About this project
Finally a better craft knife for everyone!
The Ergo Kiwi is an innovative ergonomic cutting tool designed to reduce stress, strain and promote prolonged productivity. The idea came about in my first year of architecture school. Our instructors had us using standard pen knives that kill your fingers after using them for hours.
Changing blades has never been easier, it's almost as easy as the Kiwi is on your hands!
The shape of the handle eliminates the hyperextension in your distal interphalangeal joint (that’s the first joint in your index finger) and its organic form allows you to hold it in any position that is most natural for you. This reduces the stress and strain of making dozens of cuts allowing you to work for longer periods of time. It’s essentially your hand’s new best friend.
How it works!
Embedded in the handle is a magnet which allows you to pick the blade up off of any surface safely, reducing the risk of injury.
The magnet also holds the blade in place and makes for easy storage. The handle will stick to pretty much any metallic surface (table legs, magnet strips, refrigerators, car doors, etc.). There is also a latch integrated into the handle which utilizes the prefabricated holes in the blades to lock them in place, preventing the blade from getting stuck in thicker materials. This patent pending design also allows for easy blade changes and reduces the amount of moving parts in the handle. No more tightening the blade in place just to have it come undone after a few cuts.
Crafting the Kiwi!
A thoroughly tested design that is the result of more than 100 prototypes!
We spent 2 years and made over 100 prototypes and wanted to make sure the form and function was perfect before we asked for funding. We sketched, carved, and 3D printed more than 100 prototypes to test and refine the ergonomics as well as the magnet and fastening mechanism.
We've partnered with Excel blades to bring you the highest quality blades on the market Made in the USA, but all brands work! Quality and craftsmanship are of utmost importance to us and we have endeavored to source all of our components from US-based manufacturing facilities. Each of our rewards comes with a minimum of a 5-pack set of Excel blades.
Choose your Kiwi!
The Kiwi is available in 4 different finishes: injection molded white plastic, plywood, and two exotic woods: Padauk and Bocote. The wooden handles are CNC milled and hand finished with the utmost attention to detail and craft ensuring a long life span. Each wooden handle comes in a handmade canvas storage bag along with five Excel blades. All of the materials and components that go into the Kiwi are sourced and manufactured in the United States. The wooden handles are handcrafted in Boston, MA.
Each wooden Kiwi comes with a handmade canvas bag!
We want to provide both affordable injection molded Kiwis for architecture and design students as well as beautiful solid wood Kiwis for the discerning craftsman.
.Why we need your help!
Despite how awesome the wooden handles are we really want to make the affordable injection molded plastic handles available to every art and architecture student. We've picked out high-quality US-based manufacturers that can produce the injection molded parts but the upfront tooling costs for manufacturing are quite expensive. Your contributions will put the Kiwi into mass production and help us get better tools in the hands of designers, architects, students, artists and makers around the world!
Risks and challenges
We have a team that is experienced in design and digital fabrication and have done as much work as possible in the past 2 years to minimize the risk and maximize the satisfaction for our Kickstarter backers but we are not perfect and unexpected hurdles are not uncommon in manufacturing.
To minimize the risk:
We have built more than 100 prototypes and prior to launch have made more than 40 fully functional CNC carved wooden handles. We have vetted multiple manufacturers for the injection molded handles and elected to go with a leading US-based company known for high quality and the quickest turnaround in the industry to ensure that communication and oversight is maximized. We anticipate that wooden handles should be delivered well ahead of the promised dates but have made conservative estimates so as not to overpromise.
We spent thousands of dollars out of our own pockets to pre-order and
test all the critical components that will be in your Kiwi so that we could test and improve quality before we make your Kiwi.
Production is already underway and our manufacturing partners are already on the line. We are adding shifts to our production schedule to make sure we hit our delivery dates.
We will keep our backers updated about any delays in the manufacturing or shipping process.
We want Kiwis to be available to designers and makers everywhere but shipping internationally can be costly. If rates fluctuate we will notify you immediately.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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