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Our Kickstarter campaign has ended but it's just the beginning of our journey. We are currently selling silver Toolcards on LeverGear.com
Our Kickstarter campaign has ended but it's just the beginning of our journey. We are currently selling silver Toolcards on LeverGear.com
1,375 backers pledged $65,840 to help bring this project to life.

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Lever Gear Toolcard- 40 Tools in 1 Slim Card & Money Clip

$65,840

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The Lever Gear Toolcard packs 40 tools into a one ounce, credit card-sized multitool. It fits in your wallet, or it can be your wallet. Either way, it’s always with you so you can get things done. Your to-do list won't stand a chance.

The Toolcard is built for people who demand quality tools and like to be prepared to handle everyday tasks as they arise. It's the perfect gift for gear lovers, designers, makers, hikers, homeowners, and anyone who likes cool tools. 

  • Made in America from blade quality 420 Stainless Steel
  • TSA compliant and slim enough to take anywhere
  • Beautifully finished in silver or black with laser marked graphics
  • 40 Tools to handle countless jobs
  • Snap-on clip converts wallet card to money clip

In short, it's simply the best multitool you can fit in your wallet. Don't just take our word for it...

    

 As well as... GearHungry, TheGadgetflow, BroBible, and more coming soon.

The Toolcard is packed with tools including:

8 metric wrenches (5mm - 15mm); 8 inch wrenches (3/16” - 9/16”); 8 open-end wrenches fitting: metric nuts 7,8,10,11,13mm inch nuts #4,#6,#8,#10,¼”,5/16”; Bottle opener; Can opener; Cord cutter; Large flat/Phillips screwdriver; Small flathead screwdriver; Small Phillips screwdriver; Metric ruler (8cm); Inch ruler (3in); Straight edge/scraper;  ¼” Hex bit holder; Pry tool with nail puller; Protractor; 30°, 45°, 60°, 90° speed square; Circle drawing template; Money clip.

The Toolcard may have 40 tools, but the uses are endless. Here are a few ideas:

Turn stuff... like large and small flat head and Phillips head screws, metric nuts and bolts, unified nuts and bolts, and any standard 1/4" bit driver.

Pry stuff... like staples, small nails, paint can lids, the last few semi-open pistachios in the bowl.

Open stuff... bottles, food cans, boxes (even the ones with that annoying stringy tape). Did we mention bottles? The bottle opener is front and center and works like a charm.

Measure stuff... in millimeters or inches. Measure angles with the protractor or speed square. 

And draw stuff... like perfect circles, precise angles and straight lines. 

And cut stuff... like P cord, twine, clothing tags. The cord cutter is protected so it will cut cords, but not your fingers. It can even sharpen a pencil.

The Toolcard is just 1.5mm thick and slightly smaller than a credit card. Weighing only 1 ounce, you won't even notice it until you need it. The cord cutter blade is concealed inside the can opener recess so it's TSA compliant and won't cut your wallet.

For those times when a wallet is just too thick, get minimal with the most useful money clip around. Each Toolcard comes with a removable money clip that holds up to six cards or a wad of cash. It snaps on or off in seconds with no tools required and no fasteners to lose. And the best part… the bottle opener works with your credit cards in place.

With the perfect blend of style and function, the Toolcard is designed to look great with your other gear and still be the hardest working card-sized tool on the market.

The Toolcard has the attention to detail you demand from the objects you carry. The chamfered edges add visual depth to the flat form. The bead blast finish in silver or gun metal black creates a beautiful, satin sheen and the laser etching adds sharp, permanent markings that are easy to read and look great.

When the campaign ends, you'll have the option to specify Satin Stainless or Gun Metal Black. If you order more than one, you can specify how many of each color you would like.

Logo courtesy of Fort Capital Resources, Inc.
Logo courtesy of Fort Capital Resources, Inc.

The Toolcard makes a great gift. Create a personal touch by adding initials or a special message. It's also great as a company gift to thank valued employees or reward important customers with a product that demonstrates the same commitment to excellence as your company. 

To have a custom inscription laser marked onto your Toolcard, select the $35 Personalized Toolcard reward level. Add $35 for each additional card you would like to customize. When the campaign ends we will send you a survey with an area to submit your text and select a font. Due to size constraints, we recommend a maximum of 3 lines of text with 20 characters max per line.

To have your company logo laser marked on 10 Toolcards, select the $300 logo 10-pack reward level.  After the campaign we will contact you to get your logo in .jpeg, .png, .ai or .eps format. Keep in mind that the maximum dimensions are 24mm wide by 10mm tall. Also, the laser etches in one color so we recommend a choosing a single color logo and removing any small text or details from your logo that may not translate at a small size.

We began our design process with an extensive brainstorm to identify all of the functions we could have in a credit card form factor. We also studied the market and bought every pocket tool we could get our hands on to test the materials and functions.

The layout of the Toolcard was based on principles of truss and beam design. By using a thicker gauge steel than similar cards and nesting the tools, we created a design that was strong yet lightweight. The Toolcard design may appear simple, but there are several intricate processes that go into the final product including stamping, machining, heat-treating, deburring, bead-blasting, Isonite coating for black, and finally, laser etching. We worked closely with our vendors during the development phase to identify the optimal materials, manufacturing processes and finishes we could use.

With the general layout and manufacturing processes in mind, we went through several iterations of prototypes to test different sizes and gauges of steel to find the right balance of weight, strength and functionality. We also tested and tweaked every function of the tool along the way. Then we used the prototypes to test different finishes, coatings and marking options to give us a beautiful final product.

