We’re back. And this time, it’s serious.
Five years ago, we came to Kickstarter with a simple mission: we wanted to make a better spatula for you. Since then, based on your requests and 100% born and raised right here on Kickstarter, we’ve launched nearly three dozen products across six campaigns. But there are two products that have taken more time and effort than any of the others. Two products that deserved (heck, demanded) as much time and attention as the rest combined. These are the ones that kept us up at night. They also happen to be the ones you wanted more than anything else.
It’s hard to explain our approach without a self-referential nod to our name and mission: Get It Right. When we design a product, we strip away everything and start from scratch. We imagine what it would be like to experience the platonic form of whatever it is we’re working on. And then, we build.
When you strip tongs back to the basics, you’re not actually looking at tongs anymore. You’re looking at hands. Tongs should be an extension of your hands - an extension that can get hot, messy, and extra grippy when the going gets tough. And to be a perfect extension of your hands, your tongs need to lock and unlock intuitively, just like your hands grab and release. No weird dongles to pull, tabs to slide, or upside-down gravity tricks. No using one hand to help the other. Just you and your tongs, lefty or righty, working together to get stuff done.
To achieve this intuitive one-handed lock experience, we developed a mechanism unlike anything else out there. It’s patent-pending, and took us four years of meticulous engineering and prototyping to perfect. When we finally cracked the code, we knew we’d hit on something special.
GIR tongs lock and unlock with a simple squeeze. And once you’ve got the muscle memory dialed in, it’s addictive.
Squeeze on the logo to lock. Squeeze on the grip stripes to unlock. Repeat.
It’s a magical experience, and we are so excited to share it with you. But we didn’t stop there.
316 Stainless Steel
We’re using 316 surgical grade stainless steel in the construction of every one of the tongs’ parts. It’s an extremely high quality material - in fact, we’re not aware of any other tongs that use grade 316 stainless (and we've looked). You might have heard of 18/10 or 18/8 steel, both of which use a chromium/nickel blend and are commonly found in household appliances. 316 steel adds molybdenum to the mix, resulting in a material that's durable, biocompatible, and highly corrosion resistant. This stuff is the best of the best.
To conceptualize the overall tong shape, we went back to a familiar form: the original GIR Ultimate Spatula. By splitting this shape down the center and making some thoughtful adjustments to size and proportion, we were able to create tong blades that conform to bowls and pans at an ideal angle, grip precisely, slide gracefully underneath delicate items, and provide an equally enjoyable experience for both left-handed and right-handed users.
Gently curved edges and softened cuts, along with a tapered overlap, make for an easy grip and completely eliminate the possibility of pinched fingers. And a 35° angle when fully open is comfortable for hands large and small.
We’ve also added grip stripes and embossed logos as “X marks the spot” indicators for locking and unlocking, so that you can use your tongs without even looking at them.
GIR Tongs come in three sizes. The blade shape, open angle, materials, and locking features are identical on all three of these tongs; we’ve simply adjusted arm length for each of them to accommodate a variety of use cases.
For smaller tasks, serving bowls, kids, and tabletop use, the 9” Mini Tongs will be your go-to. They’re quite cute. But don’t underestimate them.
Our flagship Ultimate tongs clock in at an industry-standard 12”. This size is the “regular” tong size you probably already know and love. It’s great for all-around multitasking in the kitchen, and will keep your hands comfortably away from stovetop and oven heat. If you’re only going to get one pair of tongs, this is the size we’d recommend.
And finally, our 16” Grill tongs will be your backyard best friend. These extra long tongs will keep your hands well away from searing barbecue heat and can easily grip and flip just about anything you want to toss on the grill.
We’ve got a thing with color. We love it. So naturally, working with metal didn’t really stop us from keeping things interesting in the color arena. We’re launching these tongs in three finishes (and who knows… more may be around the corner).
High polish stainless
Our team favorite. A bespoke polish treatment combining high gloss blades with a fingerprint-resistant matte stainless grip.
The workhorse. These tongs will weather scratches and wear nicks with pride.
LMTD Edition Black
A titanized matte black finish, because you deserve tongs that look this dark.
