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
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