[GUARANTEED] Multifunctional Outdoor Knife - 2020 Design and Feature Upgrade
- État: Pending
- Prix: $300
- Propositions reçues: 14
- Gagnant: Ilmarcolino
Résumé de concours
please find attached a .dxf file showing a 3-in-1 outdoor knife in open and folded state.
It features a titanium alloyed drop point blade, a glass breaker pin at the back and a belt cutter topside back.
The goal is to evolve this product based on customer feedback to create a 2020 version of it - just like a car manufacturer who launches a new model of a series every couple of years.
The challenge will be to increase perceived product value, while keeping the manufacturing cost of the knife low. Most of it is done by simple construction, the total amount of single parts, and wise choice of materials.
WHO WE DESIGN THIS FOR
70% male, 30% female outdoor enthusiasts, camping people, hikers and warehouse workers. And simply collectors who enjoy buying beautiful things.
The basic design is proven. People love it a lot, and we should make sure to approach this project from a „facelift“ evolutionary perspective, rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.
People must recognize your design as the successor to the current knife at first glance. At the same time, the overall impression must be significant enough to justify separate design patent protection.
Let’s make sure to keep the drop point blade, the belt cutter and the glass breaker. We might think of integrating a firestarter between the metal panels but this is optional. If you chose to do so, make sure to give the knife some way to actually make fire with it without the use of additional tools.
A way to attach a small rope or a carabiner hook may be useful.
On the back, there is a belt clip currently held by 3 screws. People wish it was easier to attach and detach, because while it’s useful when not using the knife, it hurts the hand when in use. An easy and simple clip on-clip off-system is what we need.
The locking mechanism. This is the most crucial area. The current blade lock often malfunctions, which is very dangerous for the user. Ideally, even without using force while opening the blade should fall into the lock. This is how reliable it must be. We don’t insist on the current thumb lock system. Feel free to either improve or replace it.
This is not a jumping knife. There are no feathers inside and we intend to keep it that way for user’s safety.
Currently we’re using shadow wood and 7cr17mov stainless steel. No complaints here so far.
People appreciate the beautiful mix of wood and metal. The carbon print in the middle gets mixed feedback though.
Although it looks good, it’s apparently just a print. If we replace it by something else or some other material, the challenge is to find a cost effective solution that adds perceived value instead of removing it.
The entire knife must be plastic free inside and outside to keep everything solid and high quality.
Make sure to use internationally standardized screws that everybody can buy in a home market. Use as few screws as possible, as we received complaints about there being too many screws at the moment to disassemble the knife in the woods on your own if needed.
People complained about an overall lack of solidity in the current knife. Some say it breaks inside the handle when used for batoning. Others said the joint holding the blade ripples out over time which of course is a no-go. Therefore, increasing overall solidity of this design would be appreciated.
To sum up, the most important areas overall are an updated look, massively improving the lock mechanism for safety, solving the „cheap carbon print“ issue and increasing overall solidity for a higher quality look and feel. Everything regarding added features is optional and up to your preference.
For any questions, just let me know.