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Thanks, Nancy :)
Hi, Rich, thanks for the update. I wish all Kickstarter project requirements & communications were as complete as yours! I look forward to receiving the wallet when you think they are ready. The anticipation builds! Though you must be frustrated with the setbacks, your backers appreciate the thoroughness with which you are following through.
Hey Dr. R - Our factory is late in receiving the 301 stainless steel production quantity that will be used to make (what I hope will be) the final spring clip production samples. Those samples should ship out this weekend, and if so, I'll have them early next week. The final Cover samples, in black anodized finish, arrived two days ago and they look great - the edges are nice & smooth to the touch. Will post an update immediately after I've had a chance to evaluate the clip samples. Stay tuned...
Hi Rich, what news
Hi Dr. R - I am now carrying the first very-close-to acceptable sample from China - just arrived Wednesday. The new samples are very close to production-ready, but some minor quality issues remain. I have requested one last round of samples, before I can approve production, so the samples can serve as a "gold standard" for the production product. I'm awaiting the estimated delivery date from our factory in Shenzhen. Please expect an update early next week.
Hi Rich, you said you would receive KeyCase samples on Saturday 22nd. Whats the news?
The KeyClip finish samples were delivered today, and I was able to approve the glass bead-blast finish. Now that the finish is approved, production KeyClip samples are being made and should be delivered next week. In the interim, I expect to receive the KeyCase samples on Saturday. Will keep you posted as the production samples arrive.
@Naeem K - New samples are in transit. The FedEx delivery date is for tomorrow. Soon after I review the latest samples, please expect an update. Thanks for your patience!
I would appreciate if you can update us where we stand. thanks
@ThatisCool - Please check your email for a Backers Only Update.
Chinese New Years is next Friday...any news on the new samples?
Thank you, Nancy. Your positive feedback is very much appreciated. And I can't wait to approve next-article samples for our first production run - hopefully this week...
Thanks for the very thorough & entirely informative update, Rich. I appreciate the "LF versus China" pictures especially. All parts, even the simplest, can present complications, and you've anticipated & responded to the issues at each juncture. Great follow-through.
Can't wait to see the final pieces!
Hi Jack - So far, I have not received first article samples from my manufacturer in Shen Zhen. My manufacturer has sent pictures of first articles that needed refinements in spring-clip pre-load and in the finishes for both clip and cover. I hope to have new pictures in a few days, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the refined parts are up to snuff and I can approve first article sample shipment. After I inspect and approve first article samples, I'll give the go-ahead to commence our first production run. Some updates will follow soon: the first will be a status report that will include pictures of the new samples. Wish I could be more specific about when in February these will ship, but it's looking like the latter part of the month. Thanks for your patience!
Heya Rich, I was wondering if you had any more info as to when in February shipping may start?
@ThatisCool - The first forming tool for the clip/stainless steel part broke and a new tool is successfully forming the parts. We have also been refining the finish of the clip, so it matches the fine satin finish on the prototype samples that I provided to my manufacturer. The Cover parts are "racked" when they are anodized, and the racking deformed the countersunk holes on the initial parts. I hope to have some pictures in the next few days of improved parts. Will post an update as soon as I receive the new pics. We are making good progress, but as with any new product, manufacturing processes need to be dialed in. Thanks for your patience!
Merry Christmas Everyone! How are things going Rich?
Sorry for being too late to comment.
I would like both the 3 and 6 keys optional bolts...
@Jamison- Good idea! Production is moving along. Please expect a mini-update momentarily...
Any update on this product? Haven't heard from you in a month.
@Ryan, I understand your disappointment - I too was planning this as a gift. No one like delays, backers and creators alike. Rich did the right thing -- he was upfront and honest about the delay. Look at the wallet more as an art piece rather than a piece of tech...it won't be obsolete -- it will still hold your keys and cards in a simplistic and elegant manner, that will always be in style!
Just for reference, an academic research paper published in June 2013 by the Univ of Pennsylvania found that 75% of crowd-funding projects miss there "estimated delivery date"...it's just the nature of the beast. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm…
This isn't a store, Ryan. It's a crowd-funding site. You are not buying a product off the shelf. You are pre-ordering a limited production run of an item that doesn't exist anywhere. There are always hickups in product development. If you do not understand this, then you should not participate in crowd funding. Who said anything about a four month delay? I was very forthcoming about realistically delivering in February, when emailed Update #2. Finding some patience would be appreciated.
