This is our first Kickstarter project, we are proud and excited to present the Aero Ti chopsticks. When someone looks at our design, we want them to double take and say "I never thought something can look like that", good or bad (preferably good), but in the end we hope to inspire people to think differently.
We wanted to give a different look and feel to the chopsticks that has been around for thousands of years. In our households and at restaurants we normally use chopsticks that are round, square or some octagon shape made usually from wood or plastic. We first started by looking into how we hold the chopsticks and noticed that when our 3 fingers are put together it creates a natural triangular gap. Then the triangular shape was combined with streamlined curvature inspired by airplanes. Long story short this is how the Aero Ti chopsticks design came to be.
Aero Ti Type 1
Machined from unalloyed TA2 titanium, which has great strength to weight ratio and is highly corrosion resistant. In comparison during testing, titanium weighs half the weight of stainless steel. While titanium chopsticks are lighter but still provides a good amount of weight to it. The surface is finished with a brushed metal giving off a flat silver finish. Length 24 cm, Weight 47.5 grams
Aero Ti Type 2
Machined from the same unalloyed TA2 titanium but has a slight difference in design. Inspired by airplane wings skeleton structure, angled cuts were added for weight reduction and enhanced grip. The surface is also finished in a brushed metal. Length 24 cm, Weight 45.5 grams
Machined out of TA2 titanium designed to hold the chopsticks and keep Aero Ti elevated from a table surface. The Bridge is finished in a brush metal to complement the chopsticks. When the bridge is combined with the chopsticks, it gives a visual illusion of the chopsticks are taking off.
Products take tons of time and money to develop. In order to make the product affordable, a manufacture in Asia requires a minimum order of 400 sets to give a reasonable price break.
- $23K goes to manufacturing for minimum cost of production
- $3K goes to freight, packaging, laser etching, credit card processing fees and shipping
With your support we are shooting to get this product in your hands by January 2014. We hope you have enjoyed our project and please spread the word and share with your friends.
Risks and challenges
Quality control, making sure manufacture has produced the chopsticks at a high level of quality. Eighty Eight Industry will work hard to make sure you get your rewards on time and hopefully if we are lucky a head of time. We will also constantly keep you in the loop of what is happening with production.
This project is different and we felt the only way to find out if the product would have an interest is to put it out there. Its like the saying goes "You never know till you try".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This is a pretty common question. If you want to add a item on top of your reward please put the appropriate amount as a pledge on top of your reward. Add the end of the campaign I will send a survey out to confirm a shipping address and order.
When we design the chopsticks we were very skeptical too. The designed look great on paper, so we had to make prototypes to test and use. The results were surprising the ergonomics was very comfortable and most importantly they were really functional. The triangles point actually acts as a pinching point to hold food, in reality we don't hold chopsticks parallel, when they are in our hand we slightly angle them. So one point of the triangle will be pushing on the flat surface of the other triangle. We picked up small objects such as peanuts and noodles pretty well. Please see updates for pictures.
During testing we tested a variety or chopsticks. We felt that our design was no slippery to hold than other chopsticks when wet. The cool thing about the triangular design is that it gives our fingers a natural feel, the enhanced surface area increases grip and less energy is expended to hold them. The brush metal finish also helped with the grip as well.
Yes they do. Just in case food or some kind of debris got stuck, we wanted to make sure that it can be easily pushed out, cleaned and rinsed out.
No everything is sold as a pair. Please refer to pictures towards the bottom of the page showing what comes with the rewards
The bridges were designed to be used for specifically the Aero Ti chopsticks. There are so many different shape and size chopsticks out there, we are not sure what is compatible with the bridges besides our own design.
We believe the chopsticks can be machine washable, but we don't recommend it. Since the chopsticks has a fine point, there is a chance the chopsticks might slide through the utensil holder in the washing machine. So we recommend hand washing them.
Sorry no, the chopsticks were designed to be used at home. The chopsticks measured a little over 9 inches and we felt that was a little bit difficult to carry around to restaurants. To any consolation the chopsticks will come in a cool cardboard box designed by us.
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