The BladeKey® Bolt™ is an innovative, 3D printable (for personal non-commercial use), patented & patent pending way of carrying your keys that solves the cumbersome and annoying problems associated with standard key rings.
BladeKey Constrains Your Keys Without Filling Your Pocket
BladeKey was designed to solve a set of problems while minimizing excess bulk:
- BladeKey stops keys from jingling, becoming disorganized or causing discomfort.
- BladeKey is simple, intuitive, compact and durable;
- BladeKey allows for easily accessing keys which are in the same place every time; and
After numerous design iterations, a minimal but functional design has been achieved that accomplishes the above goals.
Each BladeKey is built to add minimal material to keys, but constrain motion to one axis while protecting a BladeKey user's body from the sharp parts of the keys and allowing for easy access to any individual key. Once you use a BladeKey, you will never want to go back to using a normal key ring.
Early History of BladeKey (2011)
BladeKey started as a computer program file available on Thingiverse for early adopters of 3D printer kits (for personal non-commercial use). The first versions were based around a plastic zip-tie due to the ability to easily adjust them to any length.
The design was "featured" on Thingiverse and was downloaded numerous times. As a personal challenge, we set out to manufacture a more durable BladeKey out of metal. The initial versions also relied upon zip-ties for the fastener.
The BladeKey Bolt Kickstarter (2013)
After receiving attention from various online blogs and forums, and after having prototypes several versions of the zip-tie based BladeKey, the zip-tie was replaced with an adjustable length "Chicago binding post." Prototypes were manufactured, and a Kickstarter campaign was launched.
At the time, due to the innovative design of the BladeKey Bolt pocket key organizer, t here was a substantial amount of organic press coverage from large media outlets including CoolMaterial, GizMag (now NewAtlas), TechCrunch, and Mashable.