Hola, Amigo! Soon that is what the world will the saying about the Amigo 1.0 koppelschnalle – that’s German for plaque belt buckle. But Amigo 1.0 is an excellent, stout belt buckle that is attached to a sturdy leather belt and will certainly serve to keep your pants up. But it is much more than a belt buckle. It is a handy tool belt, a place to store your emergency thumb drive and storage for a pen or pencil.
The koppelschnalle or belt buckle itself is a sturdy buckle that fastens to a fine leather belt with three screws. One screw would do the business of holding it together, but three insures that you are in no danger of losing your pants or your toolkit. The buckle is an attractive plaque-style buckle that displaces the wrench part of the toolkit as if it were merely a decoration. But it is much more than that. It is two of the more common wrench sizes, the handle for two handy screwdriver bits and it is – yes, indeed folks – a good, old-fashioned bottle opener. If that were not enough, the handy little buckle has a space to conceal a thumb drive – with all of your important information. No more lost homework or missing passwords with this handy little gadget! And wait . . . one last feature: a bottom slot for a pen, so that you are never again at a loss for something with which to write.
Bernard Roth, a mechanical engineer, came up with this ingenious little device. Bernard lives in south Germany, near Lake Constance. He enjoys taking ideas and turning them into something useful for people’s everyday lives. The Amigo belt buckle certainly fits that description. It contains the tools for things like emergency bike repairs, quick fixes for desks or other small home furnishings, as well as storage for a thumb drive – one of those things that is always getting lost in the depths of a pocket or the bottom of a purse or bag. Adding a bottle opening and a pen just sweetens the general usefulness of the Amigo.
Pretty soon the entire world will be able to say “your amigo”, “deine amigo”, “su amigo” es “mi amigo” because Bernard Roth has created a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to fund manufacture of these classy and useful belt buckles. All of the parts will be made in Germany where he and his team will have better control of the quality of the products – including the leather belt. The original leather belt should last about two years if worn daily, and can be easily replaced. The Koppelschnalle, or belt buckle, should last much longer. You can get a jumpstart on the rest of the world by pledging a contribution. Early bird contributors can get the buckle, the belt and all the accessories for €72 – that’s about $77 U.S. dollars. Shipping to anywhere in the world included. If you think this is a nifty idea and would like to support it, but can’t quite come up with that, there are several smaller prizes, such as the Amigo bottle opener, the pen or an Amigo t-shirt. Even minimal contributions will receive a personal thank you card. You can also get just the buckle without the leather belt. Delivery is expected in April 2016.
Dealers and shopkeepers take note: it is also possible to order multiple Amigos – just the thing for selling at a convention or in a do-it-yourself shop, or even in a bookstore. The Amigo Koppelschnalle could be just the thing to “wow” your customers.
If your pockets are truly empty, but you still think the Amigo is a cool idea, then “like” it on Facebook, “tweet” it on twitter, or post a picture of it on your Pinterest account. If you have other social media, be sure to mention it there, too. When you spread the word about items like this belt buckle (it truly does look sharp – you’d never guess it was a Swiss army knife of a belt buckle just by looking at it) you are helping out inventors by letting the world know about the new things they have created. Your word of mouth – or word of text – is an important part of any crowdfunding effort.