StatGear Kickstarts Renovation of the BitzBlade Multitool

StatGear is returning to their BitzBlade multitool with a new Kickstarter for Version 2.0. The sequel is a complete redesign that almost doubles the tool count of the original.

The Patent pending BitzBlade 2.0 consists of a slim aluminum chassis shaped like a pen. It has an LED flashlight on one end and a carbide tip window punch on the other. By unscrewing the BitzBlade in the middle, users access the main tool slot, which can hold a 440C knife blade, a box opener/scraper, or a pry tool/bottle opener. The window punch can also be screwed out and reversed to reveal a magnetic driver that accepts standard ¼” hex bits. All three main tools and nine reversible hex bits are included with the BitzBlade 2.0 and retained in a pouch when not in use.

BitzBlade Multitool

In the crowded multitool market, what makes the BitzBlade 2.0 stand out? Avi Goldstein, Founder of StatGear, says the quirky tool is no gimmick, and a big part of its appeal is the streamlined design. “There are some really cool multitools out there, but they have a lot of weight to them,” he tells us. Forgoing pliers and reducing the tool count to the bare necessities develops the BitzBlade 2.0’s EDC-friendly form factor. It weighs just 2.2 oz – nearly an ounce lighter than its predecessor.

This also differentiates it from what might be its closest competition, the SOG Baton series. “[It] has tool options which are interchangeable, so you only have to keep the tool you use most often within the BitzBlade. This enables it to be extremely lightweight but still allows for increased frame strength as we did not have to fit so many individual tools within the same structure,” Goldstein explains.

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Goldstein goes on to say the crowdfunding strategy allows backer commentary to shape the BitzBlade 2.0 design up until the end of the campaign. “Besides relying on people’s funding to make the BitzBlade, we’re also relying on their input at this early stage.” Nothing gets manufactured until the end of the campaign, so StatGear can optimize the design on the fly in reaction to feedback and suggestions. One change already in the works is the addition of a pocket clip. Backers have asked for one, and Goldstein and his team are testing different options now. Whatever they settle on will be added in for free for all backers.

The BitzBlade 2.0 Kickstarter reached its funding goal on day one. Now it sits 700% over that original goal, with 22 days to go. Due to the massive success, Goldstein says additional options may be inbound, including a second color in addition to the black.

Funding for the BitzBlade 2.0 continues until October 19. Estimated delivery is in January 2018.

Knife featured in image: StatGear BitzBlade 2.0

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