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Thin Is Key. Streamline your pocket with the world’s thinnest and lightest keychain! Read more

Budapest, Hungary Design
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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on July 3, 2014.

Thin Is Key. Streamline your pocket with the world’s thinnest and lightest keychain!

Budapest, Hungary Design
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Thank you for supporting TIK! - thiniskey.com

Fans of TIK

UNCRATE: “TIK … fold up small and stay thin while still giving you full accessibility when it's time to open a door.”

Gizmodo: “Even if you move everything onto a single ring, there's still no way your current set of keys will get as compact as the TIK keychain.”

Cool Material: “TIK is a clever keychain that streamlines that mess of keys so they can even fit in your wallet if you wanted to store them there. … Your thighs will thank you.”

Gear Moose: "After years of accumulating a respectable collection of everyday carry, its time to consider making some room, and the TIK Keychain is a good place to start."

Gear Hungry: "TIK streamlines your pocket with the help of a regular bicycle chain and a touch of ingenuity."

 IT'S JUST A KEYCHAIN, RIGHT?

Your keychain: you interact with it every single time you open or close a lock - it is your daily companion. If it’s a bulky piece and you keep it in your pocket, it might be an unpleasant cargo. Your keychain is a personal statement: it is a fix item among your everyday carry. 

Do you love your keychain? You should because you probably spend more time tightly together than you do with your lover.

Thinness is the key for a comfortable and elegant keychain. I love to optimize my things and the bulky keychain in my pocket was a pain in the arse – literally. I particularly hated it when I was running, riding my bike or had my fancy suit on.

I dreamed of a keychain which disappears in my pocket – or fits in my wallet. I needed to reimagine the outdated key design.

fits into a minimal wallet
fits into a minimal wallet

KISS OF THE MUSE: bringing the ‘chain’ back to the keychain 

I needed a keychain which is as thin as possible – not much thicker than the blade of the key –, I needed a structure which keeps all the keys flat but offers great flexibility in other dimensions so I can comfortably reach any keyhole.

The spark came during an epic mountain bike ride in Iceland. I was climbing the slopes of Hekla volcano in Iceland, fighting with a decent rainstorm and the alien environment (the movie Prometheus was shot there, you can imagine...). There was a super steep ascent and I hoped my muddy chains won’t surrender under the load. Of course they worked like charm and then I suddenly came to the realization: the chain has that one-dimensional flexibility that I needed and the rollers in my 10-speed chain seemed to be just as thick as a regular key. And so it began...

When I got back home I couldn't wait to validate my hypothesis and guess what, the caliper showed identical thickness! Bingo. After doing an off-hand surgery on my original keys, the frankeinstein prototype was ready and worked flawlessly. Also it didn’t look as ugly as a shitty-first-proto should. I almost cried. 

After testing dozens of different chain types and fine-tuning the concept, I found the perfect combination.

It seems so trivial now, as all simple inventions do…

“In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.” – Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia

INCREDIBLY THIN AND LIGHT

The real estate in your pocket is extremely limited hence very precious – especially sideways. Small size is not enough, it must be small in the right dimension. 

80% of TIK’s surface is as thin as possible: no thicker than your key’s blade. And the rest 20% (the chain structure) is only 2,4mm thicker.

When it comes to comfort, weight is the other major factor. Why would you carry the weight of an extra pebble every day? Let alone the weight of an uncomfortable pebble… When you are in motion -– walk or run – the extra bulk is even more disturbing. The TIK construction saves a whooping 40% weight compared to the same set of regular keys with a standard keyring. There is no lighter construction on the market than this.

How did we achieve that this keychain basically disappears in your pocket? By questioning the basic structure of a keychain and trimming the fat. 

Did you know that 75% of your key’s mass is useless? But only if the useful part is bonded into a genius structure. The patent pending TIK design integrates the stripped-down keys into one lean unit. This not only keeps their original function but enhances it by providing larger grip surface and greater leverage for every individual key.

