God’s Kitchen: Titanium Tweezers (V3)
You know it’s funny…
I had planned to reply to every one of your comments on this post about the new Titanium Tweezers design – but I woke up to see there were 70 (yes, 70!) comments.
And, because so many people provided so much rock-solid and well-thought-out feedback in the comments, I realized it would take hours to reply to each one. So I did something with that time which (I think) was a lot smarter…
…instead of replying to every comment I just worked my way through the comments and took notes and spent some time re-designing the comments based on what you told me. I like to think I really listened to what YOU told me. I really appreciated the candid, honest and open feedback – thank you.
Before I continue…
For sure it will be impossible to make everyone happy – I want to just mention that now. The ultimate end result of these tweezers will be a balancing act of… listening to everyone… taking note of and focusing on the most important requested features (as opposed to the “nice to have” features)… and maintaining the level of quality I hold myself to.
Okay, so, let’s talk CHANGES to the tweezers…
I’ve taken what you said and these are the changes I will be making to the design:
#1 — They should be wider (to help stop the “rolling” when in use)
#2 — The tips should be the same (because pretty much everyone finds them excellent in that regards)
#3 — The grips should be less “aggressive” than the original design (not everyone felt this way – but the majority seemed to prefer the new, “circle” grips)
The biggest change is #1 above. And the reason for this is that I will have to use titanium plate that is a lot thicker than the one I had planned to use. I was going to use 4mm …but it’s now going to be something like 7mm or 8mm.
Now it gets trickier because I feel that if the entire tweezers were, say, 8mm thick it would be too much metal for the purpose. Yes, I know, some of you might say that a solid, heavier feel might be better – but here’s one of my core “secrets” when designing: “If it doesn’t need to be there …get rid of it” (this is why my stuff generally ends up with a minimalist look :-D)
So the plan is to cut away some of the areas of the tweezers where the material really doesn’t need to be there.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:
Note: the above is a very rough mock-up to get the concept across to you – the proportions are off and it won’t look this “clunky” in the end (the final product will be far more refined …of course it will! :-P).
So, that’s where I’m at right now with the tweezers. Again, all feedback appreciated.
Oh, damn, I forgot to mention one more thing:
The smaller tweezers…
They are going to be unrecognizable (basically, imagine the most awesome pocket-size titanium tweezers you can …and then multiply that awesomeness by a bajillion! :-D).
I’ll have to hold you in suspense with these for now as I’m in full-on-really-can’t-show-anyone-because-it-might-not-even-be-possible mode. More on this soon!