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Titanium keychain micro tool

Created by Chris Schnelle and Sarah Schnelle

Sleek and refined, this featherweight micro tool belongs on your keychain!

Raised in Kickstarter
$5,542.00 / 185 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$1,160.00 / 191 backers
Estimated Shipping Date: December 2015
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B102T, Titanium-6Al-4V
Features Micro pry tip Package opener Bottle opener Keychain hole FAA-compliant The ... more »
$19.00
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B108, 17-4PH stainless steel
Features Pry tip with nail notch Flat head screwdriver Phillips head screwdriver 1/4", 5/16... more »
$15.00
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B104, 17-4PH stainless steel
Features Standard bottle openers Twist-off bottle opener FAA-compliant design The Schnell... more »
$10.00
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Pygmy microtool, Titanium-6Al-4V
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$24.00
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C202 pocket clip, Titanium-6Al-4V
We have found pocket clips to be among the most useful tools for our keychains. For those unfami... more »
$25.00
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D301, 17-4PH stainless steel
Features Bottle opener 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16" and 1/2" wrenches 5mm, 7mm, 8mm, 10mm, and 1... more »
$10.00

Learn About Our Project:

Hi, we're Chris and Sarah Schnelle, sibling mechanical engineers from West Chester, Ohio, and co-owners of Schnelle Engineering. Chris has worked in the aviation industry designing turbofan engine components for fourteen years, and Sarah has spent seven years designing cranial stabilization and tissue compression devices for the medical field. Our extensive experience designing highly stressed hardware for life-critical applications provides us with a unique perspective on tool design. We bring the same design processes and attention to detail to our handheld tools as are used in the aviation and medical industries.

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The B102T Micro Tool

The B102T micro tool
The B102T micro tool
   

Have you ever found yourself in need of a screwdriver or bottle opener when you're away from home? Are you tired of mass-produced look-alike pocket tools? Are you looking for the sleekest 4-in-1 keychain tool available?  Then we've got the tool for you! The B102T micro tool offers you the best functionality of much larger tools but without the heft and bulk, ensuring it will never be a pain to carry.

Titanium!

The B102T is the newest version of our popular B102 tool.  Currently, the B102 is offered only in 17-4PH, but due to customer requests, we've decided to release a Titanium version right here on Kickstarter.  As a result of the material change to Titanium-6Al-4V, the B102T is 40% lighter than the already featherweight steel B102, making it less than half the weight of an average brass house key!  With this material change, this tool becomes almost unnoticeable on your keychain.

Functionality

The B102T features four functions - a bottle opener, a package opener, a flathead screwdriver, and a pry tip.  Aesthetically speaking, we wanted something that looked different from the dozens of mass-produced pocket tools available, so we've designed this model to minimize the number of straight edges, creating a sleek design that will make you the envy of all your friends next time you have occasion to use it!

B102T Functions
B102T Functions

Note the package opener is chamfered but not sharpened, so this tool is still safe to carry in your pocket.  Also note how the bottle opener lies flat to the top of the bottle cap - this necessitates a little extra force to lift the cap but results in less damage to the cap, making this a perfect tool for cap collectors!

Why Kickstarter?

We bring this project to Kickstarter because advance funding the B102T will allow us to dramatically increase our initial order quantities, which helps us drive down costs. By buying material in bulk, we can access discounted material vendors, and we spread set-up labor costs over a greater quantity of parts. Furthermore, buying larger lots makes multi-piece CNC fixturing an economical option, and our machining vendors can utilize long-run programs on oversize material sheets to minimize operator labor. These all work to drive down our costs, enabling us to make precision-machined Grade 5 Ti-6-4 tools available to you for under $20! All manufacturing operations are performed right here in the USA.

We need your help!

Please help us by sharing this project on social media. Help us get the word out so we can make this project a success!

One final note

Since this tool is designed for pocket carry, none of the edges are sharpened to a knife edge; the thinnest edge, the package opener, measures .010" nominally at its thinnest immediately after CNC machining and prior to tumbling. Even so, this tool is not a toy, so please use caution when handling it, and keep it out of the hands of children. In an effort to continuously improve our tool designs and our business, we actively seek your input. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please contact us! Feel free to visit our website at www.SchnelleEngineering.com, and be sure to 'Like' us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SchnelleEngineering and follow us on Instagram (@schnelle_engineering)!

Press Photos - high-resolution images available at http://schnelleengineering.com/blogs/news .