rather than maximizing profit.

PRICING / COST:

I didn't design this to look good, then charge an arm and a leg for it.   The cost of production for one of these is quite high.  Custom Wire Cutting is a slow process, and I am basically cutting these rings one at a time, in Grade 5 Titanium.  So the price reflects that high production cost, the cost of materials, and quality of the overall design.   

Remember, this was never meant to replace the traditional key rings, simply because it could not be produced dirt cheap like it's predecessor. It costs 100 times more to make, and if I am lucky, I can probably make 80 pcs. a day / per machine.  Remember, a regular split key ring gets churn out at a rate of realistically 20,000 a day.  Automatically.  

I'm also using Gr. 5 Titanium for this.  Grade 5 Titanium is not used for traditional key rings.  You will see traces of mentioning online of "Grade 5 Titanium Key Ring"  but they are falsely advertising the materials.  Push them hard, and and they can never certify or confirm that the manufacturer used Grade 5.  China is notorious for this.  I have tried to get the manufacturers to make the regular split key rings in Grade 5 for 3 years, but all testing concluded that it is inappropriate for use with the traditional key ring design.  This is why I created HANDGREY KNOX  . Please beware when buying split key rings in Titanium online, if they advertise it as Gr. 5, they are most likely conning you.   

Keep in mind, Titanium materials, whether Grade 2, or 5, are not better or worse than one another. They are different.  It very much depends on the appropriateness of the application, that matters.   What bothers me most, however, is the fact that these online retailers are lying to your face (knowingly or through mis-information), simply because they know that they can get away with it.  It's a sad way to make a buck, and it's rampant. 

SHIPPING & HANDLING

I will be shipping these out directly from Thailand, as they are gradually completed. Production is slow and gradual, so it only makes sense if I ship them continuously as they roll out from the line.   I don't really want to ship all at once AFTER production is completed.  That's a lot of time wasted in waiting.  

Shipping will be free for those in Thailand, but for others, it will be $6 for International Air Mail with Registration.  Thailand requires additional fees for registration, not like US and even China, where they have a barcode number on each label.  This sucks.  But it's still the cheapest option available here.  Registration is needed to track the package, and to confirm that all items are shipped, and received by you.   This way there is not ambiguity when it comes to fulfillment. 

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Risks and challenges

Over 7,000 backers from my last 3 projects can attest to my ability to fulfill the rewards. Some designs may encounter delays in the first production runs, but I stick to it until I deliver, no excuses.

When manufacturing anything for the first time, there is typically production issues that must be overcome, which could cause delay. But with experience, it will be less and less, and hopefully, I will be able to minimize the delay. The experience in my last 3 projects will be put to the test with this project as well.

As long as I can reach you with a current email address, and you respond to the correspondence, you will get your pledge. I usually keep trying a 1 year after the project is over to communicate with all backers until the project is finalized.

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