About this project
NEW- Titanium Split Ring Add-On Unlocked! See Update #5 for add-on details
Inspiration: The inspiration for the PiCO's patent pending design came from a desire to utilize otherwise wasted material that remains between other Titanium products we make. Even at such a tiny scale however, we found that the PiCO is a surprisingly effective bottle opener! At a size smaller than a quarter, it virtually disappears on your keychain when not in use, staying unnoticed until the next time need arises (or you'd like to show it off to your friends, where it is sure to get lots of attention!)
How it Works: Using a sturdy split-ring for leverage, and placing your thumb on the opposite side of the cap to lift, the PiCO makes quick work of bottlecaps, requiring only a single tug to remove a cap. It may not be quite as efficient leverage as a full size opener, but certainly no other bottle opener packs this much prying-punch-per-inch! In fact, we find it does a better job than many other keychain designs that are many times its size.
Funding: Even though we plan to use material from other Pangea Designs Projects, we still need to raise money to cover laser cutting, finishing, custom packaging, and other related production costs. Given the material cost savings, however, the price available to Kickstarter backers will be lower than our final retail pricing, and will INCLUDE shipping for US backers.
Production Schedule: We plan to run this project in tandem alongside our Enigma Key Hook, as it will allow us to have them cut simultaneously, ultimately saving our customers money! These will be cut from .100" Titanium, using an industrial laser cutting machine, then given a durable stonewashed finish. The lasercutting of both the Enigma and the PiCO designs will happen 3-4 weeks after the close of the Enigma Kickstarter project (4/12/2015), thus only 2-3 weeks after the PiCO project ends. While the Enigmas are out for prybar grinding, the PiCO's will be stonewashed, packaged, and begin shipping to backers, giving us an expected delivery date of late May/early June.
See our project updates for more details on stretch goals as they are created and/or achieved! The latest stretch goal achieved was the Titanium Split Ring Add-on, stay tuned for instructions on how to add one of these to your pledge :)
Risks and challenges
At this point, our only risks are unforseen events that may delay manufacture, such as machining malfunctions and other production related mishaps. We have personally visited our manufacturing source, and have overseen a small production sample run. We are enthusiastic about our level of confidence in this manufacturer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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