Nonstick-safe blades are in the works. We are planning to offer them down the line (or perhaps as a stretch goal), and will have lots of cool colors to choose from once we hit go.
Why didn’t we just do nonstick in the first place?
Well, there’s lots to like about solid steel. For starters, it allows these tongs to have unibody arms that are sanitary, easy to clean, and extremely wear-resistant. It also makes for an extra precise grip. And honestly, we wanted to bring these tongs to you as fast as we could. The nonstick blade design has taken bit longer to perfect, so we’re presenting the 100% steel versions first and paving the way for future iterations. In the meantime, use these tongs with care on your coated cookware. We’ve got ours in the kitchen with pots and pans of all varieties, but we do work gently around treated surfaces.
Our whisks might not look all that different from what you already have in the kitchen drawer. But they’re full of surprises. Their features boil down to one basic idea: these whisks make you a better whisker.
So how do whisks work? When you’re whisking, each wire pulls a stream of air through liquid to create a foam. More wires —> more air —> more foam, faster. So instead of the standard 8 to 10 wires you find on most whisks, we’ve used 12. Right there, you’ve got yourself a faster whisk. But there’s more to it than that.
Wire tension, material, and spacing are also mission-critical for aeration and foam production. You want wires that vibrate vigorously to create turbulence and shear force in your liquid medium. Hardened 304 stainless steel wires, inserted under high tension, create max vibration and efficiency in the GIR whisk. And no wire should touch another, lest the vibration be dampened. We’ve evenly distributed our wires around the handle circumference for better whisking at any angle, and spaced them for peak aeration.
We’ve selected a medium-thin wire gauge (width) of 1.3mm that can handle thick batters, cookie dough, and sauces, but is flexible enough to whip eggs, cream, and vinaigrettes with no loss of efficiency. Each wire is inserted through a stainless steel cap and secured deep inside the handle. To create an oil-safe and germ-free seal over the insertion points, we’re using a food-safe hardened epoxy that acts as an airtight seal over the entire assembly.
Style Equals Substance
We’ve got half a dozen whisk styles in our test kitchen at any given moment (and more in the backup stash, of course). From French whips to fat balloons, we can find a place for each of them. But to design an all-purpose whisk, we set our sights on a “skinny balloon” shape that balances classic styling with the ability to get into tight corners.
A note on technique: our friends at Cook’s Illustrated have a piece to say about efficient whisking. For most tasks a side-to-side motion, rather than circular strokes, will take advantage of shear forces in the liquid to emulsify oils or whip cream much more quickly than any other motion. For viscous egg whites, a beating motion is preferred because taking the whisk away from the action with each stroke allows wider air channels to propagate in the liquid.
The wires and handle are counterbalanced to reduce wrist fatigue, and avoid that messy moment when a heavy handle flips the whisk out of the bowl.
To top it all off, the handle shape fits every grip style and was designed with humanscale ergonomics in mind. And in case you’re wondering, all those geometric facets make for an excellent non-slip grip and are molded from very comfy, platinum-grade silicone.
Like most GIR products, these whisks come in a variety of clean and bright colors. Match your kitchen, make a statement, or stick with the neutrals. Most of all, go with what feels right!
The Ultimate whisk is 11” (280mm) from end to end, with a 4.5” long silicone handle that’ll keep your hands away from skillet heat. You’ll use this whisk for most tasks - it’s a versatile size for everyday use.
The Mini Whisk is 8” (203mm) from end to end, with a 4” silicone handle that fits the smallest of hands (hey kids!) and is just the right size for smaller jobs like stirring vinaigrettes or beating a single egg.
Prototype to finished product
Developing these tools has been an exhaustive process spanning four years and dozens of prototypes. We left no stone unturned in our search for the perfect tong mechanism, and destroyed many a whisk trying to uncover their secrets. From initial sketches and caffeine-fueled brainstorming to CAD modeling, 3D prints, and saying goodbye to great ideas that just weren't good enough... we've done it all. We're delighted to present these tools as the very best of their kind, and we hope you love them as much as we do.