Hello Kickstarter! My name is Josh, I'm 22 and from the UK. Over the last 3 years I have worked in Canada and Japan as a Snowboard Instructor and have been an Outdoor Activity and Field Studies Instructor in the UAE. In between I have planned and completed unsupported overland adventures - a 3000km cycle tour of Scandinavia, and a 19,000km Charity Expedition driving an old van from the UK to Mongolia. I have met some incredible people during this time, and have been inspired to design, develop and test countless unique and exciting products!
I am here today to invite you to join my first 'Product Adventure'. I really hope you'll get behind it, support the campaign and share with all your friends and family - for without your help, I can't reach my goal and gain the experience I need to bring more exciting projects to your attention in the near future!
So here we go! This is Ti - a ring like no other! Each piece is crafted from a single block of Titanium, then finished by hand to give a flawlessly natural look and a real elemental feeling. Ti incorporates four 1/4” hex bit drivers around its band to give you the perfect tool to face the every day...
Without your support Ti simply cannot become a reality. I am incredibly passionate about creating unique, exciting products and Ti is my first step to doing so. This is my first Kickstarter campaign, so your support and encouragement means the world to me - please take a look at all the details below, share your opinions, ask questions and share the page to all your friends and family. Together, lets spread the word, smash this goal and take Ti global!
Early on in the prototyping stage, it became clear that making sure Ti could be worn by everyone was really important. To achieve this, I included a 2mm slot in the band that allows it to be stretched or pinched so everyone can get the fit they want. This slot also makes Ti great for those of us that don't necessarily wear rings on a daily basis. Simply feed a keyring loop through one of the hex holes and Ti becomes a perfect hook to keep your keychain safe on a belt loop or bag strap!
With 4 identical hexagonal cutouts, Ti allows you to drive any 1/4" hex-bit on the market. And there really are too many to count! Although the ring may look small, you get a surprising amount of leverage out of it to get the job done! As the image states, carry a bit on you, leave some in drawers around the house and have a few in the car - always be prepared!
After perfecting the prototype on my home 3D printer, it was time to work closely with manufacturers to decide on the best material to make Ti from. It was this process that lead me to choose Grade5 Titanium. Its 90% pure titanium but becomes an alloy with the addition of Aluminium (6%) and Vanadium (4%). Adding these two has an interesting effect. The strength properties significantly improve over standard 'pure' Titanium, it becomes easier to machine and yet all of the stiffness and corrosion resistance properties remain. A true win-win!
Ti comes without any additional surface finishes - only a hand polish and inspection to make sure its as 'elemental' and natural looking as possible.
From sea to summit, and everything in between - Ti has you covered.
Pledge your support and receive your very own Ti, boxed with four 1/4" hex-bits to get you started! If the target is reached, I have an exciting stretch goal hidden up my sleeve that'll please everyone that pledges!
You'll want to get in quick! The first 15 are just £15 (roughly $22).
PLEASE NOTE - All Ti Packages will be checked, boxed up and dispatched by me here in the UK. They will not be going straight from the manufacturers to you. This quality control stage by me is important to ensuring nothing defective reaches any of our backers!
Risks and challenges
With every new adventure comes a new challenge - but thats why we do the things we do!
This is my first Kickstarter project, but I've worked very hard for a very long time to get myself to this stage. Ti is the first project to be released, but by no means the only one ready and waiting!
Ive got fantastic manufacturers all fully involved in the development and testing stage, all of whom know exactly what the goal is, and are committed to both excelling on quality, but also delivering on time.
I have seen from some UK projects that they're shipping direct from the manufacturers to the backers. This is NOT what will be happening with Ti. The rings, packaging and hex-bits will be sent to me first where they will undergo a quality-inspection, before being carefully packaged up, labelled and sent out to all of our backers!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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