We are a couple of nerds who like to make things! As adults who have full time jobs (or at least HAD full time jobs until we started doing this), we wanted to create something useful that still reminded us of the stories and characters that we loved growing up, and Hero's Armory was born!
We make unique, exclusive products that you can't find anywhere else on the web! Each product is made using our manufacturers and shipped directly from our team in Salt Lake City, Utah. We are always looking for the next item to create, and we think you'll like some of the things we have in the works!
We hope you enjoy everything you see here at Hero's Armory, and thank you for checking us out!
Hey there! My name is Brian - I am the founder of Hero's Armory and the guy you'll likely run into at conventions and such!
When my first son was born, he wasn't much of a sleeper. In fact, I would often stay up with him late into the night, just cuddling him until he finally went to sleep. During these hours, I would often turn on a movie or TV show.
At the time, I was a full-time product and brand consultant helping other companies create unique products for their businesses. I was working with an unnamed company to create something similar to what many people know today as the Keysmart (note: I did not create the Keysmart - I was simply making something similar to the Keysmart). Naturally, this involved a lot of time measuring and testing out different keys.
One night, I turned on Lord of the Rings (the extended edition, of course) while I was watching my newborn son. After Aragorn arrives in Rivendale, he picks up the shards of Narsil after a careless Boromir dropped it on the floor. Still thinking about the key-storage device I was developing at work, I thought to myself, "Whoa. The shards of Narsil looks a lot like an uncut key." I then thought about how awesome it would be to have a Narsil house key, and did a quick Google search.
Of course, I didn't find a Narsil key. In fact, I didn't find ANY sword keys. So, I did what any sane person would do - I created one for myself.
The Key Armory grew from there, launching 10 designs and raising over $50,000 on Kickstarter. We launched another 10 designs a year later, and are planning even more designs for the future.
But I didn't want to stop there - I had several ideas, and I wanted to bring them all to life. Each item I thought of had a practical use, and I loved the idea of creating everyday items that reminded me of the things I loved - video games, movies, tv shows.
The toughest part was deciding which idea to launch next. Development on a line of bottle openers came next, but I was never quite satisfied with any of the samples. They were all small (as we wanted it to fit on a keychain), but way too uncomfortable. While I knew I wanted to create some unique bottle openers, nothing ever quite worked out, so we put the idea on the back burner for a quick minute and moved onto the next product - tie clips!
Sword Clips launched on Kickstarter with 10 designs and raised over $100,00. In addition, we were able to unlock several different cufflink designs. Currently, there are plans to bring another 10 designs to market, likely in the first quarter of 2019.
After Sword Clips was funded, we turned our attention back to bottle openers. This time, we ditched the keychain sized designs and opted for large (very large) designs based on axes! Bottle Blades launched shorly after Sword Clips (without a Kickstarter) with 3 designs. Bottle Blades is still very much in development, as the three designs currently available are only a precursor to what we'd eventually like to do with the brand!
Most recently, we've turned our attention to Sword Drives - sword shaped USB drives! Sword Drives will launch on Kickstarter in October 2018, and we hope to develop 10 different designs in 16 GB & 32 GB sizes.
For a long time, all of these brands existed on their own individual websites. I always knew that eventually, I'd like to put all the brands onto one big website, but never had the time to actually do it. But as we announced Sword Drives and worked towards a Kickstarter launch date, it became glaringly obvious that combining all of the websites was the best choice.
HerosArmory.com is the result, and we hope you love it!
Today, we're located at an incredible office space in Salt Lake City, Utah! We are working every day to create awesome, innovative items that have practical use in your daily life! Each product we sell is shipped from our team directly to our customers, and we strive to have the best customer service possible.
Thank you so much for visiting Hero's Armory, and we hope you love using our products as much as we love making them!