About this project
“Sturdy material precise design…” – Coolhunting
“The quality and design of Tuls is great” – geekdad
“Best emergency tool since the Swiss Army knife” – bubblews.com
“More utility for your wallet” – wired.com
“A really nice design solution…” – modular4kc.com
"Sometimes the best tool for the job is the one within reach"
- George Laituri ...awesome dad, car expert, accidental philosopher
Tools are designed to help solve our every day problems: measuring problems, bolt-tightening problems, furniture-assembling problems, rim-straightening problems, even bottle-opening problems. What separates a merely good tool from a truly great tool, though, is how well it does a job when it needs to be done; any tool is useless if it's back home, downstairs or out in the garage when you really need it.
Meet Tuls - a collection of compact, well-designed, card-sized tools created to solve a range of everyday problems, bundled in functionally complimentary sets, flat enough to ride on your keychain or in your wallet/purse. They're designed to be there for you in those times when you can't reach the tool you wish you had. Tuls are laser cut from 18 gauge stainless steel or titanium, about as thick and rigid as a US dime; tough, durable and built to last.
It's easy to design a compact tool to be too small or too thin, compromising each function too much in the process. The end result is often a nicely finished piece of hardware that fits well on your keychain ...but not on a common bolt, or bends easily on the first screw or bottle cap.
We decided to take a big step back and seek a better balance between usability, material, size and design. We sorted the functions into complimentary sets (fixing, measuring, listening, opening). The result is a 4-member family of practical, wallet-sized tools, where each has a specific collection of tasks to perform...
Meet Stan - designed to solve a variety mobile device problems, such as managing earphones & cables, standing a phone (10mm thick X 62mm wide) vertical for music, movies or conference calls, horizontally for reading, playing games or charging, providing an stand to take a photo, video or simply to display your alarm vertically at night. Super thin, bag and wallet ready, Stan is the perfect mobile device utility tool.
Righty tighty, lefty Lucy! Tighten a bolt with an expanded collection of common metric and standard wrenches, straighten a rim with the spoke wrench, hold a 1/8" hex bit, turn an idle screw on a carburetor, pry open a paint can or open a bottle to celebrate a job well done. For bikes, cars and all manner of machines, Lucy is designed to be garage and road-ready...
Measure twice, cut once! Roul is world-ready with both metric and standard scales, a square that can also find any angle with the on-board protractor, a perfect plum bob, a dual standard gauge for sizing up dowels, rod stock, wire, drill bits or bolts. Roul is optimized for the workshop, wood working, carpentry, and crafts...
Open a bottle with style! Simple and straight forward, Opie is prefect companion tool to any member of the family. In the Tuls family, Opie is an experiment in offering a popular, single function tools along with other, more multi function tools...
We've been carrying around cardboard (yes, cardboard!) and various metal prototypes of Tuls for a couple months now to test them out in everyday situations, to optimize the feature mix, to see whether they can do their job or learn where they need improvement. Failing early is always good; it leads to a better product sooner!
The final Tuls family will be produced in 18 gauge 304 Stainless Steel and Titanium. We've tested both thinner and thicker stock in several prototypes and settled on 18 gauge for the right balance between rigidity, thickness and weight. Titanium is 1/3 the weight of Stainless Steel and a bit harder as well.
Tuls will be laser cut; a very precise and very high tolerance process with all of the repeatability you would expect from any 3 axis digitally-controlled device. The graphics will be etched with a YAG laser, which will hold up to heavy, repeat use and never rub off.
Our shop has seen a wide range of tool-intensive projects over the years: a major house renovation, a couple antique car rebuilds, bike tune ups, even a sweet tree house project. Many of our tools were handed down by my mechanic/philosopher dad and my power tool expert father-in-law. Tools are great, we love them - and every project usually requires adding a couple more to the collection.
With your help, we hope to build on our love for tools to bring to life the first of a complete line of well-made, thoughtfully organized pocket, wallet and purse friendly tools for everyone, for all kinds of problem sets, big and small. As part of this goal, we are using this project to help refine the idea, test out some thoughts (i.e. single function Opie) and understand what everyone is most interested in.
Like all of our projects, though, we love community input and are open to any and all ideas from you on what else could be in the line. See something we missed? Have an ideal combination in mind? Let us know and we'll put it to a vote! You can expect a complete tour of the process, with an inside view of what it takes to move this interesting idea from sketch to shipped product!
Traveling with Tuls?...
We checked, all Tuls are under the 7" length restriction for tools allowed in carry ons. Link:
Onehundred is a collection of projects within a project: 100 products, designed & produced within 100 miles of our HQ, 100% supported by our crowd funding family - you! Created by my son, Calvin and I, Onehundred combines the amazing manufacturing talents found in our New England backyard with our enthusiastic family of supporters.
After years of designing & delivering products for big international brands like Apple, Microsoft & GM, it's exciting to bring that global experience down to a hyper-local level where we can work hands on, day-to-day, designing and creating simple, beautiful, useful objects.
Our first project, Pucs, ended on June 1. The project went very well with lots of support from our family. Pucs are currently in the packing phase and are shipping early. Building on the success of Pucs, Tuls is the second project from the Onehundred team ...with many more to come.
We hope you'll join us - thanks in advance for your support!
- Dave & Calvin
Risks and challenges
The manufacturing processes to produce Tuls are quite well-known and plentiful in our 100 mile project zone - we have located back up resources if needed. We will be using a combination of laser and water jet cutting, depending on the number of pledges for each family member - both very precise processes, digitally controlled.
For those of you who know us from past projects, we have a lot of product delivery experience and we love to communicate.
Honestly - this is a VERY low-risk project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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