About this project
“This thing is exceptional. High quality and precession craftsmanship. It’s everything that was promised.” – Anthony Mendez
“This is one of the best things I’ve received from Kickstarter. Really impressed with the quality and well worth the wait.” – Victor
“Today I experienced the unexpected and I am glad that mininch was in my bag (^_^) “ – Ibnu Salim
“Excellent service and what an incredible tool this is! Thank you for making this tool.” - Hans van Gent
“The only thing wrong is that I should have got one for my wife, I can see it going “missing” before to long.” – Steve Buddell
Thank you very much for supporting our Tool Pen project in 2014. We couldn’t make it a reality without you. We are sincerely grateful and highly proud that you love your Tool Pen as much as we do. It motivates us to work harder for making more good designs unremittingly.
In prior amazing Tool Pen journey, many backers fed back that they desired the smaller or jeweler sized bits for fixing some electronics, intricate equipment, mobile devices, glasses, and wristwatch, to name just a few. We heard all your voices, and we obviously loved these ideas. Since then, we have begun studying how to shape the mini-sized version Tool Pen, and we’ve been tirelessly working away on developing it after the last project was finished.
As you imagine, these new mini bits are smaller and thinner than original ones which need the different type of mechanical & product design. Aside from that, lots of recessed screws on small electronics or some equipment are hard to be reached, thus a slender tip of the pen is quite necessary as well. After a rigorous assessment, we decide to create another sturdy, but svelte pen to handle all precision bits in the best way.
And definitely, we still stay the smartest “Pop-A-Point” design of Tool Pen. Rather than carrying many screwdrivers or a box full of bits, now you can flexibly collect and interchange all demanding bits like replacing refills of a pen. The bits will be compactly stacked within the barrel, and cycling them through is pretty fast & simple. It’s lightweight & portable that you’ll easily carry around and use it on the go.
One of the best things is all great features are retained. The bits sizes & icons are printed on all sides, and the window shows which ones are inside. The cap is going with a strong magnet built-in as well, to prevent leads getting damage and protect you from accidentally stabbed. What’s more, we add a pocket “Clip” on cap for Tool Pen mini. Hooray!
Trust us, everyone will agree again it’s a very polished pen in your hand.
This is the kind of mighty yet stylish multi-tool that makes your works more impeccable. Each Tool Pen mini holds up to 5 bits. The pen body is machined by aluminum with sand-blasting finish, and there are still three beautiful colors – Snow Silver, Gunmetal, & Champagne Gold for your choices. They will be absolutely the perfect companions with your EDCs.
On the other hand, we upgrade the material of these precision bits to high-quality “S2 TOOL STEEL”, which they are harder, stronger, and super durable for frequent use. There’re 21 types of bits that applied to Slotted (Flat), Phillips, Star (Torx), Torx Security, Hexagon (Hex), Square, and Pentalobe screws. You can flexibly work on fixing multiple devices including small electronics, game console, laptop, tablet PC, mobile phone, toys, Meccano, music equipment, glasses, wristwatch, appliances, remote controller, as well as many household gadgets & personal ornaments etc. with a single “all-in-one” pen anytime & anywhere.
Material: S2 TOOL STEEL
Length: 35.6 mm / Diameter: 7.1 mm / Weight: 4.5 g
Spec: 21 types are offered in first phase
- Slotted Bits (Flat): SL1.5, SL2, SL2.5, SL3
- Phillips Bits: PH00, PH0, PH1
- Hexagon Bits (Hex): H0.9, H1.3, H1.5, H2
- Torx Bits (Star): T6, T7
- Torx Security Bits: TR8, TR9, TR10
- Square Bits: S1
- SIM Eject Tool: 0.8
- Pentalobe Bits: P2, P5, P6
Material: 6061 aluminum, sand-blasting finish.
Length: 133.5 mm / Diameter: 12.8 mm / Weight: 46 g (with 5 bits inside)
Colors: Snow Silver, Gunmetal, Champagne Gold
The product you see here is actually the 3rd-run prototype we did. Developing this mini version was more difficult than what we originally assumed. The major challenge we met was the complexity of mechanical design for applying Pop-A-Point mechanism to this smaller pen & jeweler bits, not to mention that the tooling & CNC process for making precision items were also much tougher. So, we worked with our manufacturing partner (the same one who supported Tool Pen project) and attended to every detail over the past months. In the meanwhile, we were also knee-deep in executing on mass production of Tool Pen (and it was successfully fulfilled by last November). Frankly, we were almost burned out during that overlap period!
Fortunately, all efforts we paid were fairly worthy, this Tool Pen mini was finally come up. As mentioned, the material of bits has been upgraded to higher class "S2 TOOL STEEL". Besides, we change the shape of pen body being cylindrical, and mill additional flatten surfaces to enhance the frictional force and bring a close grip feeling. And the most important is our new design will make your Tool Pen mini dapper, lighter, and super-smooth for Pop-A-Point operation as well. We love it, and we believe you’ll fall in love with it, too!
Our products are designed and manufactured in Taiwan. We partner with a high-quality & 30-year-experience manufacturer who is professional in making wide-range screwdrivers & tools. With utmost efficiency and stringent quality gates along each step of the way, we are confident to fulfill this project and deliver your rewards on September, 2015. Here is our schedule & execution plan –
We are a small team named “mininch” (pronounced by “mini-inch”), and all key members have great credentials with complimentary expertise in design, manufacturing, marketing, & project management. Some have also won numerous awards including iF product design award & Red Dot design concept award etc. Converging everyone’s profession & experience, we aim to create good designs for improved lifestyles, moving from concept to production.
Risks and challenges
Although Tool Pen mini is the 2nd version of prior greatly-made Tool Pen, it’s still a brand new product that will be constructed and manufactured from scratch. There’re some potential risks & challenges such as tooling delay, component shortage, or any unexpected situation we may meet for ramping up. Fortunately, it’s not our first Kickstarter campaign. We have learned many experiences and we also have proven track record in project management & reward fulfillment. We’ll try best to make sure that all executions live up to our plan & preparation.
In addition, we’re used to make everything transparent, thus the overall milestones & progress will be open to track by updates. So, if there’s something unforeseen, we’ll be sure to keep you informed and work diligently to solve the problems as soon as possible.
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