I am very disappointed in the 2 month shift in delivery date. That is unacceptable. I backed this project because a) I thought about giving some as Christmas gifts, and b) I was willing to wait a couple months for a good product. By the time I wait 4+ months for your product, it will be obsolete.
Thanks, Chris - can't wait to get you your KeyClip.
Oh man I can't wait to get my hands on this simply beautiful! Congrats man! Love supporting locals!!!
Thanks, Minh. My apologies for the delay - it will be worth your wait.
Congrats! Love the simplistic and elegant product design. Pity it won't be ready for Christmas.
congrats on getting funded, I'm super excited to get rid of my carabiner. This will go super great with the ridge wallet that I just ordered. My email spams a lot of stuff so just in case, I would like a 6 key backing plate.
Thanks for your support, Chris.
Congrats on reaching your goal!
Hey Jon - the KeyClip and KeyCase threaded stand-offs are pressed and into the thin, stainless steel backing plate, which is then cold-worked with the standoffs. So the stand-offs are literally an integral part of the backing plate. The 6-key Keyclip can easily be used with only three keys by using three of the six spacers that are included with the shipped product. If you want both the 3-key and the 6-key KeyClip, then double your pledge amount and specify one-of-each backing plate on the survey you'll receive, if we reach our funding goal.
With the KeyCase / KeyClip will it be possible to get the parts for both 3 and 6 key so the size can be manually updated as desired? How would this change the pledge amount?
Hi Dr. R. The inside diameter of the clip is .27 inches. f you jam more than that all the way to the back of the clip, it will deform beyond its elastic limit. (The five card limit is a conservative estimate.) That being said, If you overload the clip with cash, folded as shown in the Three Products/CardClip picture, the clip can be somewhat overloaded and still retain elasticity. I recommend using a card above the cash to sandwich the bills between the card and the clip - the card makes it easier to install bills when the clip is fully loaded.
Hi Rich, Just supported the project at Keyclip level. I know this might seem like a stupid question, but I am wondering how much 'give' does the 5 card limit have?
For example, I might need to withdraw more cash than I would usually have or might be going somewhere where I need more cards than normal.
Will the clip deform/break? How much more can I fit outside of the recommended 5 card limit?
Thanks Andrew and Jack, for your kind words and support.
Just shared on facebook! Hoping this beautifully designed product exceeds mark! Hoping to receive mine soon! Great job.
I saw this at just the right time, I'm getting too old to have my bulky carabiner hanging off my side with all my keys jingling like a janitor. Even though it's pretty much just a key carrier, I'm still really excited to get mine when they finish :)
very sleek and cool design
Hi Legendary Bottlejak. This manufacturer has consistently produced my designs over the past four years, both for client/consulting gigs and a recent Indiegogo project, the No Drip Chain Luber (licensed to Finish Line Technologies). They have a proven track record of making great products from my designs.
Hi there. I saw this and had to ask, how established is your relationship with the manufacturer... I backed ( and was one of the lucky few to receive) Key Caddy by Crearri... Before they disappointed everyone by disappearing. Its part of life, I know. But it never hurts to ask
Hello Mai-Anh. Installing the USB drive is just like installing keys. The backing plate posts, with threaded holes, are exposed when cover and screws are removed. The USB drive is placed on one of the threaded posts where two keys would normally go. When the cover is screwed back onto the posts, the USB drive is sandwiched between the cover and backing plate. Check out the fast-motion assembly scene in the video.
How can an USB be inserted in the keyclip?
Well, can't argue with design that has history and purpose! I'm sold ;)
Thanks, Raiman. I kinda like the logo: it actually has both history and purpose. Not only has it been with me for 15 years, but the font is a modified Bauhaus font. Bauhaus was a school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught. The KeyClip product series is designed in the Bauhaus style, which is marked by the absence of ornamentation and by harmony between the function of an object and its design. As Mies van der Rohe famously said, "less is more."
The keycase is EXACTLY what I've been looking for! Very excited! I'm in!
One thing, though.
It's not a deal-breaker, but personally, I think you should develop a cooler designed logo! It kind of takes away from the awesomeness of the product as is.
I'm picky ;)
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