THE CELL - Help us help you
"If we hear one more story about an impending zombie apocalypse, we’re packing up our stuff and humping it to the upper reaches of Canada. Our supplies? A crapload of MREs, an accompanying supply of Pepto, several crates of whisky and The Cell Machined Survival Kit ($75+)." Gear Patrol
"With the Mayan apocalypse looming large, J. L. Lawson & Co. look to cover the bases with this mini survival kit." Hypebeast
"Living in a world in which natural disasters appear to be happening more and more frequently, The Cell is something everyone should have handy." Trendhunter
Who we are:
J. L. Lawson & Co. - father and son machining quality goods from steel, aluminum and brass.
A year ago we came up with the idea to machine a water resistant container to be used for a basic survival essentials kit. After manually machining one we found that it would be way to costly to do so we shelved the idea. We dusted off the idea recently and decided to get some CNC quotes to have The Cell manufactured instead of manually machined by us. We love this piece and think that you will too but we don't have the capital to meet the minimums required for CNC production.
Our main objective is to get this piece in your hands at a reasonable price. Whatever disaster or apocalyptic scenario (we lean towards zombie apocalypse obviously) you might believe in, everyone should be prepared. The Cell is the perfect way to get started and looks pretty amazing at the same time. Help us help you.
What We Need & What You Get
We need $12,000 to make this happen.
- $7,000 for CNC machining and aluminum
- $1,250 for bead blasting and hard anodizing
- $1,750 for canvas essentials roll
- $1,250 for survival essentials
- $750 for really cool packaging
Clearly these numbers aren't exact but give you at least an idea of why the funding is needed to make The Cell a reality.
$25 - 1 Cell t-shirt screened with our logo on the front and original zombie art by Greg Postma on the back.
$75* - 1 CNC machined Cell. This perk does not include the canvas survival roll with essentials.
- $95* - 1 CNC machined Cell and canvas survival roll with shown essentials.
- $245 - 1 MANUALLY machined Limited Edition Cell and canvas survival roll with shown essentials.
- $600 - 10 CNC machined Cells and canvas survival roll with shown essentials.
*Retail cost of The Cell after the campaign will be $95 without the kit and $115 with.
The Cell: The cell is CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, bead blasted and hard anodized. The cap uses two O-rings creating a water resistant seal. Measures 7" from point to top of the cap and is 1.25" in diameter. There is approximately 5" of length available inside the container. Machined in the US.
The Cell Limited Edition: Our limited edition Cell is manually machined in our shop to the same specifications and then is also bead blasted and hard anodized. The Limited Edition Cell is for the fan and collector of our goods. Obviously machined in the US.
The Canvas Roll: The survival essentials roll is cut from a duck canvas and has six small pockets that hold the following items:
- 1 Beeswax candle
- 1 P-38 military can opener
- 2 small fish hooks
- 4 lead fishing weights
- 20 ft 20lb test fishing line
- 2 quick tinder tabs
- 1 ferro rod
- 5 ft brass snare wire
We suggest adding an X-acto blade to use for striking the ferro rod and to have an emergency blade on hand. There is also more room to add some items of choice.
The images shown are of our first prototype but final production will be slightly different. The roll won't be quite as wide to save room and the leather patch will be much thinner. There will also be a tab sewn to the end to make it easier to remove from the tube.
The Cell T-shirt: Our t-shirt is printed on a unisex American Apparel heather grey blank. The original zombie slaying art was created by Greg Postma and is printed on the back of the shirt just below the collar. More of Greg's work can be seen every Wednesday at 10pm on Comedy Central.
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