Jan 2015 - The Toolcard was conceived and the design process began.

Fall 2015 - Prototyping and testing. Vendor qualification.

Jan 2016 - Started production tooling. We were determined to get this party started quickly, as sheet metal stamping dies take a few months to design and build. 

March 10 - Kickstarter Launch! (yay.)

April 12 - Kickstarter ends. Don't miss the boat.

April 21 - First Article parts. Full analysis of the first samples off the tool. If things are good we'll move on to production. We'll add in a buffer for tool modifications if needed.

May 12 - Initial production run complete.

May 24 - Finishing and black Isonite treatment complete. Laser etching begins.

June - First batch of Toolcards ships. We hope you enjoy!

We can't think of a better way to launch a product than through Kickstarter. We believe the relationship with our supporters should be more than just a financial transaction. We value your support and feedback and we wanted to be able to give our supporters a great price and the chance to be the first to get our product. 

We've already paid for our prototypes and the production tooling but we need funding to be able to place a large order to bring down our material and production costs. Successful funding of this project means we have the backing and finances to get a good price break on the parts. 

photo credit Ashley Ruzich
photo credit Ashley Ruzich

In January of 2015, product designer, Mike Scully, launched Lever Gear with his wife, April, to bring the Toolcard to life and develop a brand of premium everyday carry gear. Mike runs the design, engineering and creative direction of the company while April runs the media and marketing. 

Mike spent 15 years in San Francisco helping companies develop products ranging from professional video editing equipment to kayaks. Just prior to designing the Toolcard, Mike led the industrial design and mechanical engineering teams for a startup solar power inversion company to develop an award winning solar micro-inverter system. After developing a product involving high-voltage power electronics rated for 20 years of outdoor use, complex assemblies with hundreds of parts, and countless regulations from governments and safety agencies, Mike is thrilled to be developing a product with just two sheet metal parts. 

April has worked in the field of education for over fifteen years, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at a non-profit that teaches kids about entrepreneurship. As COO she was responsible for overseeing the program division of their national operations, including organizational strategy, curriculum development, production and distribution, marketing and branding, and international partnerships.

Bringing a high caliber product to market wouldn’t be possible without a strong team behind us. We carefully selected design and manufacturing partners who were willing to take ownership of the process, and who shared our passion for producing only the highest quality products. The Lever Gear Toolcard is made in America, with our main production facility just minutes from our Asheville office. This proximity enabled us to work closely with the manufacturing team throughout the design process and optimize the design for manufacturability. It also allows us to keep a tight leash on quality control and adjust to any issues as they arise.

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Risks and challenges

As with any manufacturing project, issues can arise that delay the release. We've tried to mitigate this by beginning production tooling well before our campaign so we are closer to the finish line for our Kickstarter launch. We are also working with the same vendors who made our prototypes to create our production parts. The production process is slightly different so we have built in extra time to tweak the tooling and process until we get it right. Our priority is creating an extremely high quality product so we won't release parts until they meet our quality standards.

We will be doing the Kickstarter fulfillment ourselves so we can personally ensure that our supporters get the attention you deserve. Our focus during the campaign will be finalizing and testing our packaging, fullfillment and shipping systems so we can hit the ground running when parts are ready. We are also working closely with an experienced Kickstarter mentor to make sure the process runs smoothly.

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    STICKERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

    Want to show your support for our project but multitools aren't really your thing? We appreciate all the help we can get and your contribution won't go unnoticed. We'll send you a couple lever gear circle stickers and keep you posted as we travel along our Kickstarter journey.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:

    One Toolcard with clip scheduled to ship in time for Father's Day (US and Canada only). Choose black or silver. Add $25 for each additional Toolcard you would like to order.

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    EARLY BIRD PERSONALIZED TOOLCARD:

    Add a laser etched inscription or logo to your toolcard. Perfect for gifts and occasions. See description in our campaign for details. Choose black or silver. These are scheduled to ship in time for Father's Day (US and Canada only). Add $35 for each additional personalized Toolcard you would like to order.

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    PERSONALIZED TOOLCARD:

    Add a laser etched inscription or logo to your toolcard. Perfect for gifts and occasions. See description in our campaign for details. Choose black or silver. Add $38 for each additional personalized Toolcard you would like to order.

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    MULTIPLE TOOLCARD SPECIAL:

    Get two or more Toolcards with clips. Choose black or silver or one of each. Add $25 for each additional Toolcard you would like to order.

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    LOGO 10-PACK:

    Get a pack of 10 Toolcards with clips with your logo or identical inscription laser etched on them. ($50 less than 10 individually etched parts.) Perfect for company gifts for your employees or valued clients. See description in our campaign for details. Choose black, silver or mix and match. Add $250 for each additional logo 10-pack.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR:

    Want to see how the Toolcard is made? Always wanted to check out Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains? We'd love to meet some new members of the Lever Gear family.

    You and a friend will each get a black and silver Toolcard and spend the day with Toolcard designer, Mike Scully. Tour the manufacturing facility and see the laser etcher in action. Get an inside look at the process we use to design, develop and deliver a product. Then have fun in downtown Asheville.

    You get yourself here and take care of your lodging. Mike will show you the ropes. Come for the tour, stay for all the awesomeness Western NC has to offer, from beautiful hikes to quaint mountain towns to the largest selection of craft breweries this side of the Rockies.

    We'll pick a date after the end of the campaign that works for both of us. Ideally, if a few people sign up we can agree on a day that works for all.
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Funding period

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