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FirstSpear Friday Focus – Meet The Multimag And See More At Warrior East

Friday, July 7th, 2017

FirstSpear is in the business of building advanced lightweight armor platforms and load bearing equipment designed for the professional user. Next week FirstSpear will be displaying their wares in Virginia Beach at ADS Warrior Expo East and will be debuting an all new pocket designed to secure a variety of different magazines. You get the first look at the Multimag pocket today.

I have been sworn to secrecy on the Multimag since last summer. The adjustable dial allows the user to customize tension. It’s great to see it finally coming to market. But please note, the Multimag is not available for order yet. See it, and other FirstSpear products, in person at booth #1408 at Warrior East, July 13 – 14th in Va Beach.

www.first-spear.com

Acronymjutsu

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Acronym is a German clothing brand known for their innovative design. Acronym offers their clothing in a seasonal basis, with new designs coming twice a year. This video showcases the features of their J1A-GT Jacket amd gives you an idea of the type of innovation they put into their work.

acrnm.com

TacJobs – Crye Precision Seeks Director of Product Development

Monday, February 6th, 2017

The Opportunity
We’re expanding and as our business grows and our product range broadens, we’ve found it necessary to make significant investments in our organization. Notably, we’re completing our new 85,000 sq ft landmark facility which is designed from the ground up to facilitate innovation. Similarly, we’re investing in our people and are looking for someone who’s personally supportive of our customers and equally driven to deliver exceptional products for our market. We’re seeking the right person to lead our product design efforts from concept through production and beyond. This position reports directly to the COO and CEO.

Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Industrial Design or a related field.
• 10+ years established experience with a background in product design and development.
• Excellent real-world design sensibilities. Our work is highly technical and the successful candidate must be comfortable working at the highest levels of product strategy and equally comfortable helping resolve intricate technical details with the design team.
• Proven expertise leading and managing a creative technical team.
• Must have extensive product development process management experience.
• Proven experience in maintaining design intent from concept to final product.
• Proven expertise in keeping multiple projects on schedule without sacrificing design quality.
• Soft goods/apparel and hard goods design experience is critical – hands on working knowledge of modern fabrication tools and techniques is important.
• Our ideal candidate has a well-developed working knowledge of garment making, metal and plastics manufacturing techniques, rapid visualization and prototyping… someone who feels just as comfortable in a sample shop as they do in a meeting room.
• Proficiency with full MS Office Suite and Adobe Suite of products.
• Advanced 3D modeling, surfacing, and rapid prototyping background is desired.
• Must be an excellent communicator throughout the organization.
• Must have a keen sense of our markets and design directions within our industry.
• Must be able to quickly visualize and communicate concepts with the group
• Must have an innate sense of brand and style and be able to consistently translate that into product development decisions.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Be accountable for the overall output of the design team in terms of quality, schedule, and cost.
• Help the design team successfully navigate all the technical challenges inherent to innovative product development.
• Help vet, analyze and select successful new product concepts.
• Work directly with the Production Department and other departments to ensure that the Design Department is providing the most value possible to the company.
• Create, maintain and achieve aggressive product development timelines.
• Create, track and meet product development budgets.
• Be the top-level representative of the Design Department within the company.
• Make Design Department staffing decisions.
• Allocate Design Department resources for all projects.

To apply, email apply@cryeprecision.com

NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.

Sneak Peek – The Weatherneck – The Breakaway Balaclava

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Coming soon to Kickstarter is the Weatherneck, from the same folks who brought you Fix It Stix, used by many to maintain their firearms. Billed as the Breakaway Balaclava, the Weatherneck uses magnets to transform from a cap to a full balaclava.

Specifically designed to minimize fogging and provide just enough protection to get the job done, it will be offered in Black. Made in USA!

theweatherneck.com

PK Design Labs – PL2 Pocket Burner

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Paul Kim is at it again. This is his new PL2, a single AAA compact light with high output. Called the Pocket Burner, it uses a Cree LED to deliver over 110 lumens for 1.2 hours on the High setting, or 12 lumens for 12.4 hours on Low.

For more info, visit www.pkdesignlab.com.

A Look At The Design Process For The Kit Bag Plus! At Armageddon Gear

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

This is the best thing I’ve seen all week. They make some really great stuff.

www.armageddongear.com

Winkler Knives – Legacy Axe and Recon Knife

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Winkler Knives unveiled two new products at the recent Blade Show designed with US Navy and Army Veteran Special Operator Kevin Holland. He is the guy who first came to Daniel Winkler to create a military axe so it’s great to see him lend his experience toward new designs.

This is the Legacy Axe which shares some lines from that first model that Kevin carried ino combat. One of the biggest changes is the swept back handle which doesn’t constantly catch on the leg as you walk.  You’ll also note that the top half of the handle is skeletonized and wrapped in 550 cord.  As with all Winkler Knives handle options include maple and rubber (chiseled is optional) but I’m sure you could get micarta if you asked.  

Below, you can see the Recon Knife. Offered with or without teeth, it was designed specifically by Holland as a companion for the Legacy Axe. 

www.winklerknives.com

Perry Sasnett – Crowdfunding, Pro’s and Con’s

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Zero Point Owner and Retired Navy CWO Perry Sasnett sent us this note about his recent experience with crowdfunding.

Dear SSD Fans,

Recently, Soldier Systems had an advance post of Zero Point’s first foray into crowdfunding during the ADS Warrior West Show. My intent, as the post states, was to launch the Zero Point Down Range Tool (DRT) this last week on Kickstarter. Well, after a substantial effort and some financial investment our project was REJECTED. Of course we appealed and were more than willing to adjust our campaign to fit into what we thought was the Kickstarter guideline, but alas, it was still a No-Go.

