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BladeKey in the Sydney Morning Herald March 17 2015, 0 Comments

BladeKey is happy to be mentioned along with many other every day carry (EDC) items in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald (by Sally Dominguez):

[I]n step with the "Maker" aesthetic of collectors, BladeKey offers you the opportunity to download and PYO (Print Your Own) fob that works like a Swiss army knife to neatly house your keys.

Print your own BladeKey (for personal non-commercial use) or purchase a milled aluminium version on our website.


New and Improved Thinner Steel Posts Now Shipping! April 18 2014, 0 Comments

Over the past six months I have been working hard to get new and improved hardware for the BladeKey Bolt.  It has finally arrived and is now shipping with each new BladeKey™ Bolt™!  For those that would like to upgrade to the new post, they are also going to be available in the online store shortly as part of the BladeKey™ Bolt™ Extra Hardware kit.

The new hardware is greatly improved over the old style "Chicago Binding Posts" in the following respects:

  • Made out of Stainless Steel.  The old style "Chicago Binding Posts" were made from aluminium.  The stainless steel is much stronger than aluminium and therefore less likely to strip, bind, or break over time.
  • Narrow 3.5 mm Diameter.  The old style "Chicago Binding Posts" were 4.76 mm in diameter.  For some types of keys, it was necessary to enlarge the hole to fit the old style "Chicago Binding Post."  The new custom post has a much narrower diameter and should fit nearly every key without modification!  In addition, the new style post has been designed to be fully interchangeable with the old style "Chicago Binding Post"!  Even though the diameter through the keys is smaller we kept the diameter within the BladeKey the same so that the post will not jingle or have any play!
  • Pre-Applied Thread Lock.  While many people had no issue with the "Chicago Binding Post" coming undone, other people have noted that they need to constantly tighten or apply thread locker to their post to prevent it from coming undone.  The new custom post comes from the factory with blue nylon thread lock pre-applied!
As always I appreciate everyone's feedback and patience as I worked to have the upgraded hardware manufactured!  Pictures are provided below of the universal nut, three key, six key and nine key sizes.

BladeKey Featured on OpenSource.com's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide December 02 2013, 0 Comments

We are pleased to announce that BladeKey has been featured on OpenSource.com's 2013 Ultimate Open Source Holiday Gift Guide

 


BladeKey Featured at the Arizona Capitol Museum October 11 2013, 0 Comments

BladeKey is honored to be featured during the month of October 2013 at the Arizona Capitol Museum for the grand opening of Arizona's Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC)! The PTRC will be a great resource for Arizona Inventors that want to learn more about protecting their ideas and bringing them to market.  If you are near the Arizona Capitol Museum this month, stop by and check out the BladeKey display and many other great patented inventions from the state of Arizona!


BladeKeys - Now Shipping October 11 2013, 0 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I am happy to report that we are caught up with the order backlog and new orders will be shipped as soon as they are placed.

Best,

James


Still Processing Pre Orders and New Orders September 27 2013, 0 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to post a quick update to let everyone know that we have been busy over the last couple weeks sending out orders and will be sending out the remaining Kickstarter rewards and pre-orders in the next few weeks.  After that, we hope to be able to ship out orders as soon as they are placed.

Thanks for everyones support and patience!

Best,

James // BladeKey LLC


Pre-Orders Being Processed September 05 2013, 0 Comments

Hello Everyone,

If you have placed a pre-order in the last few months THANK YOU!  I have begun processing everyone's pre-orders and you should have seen, or will see in the next few days, an email notifying you that your payment has been processed.

Once all of those go through.  I will then bulk process and ship the orders to get them out as efficiently as possible.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Best,

James // BladeKey LLC


Orders Shipping Soon! August 17 2013, 0 Comments

Just received the finished products from the factory ... now gearing up to ship!


Order Status and Shipping Timeframe August 06 2013, 0 Comments

Hello Everyone,

I have been getting a lot of email inquries from BladeKey customers who have ordered through the website regarding the date their orders will ship.

I expect to receive the finished units from the factory around August 16.  At that point, I will begin shipping all of the Kickstarter and website orders as fast as possible.  

For those who have ordered through the website, you have not been billed yet.  Once I receive the units from the factory I will begin processing orders and running the credit card information.  As your order is being processed, you should receive an email informing you that your credit card payment (or PayPal payment) has been processed.

I really appreciate everyones support getting BladeKey off the ground and patience as we have been working to get everything manufactured.  I hope to get everyones BladeKey shipped as soon as I possibly can, but am not certain on the timeframe that any particular order will be shipped at this point.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

Best and thanks again,
James // BladeKey LLC


Production Update (July 18, 2013) July 18 2013, 0 Comments

Production Update (July 18, 2013)

Our Pre-Order System Now Accepts PayPal! July 16 2013, 0 Comments

Hello Everyone,

Over the past couple months I have received a lot of questions as to whether or not PayPal can be used to pre-order a BladeKey.  Now it is an option!  The pre-order form is available at http://bladekey.com/pre-order-a-bladekey-bolt .

The factory should be finishing up production soon, and I hope to have an update regarding the final production units and shipping in the near future.

Best,
James


Production Update June 26 2013, 0 Comments

Hello Everyone,

Thank you so much for the support and all of the Pre-Orders.  I have been updating the Kickstarter Backers on the production, and want to make sure that everyone who has pre-ordered through Celery has some idea of the production status as well.

A couple weeks ago I received confirmation that the initial deposit wire transfer made it to the factory. I also received and approved the final production drawings from the factory.  I expect to receive the finished BladeKey devices within the next few weeks and will then begin packaging and sending them as fast as I am able.

Best,
James


Pre-Order a BladeKey Bolt April 18 2013, 0 Comments

If you missed the Kickstarter, don't worry, you can now pre-order a BladeKey Bolt at the Kickstarter price!  The pre-order system is powered by a company called Celery.  You will not be billed until your product is ready to ship.


We are Focusing on Manufacturing For Next Few Weeks April 10 2013, 0 Comments

Just a quick note to everyone.  Over the next few weeks I will be focusing on getting the manufacturing up and running for BladeKey.  At that point, I will work on getting non-Kickstarter pre orders running.  I have also disabled the Shapeways site.