REVEALED: When Titanium Designs Go Wrong…

Thought I’d show you what happens most of the time (when designing)

Believe it or not – but a lot of the designing I do fails (yes, I know, you’re thinking, “Magnus, surely this can’t be so?”).

Well, I have to ‘fess up here …yes, it really is true.

Some designs I start from scratch (after playing around with them in my head for a while) – and others are where I take a couple of ideas and try and make them work together.

But, here’s the thing…

Quite often, when trying to merge two designs, they don’t really want to be “friends”. And, today, I want to show you the evolution (and ultimate failure) of one of these processes.

I wanted to try and integrate a HookUp™ Clip style mechanism with the ViperFish™ design somehow. And played with it for quite some time – but, well, it’s just not working.

Thought you’d find this interesting…


Titanium Evolution


I mean – the design will work.

But it looks like half a fish.

It just looks weird.

  • Sazad says:

    Hi Magnus, I like the half fish with the hook, last image. If you do produce them, please include pattern for fish descaler on the belly for large fish and on the tail for smaller fish descaler. I always struggle with a knife to descale my fish when I am outdoor.I think they will be great multi use tool for outdoor/bushcraft/camping and survival situation,especially if you like your fish.Thank you

  • Mike Gallwey says:

    I want the last one as well.. Magnus, you really shouldn’t show us these things, unless you want to make them lol someone is always going to want anything you make.

  • Robert Cypher says:

    I think the lack of fishy feel that you’re having is due to a few of things.
    Firstly, from what I can see of the CAD images you posted, you’ve made the design a lot shorter. By making it shorter, you’ve lost the proportions that made the Viperfish look so sturdy. You’ve also lost the twist-top bottle opener, which was a useful way to give the design visual weight. If you make it a little bit longer, you have more room to make the lines flow and add back a little bit of the functionality.
    Second, you have the opening of the loop on top, rather than on the belly. I don’t know if this is for strength or ease of manufacturing, but from an aesthetic standpoint, a solid spine would make it feel much more solid.
    Lastly, that clever belt-loop-hook is pretty useful at defining shape, not to mention it was one of the reasons I bought my Viperfish in the first place. Personally, I like the concept of adding a carabiner to it because it makes it easy to carry only the keys I need; I could leave my car keys at home when I decide to bike instead, less bulk in my pocket, and I’d still have them hooked into my belt loop so I’d know they weren’t going anywhere.
    I’d love to have a Viperfish with a clip like that, but losing a couple of the tools and not having a belt-loop-hook is more of a deal breaker to me than it not looking as much like a fish.

    • I was trying to get the size smaller (well, smaller than the ViperFish) because so many people wanted a smaller version of the ViperFish.

      Maybe trying to do too many things with this design. You’re spot-on about the belt-loop hook …that really made the ViperFish for sure!

      The reason for the opening at the top was so that the “lever” for opening the clip was at the bottom …I just thought it would look odd at the top. But, now that you mention it, I think perhaps breaking the backbone of the fine is what’s caused the whole thing to look peculiar.

      Thank you for your comments Robert – will make another go at this I thing. From scratch.

  • Ian Stearns says:

    I really like the last design as well. I have the Viper fish and always wanted a smaller version of it. I think this would be a great addition!! I would certainly buy one or two of these

  • Konrad says:

    Putting the lever on the spine as a dorsal fin might enhance the fish design

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