New Titanium Tweezers …(Which Should I Launch?)

It’s been a while since I posted last …but I’m here now!

And today I have a question for YOU.

I’m just about finished the final prototypes of two new titanium tweezers.

The first tweezers I talked about before here. And this is what they look like in case you have forgotten…

titanium-tweezers-1

new-titanium-tweezers-1

 

The second design has been top-secret and under development for a long time now.

Truthfully, these top-secret titanium tweezers are unlike anything you’ve seen – and, I’ll tell you now, the cost to produce them is somewhere between “no way, really?” and “oh my god!”.

They’ll be ready this weekend. But, in the meantime, he’s the concept for you:

slide-out-titanium-tweezers-1

slide-out-titanium-tweezers-2

As you can see they are a “slide out” design. I don’t believe anything like this exists …and certainly not in titanium!

I’m planning to launch one of these two design on Kickstarter very soon. And so…

My question to you is this:

Would you prefer the first tweezers or the second (slide-out style) tweezers to be launched on Kickstarter?

(NOTE: I’m not going to offer both at the same time on Kickstarter because I want to keep fulfillment fast for you)

 

Personally…

I think I’d prefer to launch the first set because they are simpler and I can get them to you a lot faster. The “slide out” design is much more involved, will take longer and will cost more.

But this is not really about me …it’s about YOU! 🙂

Tell me what you’d prefer.

  • Brian says:

    Easy. Both. Can’t wait!

  • Eric Brink says:

    I like the slide out version best

  • Bud says:

    Option 2 please. I already have your originals.

  • David says:

    I’d be inclined to say 1, except I already have the first-gen titanium tweezers (Love them, by the way), so I’m not sure what would make them something to get above-and-beyond my existing set.

    So I’ll say 2, since those would be nice for leaving in my bag for travel without worrying about them puncturing a pocket.

  • Daniel Bromley says:

    First ones, the slide out ones are cool but simplicity is always better

  • Bob Gelb says:

    I don’t want #1, I already have your titanium tweezers, don’t need another . But, #2 retractable interests me (good for traveling .)

  • Ben snow says:

    I have your other tweezers (both sizes) and love them but since I have those id say the slide out ones

  • Kevin says:

    Slide out for sure. Your tweezers are super sharp – which is great, but it makes them not to pocket friendly. Having a sheath fixes that issue.

  • sammuel smith says:

    You have to throw out ballpark prices for each before you get truly honest answers here…. P.S. great work!

  • No one says:

    Slide-out version, please…

  • David says:

    Option 1 for sure. The second one is a bit overkill. Keep it simple! Less stuff to fail.

  • rudy says:

    The first one, but with one modification. Needs a hole for a key ring like the second one has.

  • Zach says:

    I’d really like to see #1. I think they look a lot better that the original design, plus, I think you could do something a little special with the slide outs in the future.

  • Shaun says:

    Slide out version would be my choice in mini just be difficult, already have the originals.

  • Wendy says:

    Totally the slide out ones. I love the originals too, especially the small ones.

  • Guy says:

    #2 retractable for sure!

  • Georg says:

    I’d say “just” for the tweezers the slide-out it a little too much overhead. If you, however think along something like a nail clipper and/or nail file or some combination which is compacted into something similar like the slide-out tweezers I’d say go for it 😉

  • DanielS says:

    I think they are both awesome in their own right’s, but I’m more old fashion I guess and would prefer the first version, however I like how the slide out design won’t get hung up on a pocket!

  • Steve says:

    I want both but I like the idea of getting the slide out design first.

  • Kevin says:

    Slide out… Was there really a question … ?

  • Philip says:

    #2 for sure.

  • Peter says:

    1st one then the second to follow

  • Dan says:

    Definitely the first. Don’t think the slide out version make much sense for tweezers.

  • Ethan says:

    Slide out, then you can keep them in your pocket, or on your key-chain; assuming they lock closed somehow.

  • damon stelly says:

    Slide out! Is there a release for your customers before the public see them?

