Monday, February 11, 2013

Ultimate Tool for the Religious (kippa-wearing) Engineer

My 14 year old son was very excited when he saw this yesterday, and made sure to point it out to me:



Makor Rishon's "Motzash" magazine discussed this product this past weekend, as did NRG:

Making a play on words from the "Leatherman (TM)" multi-use pliers tool,  the joke of the knitted kippa crowd is calling the ubiquitous kippa clip -- the "LeatherDOS."  I've posted about it before here -- when it was featured in an ad for  the "Srugim" TV show.

I've translated part of the NRG article:
Much to everyone's surprise, Yaakov Goldberg (who isn't religious and doesn't wear a kippa) --  an industrial-design student at the Holon Technical College decided to change the LeatherDOS from a joke to an actual product. 

"For years I dreamed of an 'upgraded' kippa clip and I always saw my religious friends using their kippa clip for all sorts of things.  I decided to take the idea one step forward and prove that one can truly use a kippa clip for any use.  Within the framework of my studies, we needed to create something from metal, and this was an excellent opportunity to turn my dream into reality."

During its development stage, Goldberg surveyed his religious friends and collated a long list of possible uses for the clip and chose the most "practical" -- knife, screwdrivers, coin replacement for shopping carts.  To date, he has only made 85 of the clips and is selling them for 25 NIS each.  "I know that the regular clip costs about 1 NIS...but everyone who has seen this so far is excited about it and willing to pay the higher price. My costs are high, but if the idea catches on, hopefully I will be able to lower the price".  Two of the clips have already been sold on ebay to US buyers for the full price.

One day he believes his clip will become the common one for kippa wearers, and he would even want to combine it with USB/disk on key functionality.  Goldberg says he needs to consult with a rabbi about the possible "muktza" issues for wearing a USB kippa clip on shabbat (or a multi-tool clip).
We wish Goldberg lots of success -- as this item sounds like a winner!  You can follow the Leatherdos and get more information from his facebook page.




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13 comments:

IsraelP said...

I'd probably cut myself with the knife.

Anonymous said...

This would be muktza on Shabbat, right?

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

It would probably be muktza on shabbat, but there could probably be some ways to find a heter for it.

HolyCityPrayer said...

Ma pitom muktze? The main use is leheter.

Nachum said...

My rabbi used to carry a flashlight on his keychain on Shabbat- well, he did all week, he just didn't remove it. He was making a point- if part is not muktza, then none of it is.

Srugim had a cute ad like this a year or so back- things to do with the clip.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Nachum: I posted a link to the original srugim ad (with the lederdos) in my post above! :)

Safranit said...

What the heck is a FLAT PHILIPS screwdriver???? Either you have a flat or you have a philips!!!!!

Fritzi said...

צריך עוד מפתח לאזיקים של המשטרה

Anonymous said...

Making a play on words from the "Leatherman (TM)" multi-use pliers tool, the joke of the knitted kippa crowd is calling the ubiquitous kippa clip -- the "LeatherDOS."

I understand the "Leather" part coming from Leatherman, but from where does the "DOS" part come and what does it mean?

Very interesting news. At first I thought it was a Purim joke!

mmatitya said...

Safranit: What the heck is a FLAT PHILIPS screwdriver???? Either you have a flat or you have a philips!!!!!

Nope, you can have a Flat Phillips Screwdriver:
http://www.sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Screwdriver-Phillips-Flat

Ronei said...

Yes Kippa clip is very good option to keep kippa stable. I know a online store to purchase kippa. let me share with you.
http://www.yarmulkes.com/

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