****NEW Denim Blue Anodizing!****
People have requested an anodized version, so we worked up a special distressed blue finish that will look equally great with Hanukkah decorations as well as your favorite pair of bluejeans. It has been added as a pledge tier!
The Pangea Designs Titanium Dreidel is our take on the Hebrew spinning top game. As currently available dreidels are typically either cheap novelty toys, or ornately traditional, we strived to design one that was a contemporary version suited for modern “Everyday Carry” and use. We drew from the traditional design, but adapted it with a more modern aesthetic. Even the lettering, inspired by the traditional Hebrew letters which signify the gamble outcome, has been uniquely stylized.
Construction: We have two versions of our dreidel design, each precision milled from solid Titanium and fitted with a removable threaded Titanium stem: the "basic" model, as well as a "DLX" model which features additional milled detailing and is fitted with a 1/2" polished Tungsten ball tip. Tungsten is a very hard material that is extremely scratch resistant. The added weight of the Tungsten also changes the balance and spinning characteristics of the dreidel (demonstrated at the end of the video)
Rules of the Game:
Each player starts with 10 game pieces, and begins by putting one piece into the center pot. Players take turns spinning the dreidel, and depending on the side that lands facing up, the player puts or takes from the pot:
• If נ (nun) is facing up, the player does nothing.
• If ג (gimel) is facing up, the player gets everything in the pot.
• If ה (hei) is facing up, the player gets half of the pieces in the pot.
• If ש (shin) is facing up, the player adds a game piece to the pot.
The game is over once a single player has won all the pieces.
History/Symbolism: During a period of rule by the Greek King of Syria, the Jews were forbidden to study their Torah and instead forced to honor Greek Gods. According to legend, the Jewish people who refused created the game of dreidel in order to conceal their illegal studies. When Greek-Syrian soldiers would come upon a forbidden study group, they would see a gathering of gamblers, rather than lawbreaking scholars. Eventually, a group of Jewish guerrilla fighters drove the Syrian army out of Jerusalem, reclaiming their taken temple. Today, the holiday of Hanukkah is a celebration of this victory, and the dreidel remains a symbol of Jewish perseverance against oppression.
You can always pledge for additional rewards by simply adding their amounts to your pledge total. We simply ask that you do not add rewards from limited quantity tiers, as Kickstarter does not have a way of adjusting the remaining quantities accordingly.
Titanium? Must be heavy...
At half the weight of steel, titanium has a pleasant heft without feeling bulky. It also lacks the cold chill of steel, and feel nice to the touch. Our Basic Dreidel weighs 32grams, while the DLX weighs 42grams.
Will the DLX be available in Blue?
Because the tungsten bearing would interfere with the anodizing process, these must be anodized with the bearings removed. By design, we should be able to press the bearing out of the DLX model, anodize, and reinstall, however, we want to confirm this works with the production batch before making it an option. If this proves to be feasible, we will make sure it is possible to upgrade from any pledge tier via the Backerkit Reward Survey after the funding period has ended.
Thats awesome! But I'm not Jewish...
You don't have to be to enjoy the game of dreidel, or to simply enjoy the design! The dreidel design is rich in history, even outside of its relevance as a religious icon.
Risks and challenges
The design and manufacturing/assembly methods have already been tested and proven, the only risks at this point are schedule related manufacturer mishaps. The potential for unpredictable hiccups that delay progress is unfortunately unavoidable. But, with 4 successful projects under our belt, we are accustomed to overcoming challenges and surprises that arise!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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