Whoops (Accidental Titanium Coolness…)

You may not know this, but

One of the BIGGEST problems I currently have in the production side of my titanium products is stopping the various parts “sticking” together when in the tumbler (as well as to the sides of the tumbler).

I haven’t yet found a “magic pill” solution because the products I produce are of various sizes and shapes. And, if they don’t have a hole through them, then it gets really tricky.

Anyway, I’ll get to the point

I recently made a bit of a breakthrough (still at the testing stage though) with this. Woohoo!

I designed a little clip-type-thingy that would go through the holes in titanium parts. They had to be able to clip on quickly and easily. Oh, and they also had to be able to clip off quickly and easily too.

This little part was made out of titanium (obviously :-D) and, well, blow me down with a feather – turns out they look like cool split-ring-type-things …and, so far, they function like a hog!

So, I’ve just replaced all my split-rings on my key-chain with these as a trial. And, well, the results so far are kinda damn exciting.

Also, I’m gonna name these now (in case they turn into an actual product I produce and anyone decides to pilfer my idea :-P).

Take a look at the SnakeBite:

 

Titanium SnakeBite

Can You Tell Why They’re Called The “SnakeBite”?

 

Although I Wasn't Going For Design At This Stage (Just Pure Functionality And Nothing Else) ...They Ended Up Looking Pretty Cool.

Although I Wasn’t Going For Design At This Stage (Just Pure Functionality And Nothing Else) …They Ended Up Looking Pretty Cool.

 

Know this:

These are in no way a final design (remember: these were only for the purpose of stopping titanium parts sticking together in my tumbler).

Would love to hear your thoughts on this… (good, bad and ugly)

 

Oh, one more thing…

You kinda “twist” these to get your keys (or whatever it is) to slip on and off them. I’ll see if I can do a video of them soon.

  • Jeremy Anderson says:

    Nice discovery, Magnus! You could also call it the Ouroboros: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouroboros

    😉

  • Maureen DeMartino says:

    Magnus, these are pretty slick! As long as theyre not too expensive, i would definitely buy some! Sometimes the best inventions are created by happenstance!

  • Bill Hochreiter says:

    Love it! Great name and seems to function just as good as a split ring. If it holds tight and keys, knives, flashlights and other things don’t fall off or slip off, I think you have a winner and a replacement for the split ring. Hopefully the price point will allow you to make and sell millions of them. Congrats!

  • Joe says:

    haha i thought ‘SnakeTail’ would be a cool name because it looks like a snake eating its own tail (obviosuly). But ‘Ouroboros’ is a real nice name with a meaning too.

  • Shaun Cruz says:

    I like it. The Ouroboros name seems fitting.

  • don says:

    great idea … good use of the properties of ti … rectangular shape maybe a more efficient use of material
    ?? would a double hook configuration be possible ??

  • William says:

    Great potential

  • Brad Martin says:

    I have been working on something like this since the WTF project, looks like you beat me to it 🙂 Great job!

  • Michael says:

    Vey nice!

  • Gusto says:

    Very nice design and if it is rigid enough then there would be little chance that the contents would fall out/off. I would just pay attention to the jaws of the snake mouth to hopefully prevent snags on “What has it got in its pocketses.”

  • B Alan Eisen says:

    I am wondering how well they work without the mouth catching on things. Very interesting either way. I will probably buy some.

  • Herbert says:

    Looks like a superior split ring, much easier to handle. On the outside it should be a perfect circle so it doesn’t get stuck in your pockets but that seems to be an easy change, just have the “outer jaw” be straight instead of protruding and rework the tail’s angle a bit.
    (probably not as easy done as said)

  • geoff hughan says:

    Hi Magnus
    re clip-type-thingy
    only production negative to avoid would be sharp edges.
    new thought mens titanium writ bracelet
    Geoff

  • Sazad says:

    Great idea Magnus, I prefer you replace the snake head with your Viperfish head.

  • Randy Noya says:

    Nice work, like all the other stuff you make. I also like the name Ouroboros, but snake-bite will do to. I Will buy these for shure (for a far price. Lol)

  • Konrad says:

    Well, I have just discovered Magnus and the Magic of Titanium that i didn’t know I needed. I will definitely NEED a couple of the snakes to complement the other essentials. Nice work.

  • Rob says:

    Very nice…

  • Bud says:

    Love this! How soon can we order them? You are bound to have bunches laying around having used them to help with other products. Gosh, they have probably been tumbled wonderfully by now!

  • Ari says:

    I want this already. Very cool looking, and of course useful. When are they coming out?

  • Robert Cypher says:

    With a design like this, you don’t have to stick with traditional round shapes though. Make a couple versions, a round one for people who want to put a bunch of keys on one, and another one that’s more oblong/racetrack shape that’s just wide enough to slip a key on. The oblong/racetrack shape would hold just one key, but when hooked on the tail of a Viperfish, the key would hang flat against your leg and not bulge out in your pocket.

  • Mike Gallwey says:

    Very cool… When can I buy some?

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