About this project
Check out the review at EverydayCommentary!
And a nice write up from the Gadgeteer!
What's a Dangler?
A Dangler is basically a hook from which things dangle. Mine isn't the only one out there, but it is unique. Other than the design, fit and finish, what makes the GearPull special is it's inherent potential. It's a personal accessory, customized by the user to suit their own priorities. The GearPull comes in Brass, Copper and Pure Titanium.
Ok, it's a grand adjective but YES, this is a revolutionary Dangler.
To be clear: The GearPull is the only Dangler available today which offers attachment points arranged on a lateral axis, allowing your keys and gear to sit side by side, flat against your leg instead of in an uncomfortable, disorganized jumble. This is a major advantage.
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When used for pocket carry, a Dangler offers the most rapid access to key chain sized gear. All Danglers give you the ability to suspend your gear, preventing it from getting lost at the bottom of your pocket, pack or purse, but in designing the GearPull I set out to solve some additional problems.
Resolved: The Dangler must be simple, beautiful, functional and versatile. It must allow for any number between 1 and 5 items to be carried symmetrically and comfortably, have a dedicated tether point at the top, and make customization fun.
Organization: The attachment point holes are 1/8" in diameter except for the center hole which is 3/16". They are all 1/16" inch away from the base of the unit, which means you won't warp smaller split rings when threading them in. I recommend hanging just three items from the left right and center holes with 20mm (#1) "McGizmo" clips, but the GearPull can accommodate up to 5 items with numerous attachment methods while still functioning well, as long as the user takes care in designing the layout. Flat items like keys stack well in greater numbers from a single attachment point.
Ergonomics: Every edge is radiused and every unit is hand-formed and polished by me. The GearPull feels good to the touch and will never snag or chaff. It's a Dangler conceived and designed to ride in a pocket pack or purse, but the user experience is primarily one of contact and physical interaction. Looking good is one thing, but I wanted this to feel good, and it does. Fundamentally it's a utilitarian item, but it rides and handles like a piece of jewelry.
Weights and Measurements: The GearPull is 1/8" thick, and 9/16" wide by 2 & 5/8" tall after forming. More specific dimensions are illustrated below. The weights are as follows:
Drop 5 US quarters into your pocket to get a feel for the weight of the brass and copper units. The titanium option weighs about 45% less than the others.
Please note: The drawing above displays the FINAL design. Look closely at the image on the right without any numbers and you will see it contains two fewer holes than the majority of the pictures I've used in this description. With this exception, the item you are pledging for is identical to what is shown in the description and in the video.
It is what it is: What I love most about the GearPull is that it allows one to carry multiple tools, without attempting to be a multi-tool itself. I don't want an integral bottle opener, pry tip/box cutter, hex wrench or any other gimmick as a permanent fixture on my Dangler! In my opinion all those extras just compromise aesthetics while offering minimal additional utility in return. Simplicity is fundamental to good design, the GearPull is fundamentally simple.
The makers mark on the GearPull is derived from the coat of arms of my father's family. He was an artist and felt strongly about this symbol, and often integrated into his work. Every GearPull will be stamped, with the emblem located discreetly on the back of the plate at the end of the hook. I had originally intended to give backers the option of front or back stamp placement. This proved to be very impractical and so I informed everyone in Update # 4 it was being taken off the table, without a single subsequent objection.
Finish and Refinishing: Each GearPull is finished and formed by hand, so no two will be exactly alike. This is a simple object but a lot of thought went into the look and feel of it. I want you to love this thing every time you look at it, and I want it to look good forever. All versions will be polished and buffed to a high luster. My own opinion is that like leather, these raw metals are living materials which look better with age and use. But I realize you may not feel the same way, so I'm willing to make the following offer, only to my backers here on Kickstarter. When your GearPull becomes dull, scratched, oxidized or patinated, just send it back to me, with a SASE. I'll make it look new again free of charge up to twice per year per GearPull, for the next 25 years. This will not be an option on the production models.
If you back my project you will receive:
- Your chosen GearPull.
- Refinishing for the next 25 years free of charge, limited to two times per unit per year.
Why do I need your support and how will your pledges be spent?
The prototype for this design was cut entirely by hand. I was really satisfied with the results and was inspired to take the concept a step further, making the GearPull available to everyone. The samples pictured here were drawn up in auto cad and cut locally by water jet, then finished by hand. The only way I can make these affordable is to have the production models cut and machined the same way, and the only way I can raise the funds to do that is with the support and backing of the Kickstarter community. They are not being pumped out by a product fulfillment company, they're being finished one-by-one in my studio. Beyond the upfront material costs, I need numerous supplies that will allow me to make these as great as they can be and deliver them to you on time, as promised. I'm really excited to be part of what I've come to understand is a resurgent movement of independent craftsmen, building things in small batches here at home. Your support helps me and my collaborators pay our expenses and support our families, and ensures that we stay motivated to keep dreaming up new ideas going forward.
Shipping & Delivery: These will be shipped according to the schedule detailed in the rewards section. US backers get theirs via 1st class mail with delivery confirmation; international shipments go out via international registered mail with tracking. Early adopters (Level 1) get theirs first, sometime in September. International buyers, regardless of when they pledge, must add an additional fee to their purchase to cover shipping.
Risks and challenges
Your backing of this project is in part an act of good faith which I take very seriously.
This is my first project on Kickstarter (hopefully not the last). I've worked for years as a prototype sculptor, mold maker and fabricator. I've dealt with all kinds of production problems and deadlines, art directors and artists, and I've done my research here on Kickstarter. I've seen what can happen to creators as things get out of control and I've read pages of comments from frustrated backers. This isn't something I've rushed into and while I can't prevent every problem, I do have the temperament and experience to deal with whatever happens in a professional manner. I promise to be transparent, and keep everyone informed with regular & comprehensive updates regarding the progress of the project before and after the funding deadline.
I've already established relationships with my collaborators for this project, done a lot of budgeting, and have tried my best to prevent every foreseeable problem. There's no pretending that every aspect of a project of this scope will go smoothly, so I won't try, but my backers will be the first to know if there has to be a delay of some kind, as well as how I plan on dealing with it. A delay due to the water jet breaking down mid job is about the only significant possible risk I can imagine. Just in case, I have my print on file with more than one trusted company.
In the interest of full disclosure I should also say I have a new baby due to arrive at the end of October. This will be my second child and while I have no reason to believe something may go wrong, anything can happen. Obviously, when my family needs me they will have my full attention.
One thing I'm not worried about is quality. Every single one of these will be formed tooled and finished in my studio. Nothing will go out without my personal inspection and oversight, and you should expect to be 100% satisfied with the fit and finish of your GearPull. For your support, you deserve nothing less!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
To purchase multiples just increase your pledge amount by the "level 2" value of the additional units you want to add to your order. . International shipping remains fixed at $13 regardless of the number purchased.
That's a reasonable question.
The short answer: These are labor intensive
The longer answer: These cost as much as they do because I'm committed to collaborating with local businesses, and because I like finishing this stuff my self. I know I can make these better than anyone, and I don't want to let the quality suffer in order to profit more. It makes me sad to think this will cost me some of the support I may have otherwise received here on KS, but if I reach my goal and can get these out there at a standard for quality I feel proud of, it will have been worth it. If you are on the fence about these because of the cost, obviously you have to come to your own decision. But please keep in mind that you aren't just helping to get this off the ground as a product, but you are also supporting a philosophical position which prioritizes high standards, independence and the local economy. Those are less tangible benefits in the immediate but over the long term, they mean a lot.
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