Here’s the deal…
There’s just four days left until the next Kickstarter project launch.
I would like to run some AWESOME giveaways on my own website during the project – but I would like to do a “test” of the service first.
Here’s where YOU come in…
You can win this truly one-of-a-kind, fully-functional, fully-titanium key-holder prototype in the next day or so while this competition runs.
There are a few ways to enter (Tweet, Like on Facebook, answer a question, …) and the more ways you enter the greater the chance of winning you have 🙂
If this mini-giveaway goes well then I will be offering some very cool stuff in the same way during the kickstarter campaign (and maybe this could be something I do more of in general!)
Here’s what you can win…
And here’s how to enter…
This may shock you…
The prototype in the pictures below is around a year old!
Yes, I’m serious. I’ve been testing this prototype off and on for a loooooong time now.
Here’s the story:
I wanted to provide countersunk screws with it (so it would be super pocket-friendly). However, I just tried some of the custom screws from the Rabbit key-holder on it, and it’s looks and performs VERY well.
The problem with countersinking the titanium screws is that I need to ship allen/hex keys with it. I don’t mind this – but it just adds another level of complexity. I really like the idea of just using coins (or whatever else you’ve got laying around) to open-and-close the screws.
This key-holder is a lot like others that have come on the scene over the last year or two. As a result I’m not super-excited about it’s originality – although I can say it is:
Any thoughts on this design? …would LOVE to here ’em! 🙂
P.S. Oh …and the blurred-out parts of some of the images may or may not be an almost-finished Kickstarter prototype about to be launched in the next few weeks! 😉
I think you’ll like this…
A Kickstarter Backer, Mark Bakas, of my first product (the ViperFish™) has uploaded a video of the unboxing of it.
You’ll find this interesting (although, personally, I found it fascinating).
I spent a lot of time putting the ViperFish™ (including the packging, etc.) together — and so it’s great to see how it is received.
The current run of ViperFish™ is shipping within 24 hours so there’s still time for you get yours here: ViperFish™
Mark’s unboxing of his ViperFish™ (thank you Mark!)…
It’s prototype time!
Want to see a failed prototype? Then check this out…
Here’s the deal:
As it currently stands I’m putting this prototype on hold. But, I know from experience, if people (that means YOU) want something then I will get comments and emails about it.
Will be interesting to see what interest there is on this one as it’s very different to what you’ve seen before from me. 🙂
Oh, one last thing… Continue reading…
Here’s a strange thing…
It doesn’t matter how many projects or products or such I do – I always, ALWAYS forget how quickly things tend to come together near the end.
A few days ago everything seemed so far away (although still coming together as planned – but perhaps a little behind schedule).
Then, as if by magic, I’m just days away from shipping the Rabbit™ for the Kickstarter project.
Not only that – but the ViperFish™ is almost ready to go too (available here: ViperFish™ ).
The good and bad thing is…
I still hold down a full-time job so everything is done in my spare time. Last night, for example, I came home at 6pm and was up until around 12am doing packing and such. It’s crazy how long it takes when there is more than a handful of any one thing to be done!
Oh, and importantly, I still went out for an hour-long walk during this time. Yeah, I know, it’s got nothing to do with anything (you just want Rabbit and ViperFish™ updates, right?) – but, I’m telling you this anyway…
Taking time out (especially when you “don’t have time”) for walking or some such relaxing activity really is like re-charging yourself. I used to hear people say things like this and always thought, “I’ll do it when I have time”.
The problem is… there will never be time.
I’ve been busier than ever these last few weeks …but I’ve also made sure (and by this I mean forced myself) to take a decent walk each night when I get home …even if I’m telling myself I just don’t have time.
I literally force myself to go for a walk. And, after each walk, I feel physically and mental “re-charged”. But, longer term, it’s helping with healthier eating and generally a better state of mind (if that doesn’t sound too “new age” 😛 ).
Okay, okay. Enough of this walking stuff!
Let’s get down to business… Continue reading…
It’s easy to make functional products…
Making a functional bottle-opener …or a pocket-tool …or a key-holder is super-simple. I’m serious here.
But, there’s another side to this:
Trying to go beyond that and ensure it’s beautiful, simple, practical (a very different thing to “functional”), make-able (is this even a word? …basically what I mean is: can it be made?), elegant, and so on — well, that’s a different game entirely!
I try to engineer beauty (in one form or another) into everything I create. It’s easy to go from nothing to something functional …but getting from this “something functional” to include all the things I mentioned above … now that takes countless hours of frustration, stress, head-banging-against-wall and throwing away 99.9% of the ideas I try. (…and I bet you thought I just pulled this stuff out of thin air!)
One last thing…
Before I get to the real reason for this post, I’ll let you in on a little “insider” secret (well, one of my secrets at least):
Okay, so, there is beauty and art in what I create (well, I like to think so at least!) …but there’s also beauty in the process itself.
I’m talking specifically about the titanium “off-cuts” from what I produce.
Maybe it’s just me and my obsessive-compulsive personality traits – but I find these kinds of things beautiful: Continue reading…
Okay, so, I’m picking the freshly machined Rabbits up this afternoon and will start the tumbling this weekend.
Luckily I have a beast of a tumbler so should be able to put 200 at a time in (maybe more!).
I will do a better update soon but I really have to run off right now and pick up those Rabbits!
In the meantime – here’s how the new, slimline custom titanium screws and posts turned out – enjoy:
NOTE: Someone kindly pointed out there is already a tool called the “Hangman” by well-known tool-maker Peter Atwood. I will change the name as I don’t want to overlap …got any ideas on a name for this tool? 🙂
It’s in the tumbler right now…
I’m talking about this prototype I call the “Hangman”:
Like I said — I have a handful in the tumbler just now ‘breaking the edges’ (that’s a “technical term” — which makes me sound more sophisticated than I actually am — for describing the process of giving the corners and edges a nice, subtle roundedness).
I took a picture for you just before I turned the tumbler on:
As you’ve probably noticed…
The main “clip” part of these are straight from the design of the Rabbit Key-holder.
I’m been carrying my Rabbit key-holder with me for many months. My favourite part is the pocket-clipping feature – and so these Hangman clips are basically just an excuse to re-use this concept.
Also, after designing a few multi-feature products (like the Rabbit and ViperFish™) …I wanted to try a single-function concept for a change.
First impression (before tumbling) is …well, it’s got that “x-factor” that I try to make part of anything I make. I also love the subtle “chunky” feel to it.
Once they’ve been tumbled I’ll update you…
People need rules…
With all of life’s uncertainties — it’s good to have something rock-solid in place. Something you can TRUST and RELY ON.
Perhaps “rules” is the wrong word. More of a structure to making decisions and knowing what you stand for.
The aim is to help both YOU and I understand what Cogent Industries is about. I know, I know …it a fairly self-centered request for your input. But hey, you don’t have to comment if you don’t want to. 🙂
So, with that, I’d like you to help me put together a “manifesto” or “10 commandments” type thing for Cogent Industries.
I’ll start things off with a couple…
#1 — Accept only the very best in life and everything.
#2 — You generally get what you pay for. Purchase wisely.
#3 — …
#4 — …
(Man, my first two are pretty poor — hence why I need your help — but hopefully you get the idea, right?)
These titanium tweezers are fully-functional, final prototypes.
Hand-finished (in fact, there’s a boat-load of hand-finishing done on these!) and in the final stages of tumbling. A little more hand-finishing on the “tips” and they’re ready to ship.
More details to come soon – but here’s a “sneak peak” for you…