Titanium (And A Weird “Egg Story”)

So I was in this café yesterday…

I asked for, “Bacon and eggs please. With the eggs scrambled. And can I get two more poached eggs.”

After wrestling with the order-system and finally putting the order in the machine the lady said, “So that’s two bacon and eggs?”

And I said, “No. One bacon and eggs. With the eggs scrambled. Plus two additional poached eggs.”

The lady responded incredulously, “So that’s FOUR eggs?!”

Man, who knew eating four eggs was such a crime! 😀

 

Anyway, onto more exciting stuff…

If you’re someone who is waiting on the ultra-unique Titanium Pen from my Kickstarter project – then I can confirm the project is progressing rapidly as it comes to the end and will be shipping in two to three weeks (click here to order yours from the website in case you missed it).

Here’s a little look at how the titanium pens are progressing:

Some Semi-Finished Titanium Pen Bodies Stacked And Ready For The Next Stage...

Some Semi-Finished Titanium Pen Bodies Stacked And Ready For The Next Stage…

Some Tips Almost Finished The Tumbling Stage (A Couple More Things To Do On Them Though)...

Some Tips Almost Finished The Tumbling Stage (A Couple More Things To Do On Them Though)…

 

Next up, I’d like to talk about the awesomeness of YOU.

And by “you”… I really mean the die-hard Customer and Raving Fan :-D. Especially if you’re one of those helpful folks who comment with specific and comprehensive feedback on designs and prototypes I reveal to you.

Recently I asked for feedback on a titanium wallet prototype and a titanium carabiner prototype. And, honestly, I’m always blown away with the responses I get back. I’m never, ever disappointed. Thank you.

Now, shamefully, I don’t reply to comments as much as I feel I should (but I’m getting better at it!). I do read and study the comment and even print them off if there is a lot of them.

And so today I’d like to showcase some excellent feedback I received from Mike and Martin (hey guys, I hope you don’t mind me doing this — Magnus).

Regarding the titanium carabiner prototype I revealed – Mike gave this feedback…

 

“Having been a long-time aficionado of climbing carabiners and having backed multiple Ti carabiner projects on Kickstarter, I’ve a set of goals I’d recommend you shoot for to have your product truly stand out. These boil down to making your carabiner function as well as a climbing carabiner. It’s not that you’re rating your carabiner for climbing loads, but rather drawing from what that industry has learned over decades. The list:

1) The gate should open fully, with a smooth feel and gradually increasing tension from fully closed to fully opened, with the gate touching the spine of the body.

2) As a corollary to a fully-opening gate, the physical design should maximize the size of the object that can be inserted into the carabiner. In other words, a 2″x4″ carabiner that can fit a 1″ dowel rod is more useful than another of equal size that can only fit a 0.75″ dowel rod (all else being equal).

3) The gate should have an interlocking meetup with the body, which centers the gate with respect to the nose of the body and reduces gradual deflection of the parts as off-axis stresses are used to open the gate. By having the parts line up when closed, it also reduces snag hazards and accidental openings.

4) Rounded edges and corners everywhere. The cross-section of the body should be a rounded rectangle instead of having sharp angles where the sides meet. This will reduce wear and tear on any belt loops, bag handles, or other soft materials placed through the carabiner.

Those are some of the key features and benefits of “real” carabiners that I seldom see in indie projects. Again, it’s not that you’re trying to build a 25kN-rated climbing tool, but rather you want to incorporate some of the niceties that serious tools have to make your product more special from a practical perspective.”

 

and

 

“For those looking for a climbing carabiner, it takes a lot more than mere load ratings. If the gate deflects to the side, an opening is created through which a rope can escape. If the body’s edges are sharp, there will be increased stress on any rope passing through the carabiner, including small-radius bends that reduce strength.

Whether I’d trust my life to something depends on MUCH more than a single load rating number.”

 

And from Martin…

 

“Plenty as already been said. I climbed for many years and I’ve been using a “Dynex Dogbone” from Black Diamond for at least 10 years now as my “key chain” combine with those cheap carabiners they actually sell for 5-8$. (I’ll send you a pic if you want one). I clip it through one of my jeans belt hoop and slip the rest in my front pocket. Tada! about the same carabiner size as your prototype.

The third prototype was really nice! Nice “rivet pin” if I may say?

Some people said the gate should open a max, it is a good idea.

You also have to make sure it will stand the side pressure and the actual gate won’t pop off.

Since this should be an everyday EDC more than a “real climbing gear”, the overall shape should allow the top part of the carabiner to naturally “SLIP” to the major axis of said carabiner. This way you prevent the thing to unclip itself from your hold. Same goes anyway to real climbing gear.

Even if you want a “design look” to it, your clip securing itself in the “nose” of your carabiner should prevent some more slippage from whatever it’s clip into and would really make it FIRST in it’s class…Ti wise, that is.

And finally, All of it round edges,buffed, nothing close to square to prevent cutting through any material it is clipped in.”

 

Now, these guys obviously know one-million-percent more about carabiners than I do. Which is awesome. And, let’s be honest, feedback doesn’t get much better than this!

I’m not making a “load bearing” titanium carabiner for climbing. No. It’s more for everyday use – but I don’t see why I shouldn’t still over-engineer the living be-jeezus out of it. Right?

So the tremendous feedback from above (as well as a number of other comments from others) has changed the design of the carabiner in at least 5 ways. Amazing. I’ll update you as progress is made on this design.

 

One last thing…

If you have ideas or thoughts on designs (or if you have something you really, really, REALLY want me to make) – then I created another super-exclusive website just for that.

It’s basically a forum that makes sharing and discussing of ideas super-easy. Click Here to check it out here and then register on the website to share your idea.

 

 

  • Joe w says:

    Pens are looking good 🙂 and it’s great that you take in opinions of others that help improve the quality of your products.

    ‘Know or listen to those that know’
    – Baltasar Gracian

  • Ansel says:

    After reading about all of the suggested improvements to your carbiner design, now I really really really want one.

  • Martin V says:

    Hey, glad it will help!!! AND a big thanks for the good words! It makes it very interesting to be part of the project and that you value the input of us!

    Keep it up!

    Cheers!

    I’ll open a cold one with that Scalper of yours!

  • Eolake says:

    The photos look really nice.

    It will be interesting to get mine. I’ve always preferred the aesthetics of natural materials in design, metal, wood, over synthetic materials.

    Further, I’m an artist, and as a designer a minimalist. Which may be smelled if one looks briefly at my self-designed sites through the hub http://eolake.com

    Montblanc and Parker has a thousand different pens, and yet they somehow all look the same, and the same as they did a hundred years ago. “Nobody ever got fired for thinking inside the box.”

    So it’ll be interesting to see if a raw minimalist pen can beat the aesthetics of a fancy gold-trimmed plastic pen.

  • JAG says:

    What I find strange about your egg story is, not that you wanted four eggs, but that you wanted two poached and two scrambled.

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