The “Screw Grabber,” a gadget designed to hold non-magnetic screws on the end of screwdriver, has attracted nearly $10,000 in pledges in the first 19 days of its 30-day crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter. Los Angeles inventor Phillip Kauffman must raise $18,000 in pledges by March 22, 2014 or he gets nothing.
Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/11/2014 -- The Screw Grabber, a new tool that securely holds brass, stainless steel, aluminum and other non-magnetic screws on the end of a screwdriver, has reached over 50% of its funding goal with 14 days remaining in its $18,000 Kickstarter campaign. “We’re amazed and inspired by the support,” says the Screw Grabber’s inventor, Phillip Kauffman, 29, of Los Angeles.
Kickstarter pledges will fund the molds needed to manufacture the Screw Grabber, which is an inch-long ribbed silicone-like sleeve 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. The Screw Grabber can be pre-ordered online at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phillipkauffman/screw-grabber-holds-non-magnetic-screws-tight for a pledge of at least $7.00
“So far we’ve received almost 550 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. ”
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 $10,000 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-like 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.)
Kickstarter is one of the first “crowd-funding” platforms, created to allow individuals to raise funds for creative projects from people all over the Web. Since its 2009 launch, over $1 billion has been pledged by nearly six million supporters to fund 57,000 creative projects. Approximately 40% of Kickstarter projects reach their funding goals. For more information, or to make a pledge, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phillipkauffman/screw-grabber-holds-non-magnetic-screws-tight
About Phillip Kauffman
Screw Grabber inventor Phillip Kauffman is the Manager of Creative Services for Iconisus L&Y Visual Communication Systems, an award-winning motion picture and television advertising agency in Los Angeles, California. A resident of Santa Monica, Kauffman earned his BFA in Graphic Design from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. He grew up on a five-acre ranch in Lake Elsinore, where he spent several years helping his father pick up dropped screws in the family's custom cabinet shop.