Ti Slice is our 10th Kickstarter edition to the Carbon Tactics line, and it's the end of our long search for the perfect every-day-carry knife. But how do you take the simple utility knife concept to the next level?
Heirloom Quality: Premium materials and a highly-refined, precision-machined design that should last a lifetime.
Overbuilt for Abuse: CNC machined from billet Titanium and marine-grade Bronze, this knife has nothing to corrode, break, loosen, or fall off, because there are no screws, no bearings, and no plastic parts whatsoever.
Always Sharp: It takes a couple seconds to rotate or replace the blade for a fresh edge. No sharpening and no fussing with tools required. A few dollars will buy you a year's supply of blades.
Always Within Reach: Super-compact design easily slips into a pocket, glove box, go-bag, tackle box, or the corner of your nightstand. Light enough that you'll forget you're carrying it, but it will be there when you need it.
USA Made: Machining, finishing, anodizing, testing, and shipping - all done under one roof by Avonlea and Michael Sargent, a couple of certifiable perfectionists.
How it Works
Quickly Deploy and Retract One-Handed
Deploy the blade by simply pushing down and forward on the button, allowing the bronze slider to lock into position within the titanium body. Reverse the procedure to stow the blade.
Slice All the Things
Cut and slice to your heart's content! Anytime you'd think of dulling your significant other's kitchen knives, just stop, think, and use Ti Slice instead!
Sharpness Without the Struggle
Amazon has changed our lives, but one thing is for certain: Opening and breaking-down boxes is a daily exercise that's here to stay, and nothing dulls a knife faster than cardboard. Luckily, it's super-easy to keep your Ti Slice sharp.
To change the blade, just depress the button and slide the bronze "slider" out the front (see above). You can flip the blade over for a fresh edge, or replace it with a completely new blade.
Keep it On-Hand and At the Ready
Simply attach Ti Slice to your keys or a lanyard. This way you'll always have a sharp knife on-hand when you need it.
There are a ton of ways to customize your Ti Slice. For all possible combinations, look at THE REWARDS near the top of this page.
A Few Examples:
It was very important for Ti Slice to attach to our keys, so it could go everywhere that our keys go (which is basically everywhere). So a hole for a key ring was built into the design from the start.
However, we quickly realized that having keys attached to the knife had an unexpected benefit: providing extra gripping area which made it feel much more solid in the hand than you would expect from such a compact knife.
But what if you don't want to attach Ti Slice to your keys, and you still want a firm grip similar to what you'd get with a full size knife?
Well, we found a pretty simple solution - use a lanyard!
The lanyard helps in getting a firm grip, but it also makes it easy to clip your Ti Slice to a carabiner or hang it in a convenient spot. And they look cool, enough said.
We designed 4 different types of lanyard beads and machined them on the CNC lathe:
Maybe we got carried away, I don't know, you tell me. This is by far the plainest-looking, but potentially most awesome lanyard bead ever made.
In an emergency, you can strike it with your Ti Slice to create a shower of sparks. Combined with some dry tinder and a little ingenuity, it makes quick work of starting a fire.
Manufacturing Done Right: IN AMERICA
Ti Slice will be made in Tucson, AZ by the creator's company, Sargent Research, LLC. This isn't the cheapest way to make a knife, but it gives us complete freedom to control every detail of the process.
Ti Slice must be manufactured to a very high level of precision. Clearance between parts has to be very close and precise. Tolerances are just a thousandth of an inch on some features (25 microns). To us, this isn't just a knife, it's a showpiece.
After machining is complete, titanium parts are hand finished before anodizing, per the customer's requirements. Anodizing titanium is an art form requiring a lot of attention to detail, but the result is worth it.
We would never consider outsourcing any of this work, because we believe that how you make something is just as important as the design itself.
You can trust us to deliver, because we understand the manufacturing process, quality control, and other aspects that can be overlooked by a first-time Kickstarter creator. We aren't perfect by any means, but we always try to do right by people.
Help us Support YOU (in all of your daily slicing adventures)
CNC machining is expensive, especially when you're dealing with titanium. Doing it in America and holding ourselves to the highest standard of quality isn't cheap either, but we want to make the Ti Slice available to everyone.
The only way to bring the cost down is to manufacture parts in large batches, and we hope your support on Kickstarter will enable us to ramp up for our first production run.
Risks and challenges
We are very confident in the design, and have tested it thoroughly, but small refinements may still be made.
We've tested the machining processes in-house on our Brother Speedio CNC mill and our Takisawa TCN2100 Turning Center. Because we are doing all production in-house, we don't expect any big surprises. However, if we do hit any obstacles, we will adapt and overcome while keeping all backers updated along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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