Times change but straight lines remain straight (ignoring the curvature of space-time of course). Mark-making has been around since the dawn of recorded history—how else would it have been recorded? And it’s not likely to abate anytime soon since it remains so easy to scribble about with a stick of some sort on virtually any surface.
The need for precise measurement drove humanity to invent the chalk line, the plumb bob, the pantograph, the sextant—fine things for rerouting waterways, erecting temples to deceased child-gods, or launching monkeys into space. Eventually, while Obstructures was in university, the computer-aided drawing, drafting, and design craze took hold. Freed from the oppression of our straight-edges, T-squares, and inking bevels, we blindly accepted the yoke of the mouse and GUI. Today portable digital screens and ersatz pencils have taken over the studio—yet tellingly they rely still on the language of the ancients: ‘tablet’ and ‘stylus’, as though we’ve never really managed to improve upon cuneiform and hieroglyphs.
The masses who believe that analog tools still have functional forms integral to our lives, that they may even make our lives easier once again, these masses are once again swelling. And you must be among them, since you’re reading about drawing triangles!
Certainly the triangle is nothing new. It may even seem wonderfully impervious to innovation. But since drawing is what we do—to advance a conversation, or fill in the blanks where words fail to provide clarity—a lightweight set of triangles was conceived that provided multiple functions without unnecessary feature creep.
Lightweight? Check! These are slightly less than 1mm thick, which means they slip nicely into your notebook, drawing board, etc.
Durable? But of course! These are made of anodized aluminum, so you can make precise cuts without shredding your inferior plastic triangle.
An inking edge? Wait, WTF? A metal triangle with an inking edge? Indeed! Our triangles combine the ability to draw with pencil or pen with the integrated bent inking edge on each hypotenuse.
A bizarre array of confusing dots? Oui oui! Our small triangles include templates for a variety of everyday arithmetic series that converge to useful proportions: the Padovan and Perrin series converge to the plastic proportion; the Fibonacci and Lucas provide the golden proportion; the Pell and Pell–Lucas bring us 1+√2; two more which converge to 1+√3; and powers of two to round out the insanity.
Available in black or clear anodized these little shards are made to last. The small version is sized to fit a pocket sketch book or our Micro Bandboard, and their larger partners are still compact enough for travel. If not, they can wait on your desk or at the office or at home to be reunited with its nesting sibling.
There are other aluminum triangles, and even some beefy stainless workhorses, but we’ve found them either too heavy, or too mono-functional. We are proud to bring the first aluminum triangle with an integrated inking edge along with other useful performance-driven features to Kickstarter in our fifth campaign following up on other aluminum designs to include our Plate Wallet System, The Pry/Open Pocket tools, The Bandboard and The Micro Bandboard.
- Formed inking edge (10 degree bend) at hypotenuse
- Large triangles have integrated graduations for both imperial (1/8” graduations, 1/16” for the first inch) and metric (2mm with accentuation every 10mm)
- Small triangles fit neatly inside of large triangles, for saving space on your desk and impressing your friends!
Dimensions and Weight:
- 30°/60° small: 2.88” × 5”; 5.75” hypotenuse; 0.4 oz
- 30°/60° large: 5.8” × 10.1”; 11.6” hypotenuse; 1.3 oz
- 45° small: 4” × 4”; 5.75” hypotenuse; 0.5 oz
- 45° large: 8.2” × 8.2”; 11.6” hypotenuse; 1.5 oz
A note on Finish:
Our images show a linear brush but we are still experimenting with tumbling, sanding and other pre-anodization finish methods. We will keep the backers posted on this process via updates and images.
Risks and challenges
We have many years of experience in design and fabrication. Having realized projects on the scale of buildings down to CNC machined aluminum guitars, furniture and other things we are confident that manufacturing and delivery will go smoothly. We have the benefit of multiple prototypes and successful track record with the materials and methods involved to be confident in the product's durability. For the past year we and others have carried and used prototypes resulting in many design evolutions.
Our modest goal is set for the minimum needed to produce a substantial production run. The only significant challenge we foresee is a slight delay in delivery if we dramatically exceed our goal amount resulting in a greater number of triangles to be produced and shipped. We have run four successful Kickstarter campaigns with on-time delivery and happy backers and intend to make this the fifth.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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