KLAX Reviews & Testing Videos
We have two independent testers who have the KLAX right now. One is a writer for a major magazine and he will be reviewing it and will be writing up an article for publication in that magazine. That will hit the store shelves later this summer. The KLAX will also be featured in the Blade Show edition of Blade Magazine because of the award that it won.
Our other tester is a husband/wife team in New Hampshire who have agreed to test out the KLAX and report back to their subscribers how the KLAX performs. Below is a link to "Kaila" who just uploaded the first test video today even though she and Doug have been testing it almost daily since getting back from Atlanta. Please subscribe to her channel if you'd like to get the updates on the testing as she posts them. I think she said that she and Doug are going to be doing a number of tests over the next week or two.
Okay so I'm not the best videographer, but here is one of my testing videos that I made of me using the KLAX Woodsman. This tree was about 4" in diameter.
The KLAX Team
I'm Glenn and together with my son Nathan, we like to invent things to help people in the outdoors. My background in inventing and the design of knives and multi-tools. We are hoping to bring my first solo multi-tool invention "The KLAX" to life through Kickstarter.
The KLAX is a multi-tool built into the head of an ax. It allows you to attach the ax head to a handle quickly in the field. It uses the nested clamping system shown here. The clamps rotate out from the handle for use.
Here you can see the handle going into the clamps. The notches on the sides of the handle make sure it will stay secure when clamped. See our FAQ section if you have questions about the Clamp System.
This is what it looks like using a stick from the wood to be the handle. This took about five minutes to make and mount.
When it's not being used as an ax, it also includes a number of other very helpful tools including hammer, bottle opener, wrench and scraper, which provide a lot of versatility in a lightweight and compact package.
The Four KLAX Models
KLAX-Lumberjack Our high-end stainless steel model with the most features. The first three models are all made from heat treated SUS420J2 stainless steel which is perfectly balanced for keeping an edge and maintaining strength.
KLAX - Woodsman Our mid-level stainless steel model with just the more useful features.
KLAX - Feller This is our more rustic model with just the basic features you need in the outdoors.
Ti-KLAX is a Titanium version of the KLAX – Lumberjack and comes with all the same features, but because it is made from more expensive Titanium, it weighs only half as much as the Feller and is stronger than steel. The Ti-4452813 titanium is also anodized to provide some eye catching highlights.
Below are the traditional Curved Handle and the Basic Handle.
Who's it for?
The KLAX is great for all of these these activities
Hiking Climbing Camping Bush Craft
Survival Trucker Prepper Aviator
Auto Emergency Kit Bug Out Bag
The KLAX is cut from a piece of 5/16" thick steel plate (or titanium) with a water jet and then machined to add the side bevels, the caribiner pocket and the cutting edges on axe blade. The clamps are also cut from the same material and then drilled and tapped. After heat treating, the head and clamps are cleaned up and deburred. Adding a few more parts and a spring is all it takes to complete the KLAX.
The reason that we are bringing this to you, the kickstarter community, is that we are very excited about the KLAX and would to take our own first multi-tool design all the way to production. We have seen Kickstarter work well in most of the campaigns we have backed. We hope that we will be able to generate enough interest from backers like you to help make that first big order and get this handy and fun gadget into your hands for that next big trek to the outdoors.
“KLAX – More than an Ax”
Thanks to you we are fully funded and can now look toward stretch goals. The number one response was to get a free wood handle with your KLAX.
Stretch Goal #1 - If you selected any of the four models of the KLAX tool then you will get a free wooden handle if we reach this stretch goal.
Stretch Goal #2 - All tool rewards will now receive a Paracord Bracelet.
Stretch Goal #3 - Just confirmed. If we beat our $50K stretch goal then all KLAX reward levels will recieve a free custom made kydex sheath from Blade-Tech (www.blade-tech.com). Check them out, they make awesome sheaths and holsters.
Risks and challenges
The design is progressing very well so far and we anticipate completing any potential modifications by the end of June, around the time the campaign will hopefully fund. While we had a blast doing the prototypes, large volumes are not something we can do in our small town. I have lined up an excellent manufacturing resource who has worked through the design with me and helped to nail down the pricing for each model and what the approximate delivery time would be. We are shooting for September for the stainless steel versions (October for the Titanium).
The handle is under review also by my vendor. Right now, the more basic round handle is possible, but the curved one shown in many of the pictures is not yet confirmed although it is anticipated.
Aside from these things, I do not expect any major issues, but we will keep you up to speed on every step along the way. Right now we hope to place our first order at the end of June.
If you have any questions about the use, design, development, or manufacturing process, please let me know and I will answer you as best I can.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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