193 Amazing Emails (Here Are The Highlights For You…)

Okay, so here’s the thing…

This post is a little different to most posts I do. Typically there is a prototype or something like that which I talk about. But not this time.

As you may recall… I wrote a blog post last week (click here if you missed it) where I asked about your story. I really wanted to know more about you.

And, dear lord, you did not disappoint!

I have just finished replying to 193+ emails (and there are still more trickling in even now).

It was for a giveaway of a couple of MokuTi titanium products. Now, I’ll be honest, I’ve still not picked out a winner yet… because I wanted to make sure I had read and replied to all the emails.

In fact – I’m not even sure how I’m going to pick a winner yet (because my focus has been on reading and replying to the emails so far – as well as keeping up with the various comments, emails and other support stuff).

But get this:

Every email was absolutely fascinating. I mean it.

I’d like to share some of the highlights. I can’t share it all because, combined, the emails are the size of a novel (I’m not kidding… 52,579 words in total. Really!)

Oh, and one important point about this…

I’m not going to reveal any names or people or such – because that would not be at all fair to those who replied. But what I’d like to do is talked about some interesting topics and such that came up.

 

So, to kick things off…

There was an Aerospace Engineer who explained to me why we (as humans) are still very far away from being able to travel from London to New York in an hour.

Now, I must admit, I asked him this question – I was really curious. He went into great detail that it’s not the technology that’s the issue (because, apparently, “the aerospace guys” can do pretty much anything).

The real issue is the funding required. He broke down how the costs of making such an aircraft and that, ultimately, it’s just no one is willing to pay the astronomical cost – it’s simply not feasible. A bit depressing… but great to know it’s money — and not technology — that’s the limitation. Very cool!

 

And an aspiring filmmaker…

Another young fellow I talked to is working his way to becoming a professional filmmaker.

What is interesting about this is that he is working hard at doing this. He’s doing his full-time but also spending his spare time doing what he needs to do.

Not sure why I loved this guy’s story so much – perhaps, selfishly, because it was so similar to the two years I worked in I.T. while also spending ALL my spare time working on Cogent Industries. Maybe that’s it.

 

Oh, and oddly enough…

There was a fairly high percentage of Engineers who replied. These were mechanical, electronic, software, chemical and such.

Not quite sure why this was the case – but, hey, it is what it is.

 

And some extremely tough things…

There were a few people who in the past (or even now) had gone through a lot. Either with poor health, disease or disability themselves or a close family member.

Some of these stories were so honest. And the compassion pretty much all of them displayed was tremendous.

Truthfully – these emails really gave me some perspective on life!

 

Another funny thing…

It was absolutely amazing how many people said something along the following lines:

“I don’t like people who are fake” or “I have no time for people who are dishonest”

Phrases similar to the two above were said by dozens of people. I’m wondering if there is a lack of real-ness in this world… because so many people mentioned it. Something to think about perhaps.

 

Taking the leap…

There was a fellow who dropped his safe-and-secure I.T. job and went head-on into being a comic-book artist without a safety-net (my words, not his :-D).

He gained traction fairly quickly and is having significant success.

I find this inspiring for sure (as you can probably tell by now… I have a huge respect for people who “take the leap” and just do what they want to do!!).

 

“Boring”…

A lot of people either started (or ended) their email telling me that they hope I don’t find their email “boring”.

I always found this interesting… because there was not one even remotely boring email in the bunch. All very fascinating.

 

“Regular guy”…

A number of guy’s started their email with “I’m just a regular guy…”

I must admit to finding this amusing because, pretty much every time, the email showed the person was not “just a regular guy”.

I assume that, to buy one of my products, it pretty much means you are not a “regular” person. So, yeah, that’s kind of why I don’t believe it when people tell me that. Sorry. 🙂

 

O.C.D….

There were a few people who mentioned they were obsessive-compulsive and perfectionist.

Some people might see this is as a bad thing …but not me!

I’m fantastically obsessive myself (to the point where I keep looking over my shoulder expecting men in white coats to come and take me away and strap me down!). I think if you’ve got it… then don’t let it go to waste. Leverage these “flaws” – that’s what I do. 😀

 

Okay, I’m done.

I’ve only covered about a quarter of the emails with the above stuff I’ve mentioned – but I’m running out of time (I’m writing this from a coffee—shop on my way to pick up some new TiBead designs).

My apology if you don’t recognise yourself in any of what I mentioned above. But the consolation is… I definitely replied to you. 🙂

One last thing…

I’ve not selected a winner for the competition in the previous blog post yet – but, when I draw it, I’ll let the person who won know (so, if you don’t hear from me, then someone else as almost certainly got it).

Right, I’m off to collect these new TiBeads designs – I’ll try and get some photos of them on the blog next week.

 

Oh, and one very, VERY last thing…

I actually was over checking out the new TiBead designs yesterday (but they weren’t ready).

But I did manage to snap a sneeky “insider photo” of one of the new designs for you – here you go:

These new TiBeads designs are still very "raw" ...because they've just come off the CNC. I'll get these tumbled next week and up on the website for sale.

These new TiBeads designs are still very “raw” …because they’ve just come off the CNC. I’ll get these tumbled next week and up on the website for sale.

  • Jacob says:

    WOW that’s a lot of submissions! Lots of interesting stuff people wrote about.

