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Lever Gear’s Minimalist Wheels Keep Turning

By August 24, 2018February 18th, 2020No Comments

The ‘every-day carry’ manufacturer is launching a new product

By Neil Cotiaux

Lever Gear, the light-manufacturing transplant from Asheville, N.C., is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Greenville by launching a second easy-carry gadget.

Now being introduced as an online crowdfunding offer, Lever Gear’s CLiP System is designed as a way to keep track of personal possessions often left behind in today’s fast-paced world — pills and first-aid items, for instance — and can also store things like hex bits and convert into a small screwdriver.

Lever Gear’s CLiP System BitLight option incorporates a rechargeable LED flashlight alongside a miniature slide-out drawer for carrying personal must-haves, while BitVault trades illumination for additional storage space. Both options fit on a keychain but can also be tucked into a bag or pocket.

“We’re just beginning the manufacturing now,”said Mike Scully, Lever Gear’s founder and CEO, who holds engineering and industrial design degrees from North Carolina State University.

For Scully, introduction of the CLiP System represents the next logical step in Lever Gear’s product line.

Scully and his wife April started the company as a way to commercialize his first easy-carry concept, a miniature tool kit the size of a credit card that fits in a wallet. In 2017, the couple moved to Greenville and became part of Hampton Station’s entrepreneurial beehive.

Targeted to a mostly male audience ages 18 to 45 who Scully said are “particular about the gear they carry with them,” the 1-ounce Toolcard Pro (1.3-ounce with a detachable money clip) is made of stainless steel and features 40 tools such as large and small flathead screwdrivers, a bottle opener, cord cutter, box opener, wrenches, and hex bit holder. The Toolcard Pro retails from $29 to $42 based on choice of finish — silver, polish, or black — and money clip option and complies with TSA in-flight rules.

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