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Titanium Prototype Mini-Giveaway

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…

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And here’s how to enter…

Titanium Key-Holder Mini-Giveaway

Fully Titanium Prototype (I’ve Been Holding Out On You..)

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.

My confession:

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:

  • Fully-Titanium (…yes, every single part of it apart from the o-rings)
  • Custom “Big Slot” Screws (…so you can use coins to open-and-close it)
  • Can Accept Any Key Length (…because of the “offset” design you can add any sized keys you like)
  • Can Hold Anywhere From One or Two Keys Up To Twelve or Fourteen (…you can also add USB Drives, etc.)

 

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! 😉

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The Reviews Are In! (Well, ONE of them…)

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!)…

 

Why I’m A Miserable FAILURE…

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…

“Behind The Scenes” (…Rabbit and ViperFish Update!)

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…

Weird Titanium “Art” For You…

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):

“The simpler a product looks …then, almost always, the more time and effort and work and frustration has gone into getting it to that stage”

 

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…

Rabbit Update (Custom Titanium Screws and Posts!)

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:

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Titanium “Hangman” Prototype…

 

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”:

Super-Minimalist "Hangman" titanium key-dangler. From 3.5mm thick titanium - so it's got a nice "chunky" feel to it.

Super-Minimalist “Hangman” titanium key-dangler. It’s got a solid, “chunky” feel to it …while remaining super-compact and very, VERY minimal. Maximum pocket-friendliness!

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:

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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…

The “Cogent Manifesto”

manifesto-1People 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 — …

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(Man, my first two are pretty poor — hence why I need your help — but hopefully you get the idea, right?)

Titanium Tweezers

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…

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Grade 5 titanium and with incredible matte finish. Just 10 of these are going to be available…

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