  • Eric says:

    The 2nd option would be nice to attach to my EDC group keyset.

  • Jimbeaux says:

    I too have both of Gen 1, so #2 for me…

  • John says:

    Option two is my vote

  • Stan says:

    I’d go with #2. Those eliminate the issue with getting poked occasionally with the existing model and #1 since there is no cap on the tweezers to cover up the points. I don’t think a cap would stay on but making them retractable fixes that issue.

  • Jay says:

    Honestly, I like the first one, but would certainly give that second one a try.

  • David says:

    I like the simplicity of the first set. Its not like I carry tweezers around in my pocket …

  • LEX says:

    I would do both for Kickstarter.

  • DaveL says:

    Slide out looks neat,especially if the ends of the tweezers are as pointy as depicted.

    My worry would be how easily they close. Looks like the total length of the tweezer is pretty short with a proportionally larger width. Does it take a lot of effort to close/grasp these? In general the length seems short, might be tough to use in some applications, but the portability is off the charts good!

  • David says:

    Your design for sliding tweezers is great. The fact that it does function in more space than its stored and the storage feature as a way to prevent catching or tangling with other items. Am very excited to see these in a finished phase.

  • Aaron says:

    I like them both and will be buying whichever one you decide to produce. 🙂

  • Michael Kruep says:

    #2 for sure. I already have the original set and #2 is different enough to allow me to add to my stash.

  • Ollie says:

    Could we get a ballpark figure for both?

  • Jim says:

    I’d definitely prefer to see the retractable (#2) version as a first offering. They represent something truly innovative.

  • Robert Ferguson says:

    Magnus,

    You asked the question. First of all, you didn’t mention what price range they would be in. I like the retractable one. Having said that, then what do I do with four (2 large and 2 small) pairs of tweezers that I ordered from you? I am not able to use the smaller version since they roll between my fingers. You are asking for blind trust from your backers. You need to show a video of how they are able to function, since the picture you offer doesn’t do that.

  • Curby says:

    The first one seems so similar to your first generation that I’m not sure I’d back it.

    The second one is intriguing, but needs more details before we really know how well it would work. For example:

    1) The tips look rather far apart. If they meet at a high angle and are sharp, might they snip instead of squeeze when applied to a soft or delicate material?

    2) How are the tips contained in the outer sheath? Is there a detent that they “snap” into? Is it a friction fit system or do you press down on that tabs on the sides of the sheath to unlock them?

    3) Can the tabs on the sides be textured so they’re easier to grip and slide?

    4) Have you tossed it into sand to see how it behaves when fouled?

    5) Can the tweezer insert be user-removed from the sheath for cleaning or replacement, without having to replace the whole unit?

    I don’t mind paying a lot for a product that is well-thought-out and that is great at its job, but the more I’m paying, the more evidence I want that the product deserves the price tag. I wouldn’t want to pay hundreds for a product that has critical design or usability flaws, and there’s much too little to go on based on those simple renders. Please post a video of you using a prototype and performing a variety of tasks with it, and comparing it to your first gen tweezers. Thanks!

  • Chris says:

    Option #2

  • Mark says:

    Both nice in their own way but if I was to buy another pair it would be type 2

  • Daniele says:

    Option 2 for me!

  • Kat says:

    The second set. They would be an improvement on my current Cogent tweezers (which I *LOVE*). The first set wouldn’t be worth buying as they’re too similar to what I already have.

  • Robert Ferguson says:

    Magnus,

    On second thought, I have a number of pairs of tweezers and don’t need to add to the collection. Why not make a small pair of titanium pliers instead. They would serve much the same purpose and much more versatile.

    You keep re-designing the same products (tweezers, pry bars, carabiners, etc.). As a backer, I do not need to keep backing products that you have already produced. I feel like a laboratory experiment. Let’s try this version, or that one. Magnus, I’m not going to continue to back multiple items of the same type anymore. I appreciate your attention to detail, but you should make all designs in your shop and determine which one to make before putting them on Kickstarter for backing and not expect the public to continually invest in re-designs over and over again.

