About this project
Turn your favorite swords into your house or office key!
BECOME A LEGEND – Now you can carry the world’s most legendary swords on your key ring. The Key Armory was created by nerds, whose lives were shaped by swords from fantasy stories and by the heroes who wielded them. Our team has worked with talented designers to create a unique set of keys in the shape of different swords from the stories we have all grown to love.
ARM YOURSELF by backing our Kickstarter, and we will send you the blade (or blades) of your choice! Check out the designs below, and pledge by choosing one of the rewards to the right!
Please note the Hero's Sword sample in the video does not have the top of the handle guard cut away. This WILL be corrected in mass production.
Please note the Kingdom Key sample in the video does not have the sides of the handles cut away. This WILL be corrected in mass production.
Our designs are inspired by some of our favorite stories - stories that have changed our lives and shaped who we are! The Hero's Sword taught us that Courage is all we need to stand up to evil. The Halfling's Blade taught us that friendship and hope can be stronger than armies. The Kingdom Key taught us that only those with an honorable heart can be a hero. The Star Saber taught us to always seek balance in the force. The King's Blade taught us not to fear who we truly are!
Now your favorite stories can be with you everywhere you go! Check out our rewards below to see how you can get your favorite sword on your keyring!
You can pick and choose any design you'd like after our campaign ends. You'll receive a survey to let us know which designs you'd like for your keys after our Kickstarter has ended. If specific designs are unlocked via stretch goals, those designs will also be available!
You can certainly increase your pledge amount in order to receive more keys. However, if you increase your amount without us know, you're probably going to wind up only get ten designs. You'll then probably be angry and send us angry emails, and we'll be confused and respond with confusing emails, and there's a really simple way to avoid all this! Simply follow these steps:
1) Look at the chart below and increase your pledge accordingly
2) Message us privately and let us know that you have increased your pledge amount (we can then make an internal note so we don't overlook this when we get ready to ship keys)
3) Fill out the survey sent to you with 10 designs and their keyways
4) Privately message us the additional designs & keyways that you'd like
If you do these four simple things, everyone will be much happier when these keys arrive at your doorstep! Again, when surveys are sent out, you'll only be able to fill out a survey for 10 designs, and then privately message us the additional designs. Use the chart below to see how much you need to pledge to receive the amount the keys you'd like! Please note that the below prices include shipping ($5 max for those within the US and $10 for those out of the US).
Great question! For the most part, yes, the designs are final! However, the keys featured in the video are prototypes, and there are a few cuts that will be made to The Hero's Sword and The Kingdom Key before we ship to our backers. The following designs will be altered a bit when we mass produce, with the red areas indicating what will be cut out.
Our keys are available in two of America's most common key types:
1) The Kwikset KW1
2) The Schlage SC1
The Kwikset KW1 is the #1 most common key in the United States, followed closely by the SC1. This means that together, our keys will fit 95% of household locks throughout the United States. Of course, we still recommend checking your key/lock to assure our key will fit your lock before purchasing one of our keys.
To find out if our key will match your house, simply look at your key - often times, it will say either KW1/Kwikset or SC1/Schlage. Sometimes, you can also find this information engraved in your lock. If you still aren't sure, your local hardware store will be able to take one quick look and tell you which kind of key you own! Once the Kickstarter campaign ends, you'll receive a survey to choose your key design.
Still not sure what type of key you have? Send us an email at email@example.com with a picture of your key's head and we'll let you know which key is right for you!
Each key differs in size. It's true that the hilt of each sword is larger than your average key, but we found that shrinking the size down lost a lot of charm. The key fits easily on your average keyring and allows for quick accessibility .These keys are designed for houses, office buildings, and more. Please note that our designs will not work with car keys.
All keys & designs are made in silver.
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: Please note that we are unsure whether the KW1 and SC1 keyways are used outside of the United States. If you are an international buyer, please do a bit of research before purchasing! Thank you!
Don't worry! As a Kickstarter backer, you will receive an additional 10% off all of The Key Armory's future products. In addition, provide us with proof that you've moved and that you are a previous owner of a Key Armory key, and you'll receive an additional 20% off your next house key!
You can also prepare ahead of time by pledging for more than one key. You can then stock up and make keys as needed! Our rewards above offer discounts with each additional key you purchase.
If your local hardware store cuts your key incorrectly, no worries! Our customer service is "top-notch" (get it???) and we'll help you take care of it quickly and efficiently! If your key was cut incorrectly, we'll send you a new key free of charge!
The best way to avoid this is to simply make sure you know which type of key you have before you order - our keys are available in two keyways - 1) Schlage SC1 and 2) Kwikset KW1. You can typically see right on your key which type of key you have. If not, check with your local hardware store or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of your key head.
If you still order a key and it doesn't fit with your lock, you can either exchange it or get a refund, so long as you have not cut the key in any way.
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Risks and challenges
While there are always risks to starting something new, we have done months of research to assure that this project will not only be funded, but will also ship quickly and with the best quality possible. We've partnered with an awesome manufacturer with years of experience. We've already received our samples, which are shown in the video above, and simply need to raise cash in order to mass produce our keys. We have no doubt that our keys will be in your hands by February 2016. We also promise to always be upfront and honest with our backers at all times. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below, or feel free to message us if you have any other concerns!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The designs may change here and there before the campaign ends. Specifically, the Keyblade will be redesigned so that the bade will be empty on either side of the handle. The Master Sword will also have some changes made at the top of the base in order to better represent the iconic sword we all know and love. We will post pictures and update our video as soon as we receive samples of these new designs.
These keys will not come in color. We hope to add this feature later on down the road, but we currently don't have the capacity to do this. Just like any mini, however, you can paint these keys to your liking.
While our Kickstarter started out with just five designs inspired from Lord of the Rings, The Legend of Zelda, Kingdom Hearts and Star Wars, we are certainly open to adding more designs! Each of our stretch goals allow for our backers to vote on future designs. Our first stretch goal will be available for voting at $12,000!
Our ballot will be made up of our own ideas for some awesome keys, including the Halo sword (the Halo series), the Monado (Xenoblade Chronicles), Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive), & Longclaw (Game of Thrones). We will also add any and all suggestions from our backers for the ballot, allowing each and every design to have a fair chance at getting created! If you'd like to add a suggestion to the ballot, please leave a comment on our campaign, message us on Kickstarter, or email us as email@example.com!
To be honest, that was one of our biggest concerns when we began this project. Luckily, the keys feel very natural in your pocket, and they aren't any more pointy than your average key. While the crossguards of some of the keys protrude a bit more than you're used to, they don't jab at your legs, and they won't cause any more damage to your pants or purse than your current keys do.
With that being said, you may want to avoid placing these keys in the same pocket as your headphones...
The keys are just as easy to turn as your already existing keys. In fact, the crossguards of some of the blades provides a little extra support, making it extremely easy to lock or unlock your door.
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