Titanium Pocket-Wrench – Prototype #1

Did you know…

Out of all the products I get asked to produce (I get asked a lot!) – there are a few themes that keep popping up.

The two most common are:

A titanium wallet (working on it …getting very close – and it’s nothing like you’ve even seen before).

A titanium pen (making some good progress with this …but I’m finding it very tricky because I’m aiming for ultra-minimalist …and it’s tougher than you’d think. Hell, it’s tougher than I thought).

But, here’s the thing…

The other most common thing I get asked for is small titanium pocket-tool type products.

I’ve been on a bit of a prototyping blitz lately (while I was waiting for the HookUp™ Clips to be water-cut, laser-cut and CNC machined) …and came up with this initial prototype:

 

Titanium Pocket Tool

Titanium Pocket Tool

Titanium Pocket Tool

Titanium Pocket Tool

 

Now, here’s the thing…

This prototype is just to get a feel for how such a design is going to work in real-life.

And by this I mean size, shape, feel, function and aesthetics.

This design has been cut and is in the tumbler as I type this (should be finished tomorrow) …so I’ll take some photos when it’s done.

The truth:

Enough though I designed it myself in my 2D CAD software …it still turned out a lot smaller than I expected. Which is awesome – because I simply don’t carry anything with me that’s too big. It’s a purely personal preference.

It almost had that “X-Factor” …but not quite do to a few aesthetic/visual-design “issue”.

However, once I get it out the tumbler, I’ll be able to have a play around with it and get these things sorted. I’ll also show you the scale of it.

I will be making this (or something close to it) very soon.

I’ll most likely be making two versions… one metric and one imperial.

One last thing…

I don’t carry a wrench type tool around with me because I’ve always found them a little “clunky”.

However, I’m pretty damn excited about this one as it’s small enough that even ol’ “Minimalist Magnus” would carry it. Sweet!

 

You’re thoughts and comments on this design are most welcome (good, bad and downright critical)…

 

  • Dave says:

    I like the look of this. I too have often thought about carrying something like this but they have always been way too bulky. I look forward to seeing the finished item.

  • Bob Lukach says:

    This looks like a winner Magnus! Keep it simple, i.e., not too many tools in one unit. There are way too many of those out there. You have the right idea.

  • Brad says:

    Careful getting into alot of multi-tools, people will claim you are copying people, even if you aren’t. It happened with my WTF. Here is something that is similar to what you drew above – http://www.jwoytazknives.com/ti-tools1.html

  • Viktor says:

    Maybe you should make the top part wider and make a V-edge so it’s also a scraper, extra usage for little space

    • Firespitter says:

      I like the Idea of the Scraperedge too! And I woud suggest to round the outer edges with R=2mm. I thing that will be much more comfortable.

    • The initial plan was to keep this a simple “2-dimensional” piece – but maybe doing further CNC work on it might be worthwhile.

      Can you elaborate on the scraper-function for me? (..I’m not too familiar with it)

  • Gusto says:

    I think Viktor is on the money with his suggestion – wedge/scraper/prytool.

  • anson says:

    I like where this tool is going… maybe flatten the top of the bottle-cap edge so you can use as a flat-head screw-driver too!!

  • Peter van Eijndhoven says:

    I always carry a screwdriver with me. For emergency repairs on my laptop when traveling. The only problem is that I have to take it through airport security, which means “stealth”.
    Secondly it must fitting the small screws of a laptop. An idea??
    Peter

    • I’m pretty sure it’s not possible to machine such small driver bits.

      But, carry hex bits could work well.

      I’m hoping to come out with a hex-bit “case” soon …so you can carry a few common hex bits for use with a titanium tool that can take hex bits.

  • David Smith says:

    Similar to the viper fish! I like it. Ultra minimalist yes but if I carry around all of them it isn’t going to be ultra minimalist lol

  • William says:

    Hi Magnus, I love the shape, looks kinda like a hawk or eagle, due to that it should be easy to get a really great name for it?

  • joe w says:

    haha along the same lines as David Smith. If we end up carrying all these minimalist items we won’t be very minimalist for long. Now that I think about it Magnus, you should definitely create a toolbox of sorts to house all these amazing tools you give us. I can imagine it made of a very high quality polished wood with titanium accents/motifs. If would look AWESOME!!

  • Rob says:

    Looks interesting. I’m highly interested in the forthcoming pen!

  • Sazad says:

    Hi Magnus
    Someone done this design in stainless steel, in Kickstarter project with poor quality. I will defiantly get this as longs as this is compact and in titanium and have the same features, especially pry bar/screw and Finger Grips Dub as 1″ Ruler, I would also Finger Grips Dub as 1cm Ruler on the opposite side.
    please see the link below

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1078864724/pocket-wrench

    • I backed this project Sazad. I didn’t fully appreciate the lightness of titanium until I received this design in stainless steel – it’s solid!

      The bottle-open design on that Krench thing is excellent. Very well thought out.

      Because you’re another person who is mentioning the screwdriver/prybar function …I’m thinking maybe I should include this. I’ll see what’s possible…

      Thank you for your comment Sazad. Appreciated.

  • Julian says:

    Hi Magnus,

    I love the work you do, I too look for quality products to use everyday and if I had the ability/skill to do so, I would probably make them myself as you do.

    I first found out about you from kickstarter and I purchased a Rabbit directly from you. Just wondering why you decided to discontinue the Rabbit? I purchased it because it was exactly what I was looking for in a key holder, did you not get good feedback? difficult to make? Just curious.

    Looking forward to your titanium wallet. I already own a titanium wallet, which is nice and compact, but knowing your proclivity for perfection and simplicity I will probably like yours more.

    Thanks!

    Jules

    • Thank you for the kind words Jules.

      Yes, you’re right about the Rabbit discontinuing.

      It was a combination of:

      a) It being fairly involved to produce (and so I wanted to produce something simpler)

      b) There were a few parts of it I wanted to re-design (but just not given it a priority yet).

      The feedback has be tremendous on it – and I still get asked all the time if I’m going to make it again.

      I’m trying to produce another, simpler version. Stay tuned… 🙂

  • Fernando Dias Dalla Costa says:

    Hey, Magnus
    You were talking about a Ti bottle opener today. That and this prototype got me thinking I wish they had made this out of titanium: (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/quickey-multi-tool-the-clever-key-that-opens-everything-but-doors/x/7184573)

    **wink wink**
    Inspiration?
    **wink wink**

  • Wow, I missed that little thinga-ma-jig. It’s kinda cool.

    The NEW bottle opener I’ve just created is quite (well, completely) different to that key shape.

    I’ll take a deeper look into this key-shape concept later today…

  • MikeM74 says:

    How about having it flat?

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