About this project
Ringtool is designed to provide maximum functionality with minimal form. It's manufactured in the same hardened and tempered stainless steel Leatherman uses on its multitools so is durable and strong enough to last several lifetimes despite being virtually weightless (approx 1oz). It can be kept on a keyring for bike adjustments, assembling furniture, adjusting snowboard bindings, opening that ritual end-of-the-day-beer, and other miscellaneous daily needs. It’s easy to use too, much like the turning of a door key, between the thumb and bent forefinger. To be clear, this tool is not meant to replace more serious tools but rather to be readily available in the case of emergency or spontaneous need.
I am an industrial designer with several years of industry experience bringing good ideas to life. I’ve worked alongside manufacturers and engineers to take countless products to market, from conceptual sketches to production part. In addition to experiences of my own long-distance bike touring and cycling within the city, Ringtool was the product of countless conversations and testing with cyclists, mechanics, architects, designers, and material experts. I have quotes from a foundry in NY for both tooling and prices per part so all I need is your help with the funding to be able to pull the trigger for the first batch!
If this campaign is a success and you receive the tool I would love to hear your feedback and will try my best to incorporate any changes you think might make the product even better in the next version. I will post updates to keep you involved in the design process. I am deeply appreciative for your considering to support making this long time dream of mine a reality.
-Torxhead T25 Driver
-0.130" (3.30 mm) Spoke wrench (most European)
Tip to tip measurement≈ 2"
The production finish will be slightly lighter in color than the prototype.
Risks and challenges
One of the hexheads, the 2mm, did not meet my high expectations of cosmetic quality on the first prototype. I will be removing this hexhead in the final production part. See the CAD drawing for the production part vs prototype. The extra space created by the removal of the 2mm hexhead actually ends up benefiting the function of the other tools so it was a blessing in disguise. There are always potential issues when dealing with a manufacturer, but my experience as a professional industrial designer puts me at an advantage when finding solutions. Having Ringtool made here, in the USA, also serves to minimize quality control issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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