  • John says:

    The second type looks a little unwieldy to use; a long handle that isn’t squeezable and short tips that your fingers might have trouble finding room on. The first pair seem too similar to your current design to interest me. Maybe return to the drawing board and come up with something else. Perhaps a folding design where the tips pivot around to the inside so they are pocket friendly but lock in place when extended so they are easy to use.

  • J.C.Oliveira says:

    If you launch the first option few who own your original version are likely to jump in (I for one, have both sizes of your original design). Option 2 does seem to be in the expensive side. So, if you do launch the second option, you may wish to offer the original version along, for those who do not have it but wouldn’t be ready to pay the price of the new design. Since the person who is to visit the page is likely interested in tweezers, you can catch either of the groups with both options, without the need to produce two new designs at once. I wouldn’t likely acquire neither model now, as I am happy with the original design, which I actually acquired not too long ago.

  • Steve says:

    The slide version is innovative and more portable. And, I have 2 sets of version 1! 🙂

  • Aam says:

    First style. Simpler to use.

  • Vincent Goudreault says:

    The first one, if it could be upgraded with a lanyard or key ring loop, as a loose tweezer in a pocket would be more of a liability and a practical proposition for everyday carry.
    The slide out design cannot be monolithic, that makes it both complex and potentially fragile. Also, the distance ends to hinge is half the overall length when extended, that suggests either a longer than necessary tool, or too short a bending business end. As cool as it may look, I am not sure what the sliding mechanism adds besides bulk.

  • Erik says:

    The first ones… i missed ordering your originals.

    those will ship faster, and cost less. that’s a much more mass appealing situation. whereas the second ones probably wont sell as well.

  • Dana says:

    I already have both sizes from gen 1. The small set is in my edc and I have to carry them in a pouch. I think option 2 would be an excellent addition to my edc.

  • Chad says:

    My vote is for the second (slide-out style) tweezers. I do like the first option, however, I already have a set (full size and mini) of your original tweezers.

  • Mary says:

    I would LOVE the second pair (slide out). They look so original and different. This is something really special. My motto: If it’s not truly special, why bother?

  • Jason says:

    I like the first pair. But, I’m in agreement with Robert (7th post above mine), get all your designs right, then release them to the public, not the other way around.

  • Norm Zastre says:

    The first one, then the second one. The second would be a great travel tweezer.

  • Robbie says:

    Assuming slide out are roughly the same size as current mini Ti tweezers then definitely those.

    I drew blood for the first time with my current pair yesterday 😉

  • jo says:

    Version 1 for me. I know they are gonna work and they will be strong. Not sure how good a pinch you would get on the slide out ones… Remember the KISS principle (not that I am saying you are stupid…!)

  • George F. Jackson Jr. says:

    They’re both great as all your work I’d be happy to see the second pair because I your first two models and would want something different to look forward to the new style is just a very nice upgrade to the original ones but the sliding pair is very original and unique place a hole for a key ring and it’s a gold medal for tweezers well done friend

  • Joseph says:

    The second/slide-out version. There’s plenty of traditional tweezers on the market. The world needs and deserves something new and innovative!

  • Sean Logue says:

    I think the second one would be difficult to use. My first thought was that it would be good for travel, but the more conventional tweezers can fit right into a dopp kit without taking up any appreciable space, so my vote goes toward the first one. I also like that it more closely resembles the pry bar, which has a very nice look to it. Sounds like the first would also be cheaper, which means I would be more likely to actually buy one. I blew my titanium budget on a cheese slicer already. 🙂

  • Byungjae Kim says:

    I think Second one is very nice.

  • Al says:

    I would buy the second pair. I already have both tweezers now.

  • Joel says:

    2. I like the slide out. Something different and new.

  • Stan says:

    I backed your last project. I like the retractable design. It would be nice if you could add a second tool in there since it may be bulkier than a normal set of tweezers.

  • scott says:

    The first design is simpler, and that would be my preference.

