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Los Angeles inventor's Screw Grabber Kickstarter $9,000 away from goal with 11 days left
The Screw Grabber, a screwdriver accessory designed to hold non-magnetic screws, has attracted nearly $10,000 in pledges in the first 19 days of its 30-day Kickstarter campaign. Inventor Phillip Kauffman must raise $8,000 more by March 22, 2014.
Kickstarter pledges will fund the molds needed to manufacture the Screw Grabber, which is an inch-long ribbed silicone-like sleve that slips on the end of a screwdriver shank. Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” crowdfunding platform, so unless Kauffman raises $18,000 in pledges before March 22, he will not get any funds at all from the campaign.
“So far we’ve received over 500 pledges from all over America, plus Canada, the UK, Greece, Japan, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Singapore, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Norway, and Sweden,” says Kauffman. “It just proves that dropping and losing screws is universal.”
“Everyone who owns a screwdriver can relate to the problem that the Screw Grabber solves,” Kauffman continues. “Where there are screwdrivers, there are aluminum, brass, stainless steel and other non-magntic screws dropped under workbenches, in heating vents, inside of appliances, under furniture, inside of motorcycles, in the ocean...dropped because they wouldn’t stay on the end of a screwdriver. ” The Screw Grabber can be pre-ordered online at https://www.kickstarter.com/
Kauffman’s invention has already sparked the interest of a major national hardware chain. “But we need to get our molds manufactured first,” says Kauffman. “Unless we raise the remaining $9,000 or so we need on Kickstarter, we won’t have a product to sell.”
Kauffman, a graphic designer, created the Screw Grabber in his spare time, inspired when he was trying to assemble an air purifier using non-magnetic screws. “As a designer, I always look for simple, elegant solutions,” Kauffman notes,” and there just wasn’t one that solved this problem. There are other products that claim to do the same thing, but they were clunky, or awkward, or expensive. The Screw Grabber is so simple and easy to use and affordable that you can store one on every screwdriver in your toolbox.”
About the Screw Grabber
The patent-pending Screw Grabber is a simple silicone sleeve with no moving parts. One end of the sleeve has four internal ribs that run parallel to the screwdriver shank. The other end is divided into three sections with perpendicular grooves that hold screw heads ranging from 5/32” to 7/16” in diameter (4 mm to 12 mm). The Screw Grabber is designed for non-magnetic screws, and works on virtually any shape of screw head (pan, dome, mushroom, flat head, countersunk, flanged, etc.), and any type of driver (hex, Torx, straight slot, Phillips, etc.) Pre-order the Screw Grabber at http://www.screwgrabber.com.
Kickstarter is one of the first “crowd-funding”