Welcome to the STRATO-biner project page.
STRATO, deriving from Stratum meaning "One of several parallel horizontal layers of material arranged one on top of another." A suitable name for the layered style of design featured by STRATO.
Strato is an EDC carabiner designed with customizable twist.
As an avid knife collector and knife maker, I've always enjoyed the flexibility liner lock knives offer with respect to the scale material. We decided that was a feature we wanted to include in our next project. In doing so, we can offer various materials that best suit taste, mood and budget without compromising strength and utility. For this project we are offering 6 reward tiers.
Please review the various finishes and materials and check out the pledge options outlined at the bottom of the page.
Each STRATO is composed of a main body "core", and 2 exterior "scales".
STRATO -- Cores
We're excited to offer 2 core variants for the STRATO project. The titanium core will offer a lightweight and sleek design and in contrast, the the tool steel cores will offer greater strength, wear resistance and utility.
Titanium Core -- We've selected Grade 5 Alloy (6Al4V) for the titanium versions because of its incredible strength characteristics.
Tool Steel Core
Tool Steel Core -- We've selected tool steel alloy 17-4 heat treated to H900 for its Hardness and incredible wear resistance. The Tool Steel STRATO core also offers extra jimping and a pry bar for more utility and function.
STRATO -- Scales
Titanium STRATO scales (Tumbled)
As with the STRATO core we're offering scales made of grade 5 Alloy (6Al4V) and with a tumbled finish.
Titanium STRATO scales (Fallout anodized)
Same as above, with a semi matte twice anodized blue-bronze. A favorite colorway with all of the Ti2 Design products we offer. Also known as "denim anodizing".
Brass STRATO scales
For this project we've selected brass alloy 260 also known as "cartridge brass". All of the great brass hues, with much better strength and wear resistance in comparison to common brass alloy 360. These are acid washed and tumbled giving them a textured patina look.
Copper STRATO scales
We've selected copper alloy 110 for fans of copper and red hues. Copper 110 has good wear resistance and durability. These are acid washed and tumbled giving them a textured patina feel.
Zirconium STRATO scales
Zirconium -- Coolest Metal Ever? Its rare and expensive and not for everyone, but the finish is unlike any other metal. When heat treated, a dark grey / black oxide layer forms at the surface that is very hard. These offer excellent wear resistance and a sleek dark look.
All new gate design for STRATO!
All new design, all new feel.
Specific to this project, we've designed an integrated, asymmetrical gate that offers great torsional rigidity for a lifetime of use.
As with all of the carabiners made by Ti2 Design, the gate is made from grade 5 Alloy (6Al4V) and features an ambidextrous design allowing positive action right or left handed.
The design is a result of a multitude of ergonomic tweaks. Jimping is strategically placed for the various utilities within the design.
Box Opener / Tape Cutter / Chisel / Prybar / Scraper
The STRATO's stylish shape coupled with a "milled" sculpted pry bar offers excellent strength for chiseling, prying and scraping.
The large key ring hole allows key rings to slide out of the way while used in different configurations and accommodates split rings, para-cord and lanyards.
PLEASE NOTE - The prototypes pictured on this project page are assembled with prototype hardware. For all of the rewards shipped we will be assembling finished products with titanium hardware and look of the hardware may differ slightly.
This reward tier is for tumbled titanium scales with your choice of tumbled titanium or tool steel core. Delivery is expected by end of September or sooner.
Choose this tier if you want upgraded scales including: acid wash copper, acid wash brass, or Fallout titanium. You choose scales and the core material either, tumbled titanium or tool steel. Delivery is expected by end of September or sooner.
Choose this reward tier if you want hand sanded and heat treated black zirconium scales. You choose the core material either, tumbled titanium or tool steel. Delivery is expected by end of October or sooner via USPS Priority for USA only.
Made in USA
STRATO will be produced by Ti2 Design Inc. Hawaii -- USA
Our frames are cut using a waterjet and CNC machined with precise detail. Each STRATO is tumbled for 24 hours leaving a "stonewash" matte/smooth finish.
If you're a repeat backer you know we love EDC carabiners. If you're new to us, check out our 5 previous carabiner projects the Ti2 Para-Biner, Ti2 Whar-Biner, HALO, Hate-Biner, Ti2 and Para-Biner V2 .
1.5" x 3.5" x .25" (38mm x 89mm x 6mm)
- Titanium scales with Ti core = 33 grams
- Copper or brass scales with Ti core = 40 grams
- Zirc scales with Ti core = 42 grams
- Titanium scales with tool steel core = 43 grams
- Copper or brass scales with tool steel core = 50 grams
- Zirc scales with tool steel core = 52 grams
Risks and challenges
I have a background in design, machining and experience managing production jobs. I know the kinds of problems that arise in the shop and how to deal with them quickly and efficiently.
If this project funds and in order to fulfill we will need to:
1. Source Material -- Multiple vendors and quotes are lined up.
2. Machine the parts -- Lowest risk of the process, our machines are optimized for parts like this insuring quick production and high quality parts.
3. Finishing -- We have multiple finishing tumblers that can accommodate the tumbling needs.
4. Fulfillment -- We do our fulfillment in house to offer direct communication with our backers. Our experience on our last projects have helped us develop accurate fulfillment protocol.
The success of this project depends heavily on getting the word out. Every blog or social networking post counts, so please share. Thanks for your support.
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