performance-driven stainless steel tools for prying, turning and opening things while organizing cluttered pockets.
The objects we carry daily are those we truly value and depend on. They may not be the most precious or expensive things we own, but we are quite selective about what we choose to lug around. Unfortunately, our key rings were always jam-packed with bottle openers, small pry-bars and flat-heads—so this design was an opportunity to ditch some of those things for a singular tool.
This small steel tool was born out of some basic needs:
_Pocket clip: for the suspension/securing of keys to the pocket's edge
_Pry bar: to save the tips of our knives and to leverage stubborn objects
_Large/small flat head: to turn screws, pry in tight places, and open boxes
_Bottle opener: just in case
The design challenge was to integrate these needs into one clear, concise, and uncluttered form. A tool is only as good as its usability. We did not overload it with functions, but chose to make it do a few things well with serious attention given to ergonomics. A simple shank of sand-blasted laser-cut stainless would do the job well enough.
With a loaded keychain there is the annoyance of keys falling deep into the pocket, resulting in an unorganized wad of metal. The tool acts as a suspender by clipping to the pocket’s edge, reducing the need to dig deep for keys. Split rings are generally a pain, so we include a 6” stainless steel cable ring with threaded connector. This type of ring, along with the long slot in the center of the tool, allows your keys to slide from one end to the other, facilitating the use of whichever end fits your needs. For those loyal to the split ring or have a preference to hang keys outside of the pocket, we have included a window at the top for such purposes.
The tool has two ends that can be used for tearing, prying, poking, scraping, and opening, as well as other fingernail-saving needs. Think of it as a partner to a pocketknife, which is designed only to cut. We often have a need to pry things and don’t want to torture the tips of our knife blades. One end is intentionally chunky and coarse to allow for serious prying, while the other is split into two finer edges which can be used for pulling pins and nails as well as tearing packaging and opening boxes. This end faces down in the pocket, while the blunt end is exposed at the pocket's edge and tapers towards the body.
_Large/small flat head:
The pry ends double as flat head screwdrivers. The blunt end works well for larger screws, while the finer spit end has one prong extended for smaller fasteners or prying in tight places. In a pinch, a flat head can be used to turn a Phillips.
Resourceful people can always find a way to open a bottle, but we have been very specific in shaping one edge for this purpose. It is placed at the end of the tool to allow for a better grip, and the knurling at the top of the clip communicates the best position for the thumb when cracking open a refreshing beverage. While bottle openers are often an afterthought, this is a function that was not compromised.
We believe that every designed object is a tool to accomplish a need. Such objects should work simply, and simply work. The form of the design should look effortless and communicate its purpose clearly.
For over a year we have been producing small runs of these pocket tools with several iterations. Now that we have refined the design, we seek to produce a larger run that will enable us to have the chamfered edges machined. In the past we have hand-ground them, and with CNC machining we will achieve greater consistency and better workmanship. For this to be possible, we need to manufacture on a larger scale.
Our last campaign for the Aluminum Plate Wallet System ran quite well, and we are excited to bring another project to Kickstarter. With your support we can raise the funds for a significant run of these tools.
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We are partnered with a local manufacturer who has done our laser cutting for over a decade. We also work with them for machining work and have complete confidence in their skill and workmanship. Our only potential challenge is delivery time if we receive an overwhelming response to this campaign. We learned from our last campaign that packing and shipping takes a tremendous amount of time.
This is not our first Kickstarter project, and we have been designing and making objects and spaces for over 12 years. Given this experience, and a year's worth of prototypes, tests, and pre-production runs we feel that the design is refined and ready for manufacture.
We have received some questions about who we are. We have deliberately chosen to limit this presentation to the objective facts and reasons behind the design. We truly believe that to design, is to "de-sign", or remove the signature- that, to us, is the difference between design and art. We are by definition a collective of many that come together to collaborate, which is why we have unified under one name. So much advertising these days is trickery; attempts at being personal, striking a chord with or trying to relate to a consumer. Our philosophy is that there is no such thing as a consumer, but there are thoughtful, rational and critical people who think hard about spending hard earned money. This Kickstarter campaign is our second and we are just wrapping up the final shipments from our Aluminum Plate Wallet System which ended in February.
We have tried to eliminate the clutter and useless language that would otherwise fluff up what we believe is cold and honest content about our work. For us, every design is a conceptual exercise in clarity. We hope that the Kickstarter Community will appreciate our approach, and if there is a desire to dig deeper, we have links to our Facebook page and website for more info. Ultimately, one will find that we are a group of old friends that are engaged in design at all scales as a means to communicate ideas about the potential for an ethical and performance driven process. As designers we understand that we carry a tremendous amount of responsibility when we throw something into the world. We take this very seriously in both our process and presentation. Thanks for your support, and feel free to contact us with any questions.
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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! SMALL version of the PRY/OPEN sandblasted stainless steel tool measuring 3.25" long, and 1/8" thick. Includes 6" stainless steel cable ring.Estimated delivery:Add $8 USD to ship outside the US
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