Surf Approved : Better Wax Comb

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Wax combs are a necessary product for surfers.  They are tools used to scrape old wax from a surfboard so that fresh layer can be applied.  We were asked to design a quality item to be given away at a major surfing competition that attendees would actually keep.  We thought instead of just giving a novelty gift, why not give them something useful that would further strengthen the brand as a leader in the market.  We came to the wax comb bottle opener.  Cast aluminum body is lightweight but incredibly strong and the overmolded plastic comb and scraper rails prevent damage to the board during use.  Include a bottle opener and you have the perfect beach buddy.

After we submitted the design, which follows the traditional shape, we realized that the user must pinch the flat body to maintain control while at the same time a hard edge is pushing into the palm.  So we reexamined the user interaction and came to the Better Wax Comb design.  The comb and scraper are positioned together opposite the direction of the force.  This allows for a rounded, curved rail that distributes pressure into the palm of the hand, resulting in a more comfortable board-scraping experience.

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