Thinner, lighter, more effective. Did I mention that TIK is also less noisy? Yep I can hear the cheer of runners! :)

CUSTOMIZABLE

Minimalist key organizers usually keep only a very limited number of keys. But what if you have 8 keys and still want to enjoy the benefits of simplicity and small size? TIK is a modular system where the number of integrated keys is unlimited. The best part? The thinness remains the same, no matter how many keys are in the unit.

But customization doesn’t stop here. Are you into shiny gold, elegant silver or stealthy black? Finally a keychain that matches the style of your iPhone.

And it’s not just keys: in the future we plan to offer USB memory stick option, bottle opener and other slim accessories.

CAN BE MADE FROM RECYCLED CHAINS » minimal eco-footprint

A worn out bicycle chain is useless for riding but perfect for TIK because the worn pivots have no influence on its performance so after a thorough cleanup with an eco-friendly agent and a little buffing, the chain re-incarnates – instead of ending its life in a landfill. Let's not forget that human beings and the natural world are on a collision course and good design must show responsibility.

(note: the Kickstarter rewards are made from brand new chains but if the campaign succeeds, we'll introduce a recycled range)

LIGHT, YET DURABLE - all-metal construction

Plastic parts? Nada. TIK is all-metal of the highest quality. After testing 20+ different chain designs the clear winner emerged: TIK is built with the king of bicycle chains, Yaban SLA. Hollow, chromium carbide-coated steel pins and cro-moly steel plates with optional titan-nitride coating for more scratch-resistant surface (and additional swag factor).

The bicycle chain, polished by 200 years of technological evolution, is an incredible piece of design: it has to bear the enormous forces of the rider’s legs and occasionally horrendous conditions – mud, slush, etc. – for thousands of miles. Not to mention the torsional torture by derailleurs. Maybe a bit too much performance potential in your pocket but hey, why not?

HANDCRAFTED FOR YOU

This level of size optimization is only achievable by the customization of key-bows (grip of the keys). TIK is not for everyone. Most people are OK with their ugly keychain but there are some who appreciate craftsmanship, design and who care about the items they use daily. 

THE VERY 'ATTRACTIVE' BONUS: a magical wall-mount 

The lightest and slimmest keychain demands a “wall hook” of the same caliber. How about this magical solution? Superstrong, superslim rare-earth magnet (for geeks: neodymium N42) attracts your TIK and holds it neatly on your wall, door or any other flat surface. A perfect companion to TIK: minimally beautiful.

You’ll also get a tiny lanyard string with your TIK so you can attach your other keys which are not compatible with TIK (yet).

HOW CAN YOU GET YOUR KEYS TIKIFIED?

Although TIK is a custom solution, we tried to make the purchase experience as easy as possible. As a starter we are offering the 48 most popular key blanks used in the U.S. which covers 95% of keys in use. 

Steps to have your custom TIK:

1. Check if your keys are on the list of available keys. (identification guide included) If you have a key which is not on the list (e.g.: chipped car key), you can still have that one attached to your TIK with the included mini lanyard. (or you can send us copies of your custom keys via mail which we will custom convert for you » step 2 still required in this case!)

2. If you find your keys in the catalog, pledge and AFTER the successful campaign print the TIK Key ID form, take a photo of your keys on the form (with the cuts – and only the cuts – taped) and send us the photos.

3. We'll identify your keys, customize the necessary key blanks, assemble your TIK and send it to you via mail.

4. Bring your unique TIK to the nearest locksmith and have your original keys duplicated to your TIK blanks. Enjoy the beautiful and comfortable keychain every day and collect compliments!

We plan to expand our key blank repertoire in the future so if your keys are not on the current list, just pledge $1 or $5 and join our VIP e-mail list. We’ll let you know when new keyblanks are available plus you'll be notified about special promotions dedicated to our Kickstarter friends.

REWARDS

$1-$5 Be the parent of TIK and reward yourself with a great feeling!

Your $ have manifesting power. 2.5 million rivets keep the Eiffel tower together. Be an essential rivet for TIK!

