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Update #10

F++ storefront is live!

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This will be the final post on kickstarter. The F++ storefront is now live at: http://fplusplus.com

Most of the American made products from this campaign will be on the F++ website from now on. I will not be carrying Climb-On! or Garuka Bars on my website, but please consider trying their products. I highly recommend them. Thanks to all of these great American companies that have worked with me on this campaign. Also, thanks to you backers for all of your support!

Gabriel Stalnaker


Update #9

What's next?

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This campaign didn't work out for F++, but that's fine. Kickstarter was something that I thought might help, but I will still be launching the online store within the next few days. Keep an eye on fplusplus.com as it will most likely go live on the 20th.

I now officially own the trademarks for F++! I also have full stock of all products that were listed on the kickstarter campaign. I have been working on the fplusplus.com website within the past few days, as well as getting fulfillment lined up, writing policies for order handling, and testing the shopping cart system.

I wanted to let everyone know that I truly appreciate all of your support. F++ has become a big part of my life, and I fully intend to go forward! I will see you all at fplusplus.com in the future!

Thanks!

Gabriel Stalnaker


Update #8

Garuka bars and shirt update!

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The Garuka bars company has sent me the following writeup on their bars:

"Each Garuka Bar is handmade in batches of 20 bars.  This particular blend of all-natural ingredients was selected to provide an optimum and balanced nutritional make-up while providing a unique and delicious bar.  Our bars have one of the highest carb to calorie ratios, so you know there's no filler ingredients.  You'll find just the right amount of carbs, protein, and fiber to keep you going all day long.  And since raw honey is very low on the glycemic index, you can enjoy all that energy without a peak or a crash.  

Garuka Bars is named after one of the few remaining mountain gorillas ranging the volcanic forests of the Virunga Massif in Rwanda. Garuka needs protection and you need all-natural energy. We’re working on both. Our bars are packed full of simple, wholesome ingredients, and a percentage of each sale goes towards gorilla conservation.

Garuka and others like him have suffered the crossfire of human conflict, poaching, and the stresses of encroaching human activity. Today, their future looks bleak. As a company, we’d like to restore their chance at a better future, and what better inspiration than the meaning of Garuka’s full name, which is roughly translated from Kinyarwanda as “Return Well”. So, when you choose to pick up a Garuka Bar to return your energy, you’re also supporting a cause to return well the future of the mountain gorilla."

I like the Garuka bars more than any other energy bar that I've tried. I highly recommend them.

On a side note, I have received all of the shirts! So all of my products are done and should be shipped out far faster than I had anticipated! Hopefully this campaign takes off, but if not, I will launch the main website http://fplusplus.com very soon and all sales will be processed there.

Thanks!

Gabe


Update #7

The F++ knife

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For this update, we will be looking at the F++ knife. Terry Lee Renner has sent me an interesting writeup on the process he follows to build the F++ knife.

"The knife I have made for Gabe's startup campaign is based on a design I conceived several years ago as a gift for my father. It is an integral knife/sheath deign that is a one-handed withdrawal/ replacement idea. With the sheath anchored by its clip. the knife component can be re-inserted into the sheath, and, by using the cutout on the sheath top edge with your thumb, locked back in by squeezing your thumb and forefinger together. A smaller version of this design has been on the market with CRKT for 5 years as the Neckolas. Gabe's knife is considerably larger than the Neckolas, and was conceived as a tactical/ defensive knife. The pinky/forefinger ring feature allows for a secure hold whether drawn as a dagger,or used as an icepick, downward stab. The knife handle and sheath are made from  a composite material known as micarta. I prefer to use micarta made from canvas or linen cloth, rather than the fiberglass used in G-10, due to the less abrasive character of the cloths. It is a practically indestructible material that has one essential characteristic- its inherent springiness, which I use as a spring for the locking feature. The lock bar is cut one piece from the block that comprises the sheath, and bears down on the blades' mating lock area. I have added an adjustable setscrew to the sheath that compensates for wear and personal preference release tension adjustments. I use the best powdered tool steels for the blades, either CPM-154 or Sandvik 14c28n, at a 61C hardness. All these knives are made by hand one at a time. All processes are done by me, except for the logo, which is laser-applied by an outside source. I am a recognized and awarded U.S. knifemaker with several award credits since going full-time in 2006."

