Every design and architecture student knows what it feels to use standard pen knives for hours until you can’t feel your hands anymore. Third year architecture student Sean Riley has come up with an ergonomic cutting tool that not only reduces strain but promotes prolonged productivity. The concept for Ergo Kiwi was born in his first year of studies when he experienced first hand how uncomfortable are the current standard cutting knives on the market. Ergo Kiwi was recently launched on Kickstarter. Take a look and back up the project by February 18, 2016!
After two years of development and more than a hundred prototypes, Sean Riley has perfected the shape of Ego Kiwi. The organic form of the handle allow you to hold it in the position that is most comfortable to you. The sculpted shape allows you to work for longer periods of time without putting much stress on your hands and wrists.
I spent 2 years and made over 100 prototypes and wanted to make sure the form and function was perfect before we brought the Kiwi to market.
– Sean Riley – Founder, Ergo Kiwi
The handle, that comes in either wood or injection moulded white plastic, has embedded in it a magnet that allows you to pick the blade up off of any surface safely. The magnet easily holds the blade in place, and also provides easy storage as it sticks to any metallic surface.
The blade is easily released and secured through a latch integrated into the handle which utilizes the prefabricated holes in the blades to lock them in place.
Ergo Kiwi can work with any standard blade, however for the Kickstarter campaign, Sean has teamed up with high quality Excel blades. Each of the Kickstarter rewards comes with a minimum of a 5-pack set of Excel blades.
Kiwi is available in 4 different finishes: injection molded white plastic, plywood, and two exotic woods: Padauk and Bocote. The wooden handles are CNC milled and hand finished with the utmost attention to detail and craft ensuring a long life span.