Now Kickstarter’s guidelines state “No Weapons, replicas of weapons, and weapon accessories.” Now, the DRT is a lot of things, to include an AR maintenance tool, but to call it a weapon accessory is a bit of a stretch if you ask me. If you see the video you’ll notice that my 8 & 5 year old daughters are using it, even eating with it.

Kickstarter, as a private, multi-billion dollar company can pretty much do whatever they want within legal reason of course, but I just have this…feeling, a feeling that there may be more to our rejected project than not falling within Kickstarter’s rules, whatever those really are. And I’m not the only one.

Below is the appeal letter we sent to Kickstarter and below that is a screen shot of their final response. Also you’ll see several links to previous and/or existing KS campaigns that are either weapons or have a weapon flavor to them. Additionally, I think we’re a very responsible minded company because last year someone on my staff came across a campaign that had no business being in the very public domain.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/604459465/alarm-circuit-board

The above, for those of you not familiar with high-end EOD procedure, is a circuit that can do a few things: teach one how to bypass monitored alarm systems as well as a potential monitored IED circuit. Well, we contacted the individual about the inappropriateness of his campaign and he understandably and graciously pulled it. Good on him! Not so good on Kickstarter’s ignorance of real threats, intended or not.

I’m still a big fan of the crowdfunding idea, wish I had thought of it first, and in all likelihood will attempt to use Kickstarter for some of our future efforts, but I do have concerns that they may not be Fox News (fair and balanced) and without definitive guideline procedures or even someone I can chat with prior to investing in a campaign there’s significant risk which is proportionate to the scope of the project itself.

There is some good news…Indiegogo, baby! Please check out our DRT campaign on Indiegogo.

www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-drt-world-s-smallest-single-billet-multi-tool#

If you’re down in SOFIC please drop by booth #1536 to see one in person. Always up for feedback in order to improve our kit.

In closing, for those successful with crowdfunding, Congrats! For those considering crowdfunding I recommend some level of caution, depending on the nature of your project and definitely do as much research and socializing as possible. Go into it with eyes open…it’s a time and money investment, period. The percentage of successful campaigns is not favorable either, ~30% for Kickstarter and ~10% for Indiegogo. Of course that’s assuming your project is approved to begin with.

Thanks for your time, look forward to hearing from you and Stay Safe!
Cheers,
Perry Sasnett (USN CWO ret.)
Zero Point’s Founder, CEO

Perry’s appeal is below:

Dear Kickstarter Team,

I recently submitted my project for your review and was just notified that it was declined for falling outside of your rules. I would like to take this opportunity to appeal your decision as I believe my project does meet your guidelines and perhaps my presentation did not fully convey the vast amount of features that my invention offers. According to the e-mail that I received in response to my submission, the message states, “All projects must fit into one of our 15 categories and abide by our rules. Weapon, replicas of weapons and weapons accessories are not permitted on Kickstarter”.

The DRT is neither a weapon, weapon replica, nor intended to be used as a weapon. The DRT is a multi-tool, that has over 50 different features that can be used in various situations such as camping, survival, or everyday fixes around the home. Like any other multi-tool it is multi-functional and can be repurposed by the end-user should they desire; the possibilities for use are endless.

Referencing the below projects, I am not certain exactly what in my project did not meet your requirements because the email I received did not go in to great detail and I wasn’t too sure after viewing these earlier projects.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1115177182/go-knife-the-ultimate-compact-survival-tool?ref=nav_search
www.kickstarter.com/projects/ultimatesurvivaltips/the-ultimate-all-purpose-knife-that-could-save-you?ref=discovery
www.kickstarter.com/projects/250097960/femme-fatale?ref=nav_search
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1360411049/iowa-weapons-a-sci-fi-short-film?ref=nav_search
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1148765081/6-shot-rubber-band-gun?ref=nav_search
www.kickstarter.com/projects/162220566/mastering-krav-maga-self-defense-online-with-david/description
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1646490556/the-beerrambit-multi-tool/description

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated as this my first time giving Kickstarter a go. For example, was the imagery of the firearm in the video prohibited? In the first link above for the project, Femme Fatale, there are many weapons pictured as well as in the project Iowa Weapons Sci-Fi short film.

Would the kubotan feature have been considered prohibited in terms of a self-defense item? I was just curious because the Krav Maga training and also the Beer Rambit projects promote self-defense products and a multi-tool identified for use as a kubotan. Again, this is my first foray into crowdfunding so I just want to be certain that my project is in sync with your community standards.

My goal is to highlight some of the key features of the DRT which include:
• Multiple Nut Drivers
• Can Opening and Prying for Camping, Outdoor, and Indoor Use
• Wire-stripping functions for home or work
• Multiple Measuring capabilities for home, office, or school
• Micro-storage for Outdoor, Indoor, and Everyday Carry
• Unlimited optional accessory storage
• Glass Breaker

Again, this is a multi-tool designed with over 50 different tools and features so the possibilities really are endless and I would really like to share this with not only former military operators such as myself, but regular guys who enjoy the outdoors, moms and dads who need to fix their children’s bicycle and toys if needed, and emergency personnel who may need a safety tool for a rescue extraction.

I really appreciate this opportunity and the platform that Kickstarter has provided to launch my project and get it in front of people who may be interested in its features. I would like to take this opportunity to resubmit my video to better capture the diverse functions of the product and your diverse audience. Thank you for your time and consideration.