$35 - TIK Classic - EARLY BIRDS (SOLD OUT) 

Including 1-6 key blanks from the available selection (add $2 for every additional key), a minimal lanyard and the lovely, magical wall-mount.

$39 - TIK Classic "ZEN" EDITION (Please add $10 for shipping)

Including 1-4 key blanks from the available selection.  
(note: the whole chain spyral in the background is not part of the reward)

 

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$49 - TIK Classic (Please add $10 for shipping)

Including 1-6 key blanks from the available selection (add $2 for every additional key), a minimal lanyard and the lovely, magical wall-mount.
(note: the whole chain spyral in the background is not part of the reward)

 

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$100 TIK SWAG EDITION (Please add $10 for shipping)

Including 1-6 key blanks from the available selection (add $2 for every additional key), a minimal lanyard and the lovely, magical wall-mount.
(note: the whole chain spyral in the background is not part of the reward)

 

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 $200 TIK STEALTH EDITION (Please add $10 for shipping)

Including 1-6 key blanks from the available selection (add $2 for every additional key), a minimal lanyard and the lovely, magical wall-mount.
(note: the whole chain spyral in the background is not part of the reward)

 

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$130 TIK LOVER'S PACK (Please add $10 for shipping)

A Classic silver and a golden Swag edition with 1-6 blanks on each (add $2 for every additional key). 2X minimal lanyard and 2X magical wall-mount. Share the TIK experience with your darling! 
(note: the whole chain spyral in the background is not part of the reward)

 

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$170 TIK FAMILY EDITION (Please add $10 for shipping)

Classic TIKs with up to 24 key blanks (add $2 for every additional key), grouped and separated as you demand. 4X minimal lanyard and 4X magical wall-mount.  

 

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$350 ALPHA BACKER ALL-IN TIK pack (Please add $10 for shipping)

A Classic, a Swag and a Stealth edition TIK with 1-6 blanks on each. (add $2 for every additional key) a minimal lanyard and the magical wall-mount. 

 

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WHAT THE TEST PILOTS SAID

"The magical moment when you hold it in your hands!" – Tamas Locher, CEO at Purpose Industries 

"An incredibly simple, smart and sustainable solution for a century old problem. A definite must-have!" – Daniel Antal, Gepida Bikes

WE, THE BUILDERS

TIK is a relatively simple product and we are not expecting project crushing obstacles. Luckily this isn't my first gig: I was part of the team which developed and distributed the world’s first luxury e-bike and I worked as a mountain-bike journalist for 2 years so I have plenty of experience with chains and industrial design. The TIK crew is complete with Beata Csortan, a talented industrial designer who is also obsessed with bicycles and innovative design solutions

We use TIK every day and just LOVE it.

WHERE DOES THE FUNDING GO?

  • purchase of equipment:  custom cutter head, mechanical press, equipments for assembling the unit
  • materials: chains, magnets, key blanks, etc.
  • R&D - prototyping a newer version which can be assembled by the user without chain-tool 
  • the remaining sum will help us introduce more key blank types

TIMELINE 

 

Does it make you TIK? Share it with your friends!

Follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram,Tumblr and share the story if you think #thiniskey !

 

 

 

 

 

 

CREDITS:

Photo: Attila Szabadkai

Video: Ákos Szathmáry

PRESSPACK

Risks and challenges

We are confident we will be able to deliver on our promise. We'll be fully transparent and provide our supporters with regular updates as we move from production to fulfillment.

We’ve done our homework, the prototypes are tested, proven and the resources are lined up.

Dozens of lucky test pilots have been using it for months and they adore it!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • At first sight this is a valid question as generally the key’s head is a major reference point but with TIK a new identification feature comes in: the fixed order of keys. In practice you simply learn the position of your keys on TIK in a few days. As a matter of fact, when you send us the photo of your keys for identification after the campaign, you have to indicate the desired order of your keys and we’ll assemble your TIK accordingly. The two outermost keys on TIK give great reference points for all the other keys. Besides that, your brain will also learn the minor differences between your keys’ blades: it’s color, shape of the tip, etc.

