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Peter N. BiddleBy Peter N. Biddle
First created
Peter N. BiddleBy Peter N. Biddle
First created
$9,681
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
65
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 17 2015

About

What is the FROST Axe?

The First Responder On Scene Tools, or FROST axe, combines seven of the most common fire fighting tools in use today. It's unique design supports attacking a hydrant, hose and coupling work, forcible entry, vertical and horizontal ventilation and self-rescue all with a single tool.

The FROST axe allows firefighters to lighten their load and save precious seconds by ensuring that the tools they will likely most need are already in their hands. And if backed into a corner, they can use it to rappel out of harms way, making it a potentially life-saving tool for firefighters to carry.

What can the FROST axe do?

Saving time saves lives--sometimes even their own--which is why the FROST axe is designed for both durability and versatility.

Head: The FROST axe has a 45 degree cutting head to maximize blunt force, keep it from getting stuck and ensure that the blade doesn't chip or deform on hard materials like steel fasteners or concrete. The head is also topped with a hammer cap that can be used as a hammer and ram.

Pick: The FROST axe pick is designed for demolition, forcible entry and self-rescue and it features a safety lug which prevents over-penetration in softer materials like drywall.

Windshield Cutter: Located just beyond the safety lug, the FROST axe has a sharpened cutter to assist in removing a car windshield.

Hose Spanners: The head of the FROST axe is designed to be used for hose and manifold couplers in all four of the major coupling sizes in use today.

Hydrant and Utility Wrenches: The butt of the FROST axe contains a set of wrenches for fire hydrant and utility management. The hydrant wrench comes in the smallest and most common size, but may be ordered in the specific size that works on your hydrants.

Forcible Entry Tool: Extending from the butt of the FROST axe is a pry-bar that can be driven into gaps in window or door frames to gain entry. (A pair of FROST axes can take on some of the jobs normally approached with the irons but they aren't intended to entirely replace the much heavier Halligan.)

Self-Rescue: If necessary, a firefighter may use the FROST axe for self-rescue. To do so, they drive the pick into the floor, wall or roof of a building, rock it past both of the safety lugs to lock it into place and then clip into the hydrant wrench and rappel to safety.

How is the FROST axe made?

The FROST axe is cut out of a solid sheet of AR400 steel--the same metal used in construction equipment and vehicle armor--and fitted with a handle made from fire resistant material.

Overall, the FROST axe is 35" long and weighs in at 8 pounds.

Each and every FROST axe is proudly designed and built in the TradLabs shop in Seattle, WA.

Lifetime Warranty

Because the FROST axe is made out of such durable material, each one comes with a lifetime warranty. In the unlikely event that you ever need to return an axe for repair or replacement, we just ask that you tell us what happened so we can keep making improvements to the axe.

Firefighter Axes Ship First

We want to get FROST axes into fireighters' hands as soon as possible so that they can be put to good use. Therefore, we will be shipping axes going to active duty firefighters first. If this applies to you, we'll ask you to identify yourself after the Kickstarter is over, so we can be sure to get your axe to you as soon as possible.

Stretch Goals

Our base funding goal represents what we need to get the base FROST axe out into people's hands, but if we raise more than that, we can add more bells and whistles to both the FROST axe itself and this Kickstarter project.

  • $40,000: Challenge Coins [LOCKED]
  • $50,000: New Handle Colors [LOCKED]
  • $60,000: Expanded Production [LOCKED]
  • $75,000: [LOCKED]
  • $100,000: [LOCKED]

Risks and challenges

Thanks to generous firefighter feedback and our rapid prototyping ability, the design of the FROST axe is pretty solid, and should not change dramatically during the Kickstarter campaign.

Additionally, we have already invested in an industrial waterjet--an expensive piece of machinery that let us rapidly prototype and ultimately produce the finished axes.

Consequently, with a solid design and the machinery in house required to produce the FROST axes, our biggest risks and challenges are around sourcing the steel and other supplies necessary for production, but we already have a good relationship with suppliers, so the only thing we're missing is the funds to kick off production of the FROST axe--which is why we've turned to generous people like you for help.

With your support, we could be spinning up production of the FROST axes immediately after the Kickstarter is over.

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    THANK YOU

    To show our gratitude, we will list you as a backer on our website for all the world to see. Also, free shipping on bragging rights.

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    TOKEN OF APPRECIATION

    In addition to listing your name on our website, we will send you a small souvenir piece of AR400 steel leftover from making the FROST axes.

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    FROST EDC

    You'll receive a FROST EDC multi-tool with a pry bar, wrench, saw, bottle opener and bit-driver, precision cut from the same AR400 steel as the FROST axes. And we'll publicly thank you on our website too!

