A tool is only useful if you have it when you need it!
If you’re psychic, you may know exactly what the world will throw at you every day. For the rest of us, we need to stay prepared, and beyond having the right mindset, we need to have tools to get the job done.
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ENTER: The B.A.T. TRIDENT
The right, compact tool clipped to your bag or belt can make a huge difference with daily tasks, and even on the rare occasion you may need to survive the unexpected.
This is the big idea behind this unique 10-function multi-tool: the Bring (Almost) Anywhere Tool TRIDENT (or just B.A.T. TRIDENT for short) from my company Covert Products Group.
At about 2.5” long and 1.5” wide, it’s smaller than a business card, has no moving parts, and is shaped to give you enough leverage to effectively use all the tools.
If you are familiar with our previous successful Kickstarter project - the B.A.T. Coin - know that the B.A.T. TRIDENT is a different beast, and has different strengths than the Coin.
The B.A.T. TRIDENT can cut, open, and ignite. It has multiple razor sharp cutting edges and can slice through paracord (and even Kevlar thread) with ease. In fact, it’s too sharp to take on a plane, but it excels everywhere else you may roam.
There are many multi-tools on the market, and while there are admittedly some very cool options shaped like keys or pens or animals, we wanted to introduce something completely different to the EDC world. A tool needs to be pretty badass to earn a place in our everyday carry, and that was a driving idea behind its design.
The B.A.T. TRIDENT makes it easy to carry a flat, compact tool with you just about everywhere - and even more importantly - keep it close at hand. It had to be large enough to get a good grip for leverage, but not nearly as big or heavy (or thick) as a more conventional multi-tool.
It is made of razor sharp, hardened stainless steel and comes with a precision-molded Kydex sheath for safety. The sheath - and even the tool itself - can be attached to straps on a bag, and the bottle opener is used with the tool in its protective case so it is totally safe. While in its sheath, it has no exposed sharp edges, and (unlike many tactical pocket knives) you can take it out and use it in public without anyone giving it a second thought.
WHY DID I DESIGN THE B.A.T. TRIDENT?
As a designer and maker, I’m always looking to create something new. It’s fun and it’s what I’ve been put on this Earth to do. So that curious quest for creating new designs is my over-arching “why.”
Last year we funded our B.A.T. Coin on Kickstarter, it has continued to sell well, and has even been adopted by some police departments, survival instructors, travelers and EDC-ers all over the world as part of their essential daily gear.
For the TRIDENT, I wanted to create a somewhat bigger tool that filled the gap between the bring-anywhere coin in my pocket and a full-size multi-tool. Something that was flat, small, sharp (but safe), and lightweight that I could pop in my pocket, slide onto a belt, clip onto a bag or hang from a backpack strap.
The trident is a timeless shape found in mythology and ancient history from all over the world. From Poseidon to Aqua-man, the trident is associated with the power of the sea, and is built into the Navy SEAL crest.
The sheath had to be an integrated part of the design, and had to enhance the function of how the tool is used and not just how it is carried.
As a product designer who has developed everything from clothing to furniture to packaging to websites, I knew it had to be small, elegant and simple… but most importantly, it had to actually be as useful as it is cool-looking.
WHAT IT DOES
THE B.A.T. TRIDENT HAS OVER A DOZEN TOOLS AND FEATURES BUILT-IN:
- A Phillips head screwdriver
- A razor sharp cutting edge
- A sharp piercing point
- A captured cutting edge
- A small flat head screwdriver/pry tip
- A wire stripper
- A serrated fire rod scraper
- A saw edge for tinder making and cutting through plastics, fibers and other materials
- A laser-etched 1” ruler for small-scale map measurements
- An ergonomic bottle opener operated with the tool safely held in the sheath. The bottle opener also serves as a finger hole for a firmer grip on the tool, more cutting leverage and finer control.