  • Simon Funge says:

    The first one for me

  • Bob says:

    Slide out by far! Something new and different. I’ll pay more.

  • John Banks says:

    no brainer – slide out version

  • Sandy says:

    The first one, though the second one is very innovative.

  • James M says:

    The first one please. I like the simplistic design and would back it with no problem.

  • Adam says:

    Well, everyone is saying the slide out ones so I guess ill just wait till that kickstarter is done and you release the first style.
    Simple is always my favourite, thats why i like your products, no nonsense and simple engineering.

  • Rabit says:

    The first! Only the first.

  • Ethan Fineout says:

    Number 1 but with a “cap” that is held on by notches and pressure. Stabby things hurt and rip stuff

  • Doug T. says:

    Second set, for sure – the sliding action is far cooler!

    Who cares if it costs more?

  • inacio says:

    Slide out (#2) is my choice. Original. Looks stable. User friendly. Go for it.

  • David Graham says:

    Slide out is way too cool!!

  • Todd says:

    Slide out one!!!!

  • Teri says:

    I love the slide out design–perfect for traveling. BUT, I would like to see a finer point. Thanks for the opportunity to leave input.

  • Kevin says:

    The first ones but without the cogent logo on them, just plain and simple like the previous titanium tweezers you released

  • Ignacio Altamirano Ruiseco says:

    The first one there are more real and usefull

  • E says:

    Just one question, is it both user friendly for left handed users?

  • Robert Adam II says:

    The slide out, so I can put them in my pocket without getting stabbed.

  • Myk says:

    The expensive set first. I won’t be able to afford both

  • David says:

    Please launch Design 2; great addition to my EDC’s.

    I already have Design 1 in both sizes.

  • Timothy says:

    I’d prefer the 1st, and I like the addition of your logo.

  • Brian says:

    Definitely number 2, I’ve never seen anything like it!

  • Mark says:

    Dear Magnus,
    I don’t see either of these designs finding their way into my tools for digging out splinters. You are totally ignoring the inherent rotational problem that your tweezers have as compared to tried and true designs. Simply put, the index finger and the thumb, when working with your tweezers, become overly concentrated on just trying to keep the tool from flopping over between one’s fingers. A decently designed tool allows for the user to pick it up with automatic ease and only be concentrating on trying to use the business end to dig out the offending splinter. Your clinging onto an obsession with modern design does not negate the fact that better (more relaxed handling) tweezers have had a “paddle” wide spot on both legs of the tweezers for going on over one hundred and seventy years. This is the part that you always forget. Again, I challenge you. Put your high end titanium tweezers and three other well-built tweezers in a tray for a lady that is going to dig out a splinter for you in your finger. She won’t give a flying fig about titanium and will pick up the tweezers that have the wider paddles for better control. Magnus, I recognize your obsession with titanium and straight lines and billet machining. You do not do too well in recognizing that the human hand is not built to control your style of tweezers. Sorry to have to bop you over the head with this but I have found much better tweezers than the ones you sold to me and they were so much more controllable and precise. Unfortunately, for them, @ $3.95 a copy on eBay, they could not ever hope to be more expensive than yours. Tools fit hands. Cute items hanging off of imaginary survivalist’s belts are a fad. Become a world-class toolmaker not a designer of bric-a-brac.

  • David says:

    No logo please.

    I like the clean design.

  • Karatemike says:

    First set. I like the simplicity. Love you Magnus

  • Chris says:

    First tweezers – simple and ‘to the point’

  • Syl says:

    The slide out would be an awkward hold and be unbalanced in ur hand… I’d go for the first.

  • Robert says:

    #2 is great!

    I have your existing tweezers but don’t carry them because I don’t like getting stabbed randomly in the leg. The new design solves that problem.

  • Apocalypse says:

    2nd design all the way.

  • Nick Robinson says:

    The first one.
    Elegant and simple

  • Per says:

    Definitely the plain version, but it would be nice to have a tweezer small enough not to be confiscated by airport authorities and with some kind of protection so that the sharp end is covered.

