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Brandon GramseBy Brandon Gramse
First created
Brandon GramseBy Brandon Gramse
First created
$1,450
pledged of 12 000 $pledged of 12 000 $ goal
14
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, March 12 2012 7:11 PM UTC +00:00

About

I'm Brandon Gramse, owner of Billiards Direct in San Diego, California. I play pool and I take precautions to make sure my cue stays in pristine condition. Like many players, I purchased a pool cue holder to use when I'm at the pool halls. After trying several different brands of holder, I quickly discovered that all pool cue holders on the market have the same serious defect; the cue can slip right out of them!

Such a defect was unacceptable to me so I got started on my own pool cue holder. After nearly a decade of testing and perfecting, I'm finally ready to share my invention with the world. It's called The E-Grip and I need your help to bring this project out of my shop and into pool halls across the world! 

What is the E-Grip?

If you’re a serious pool player then you know how important it is to keep your cue in pristine condition.  You carefully shape the tip into a perfect half moon, buff the shaft until it glides through your hand like silk and you tuck it away in a special case at the end of the night.  So why would you trust your cue to a cheap holder? Worse yet, why would you ever lean it against a table or stool where any minor bump could result in hundreds of dollars in damages?  Your cue is an investment and it’s time to treat it like one.  A good cue is a work of art and craftsmanship that can last a lifetime if properly cared for.

That’s where the E-Grip comes in. The E-Grip an evolutionary way to protect every pool player’s most important tool. Wherever you play, the E Grip will keep your cue safe from kicks, slips, bumps, and falls.  Rigorous product testing has shown that even an occasional kick won’t knock your cue out of the E-Grip.  The rubberized surface simultaneously protects the shaft from nicks and grips the cue to keep it from sliding free.  With the E-Grip you’ll never have to hear the sickening smack of your cue hitting the ground again.

The E-grip’s unique Groove Lock System allows it to latch securely to almost any table or countertop. It features our exclusive screw-hook design that will keep your cue case off the ground and safe from damage, while also keeping all of the accessories you need at your fingertips.  The E-Grip also holds up to three cues at once, so you can keep your break stick, jump cue and any other specialty cues you need safely within arms reach for every shot.  Most remarkably, the E-Grip does all this while still being small enough to easily fit in your pocket or cue case. Every E-Grip features a sleek, matte aluminum finish that will keep it from ever looking smeared or dingy.

What you can do for me:

I've already created a short-run batch of E-Grips to test out myself and distribute to E-Grip Beta Testers here on Kickstarter. These E-Grips were produced on a CNC machine and,while they're every bit as strong and durable as a mass produced model, they're far too expensive to continue manufacturing one-off with a CNC. I need your help to raise enough money to hire a professional manufacturer for the E-Grip.

Where your funding goes:

To properly mass-manufacture the E-Grip, I'll need to get molds/stamps made for each of the two main pieces. Additionally, I must find a way to inject the rubber molding all the way around the device without needing to resort to any sort of adhesive. This will likely involve a gum-mold. Finally, I need to get the Screwhook manufactured to my specifications. The present models are using off-the-shelf hooks from a hardware store. With a specially designed Screwhook, the overall durability and functionality of the E-Grip will be greatly improved. 

What kinds of rewards are offered:

I've come up with some good reward levels for this project and I'm sure you'll find one that's perfect for you. If you'd like to help the E-Grip become a reality but, for some reason, you don't actually want one yourself, I've got a pretty great little reward for you: An officially branded Billiards Direct BowTie. This little device has a tip shaper, a tip scuffer and a tip pick all in one little unit!

If you're the type who prefers a little exclusivity in your Kickstarter reward, check out our Kickstarter Edition E-Grip. Although the standard E-Grip unit will come standard in a matte, anodized aluminum finish, the Kickstarter Edition will be pure black. This special black edition will eventually be released for sale to the general public but it will likely be at least a year before we'll give that option. If you want a black E-Grip, this is the ONLY way to get one.

Maybe you're just itching to try an E-Grip out for yourself but you can't stand the idea of waiting until Summer. If that's you, I suggest becoming an E-Grip Beta Tester. As soon as the funding is complete, you'll receive one of the an E-Grip beta model (as seen in the promo video and still images). These are the CNC produced models and although they're completely functional, they're just not quite as "polished" as the final product will eventually be. 

In addition to getting an E-Grip way before anyone else, you'll also be providing us valuable feedback on how the E-Grip functions in your everyday routine. Was there something not quite clear about how to use it? Would you prefer a thicker rubber? Are you hoping for a neon-green model? You'll be able to give me your feedback directly and I'll use your input to refine what will become the final E-Grip model. Of course, you'll also receive the final E-Grip model when it ships as well, so you're actually getting TWO E-Grips!

Finally, for the collector-types, you can back this project at the $500 level and you'll receive an actual E-Grip prototype. I've got three unique prototype E-Grips that I'm willing to part with and you can forever own one yourself. I'll be updating this page with images of the prototypes in-question so keep an eye out for that coming soon. You'll also get the final E-Grip model when it ships as well.

Thank you!

My sincerest "thank you" for reading about my project. It's been a long time coming and I'm excited to get this product into the hands of pool players all around the world. 

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    "Funded By" credit on the EGrip.com website and our sincere thanks!

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    Above, plus an official Billiards Direct BowTie from CueTec.

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    Be an Early Adopter and get an E-Grip for an AMAZINGLY low price. This is a limited price tier, so act fast. You'll also be credited on the E-Grip website.

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    It's ok if you missed out on the Early Adopter price; you can still get the E-Grip at a substantial discount off retail. You'll also be credited on the E-Grip website.

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    You'll be getting an exclusive, individually numbered Black "Kickstarter E-Grip". If you want a black E-Grip, this will be the only way to get one for quite a while. You'll also be credited on the E-Grip website.

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    Be an E-Grip BETA TESTER! You'll receive a production-model E-Grip as soon as the project ends and you'll provide critical feedback we'll use to improve the final model! In addition to your beta E-Grip, you'll also receive the final version once it's ready! You'll also be credited on the E-Grip website.

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    You'll receive one of the three original E-Grip prototype models. These are handmade by me and clearly demonstrate the progression of the E-Grip device. You'll also receive a final version of the E-Grip once it's ready. You'll also be credited on the E-Grip website.

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Funding period

- (40 days)