- A fire starter rod (included) attaches to the tool with o-ring OR swap it out for an optional EmbriteTM glow pellet from our friends at TEC Accessories. Other small objects can be stored there as well: bundle of waterproof matches, tinder tab, sharpener rod, etc.
- The BAT TRIDENT comes with a small SOLAS reflective sticker that you can choose to attach for emergency signaling, or leave off for stealth
WHY CARRY A B.A.T. TRIDENT?
I have a bunch of conventional multi-tools, and you probably do too. They do their job well, but they’re too bulky for me to carry every day, so of course I never have one on me when I really need it. They’re awkward and heavy to carry in a pocket, which means they live in a drawer.
You never know when you may need a small tool to give you an edge, so now you can always be ready.
After a few months of testing and refining prototypes, I’ve come to really like having the TRIDENT attached to the shoulder strap on my bag. It’s always within arm’s reach at work, and it’s inconspicuous enough not to raise eyebrows when walking down the street.
The B.A.T. TRIDENT is intended to be carried in its sheath, and due to the sharp blade, you won’t be able to bring it on a plane. We've designed the sheath to be integral to the design and provide tons of options for how to carry the TRIDENT.
- Multiple attachment and lashing points for keychain carry, attachment to a backpack strap, dummy cording, attaching to a B.A.T. Coin, or lashing to a handle for extra reach as a true trident
- Use as a card/cash holder with the hook/loop strap around your currency
- 5th pocket in jeans (or any other pocket)
- Carry with a static line from sheath to belt
- Lash to a survival kit or large knife sheath
- Strap the tool and sheath together to make it jump-ready (can’t fall out even if you jump from a plane with it... or mountain bike with it)
- Swap the hook/loop strap for an elastic band, ranger band or strip of inner tube
Carry it horizontally on a belt:
Or behind your belt for concealment:
With a backpack, the sheath can either slip onto the shoulder strap or attach to one of these loops with the double-sided hook and loop strip.
Attach it to a mints tin survival kit like this one from our friends at Capable Citizen.
Attach it to any loop-side surface by reversing the double-sided hook-and-loop strap (as shown on the Spectre Chest Rig from Triple Aught Design... and yes, I am officially a TAD Junkie).
Or in either direction on PALS webbing (MOLLE system):
...and, it looks great as part of your stylish EDC (handkerchief by our friends at Pocket Candy).
This is the Glow set-up: 1 TRIDENT, 1 Sheath, 1 double-sided hook/loop strap, 1 ferro rod and 1 EmbriteTM glow pellet from TEC Accessories (either can be carried on-board in the TRIDENT). Choice of glow color (green or blue) when surveys are sent at the end of the campaign.
DEVELOPING THE IDEA The original idea started with a notebook sketch sitting outside this summer. Within 2 days I had prototyped it in plastic at my local makerspace Make Haven in New Haven, CT.
Our good friends at Keyport made an introduction to one of their overseas suppliers who does fantastic work for many knife and tool brands you have heard of. It’s been a pleasure to work with them, and their input helped to shape the design and sheath into the final form you see today. With their help, we nailed the design with just two rounds of prototypes.
During that time, I’ve carried a prototype B.A.T. TRIDENT with me literally every day and everywhere I’ve gone, and made adjustments to the carry options and the tool itself based on real-world usage.
HOW IT'S MADE
We have done months of research and planning upfront to make sure that our supply lines and production resources are totally dialed in (even before we put together this campaign).
After blanks for each TRIDENT are made, they are ground, heat treated, sharpened, bead blasted and laser etched.
The sheaths start as a piece of Kydex that is thermomolded to match the TRIDENT shape then fit to each tool to ensure a solid connection. It needs to be secure in the sheath, but not get stuck:
The ferro rods are cut to size, connected into the tool with o-rings for storage and from there, we inspect each one, package it up and get it ready to ship.
