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A tool is only useful if you have it when you need it.
This is the big idea behind the smallest 10-function multi-tool on the market: the B.A.T. (Bring Anywhere Tool) from my company Covert Products Group.
The B.A.T. can be carried anywhere since it’s just a little bigger than a quarter, has no moving parts, and is actually usable. It’s the ultimate minimalist multi-tool that lives in your pocket.
The B.A.T. can cut, open, and ignite. Use it for your everyday adventures, to survive, or even to escape.
The B.A.T. makes having “just enough” of a tool easy. I wanted to create the smallest useful tool possible, give it a ton of features, and make it the size and shape of something that just about everyone carries all the time: a coin. Any smaller and you either lose functions or functionality.
It is made of stainless steel and can be safely carried in your pocket alone or with other change. Since it has no exposed sharp edges, you can take it with you just about everywhere, and (unlike many pocketknives) you can use it in public without anyone giving it a second thought.
WHY DID I DESIGN THE B.A.T.?
I looked at every tiny tool I could find, and when I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I decided to create one myself. There are lots of great mini tools on the market, but to get a variety of functions you usually need to carry a bunch of them on a keychain, and they aren’t as unobtrusive as the B.A.T.
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 useful.
WHAT IT DOES
The B.A.T. has 10 Tools Built-in:
- 1) Modified Phillips head screwdriver with three prongs so the BAT lays flat in your pocket
- 2) Safe, semi-sharp captured edge for opening boxes
- 3) Scribe point or hole punch
- 4) Small-gauge wire stripper
- 5) Fire-steel scraper (use it with any ferro rod survival fire starter, Swedish firesteel or similar item)
- 6) Flat head screwdriver
- 7) Serrated fire-steel scraper (throws sparks well)
- 8) 3M SOLAS reflective sticker you can attach to the back for emergency signaling, or leave if off for stealth carry
- 9) Friction saw that can cut through zip ties or cordage without cutting you
- 10) Bottle opener
CARRY IT ANYWHERE
The B.A.T. is intended to be carried in your pocket, but it can go on a keychain or necklace, or even be laced into your shoes as a last-ditch survival tool. It does not go against any current TSA restrictions for air travel.
WHY CARRY A B.A.T.?
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, and don’t even think about taking them on a plane. They’re awkward to carry in a pocket, and I'm just not going to wear a belt pouch.
You never know when you may need a small tool to give you an edge, so now you can always be ready.
USE IT TO...
USES NOT RECOMMENDED
- Don’t use it to control a nuclear reaction
- Don’t use it to span two electrical wires
- Don’t use it to make an impromptu shadow signal that looks like a copyrighted superhero’s symbol
- Don’t swallow it (seriously, this is the most dangerous thing you can do with this tool)
Have an idea for another legitimate use? Send us a message through Kickstarter and if it’s new and we post it here, you’ll get some free CPG swag with your pledge.
DEVELOPING THE IDEA
The original idea for the B.A.T. came from a doodle in a sketchbook. It was asymmetrical and awkward but had the seed of something good. Many sketches, 3D printed samples and metal 3D printed proofs of concept later, the B.A.T. was refined into what it is today.
THE DESIGN PROCESS
The B.A.T. has been in development for about a year and a half. I started prototyping with the 3D printer at my local Maker Space (MAKE HAVEN) and went through a lot of iterations before having them 3D printed in metal through Shapeways.
Then it went through a lot more iterations while searching for the right manufacturing partner.
I spoke with over 40 manufacturers before finding one that could do each of the processes involved in crafting the B.A.T., from casting the blanks to cutting the shapes to EDM wiring the saw to grinding and polishing the edge to bead blasting the finish. My production partner is a US company that is doing part of the production process at their own factory in China, and the rest of the processes in their US shop.
During that time, I’ve carried a B.A.T. with me literally every day and everywhere I’ve gone. I’ve carried one with me every time I’ve flown and had no questions going through airport security with it over a dozen times.
HOW IT'S MADE
We have done months of research and planning upfront to make sure that our production resources are totally dialed in (even before we put together this campaign). We explored every metalworking technique that could produce the piece - from metal 3D printing to CNC milling to stamping to die-cast and more - and discovered that it would require a combination of production techniques to most efficiently produce it.
This requires an upfront investment in dies to create a blank. That blank goes through a secondary process to grind the screwdrivers and the cutting edge before being bead-blasted, laser etched and finished into this final product:
We call this a bead blasted "tool finish" which is durable and functional. It suits the B.A.T. perfectly.
From there, we inspect each one, package it up and get it ready to ship.
We’ve created enough prototypes to work through the production process and know exactly how long it takes to create each B.A.T., but the protos were created with lost wax casting instead of in an industrial mold. The test pieces take longer to individually create, so the full production run will be more efficient.
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.s to fulfill pledges.
If we do exceed our goal, we will unlock some bonuses:
- $15K - every backer gets a free sneaky patch carrier (see below)
- $35K - every backer gets a free mini fire starter rod
- 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 (by holiday 2016) but later orders will not be delivered in time for the holidays. We will be 100% transparent with timelines.
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. 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; even the packaging is designed and tested.
But in order to bring the B.A.T. 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. will be delivered to all backers within 3-4 weeks of the project completion (early December 2016 delivery… just in time for the holidays). We are cutting it close with the timing for Kickstarter financing, but our manufacturer is watching our campaign closely and is willing to get it all done on schedule for the early birds.
I loved developing the B.A.T. 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. Coin and for your continued support of this project. Please share this page with one person you know would appreciate it!
Anything else you would like to know? We’ll be conducting a Facebook Live webinar at 8PM ET on Monday, October 24 to hang out, answer any questions about this product and gather some more ideas for how to use the B.A.T. We may even be able to test out a few and see them in action!
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Risks and challenges
We have been thorough in our manufacturing tests, but if we could predict unknown problems, they wouldn’t be unknown. The manufacturing is managed by a team in California, and they have been very responsive to every email (we’ve exchanged over 100 in the past year).
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, order packaging, printing and shipping supplies.
When we first came up with the idea for the B.A.T. a year and a half ago we thought it would take just a few months to get it into production. 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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