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This is my blog about creating a startup LED flashlight business. I'm a designer, fabricator, and strategist and I'm passionate about making ideas real. I believe that products are about people, that they should be built to last, deliver real value, and that we need to do a better job than we have in the recent past.

Most of my career has been contract or freelance work and I've crafted products and strategies for both big international companies and startups. I also used to work in the "industry" fabricating special effects for film and TV, along with the occasional hot rod. Bottom line, I love making things.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Check out my friend's Kickstarter project!

I provided some technical support on this one but Joe spent months getting the design tested and dialed in. I have one of the first prototypes and I can tell you it's awesome! I mainly use pocket knives for opening boxes and this one is small enough you don't have to "deal" with it, but the CUB is there when you need it. Check out the live project on is below. Don't wait though, this project is only live for 2 weeks total. 



The Scout Compact Utility Blade™ Kickstarter Press Release


Mountain View, CA (March 1, 2016) – Scout Leather Co. is excited to announce the launch of its latest Hard Goods with the Scout Compact Utility Blade™. Currently on Kickstarter, the Scout CUB™ is a minimalistic Titanium pocket tool designed from shop life necessity and developed for those that work and do.

The Scout CUB features a one-handed push button retractable blade using standard utility blades that are easily replaceable without any extra tools. Its compact size easily fits in your pocket for quick access. Instead of packing in a bunch of extra features, the Scout CUB was designed with just the essentials. From opening and breaking down boxes to tightening down screws, or even prying open cans and popping the occasional cold beverage for lunch, the Scout CUB makes a great pocket tool for everyday carry.

About Scout Leather Co. (

Based in Mountain View, California, Scout Leather Co. creates essential products designed from necessity and personal experience. Using traditional methods with a modern approach, all Soft Leather Hard Goods are proudly Made in USA.

If you would like more information about the Scout Compact Utility Blade, please contact Joe Wu at

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