For B.A.T. TRIDENTs that include the glow stick option, we decided to go with rods from the company that set the bar for glow technology: TEC Accessories. They have been making glow-in-the-dark materials, rods and accessories for years and are highly respected in the EDC world. We adjusted the design of the TRIDENT specifically to fit their best selling EmbriteTM glow rods, and it was 100% worth the extra effort to do that. These are the brightest rods on the market.
We’ve created enough prototypes to work through the production process and know exactly how long it takes to create each B.A.T. TRIDENT.
Our manufacturer has been in this business for many years and produces hundreds of thousands of parts per year. They are highly responsive and ready to kick off production.
To cover the upfront costs of tooling, materials, and packaging, we are seeking $7,000. This will allow us to produce enough B.A.T. TRIDENTs to fulfill pledges and recoup the costs of development, prototyping and project production. If we exceed our goal, we will unlock some special bonuses:
- $15K - every backer gets a free CPG embroidered sneaky patch (oriented to work with the TRIDENT)
- $35K - every backer will get an upgraded carry package: sneaky patch (as above), extra hook/loop strap, elastic band, nylon cord for wrapping/lashing, keyring
- And, if we go beyond that, we definitely have some very cool things up our sleeves.
If we greatly exceed our goals, the early birds will receive theirs first and later orders may be delayed by an extra month or so. We will be 100% transparent with timelines, and can ramp up pretty quickly to meet demand. That's the benefit of working with a great factory!
ABOUT THE CREATOR
I started Covert Products Group (CPG) to develop interesting every day carry items that look cool, function well and can get you out of a jam.
I've designed some EDC clothing items for companies like SCOTTeVEST, but many of my CPG products are only available to government/military/LEO-associated buyers, like the __________ and the __________ (sorry, we can’t fill in the blanks). This time around, I really wanted to develop something that everyone can carry... everywhere.
When I’m designing anything, I know the item isn’t ready for prime time until I can objectively look at it and say, “I’d buy that!” When you look at the B.A.T. TRIDENT I hope you get that same feeling and will help me bring this product to market.
All of the legwork on this project is done, but in order to bring the B.A.T. TRIDENT to the market, I need your help.
When we hit our Kickstarter goal, we’ll be able to pay our manufacturer for production/shipping and begin to assemble packaging. The production process will be the same as our prototypes, but at a higher volume.
The B.A.T. campaign ends early December and the rewards will be delivered to all backers within 3 months of the project completion (early March 2018 delivery). If the project really exceeds the goal, we’ll post estimated dates for delivery to later backers, but the timeline will be pretty reasonable.
If you are planning to give the B.A.T. TRIDENT as a holiday gift, we will send an update to backers with a graphic that you can print and include as a placeholder until the project is delivered.
I loved developing the B.A.T. TRIDENT and, if this campaign is successful, I’ll continue to develop even more items with the same level of coolness and usefulness.
Thanks for checking out the B.A.T. TRIDENT and for your continued support of this project. Please share this page with one person you know would appreciate it!
- Extra TRIDENTs
- Extra glow pellets
- Extra hook/loop straps and additional carry accessories
- B.A.T. Coins
- Patches, T-shirts and other swag
Anything else you would like to know? We’ll be conducting a Kickstarter Live show-and-tell about once per week to hang out, answer any questions about this product and gather some more ideas for how to use the B.A.T. TRIDENT. We may even be able to test out a few and see them in action!
Risks and challenges
Last year we ran a similar project (a small multi-tool) that was successfully funded and shipped on-time.
We have been thorough in our manufacturing tests for the B.A.T. TRIDENT, but if we could predict unknown problems, they wouldn’t be unknown.
The biggest risk is if we greatly exceed our funding goal and need to ramp up production, but we have made it clear in our pledge levels when to expect delivery.
We’ve all seen Kickstarter projects that get delayed for months, so we did all the prep work up front and just need to give the green light to the factory. We have strategically padded the delivery date to account for potential issues BUT believe our timeline to be accurate.
This is not our first rodeo, so doing all the prep work before this point has made us confident in our timeline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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