TOUCAN is a pocket knife designed for people without pockets. It provides users with new ways of carrying pocket knives by using soft materials in combination with a designed mechanism that creates flexibility and strength at the same time.
Small knives such as folding knives and pocket knives require clothing with pockets to allow people to carry them. But how about if we do not have pockets? What if the user is wearing relatively loose clothing? Not everyone is wearing blue jeans that make carrying regular knives convenient. Most folding and pocket knives are all made of hard materials such as metal and plastic. The reason for using those materials is to make the knife durable. But this is also requiring a certain carrying method. TOUCAN is breaking users' stereotypes about knives by providing them with a new knife-carrying method. Its design allows users to wear it on their wrist like a bracelet. Most parts are made of flexible materials except the blade and the blade holder. A detachable part of TOUCAN is a fully functional pocket knife. After removing this part from the bracelet and unfolding its mechanism to form a support structure between the two handles. Then, the handle will have the strength and correct ergonomics.
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The carrying method provided by TOUCAN gives users more choices. No matter what kind of clothing users wear, they can easily carry it. In contrast to other knives, there is no need for any pockets to carry TOUCAN. And because many parts of it are made of lightweight and flexible materials, carrying it will be more arbitrary. The blade size is smaller than other pocket knives because TOUCAN pays more attention to daily use, like trimming flowers or unpacking parcels. The looks and materials of typical pocket knives may not match users' personal styles. This may make them resistant to knives and miss the opportunity to feel the charm of knives. One of the reasons why TOUCAN is designed to be worn on the wrist is to allow the user to look at the knife in a different way. This is also why its CMF is similar to a bracelet because it is trying to create a more lifestyle feel. As a result, our users can have a knife that looks like an accessory and choose the knife that best suits their styles.
TOUCAN is committed to discovering hidden user groups. Most of the existing folding and pocket knives are suitable for users who are familiar with knives. And these high-quality knives are usually more expensive. When users choose knives for basic daily use, they tend to choose cheaper and more affordable box cutters. The price of a box cutter is destined not to use very durable materials. It may lead to the need to replace the blade regularly or even replace a new box cutter if people want to use it for a long time. TOUCAN targets this middle ground between box cutters and high-quality knives and becomes a pocket knife for daily use that still provides high quality. It will allow users to enjoy the convenience brought by the knife without worrying about the subsequent additional consumption. It will provide consumers with a reliable and innovative user experience as an entry-level knife.
Providing users with the fastest and most effective assistance in various situations is critical. Imagine our users are unpacking parcels, they just need to grab their knives from their wrists, and they can easily do so. Or they suddenly want to trim their flowers, and they don't need to go to find their garden shears because all they need are right on their wrists. In an emergency, the way TOUCAN is used and carried can become the key factor to the user's escape. In a car accident scenario, cutting the seat belt swiftly and escaping needs to be done in the shortest possible time. However, conventional pocket knives are usually kept in people's pockets. People may not be able to take out their pocket knives in time to cut the seat belt and get out of the vehicle quickly. However, TOUCAN is easier to find and use because it is worn on the user's wrist. This subtle difference in the carrying method could be the critical factor that affects the safety of the user's life.
What if someone doesn't like the metallic and military-style of knives? Being able to fit the user's personal style is another challenge. Knife, being a very function-oriented product, tends to ignore the user's own style. Even the slightest difference in color and material can make users think the product doesn't fit their personal styles. I selected colors—black, silver and gold—that are more "jewelry feeling" (as opposed to ordinary knife looking) So that people can look at TOUCAN from the perspective of accessories instead of a conventional knife. Overall, the colors are more decent and fashionable, thus increasing the likelihood that someone would wear it all day. The design of TOUCAN is based on the idea of "providing users with the most reliable cutting tools." The dimensions of it are designed for everyday use. Handles made of flexible material, pocket-free carrying method, accessory-like CMF, and small durable blades allow TOUCAN to become reliable and fashionable. The using experience will allow users to truly feel the convenience brought by the knife.
CPM-S30V steel, high-quality silicone, Grivory
Blade Thickness: 2.29mm
Open Length: 150mm
Closed Length: 120mm
Handle Thickness: 11-8mm (From thick to thin)