I Found This Titanium Prototype Lying Around…

Here’s the problem

I’ve got more ideas than I know what to do with.

Yes, not all of them have “home run” potential (and, hell, a lot of them are just flat-out bad ..or simply won’t work) – but many do.

You probably already know this, but:

Almost everything I produce has its roots feedback or comments received from you.

I’m serious.

In fact, you know on those nature documentaries where you see the lion in the long grass …super-focused …ready to pounce? …well, it’s kinda like that for me on comments and feedback from you.

I’m super-focused on everything I read in emails and comments. Yes, I know, you may have sent me an email with an idea (and I most likely replied) – but you never heard back from me since. I understand if you think it went unnoticed. But, I can assure you, nothing goes unnoticed.

Case in point:

The HookUp™ Clips were a direct result of a comment I read (or it might have been an email) where someone mentioned a particular titanium carabiner that had broken on them after a while. I got to thinking about his issue… and, well, three months later and the HookUp™ Clips were launched on Kickstarter.

Okay, so here’s what today’s post is all about…

I found this in “Magnus’ Big Box of Crazy Titanium Prototypes”:


Titanium Circle Clip

Titanium Circle Clip

Titanium Circle Clip


The idea seemed good in my head. And still does to some degree – but definitely needs a few changes.

Functionality wise it’s good (but does need to be “beefed up” a little). It’s also a bit beat-up looking because I carried it around for a while when I first made it.

Obviously it’s meant to be a split-ring and clip in one – and I reckon it kinda works.

Thought I’d throw this out there for you to either…

a) Sing  my praises


b) Feed me to the lions


Seriously though …as I talked about earlier in this post – I thrive on feedback and what YOU tell me.

Hit me with it…

  • Sazad says:

    Hi Magnus , I think they will be great for carrying key sets/gears small &large, and quick access and removal. I would love to have couple of those rings. Thanks

  • Tim says:

    Hi Magnus , my first thought was “cool color and shape.” My 2nd thought was “Wow, I bet that thing opens up a really easy by itself inside my pocket.” I would have to give it a fairly good work out before I purchased more than one.

    • In the current state then this clip could be prone to opening (although I have not experienced it during the test).

      Most likely, as mentioned in the comments below, a more substantial version would be the next stage.

  • Jeremy says:

    Yes please!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ben says:

    Could be useful for large keys like car or the disabled access key that dont fit on to the other smaller key holders.

  • Craig Strong says:

    I’d be interested in a split-ring alternative like this. Main concern is over stressing the spring. Would the gate it open wide enough for the plastic headed keys? Would it be too easy to push the arm past its limit and end up with a permanently sprung spring arm?

    • Well observed on the pushing-too-far issue Craig. That is definitely an issue in the current state – the other clips i have designed so far had an maximum opening limit (such as the HookUp clips). But, yeah, these could be bent too far.

  • Jonathan says:

    This I definitely like. I need something like this for my dog’s leash. It’s perfect.

  • Viktor says:

    Would be great if you beef it up i think, then you should test how much force is needed to bend/break it and show us.

  • Steve says:

    I agree with Viktor about the strength and also how positive is the clip from opening accidentally. Look like it could get caught on something and opens up thus things falling off of the clip. Just a thought.

  • joe says:

    I like it, Magnus! You should call it the ‘Caretaker’. Why? Because it is something you could definitely see one carrying. I’m also for beefing it up.

  • William says:

    I can think of loads of uses for it.

  • Bill Hochreiter says:

    I agree with some of the early comments as using this to carry a set of keys. Also the name “Caretaker” seems a great choice! I would want it beefed up enough to not release by accident but not so beefed up that the size becomes cumbersome. That is a very subjective limit.. Good luck.

  • David Smith says:

    I’m glad you went with the hook up clips they just look ten times better and cooler. Interesting idea though. I see you keep trying to better the split ring. I for one hope you do I hate the things.

  • Ari says:

    I definitely like it.

  • Mike McArthur says:

    I can find ways to use this, as well. Actually, it may solve some problems. If you have a bag or backpack you use with a D ring inside, important items can be very securely attached. Also, if your car has a fob instead of key, no need to worry where it is! I’m in.

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