    • Robert Ferguson says:

      Hi Magnus,

      In your blog you mentioned that you were off to look at new TiBead designs (plural?). Just how many new designs are you going to offer. I had to have another set after having bought the first one. If you’re going to keep making new designs, I’d like to know so that I can plan accordingly. Maybe you can offer a Ti-Bead of the month plan. Just kidding. I know your are probably busier than Santa’s elves…

      • Hey Robert, yeah – there are two new designs. The other design is possibly my favourite so far.

        But, yeah, I’m going to be doing larger beads soon also (still working on dimensions of these).

        And, yeah, it’s likely I will do a bead-of-the-month type thing. I thought about it a while ago and, I think, it might be worth it because a few people seem to want every bead I make. So, yeah, maybe a crazy idea – but I’ll probably do it anyway 🙂

  • Sean Logue says:

    Very cool. Now I wish I had taken the time to send one in.

    One question, though. I’ve seen metal lanyard beads before, but I’m puzzled as to what people are using them for. Are they some sort of military decoration or something? I truly have not been able to figure it out.

    • Justin says:

      They help to pull smaller knives from the pocket and with the right knot placement even give somewhat of a handle extension. Also, a lot for people just simply like the looks and are willing to pay

    • Phil says:

      Sean, the beads I have are purely for decoration. They don’t serve a purpose, other than to look cool. Some people use them to find things without looking. For example… If you reach into a backpack, and find the lanyard with 3 beads…voila! You’ve found your keys!! I’m sure there are other uses, and I bet people will chime in here.

    • Justin and Phil replied better than I could…. 🙂

    • Vincent Goudreault says:

      Actually, you do have a point. If such a bead is purely decorative, why does it need to be made of Titanium allow, surely it would be better to have an actual excuse to use such a noble engineering alloy for them?
      So here is my suggestion: have the hole in them hexagonal shaped and sized to use as a nut driver. The knurling on the outside would be used for additional grip. So that you can have to bead and use it too…

      • Phil says:

        There’s no real “need”to make everyday items out of titanium. Are keys that heavy that we need a super strong, almost indestructible key dangler? It’s more of a bragging rights thing. No excuse needed

  • Vincent Goudreault says:

    The reason of so many engineers is that we are, by definition, interested by technology.
    Titanium alloys are closely associated with high tech, and it is the titanium that got us interested in Cogent Industries Kickstarter’s campaigns in the first place.
    Basically, titanium is an engineer magnet.

    • Good point – makes a lot of sense.

      A few people actually found out about my products while they were researching titanium for industrial purposes – so that’s proof right there! 🙂

  • Jae Pyung Lee says:

    I really can’t imagine that you replied all the emails that you receive! (and it’s still going)..
    I appreciate very much your email, it feels very good that you are communicating with us and not just for promote your products! that’s very good!!!!
    Thanks!

    • Hey Jae, yeah, many many hours/days replying to the emails – but I felt it was fair because of the stories people shared and how much they shared.

      I’ve been letting the “little details” of my business take priority over the last 6 months or so and started drifting away from customers being the 110% priority (I didn’t mean to – it just kind of sneaked-up on me without me realising it). So I’m trying to make amends now!

  • Kevin says:

    On that first story, I think technology does play a role as well. Consider the fact that a few decades ago, very few people were able to afford a computer because they took up so much space and were so expensive. Now? Everyone has one. It’s not because everyone has more money and can now afford them, but because technology has advanced to a point where the cost can be lowered enough for everyone to afford it.

    Now, obviously, comparing computer technology to aerospace engineering might seem odd, but maybe the technology just hasn’t really taken off yet (no pun intended) because people are satisfied with what we have already and so there is no real push to advance technology in that sector.

    • Ah, yeah, that’s a good point Kevin.

      Kind of like mini-drones are available to all now… and, from what it seems, a lot of the technology in them is from mobile phones (gps, accelerometers, etc.)

    • Vincent Goudreault says:

      Actually, technology is less of an obstacle to supersonic transport. Sure, going Mach 5 (the speed required to fly London to New York) does require new tech, and that is very costly to develop, and especially to certify.
      But suppose we settle on Mach 2, or even Mach 3. The Concorde flew at Mach 2, and the SR-71 routinely cruised at Mach 3, so this is not exactly unknown territory (perhaps not exactly cheap, as most of the designers who worked on those planes have retired and expertise has to be re-acquired; but definitely achievable). So what is the problem there?
      The fact that a plane flying 3 times as fast carries 3 times as many people in a day as a subsonic aircraft of the same size does. Which means the plane maker will sell at most one third the number of aircraft to serve a specific route. Which cranks up the price per aircraft as you now have 3 times less airplanes to amortize the design effort. Which makes the plane less attractive as the ticket to fly in one will go up further as a consequence (since the subsonic aircraft — the cheaper existing alternative — would still be around).
      In the end, technology is also cost.
      But in the case of supersonic aircraft, the real killer is market share for the invested price.

  • Andrew says:

    Would like to see Ti beads with slots for tritium vials so they can be used as locators. Not a whole lot of those on the market now, and even less in titanium!

    • Thanks Andrew – I’ve been asked before for tritium but never done anything about it (apart from a little research). I’m looking to offer more bead variations soon… so, yeah, I’ll do some more research on the tritium. 🙂

  • ShuTim says:

    Well,thanks

  • Greg says:

    Instead of reading all this, I just have a question if you’ve shipped the Pens that are already 3 months late from your Kickstarter campaign at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cogentuk/titanium-pen-ultimate-high-end-pen-for-everyday-ca

    Your last update on 22 Sept said the pens will all be shipped by end of next week, which is today…

  • Hannah says:

    Hi Magnus.

    Any updates on who the winner is?

    Cheers,

    Hannah.

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