  • reiner says:

    option 2 mate! lanyards

  • Filippo says:

    I would prefer #1 but …. with round heads

  • Larry says:

    Slide out

  • Lucas Hipkins says:

    I like the first one. The second seems over engineered, and for someone who likes minimalist products, option 2 does not interest me.

    On the other hand, where is your Ti Wallet design?!?!?

    Can’t wait!

  • David says:

    First one !!!

  • JPR says:

    Slide out please

  • Walter says:

    The 2nd as it is innavative

  • David says:

    My vote is for option 1

  • Joe says:

    1st! Simple is best

  • Laurie Smith says:

    I think I would prefer the first option as the cost of the slide out ones might make them a bit prohibitive.

  • Fernando Ramos says:

    I prefer the first one simply because it is simple and I know it will be easy to use.

  • Jason says:

    slide out version! I’ve cut my finger open and stabbed them a few times already trying to get my keys out of my pocket.

  • Steven says:

    Slide out! First, this is where you’re going to stimulate interest in the market…the “cool factor” will gather A LOT of interest. Second, I carry your tweezers everyday, and my only gripe is that the tips get caught on the fabric of my pocket. I cover them with a small piece of plastic tubing, but that’s forever getting lost…and it’s NOT cool.

  • Zach Luchini says:

    I have to say #2 for sure!! I have the first gen of the 1st ones #2 would be awesome!!

  • Reinhard says:

    I would prefer the #1 set for its aesthetics and simplicity. No key ring required. I also could do without the logo.

  • Robert says:

    The slide out version requires more machining which adds
    drastically to the overall costs, but does nothing to add to the usage possibilities.

  • Richard says:

    I have the original tweezers, which are wonderful, so I think option 2 is more exciting. I can’t quite justify buying another set of TI tweezers, but ones that slide out are just different enough.

  • John says:

    the slide out version

  • Klyph says:

    Ok my two cents magnus. The slid out is cool but costly and hard to weld. But a slid out protective case for the first set would be amazing. All titanium tips down with a removable rubber stopper to keep the tweezers clean. Or even if it’s not a slide out Case just held together with strong rare earth magnets as a clasp.

  • John says:

    Version #2

  • Enrique says:

    Both sound great! I remember the discussion on the 1st model, addressing the issue of the current model flipping 90 degrees. But the 2nd model addresses the issue of portability. I guess I’d like to (1) see ballpark estimate of price for the 2nd one (guessing the 1st will be similar to current model); and (2) I would like to see a prototype of 2nd model in order to see how some of the technicalities of a more complex design are solved.
    Good luck!

  • Doug says:

    Slide out tweezers are uber cool!!!!

  • NUMBER ONE, #1, Numero Uno, Primo, Adam (The first man – keeping with the theme).

    Yes, We already have a set of the originals, and as planned my Wifey has taken possession of them and granted me very limited and strictly supervised visitation privileges.

    Look at all that Love, it took me an hour just to read and scroll and read and scroll and read and scroll just so I can add my comedic 2 cents.

    Thanks for asking and We will support the outcome whatever the deciding vote from our trusted fellow Magnus Ti Minions.

    SIncerely,
    ATLR and Wifey

  • Paul Rogers says:

    Yes!! Build it and we will come.

  • Marc says:

    The first version. My wife loves her original set but gets sore fingers with the “sharp” grooves 🙂

  • Okey-dokey… I’ve given it a few days and tallied up your feedback.

    For the most part it seems twice as many people want the “slide-out” tweezers to be produced first compared to the simpler, first version.

    But, here’s a problem…

    These are final prototypes and so, as kinda-of-expected, I’m still solving a couple of things on them (particularly the “slide-out” tweezers).

    I may just have to launch the larger tweezers first. Will do another post soon on this.

  • Kenneth Højgaard says:

    #1

  • Shaun Cruz says:

    Option 1 with a wax-canvas sheath.

  • J. Kramer says:

    Go for #2 the slider better for travel and carry and more interesting esp. for those who have your earlier ones.

  • >