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backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 1 2013

About

SAY HELLO TO MR. CRAB BETTER KNOWN AS "CRAB MATE"

Crab Mate Universal Tool Prototype
Crab Mate Universal Tool Prototype

Crab Mate is a handy super tool to use for those quick on the fly odds and ends repair jobs. Not just a repair tool but a great side kick buddy to carry with you on those eventful camping, beach, mountain or other outdoor trips. Crab Mate is a great tool to use indoors and outdoors. When those standard tools are out of reach and you are in urgent need of a tool to get the job done you can count on Crab Mate.

The Crab Mate is equipped with some cool nifty design features which allow it to function as a Screw Driver, Hexwrench(4 Sizes), Bottle Opener, Pry Bar, Mini Saw Box Cutter and Paracord Knotless Tie Device. Offered in Stainless Steel and light weight Titanium both with a polished surface finish. 

Prototypes-(Stainless Steel Polished-Left  &  Titanium Polished-Right)
Prototypes-(Stainless Steel Polished-Left & Titanium Polished-Right)

Durable and sleek in design Crab Mate measures only 2.92" in height, 2.7" in width and 4mm in thickness. 

Carry the Crab Mate everywhere you go by simply adding it to your keyring.

Feature 1: Screw Driver

Attach a phillips or flat tip screw driver bit and tighten or loosen any screw. 

Prototype Screw Driver Feature In Action
Prototype Screw Driver Feature In Action
Tightening a Screw On My Son's Train
Tightening a Screw On My Son's Train
Attach a Flat Tip or Phillips Screw Driver Bit
Attach a Flat Tip or Phillips Screw Driver Bit

 Feature 2: Hexwrench

Crab Mate is versatile including 4 different size hex wrenches. Running vertical along the crabs belly you have 1/4", 5/16", and 3/8" hex wrenches. There is also one 7/16" hex wrench on the left claw and right claw of the Crab Mate.

Crab Mate Prototype Works Like a Hex Wrench Champ
Crab Mate Prototype Works Like a Hex Wrench Champ
Screw Hex Nuts Onto Bolts
Screw Hex Nuts Onto Bolts
Hex Style Screws, No Problem!
Hex Style Screws, No Problem!

 Feature 3: Bottle Opener

Every cool gadget has to have a bottle opener and the Crab Mate makes it completely effortless when popping the caps on your favorite beverage. Make the Crab Mate your BB(Bottle Buddy) and carry it with you to all those live social events.

Crab Mate Prototype- POP IT!
Crab Mate Prototype- POP IT!

Feature 4: Pry Bar

Now here's a feature that you will not find on most multi-tool products. Crab Mate has two open claws that can be used for prying nails out of boards. 

Crab Mate Prototype- PRY IT!
Crab Mate Prototype- PRY IT!

Feature 5: Keychain

Need a sporty looking keychain the Crab Mate has you covered. Just attach Crab Mate to your key ring using one of the holes located on the claws and Crab Mate can be carried with you on the go. Better yet if you are a carabiner type of guy/gal, latch it on right to your hip.

Crab Mate Prototype On Key Ring
Crab Mate Prototype On Key Ring

Feature 6: Mini Saw Box Cutter

The upper outer and inner sections of the Crab Mates main claws have small saw teeth perfect for ripping through box tape when opening up packages.

Crab Mate- RIP IT!
Crab Mate- RIP IT!

Feature 7: Paracord Knotless Tie Device 

Use Crab Mate to tie down objects with paracord keeping them secured from dropping, sliding or opening. 

Crab Mate Prototype Mingling With Its Buddy Paracord
Crab Mate Prototype Mingling With Its Buddy Paracord
Paracord Tie Device Like No Other!
Paracord Tie Device Like No Other!

Story Behind Crab Mate-

So I am an handy type of gal and when ever I get the chance I'm always tinkering around working on home repair projects around the house whether indoors or outdoors. If you are like me a good handy tool is great to have by your side, one that serves multiple functions and gets the job done. 

I knew I could come up with a drawing for a such a universal tool, but wanted it to be something creative and DIFFERENT. So I began asking myself what is one of my favorite foods, animals, and hobbies. I love the beach, love to go crabbing and love nothing more than to eat my favorite food CRABS!

And so the name quickly popped into my head and the journey to design Crab Mate began.

Steps Taken To Create Crab Mate

Step 1: Idea turned into pen on paper sketches
Step 1: Idea turned into pen on paper sketches
Step 2: Sketch drawings turned into computer aided design using Solid Works
Step 2: Sketch drawings turned into computer aided design using Solid Works
Final Computer Aid Design Revisions- Modified and Rounded Legs for Better Comfort
Final Computer Aid Design Revisions- Modified and Rounded Legs for Better Comfort
Crab Mate with Rounded Edge Legs
Crab Mate with Rounded Edge Legs

Your pledges will help provide the funding for tooling, materials, manufacturing costs and shipping so that I can bring the Crab Mate directly to your hands.  

Production to Fulfillment Plan for Crab Mate  

Step 1: Materials and tooling will be acquired 

 Step 2: Raw stainless steel and titanium will be cut to size to begin the production process  

Step 3: Crab Mate will machined and cut per design specifications 

 Step 4: Surface will be sand blasted and smoothed to remove any existing production blemishes before surface finishing process is completed 

 Step 5: A non-corrosive application is applied and then the polished surface treatment finishing is completed

Step 6: Laser marking of the product name on the front 

Step 7: Crab Mate will be packaged and shipped to backers 

I have commissioned my metal machine tool company which has already produced the prototypes as seen in the above images. Materials 304 stainless steel and titanium will be cut to size. Once this phase is complete the cut metal structures will be sent to a partnered surface metal finishing company to complete the surface finish and laser marking, then shipped back to the metal machine company I am working with. Packaging and shipping phase will go into full swing.

Production will start the moment this project is successful! 

Below is a time line for production and fulfillment:

 --Production of Crab Mate by the metal machine tool company will start 2nd week in Dec. 2013. This process will take approximately 30 days to complete all orders. 

 --Surface finishing and laser marking will start and be completed the 2nd week in Jan. 2014. 

 --**Crab Mate will be set to start shipping to backers by Mid January 2014.** 

During each step of the process I will post updates under the Update Section here on Kickstarter to keep all backers informed of the completion of each phase. It is my goal to 100% make sure this project is carried out and completed from production to shipment.

THANK YOU FOR PLEDGING!

Risks and challenges

I have worked countless hours in the designing and the prototype development stages while working with my commissioned metal shop company on Crab Mate. I have teamed up with a great machine tool and die company and ready to start production. I honestly do not foresee any road blocks in pushing this product out to all my backers.

An overwhelming production order may add a few more days on to production but nothing major.

I'm extremely stoked about this project and ready to burn more mid night oil just to make sure each backer receives the Crab Mate. I have pulled some of my closest friends together to help with fulfillment if needed. My expected shipment date for all orders is by mid January 2014. I thank each of you for all your support!

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    Early Bird, Early Bird- Receive your very own stainless steel Crab Mate multi-tool. Be one of the first to back this project. Thanks for your support. US shipping included.

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    Grab It!- Receive the Crab Mate stainless steel multi-tool. Don't miss out on the crab action. Thanks for your support. US shipping included.

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    News Flash, News Flash- The titanium Crab Mate has surfaced. Be one of the first to own yours in light weight titanium. Thanks for your support. US shipping included.

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