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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
Still looking for the perfect fidget spinner in a sea of mere toys? Not some disposable cheap plastic throwaway with tiny bearings but something special? Well, you've found it. The AXIOS titanium spinner / carabiner is quite possibly the best made spinner on the market.
What is the AXIOS spinner?
Precision machined in the USA out of titanium, brass and copper to exacting tolerances and then mated to a ridiculously smooth 608RS ceramic ball bearing, the AXIOS feels like no other spinner out there.
A spinner / carabiner? No Way!
Yes, way. Once you put it in your hand it makes perfect sense. Not only is the AXIOS the perfect fidget spinner but it's also a dual sided carabiner, making it the perfect EDC keychain accessory. The fact that it also works as a bottle opener makes it the ultimate "must have" carry tool.
Did you say Titanium?
Oh yeah, we sure did. Grade 5 / 6AL4V titanium is about 45 percent lighter than steel, 60 percent heavier than aluminum and stronger than either of them. While it’s not easy to machine the finished AXIOS is weighted perfectly, beautiful to behold and durable enough to last a lifetime.
What other flavors are available?
Glad you asked. First of all, we have the flamed as well as the machined titanium finish:
We also have a stunning copper version:
For those who like a little more spin time there's machined brass:
Last but most certainly not least, in weathered brass:
This thing looks amazing!
That's because it is amazing. Combining our experience in knife-making, pen design and precision machining, we've been able to design a perfectly balanced spinner / carabiner. The beautiful surface and availability of a titanium flame anodized multi-colored finish just takes things up a notch.
Tell me about the bearing.
While many other spinners use small metal bearings (mostly to reduce costs), we decided to go big and after testing dozens of different bearings settled on the 608RS ceramic ball bearing. The larger race and ceramic ball construction make for an amazingly smooth bearing which can run completely dry with no need for messy oil or grease. The precision machined race on the spinner mates perfectly with the bearing for amazing spinnability.
Spinner buttons are precision machined on the lathe and then finished on the mill. They are removable and interchangeable meaning that you can purchase additional buttons to mix and match materials and colors for your spinner.
Made in the USA.
Every AXIOS spinner / carabiner is made in sunny Phoenix, Arizona on Haas CNC machines. These bad-boys are machined, finished and finally assembled by us in our shop to our famously high standards.
Who are we?
Side A: Louis and Andrea - Famous for their Krudo Knives they're like the Posh and Becks of the knife industry. Louis has been designing and making knives longer than he even cares to remember. Now Louis has entered the EDC arena and come out with a bang.
Side B: There's Jack - of Tuff Writer Pens fame, the designer and head machinist. Peachy, she handles shipping and snacks. Itzel does the dirty work and avoids being caught in pictures like a vampire avoids sunlight.
Why are we funding it on Kickstarter?
Kickstarter seems like the perfect community to help us get this project launched. The backer feedback and input are invaluable in making a better mousetrap.. er, spinner. We think we're really onto something special with the AXIOS spinner / carabiner and with your help, we can get these made and out to you in short order.
We love it when a plan comes together. Since the AXIOS is made entirely in-house in our shop in Phoenix, Arizona, we've got the production pretty much wired tight. We already have suppliers lined up for both bearings and material. In fact, we can get rolling immediately once the project funds.
Once the funding completes things will move quickly. Material suppliers can have material to our doorstep in 1-2 weeks. Bearings take little longer but we're still looking at 3-4 weeks on delivery. We already have carabiner gates on hand so there's no waiting on them and no delivery risk.
Once we have material, machining can begin. Each titanium AXIOS spinner takes roughly 42 minutes of machine time (34 minutes per body and 8 minutes per button). Copper and brass are somewhat faster but it's still going to be a bit of work. Fortunately, we've got two Haas VF-2SS CNC mills we can dedicate to this project. Buttons will be made on a Haas ST-20SSY with the backside cleared and chamfered on the mill.
Our previous Kickstarter projects helped us get dialed in on shipping and delivery which should translate into a smoother fulfillment on the AXIOS as well.
Risks and challenges
Both Louis and Jack have considerable manufacturing experience so the team has a pretty good idea of what they're getting into.
With the successful completion of numerous Kickstarter projects already (along with a few collaborations) the team has a pretty good idea of what it will take to get this one completed and delivered.
Because we've already designed and machined the prototype spinners we have a pretty good idea of how long it's going to take to get these machined, finished, assembled and delivered. We believe that doing all of this work ahead of time has allowed the team to significantly mitigate most project risks in terms of completion or delivery.
With our experience in high-quality, small run manufacturing and order-fulfillment we feel confident that the AXIOS spinner / carabiner will set the new gold standard for high-end fidget spinners.
That and they're just ridiculously cool to play with so you should totally get one.