Terry is a great guy. I got in contact with him a long time ago to make a custom sheath for a neckolace knife and have kept in touch ever since. I personally think that the design for the F++ knife is the best that I've ever seen. It's extremely functional, superbly built with an amazing attention to detail, and looks really cool.

Gabe


Update #6

I have put up an IAMA on reddit

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    You get one 1 oz. Climb On! Bar. Climb on! is backing my Kickstarter campaign with their awesome product! These bars are 100% pure (chemical free), food grade, skin nourishing, moisturizing bars. They are made in the USA, and are great for climbers who need to moisturize their hands without making their skin too soft. If you choose this tier Climb On! will fulfill your order.

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    You get an F++ water bottle! F++ water bottles are made in the USA using recycled aluminum that is then coated in a BPA-free plastic lining. The logo design is applied using the “Cylindrically Digital” printing method, a cutting-edge technique used to apply graphics to bottles. This method creates a raised design that has shine and texture, which contrasts nicely with the flat, matte texture of the black water bottle

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    You get a 12 pack of Garuka Bars! The Garuka bars company is backing my kickstarter campaign with their high-quality and delicious energy bars! Garuka bars are made in the USA and are all natural. They are made with eight ingredients: Vermont raw honey, peanut butter, 7 whole-grain flakes, dried cranberries, brown rice puffs, light brown sugar, whole peanuts, and a teeny tiny bit of Vermont’s own Cabot butter. If you choose this tier, The Garuka bar company will fulfill your order.

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    You get an F++ chalk bag! F++ chalk bags are vinyl bags that are handmade in the USA. They are large, durable and feature a purple velour lining. This design is made from a variety of colored vinyl including a reflective, light green glitter vinyl that is stitched beneath the logo.

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    You get an F++ chalk bag and a 32oz water bottle!!

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    You get an F++ Shirt! The CTS shirt is made from 100% preshrunk cotton that is manufactured, dyed and assembled in the USA. This high quality fabric has a substantial weight to it and is soft and comfortable to wear. Due to the fabric’s soft nature, it took nearly a year to perfect the pattern for this design. Please note, the sizing below is approximate. The shirts should fit the following chest sizes: Small = Chest: 34 - 36, Medium = Chest: 38 - 40, Large = Chest: 40 – 42.

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    You get an F++ shirt and water bottle! Please regard Reward #5 for shirt sizing information. You will receive a sizing request after the campaign has ended successfully.

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    You get an F++ water bottle, and chalk bag. You also get a 1 oz. Climb On! Bar, and a 12 pack of Garuka Bars! If you choose this tier, part of your order will be fulfilled by the Garuka bars company and Climb On!

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    You get an F++ shirt, water bottle and chalk bag. You also get a 1 oz. Climb On! Bar, and a a 12 pack of Garuka Bars! If you choose this tier, part of your order will be fulfilled by the Garuka bars company and Climb On! Please regard Reward #5 for shirt sizing information. You will receive a sizing request after the campaign has ended successfully.

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    You get an F++ shirt, water bottle and chalk bag. You also get a 1 oz. Climb On! Bar, and a 12 pack of Garuka Bars! Finally, you get the next chalk bag and 2 shirts that F++ designs, 1 month before they get a public release! If you choose this tier, part of your order will be fulfilled by the Garuka bars company and Climb On! Please regard Reward #5 for shirt sizing information. You will receive a sizing request after the campaign has ended successfully. This is a long term reward as new designs take a while to release.

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    You get an F++ shirt, water bottle and chalk bag! You also get a special limited edition knife, made by Terry Lee Renner just for this campaign! The knife is 9.25" long, with a 4.5" blade. The sheath and handle are made from Black Micarta, and the blade is made from CPM-154 stainless steel. The F++ logo is laser engraved onto a blue titanium inlay that is located on the sheath of the knife. Each knife is handmade to order, so it may take up to one year to receive your custom-made knife. Please regard Reward #5 for shirt sizing information. You will receive a sizing request after the campaign has ended successfully.

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