    I love the uncluttered, pure design of TIK, but we’ll probably introduce some markings in the future, such as tiny ring-shaped stickers to be applied around the chain’s pins.

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  • Yes. Please make sure to check your keys’ availability in the TIK key blank catalog beforehand.

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  • Yes, you can do it at home and if you do, I’ll be glad to inspire you! But it's not as easy as it seems...

    You’ll need a drill, a file, polishing paper, a cramp, a good chain tool, a hollow-pin premium bike chain and a few hours on your hands. Be sure to file the loop very precisely otherwise it won’t fit in the chain tool or will be too weak.

    TIK is for those who don’t want to bother with all this. :)

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  • Although the small loop might seem fragile, as it's “fixed” in a sandwich structure, it's not a weak point. We made fatigue tests (fixed the TIK key blade in a cramp and applied max torque until something started to bend) and there hasn't been a single fault at the head but only the blade got twisted and deformed. So the head - integrated between the chain plates - is pretty robust in spite of its appearance. Dozens of people have been using it for months with no problem. And trust me, I've been torturing my own TIK as much as I can. :)

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  • At the moment we work from a specific set of key blanks but when the business gets established we'll find a way to solve these unique cases.
    Of course you can modify your own keys for yourself if you have proprietary blanks and integrate that into your TIK with the help of a simple chain-tool but make sure to indicate that you need an extra link when making the order.

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  • Due to the ultimate simplicity and tiny size of this gizmo you might think it's easier to lose but because of this small size, you can keep it in a more tight and secure place, like your wallet or the 5th pocket on your pants so chance of losing TIK is not higher.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $1 reward

    16 backers

    Be part of a record breaking product and upgrade your karmic balance! Every $ counts and so do spreading the idea!
    Love + thanks!

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    $5 reward

    45 backers

    You'll receive the virtual "Parent of TIK" badge and we'll keep you in the loop with news, special promotions. Your name will also be presented on the TIK website as founder!

    You are officially awesome, thank you!

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  • You selected
    $35 reward

    99 backers Limited (1 left of 100)

    EARLY BIRD TIK -
    Silver chain including 1-6 key blanks from the available selection (add $2 for every additional key), a minimal lanyard and the lovely, magical wall-mount.

    Please add $10 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $39 reward

    26 backers

    CLASSIC TIK "ZEN" EDITION - Silver chain including 1-4 key blanks from the available selection. Please add $10 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $49 reward

    62 backers

    CLASSIC TIK -
    Silver chain including 1-6 key blanks from the available selection (add $2 for every additional key), a minimal lanyard and the lovely, magical wall-mount.

    Please add $10 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $100 reward

    4 backers

    TIK SWAG EDITION -
    Titan-Nitride coated (golden) chain including 1-6 key blanks from the available selection (add $2 for every additional key), a minimal lanyard and the lovely, magical wall-mount.
    Please add $10 for shipping.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $130 reward

    1 backer

    TIK LOVER'S PACK - A TIK for him and one for her - A Classic silver and a golden Swag edition with 1-6 blanks on each (add $2 for every additional key). 2X minimal lanyard and 2X magical wall-mount. Share the TIK experience with your darling! (Please add $10 for shipping.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $170 reward

    4 backers

    TIK FAMILY EDITION - Classic TIKs with up to 24 key blanks (add $2 for every additional key), grouped and separated as you demand. 4X minimal lanyard and 4X magical wall-mount. Please add $10 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $200 reward

    3 backers

    TIK STEALTH EDITION -
    DLC black coated chain including 1-6 key blanks from the available selection (add $2 for every additional key), a minimal lanyard and the lovely, magical wall-mount.
    Please add $10 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $350 reward

    3 backers

    ALPHA BACKER ALL-IN TIK pack - A Classic, a Swag and a Stealth edition TIK with 1-6 blanks on each. (add $2 for every additional key) a minimal lanyard and the magical wall-mount. (Please add $10 for shipping)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $10,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Be the ultimate backer who fills the gap and brings this project to life.

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