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A titanium - clad carabiner unlike anything else available, worthy of your finest EDC or just your keys.
A titanium - clad carabiner unlike anything else available, worthy of your finest EDC or just your keys.
A titanium - clad carabiner unlike anything else available, worthy of your finest EDC or just your keys.
278 backers pledged $34,585 to help bring this project to life.

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Gatekeeper - Your carabiner in shining armor

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My design is unconventional, but the Gatekeeper functions exactly as a carabiner should. Simply attach your gear, clip it to your belt-loop or bag and you're good to go.  I engineered the Gatekeeper from scratch to be strong and dependable, but my greatest preoccupation has been with the aesthetics of structure. 

Lots of options -- Suit yourself.
Lots of options -- Suit yourself.
There are eight different models to choose from.
There are eight different models to choose from.

Want to order multiples?  Just select one or the other desired reward and then increase your pledge by the appropriate amount. Early birds who want more than one reward need to pay the standard price for each additional unit.

Full titanium
Full titanium
titanium over clear anodized aluminum
titanium over clear anodized aluminum
Gatekeeper looks good and feels right whether on your hip or your bag.
Gatekeeper looks good and feels right whether on your hip or your bag.
Get creative with your setup
Get creative with your setup
Form and function, in balance
Form and function, in balance
Need the perfect split ring? Click above to visit the campaign for the Handgrey Knox
Need the perfect split ring? Click above to visit the campaign for the Handgrey Knox
   
Need great plans and renders?  Contact mikekollerdigital@gmail.com
Need great plans and renders? Contact mikekollerdigital@gmail.com

Carabiners sold as practical personal accessories are a dime-a-dozen, and like the majority of mainstream items, many are designed to fail. The Gatekeeper was designed to endure. Built in layers, it is unlike any other carabiner available. The main assembly consists of 19 pieces machined and cut to strict tolerances, then fastened together with 26 stainless steel machine screws. The final result is a solid piece of personal hardware that looks great and is almost impossible to put down.

Smooth reliable action, every time.
Smooth reliable action, every time.

HOW TO SUPPORT THIS CAMPAIGN

In a world without crowd funding and the revolutionary platform companies like Kickstarter provide, the GateKeeper could never exist on the scale I'm imagining.  Even with this great opportunity, it's future is uncertain.  In order to scale up production and offer these at the lowest price I can, significant start up capital is required.  To make it all possible I'm running this campaign as a pre-sale and offering the Gatekeeper at a substantial discount as added incentive.  To lock in your support and place your order, just select your reward from the upper right of your screen and follow the prompts, it's easy. 

I won't try to convince you that you need a Gatekeeper. I didn't spend hundreds of hours designing, troubleshooting and building the prototypes because I thought the world needed another carabiner. I created it because I became obsessed with the idea, and I carry one daily because it flawlessly does what it's supposed to do. If you back this campaign, do so because you want one. Do so because you appreciate authentic and novel design and care deeply about the build-quality of the things you carry every day...or maybe because you agree that it would make a great gift.

If you can't pledge any material support but still want to contribute,  please consider posting about and linking to this campaign on your preferred social platform. 

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 PRODUCTION AND FULFILLMENT

All the pre-sold units will be cut within the first month of the campaigns close, assembly and finishing will begin immediately thereafter. There is plenty to assemble, obviously, but I have it down to a science and don’t see any trouble hitting my delivery deadline. Overwhelming success would force me to scale up the means of production, but the delivery deadline should still be attainable.  To stay up to date on news from my studio, follow @GambleMade on Instagram.

Risks and challenges

The Gatekeeper is guaranteed to function as described, so no worries there. Supply chain issues or temporary technical problems with the means of production are a possibility. As always, I will keep everyone informed and in the loop with regard to whatever comes up.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    SUPER Early Bird!
    Gatekeeper carabiner x 1
    -$60 off projected retail
    -Titanium cladding
    -Clear anodized aluminum core
    -Stainless steel hardware (.050" hex)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
    -Free US shipping
    -Returns accepted
    -Not for climbing

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    Early Bird!
    Gatekeeper carabiner x 1
    -$36 off projected retail
    -Titanium cladding
    -Clear anodized aluminum core
    -Stainless steel hardware (.050" hex)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
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    -Returns accepted
    -Not for climbing

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    Extended Early Bird!
    Gatekeeper carabiner x 1
    -$36 off projected retail
    -Titanium cladding
    -Clear anodized aluminum core
    -Stainless steel hardware (.050" hex)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
    -Free US shipping
    -Returns accepted
    -Not for climbing

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    Pledge $114 or more About $114

    Gatekeeper carabiner x 1
    -$21 off projected retail
    -Titanium cladding
    -Clear anodized aluminum core
    -Stainless steel hardware (.050" hex)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
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    -Returns accepted
    -Not for climbing

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    BLUE CORE Gatekeeper carabiner x 1
    -$21 off projected retail
    -Titanium cladding
    -Blue anodized aluminum core
    -Stainless steel hardware (.050" hex)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
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    -Returns accepted
    -Not for climbing

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    GREEN CORE Gatekeeper carabiner x 1
    -$21 off projected retail
    -Titanium cladding
    -green anodized aluminum core
    -Stainless steel hardware (.050" hex)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
    -Free US shipping
    -Returns accepted
    -Not for climbing

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    BLACK CORE Gatekeeper carabiner x 1
    -$21 off projected retail
    -Titanium cladding
    -black anodized aluminum core
    -Stainless steel hardware (.050" hex)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
    -Free US shipping
    -Returns accepted
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    Pledge $114 or more About $114

    BLACK & BLUE Gatekeeper carabiner x 1
    -$21 off projected retail
    -Titanium cladding
    -black anodized aluminum core
    -Blue anodized aluminum screws (.050" hex)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
    -Free US shipping
    -Returns accepted
    -Not for climbing

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    BLUE & BRONZE Gatekeeper carabiner x 1
    -$21 off projected retail
    -Phosphor bronze cladding
    -blue anodized aluminum core
    -Brass screws (phillips head)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
    -Free US shipping
    -Returns accepted
    -Not for climbing

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    Pledge $114 or more About $114

    BLACK & BRONZE Gatekeeper carabiner x 1
    -$21 off projected retail
    -Phosphor bronze cladding
    -black anodized aluminum core
    -Brass screws (phillips head)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
    -Free US shipping
    -Returns accepted
    -Not for climbing

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    Gatekeeper carabiner x 1
    -$10 off projected retail
    -Titanium cladding
    -Clear anodized aluminum core
    -Stainless steel hardware (.050" hex)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
    -Free US shipping
    -Returns accepted
    -Not for climbing

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    Gatekeeper carabiner x 2
    -$40 off projected retail
    -Titanium cladding
    -Clear anodized aluminum core
    -Stainless steel hardware (.050" hex)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
    -Free US shipping
    -Returns accepted
    -Not for climbing

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    Pledge $235 or more About $235

    Full titanium Gatekeeper X 1
    -Titanium cladding
    -Titanium core
    -Titanium screws (by Steve Kelly)
    -Titanium thumbstuds (by Steve Kelly)
    -Fully serviceable and 100% guaranteed
    -Made in America
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    -Returns accepted
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    Full set of 7 Gatekeepers
    Early bird pricing for the first 6, standard pricing for full titanium.
    INCLUDES:
    -standard clear x1
    -blue core x1
    -black core x1
    -black and blue x1
    -blue and bronze x1
    -black and bronze x1
    -full titanium x1

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