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    FROST SWAG

    We'll send you a limited edition t-shirt, FROST EDC, and give you a shout-out on our website.

    (Note: We will collect your information after the Kickstarter is over, but shirts will be available in unisex sizes XS-3XL.)

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    FILL THE BOOT

    For every 6 backers who help FILL THE BOOT, we'll donate a FROST axe to a deserving fire department.

    Plus, we'll send you a TOKEN OF APPRECIATION, a fancy certificate (suitable for framing) and publicly thank you on our website.

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    EDC BOOT

    In addition to helping FILL THE BOOT, we'll send you a handy FROST EDC multi-tool and special certificate as well as list you as a backer on our website.

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    SWAG BOOT

    In addition to the EDC BOOT rewards, we'll also send you a comfy, limited edition t-shirt.

    (Note: We will collect your information after the Kickstarter is over, but shirts will be available in unisex sizes XS-3XL.)

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    FIRST RESPONDER

    Be among the first people to get your hands on a FROST axe! FIRST RESPONDERS will receive one first-edition axe with the classic black handle and a shout-out on the website.

    Note: The axe is available in 5 sizes of hydrant wrench. We default to the smallest size which is common in many cities. If you'd like a different size you will be able to specify that when the Kickstarter is over.

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    FROST AXE

    You will receive one first-edition FROST axe and a thank you on our website.

    Note: The axe is available in 5 sizes of hydrant wrench. We default to the smallest size which is common in many cities. If you'd like a different size you will be able to specify that when the Kickstarter is over.

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    SWAG AXE

    We will send you one axe, plus all the rewards in the FROST SWAG level. But that's not all! We'll also engrave your initials into the handle of your FROST axe so everyone will know which one is yours.

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    DOUBLE AXE

    Two axes are better than one! At this pledge level we'll happily send you both FROST axes or you can have one sent to you and the other donated to the fire department of your choice. We'll ask you what you want to do after the Kickstarter is over.

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    DOUBLE SWAG AXE

    Double your swag! You'll get twice the SWAG AXE rewards with this pledge and can choose to keep everything or have us donate one axe to the fire department of your choice.

    We'll ask what you want to do (and what you'd like engraved on the axe handles) after the Kickstarter is over.

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    SQUAD LEADER

    Set up a group of firefighters with five FROST axes. In addition to giving you a slight discount, we'll also cut a custom metal sign for you or your organization using our industrial waterjet.

    (Note: We'll ask you what you want the sign to say after the Kickstarter is over, so you don't have to decide right away.)

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    MAKE YOUR OWN AXE!

    Yes, you get to make your very own axe! (But don't worry, we'll do all the hard stuff.)

    You'll need to get yourself to Seattle on the mutually agreed upon day, but we'll put you up for the night at the exclusive members-only Rainier Club in downtown Seattle.

    The next morning we'll pick you up and take you out to breakfast before heading to the shop. Once there we'll give you a primer on waterjet-based construction and work with you on design modifications (e.g., cutting another graphic into the axe head or engraving your full name into the handle).

    By the end of the day you will have a one-of-a-kind FROST Axe which we will proudly toast with you at our favorite local brewery.

    As if that were not enough, we will also send you home with all the FROST SWAG rewards too.

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    FIRE CHIEF

    Equip a group of firefighters with ten FROST axes. As at the SQUAD LEADER level, we'll also cut a custom metal sign for you or your organization using our industrial waterjet.

    (Note: We'll ask you what you want the sign to say after the Kickstarter is over, so you don't have to decide right away.)

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    TITANIUM AXE

    You get all the MAKE YOUR OWN AXE level rewards, but with one major difference: your final creation will be made of solid titanium.

    Lighter than steel and stronger than aluminum, titanium never rusts, looks distinctly cool, costs a ridiculous amount of money, is a total pain in the butt to machine and requires pristine and highly managed conditions to weld.

    While we've made other things out of titanium (eg entire bicycle frames), we've yet to make a FROST Axe out of it, so if you pledge at this level you will end up being one of the few people who have ever (or will ever!) even hold one.

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    ULTRA TITANIUM AXE

    The super-elite, utterly bonkers option! This pledge gives you the TITANIUM AXE rewards, but further improves upon the design with honeycombing.

    Honeycombing significantly reduces the axe's weight and looks INCREDIBLY cool, but it requires painstaking design work and doubles our manufacturing time, which makes it prohibitively expensive.

    Cost is primarily why we don't offer honeycombing as an option on any other level but we are both hoping and dreading that someone will pledge at this level. Creating the ULTRA TITANIUM AXE will take a lot of work, but we like a good challenge, and the end result will truly be an amazing, one-of-a-kind creation.

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Funding period

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