Monthly Archives: April 2013

Assault Hand Paddle Revolution Is On!

Backwater Paddle Company reached a major milestone in its corporate development. The Assault Hand Paddle has arrived!  After nearly a year of waiting and endless manufacturing delays, it is an exciting moment in the evolution of paddle sports.

The Assault Hand Paddle is revolutionizing paddle sportsmen’s stealth and mobility.   The only paddle designed for paddle sportsmen seeking stealth and close quarter mobility.  The plastic paddles distinctive visual appeal and raised graphic design sets it apart from all other paddles in the paddle sports market.

Assault Hand Paddle Floating

The paddle matters!  Some say the Assault Hand Paddle’s unique and versatile blade design is a cross between medieval weapon and sports racquet.  Whatever your observation regarding this state-of-the-art paddle, it is 100% efficient.  The unparalleled blade design evolved out of physical necessity.   Paddle sportsmen needed a smaller and more functional paddle while battling tight spaces and repositioning their kayak or canoe.

The Assault Hand Paddles patented “hook and teeth” blade design provides the ultimate tool for kayak anglers, hunters and photographers.  The lightweight and compact hand paddle provides a one-handed option to position their boat for maximum maneuverability and productivity.  The single-handed paddling option allows the paddle sportsman to continue to fight fish, hunt ducks or shoot photos while staying on target.

Backwater Paddle Company’s patented “hook” blade design permits grabbing, snagging or snatching objects to retrieve or position your craft.  The paddles “teeth” provide positive purchase while pushing or shoving off objects.

The genesis of the Assault Hand Paddle came from its former wooden siblings, the Predator and Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles.  These earlier generation wood paddles were proof of concept that seven foot paddles were not the answer for every paddle sportsman.  With the rapid growth of paddle sports, it became evident paddle sportsmen needed a smaller, more compact and practical paddle in their daily endeavors.

To enhance product and market availability, the plastic Assault Hand Paddle was designed incorporating the innovative features of Backwater Paddle Company’s prior wood hand paddles.   Not only did we want a completely functional plastic paddle, but a paddle that created the “wow” factor.   With plastic, we had an opportunity to make an awesome visual statement, as well as product longevity.

New Assault Hand Paddle by Backwater Paddle Company

New Hand Paddle Design

The Assault Hand Paddle will retail for $29.95.  We expect to have them in outdoor retail and big box stores later this year.  As of now, they can be purchased from Backwater Paddle Company’s web store.

Backwater Paddle Company’s future includes a kayak paddle, canoe paddle and SUP paddle. They will all incorporate the patented “hook and teeth” blade design, as well as the awesome raised graphics package.

Backwater Paddle Company is looking for paddle sport pro staffers, representatives, wholesalers and distributors willing to use, introduce and disseminate our products into the paddle sports market.  Contact Ed at Backwater Paddle Company for further information.   You can visit our website or place an order at www.backwaterpaddles.com.   The Paddle Matters!

Paddle on friends!

Backwater Paddle Company Has New Assault Hand Paddle Mold Ready

Finally, after eleven months of tooling, Backwater Paddle Company’s newest paddle, the Assault Hand Paddle, is ready for manufacturing.  The final mold inspection was recently performed.  A couple of dozen sample paddles were made.   The mold tooling project was signed off and paid in full.

We are just waiting on some small particulars from the manufacturing end.  We expect to have paddles available in a couple of weeks.

Assault Hand Paddle Biting

The Assault Hand Paddle project was beset with problems from the beginning.  Backwater Paddle originally entertained the idea of manufacturing the paddles overseas.   The overseas contact we had abandoned the project in mid stream, leaving us stranded.  We spun our wheels for four months with nothing to show for it.   NO, there was no money invested or lost with the overseas exploration.   After very little thought, we decided the overseas venture was not the way to go.  Stay at home!!

Having explored the stateside tooling and plastic manufacturers, we opted for a company in Valdosta, Georgia.  Peliton Plastics took on the project.  However, they were extremely busy and subbed our project out to one of their affiliates up in Kentucky, for the same quoted price.

The project was more than the Kentucky company could handle.  They had to upgrade their CAD system, their memory, their tools, etc, etc.   All this created delays, massive, mind blowing delays!

To make a long story short, we finally got our mold after eleven months.  Did I tell you that the mold was supposed to take only four months to make?  With so many problems, delays…all we could do was laugh about our predicament.  All we could really do was…hurry up, and wait!!

Assault Hand Paddle Float Test

Backwater Paddle Company’s Assault Hand Paddle performing the first float test. The paddle floats extremely well!

Another main concern was flotation of the plastic Assault Hand Paddles.  We were not sure if the paddles would float on their own.  The manufacturers felt “pretty sure,” but not certain.  As soon as we got our first sample…it floated perfectly!!

Assault Hand Paddle Mold on Injection Machine

Assault Hand Paddle mold with water cooling lines connected. Waiting for pressure injection machine to close and shoot mold with polypropylene plastic.

You cannot believe how complicated the mold tooling and pressure injection systems are.   The molds are not some simple, two sided, diametrically opposed plates, clamped together and plastic poured in a hole!  Unclamp and viola, a paddle!!  Not even my friends!!

The Assault Hand Paddle mold weighs about 500 pounds, a quarter ton of steel!  It has two steel milled plates with the paddle design.  Two massive steel plates that hold all the mechanical parts and ejection pins, are all bolted together.  A forklift moves the mold from shop to machine.

Even a water cooling system is piped into the mold.  The above photo shows the water lines connected into the side of the mold.  Some 250 tons of pressure is generated to hold the mold closed while 400 degree polypropylene plastic is forced in.  Pretty impressive operation when you see it all working.

Assault Hand Paddle in sepia.

Found photo of original Assault Hand Paddle used by early explorers to paddle the waterways and defend against the natives.

We have so many potential customers commenting on the uniqueness of the paddle design.  Many say it looks like a primitive or medieval weapon!  I like that, as a former naval survival instructor!  Maybe that is where the concept lies?  Maybe some early explorers used an axe like device to bushwhack and double as a defensive weapon?

We searched old archived photos and found a file photo of just such a weapon.  Hmmmm….makes you think?

Assault Hand Paddle photo on rock

Backwater Paddle Company’s newest paddle, the Assault Hand Paddle, on display.

Nevertheless, Backwater Paddle Company hopes to get our new Assault Hand Paddle out to the paddle sports community soon.

As usual…still waiting!!  Paddle on my friends!!

 

 

 

 

Assault Hand Paddles Almost Ready

Trio of Assault Hand Paddles

The first plastic paddles ran from the Assault Hand Paddle mold are being examined and tested for a spring market debut.  The paddles, however good they look in the photos, still need some refinement.  The milling marks need to polished out, as well as blemishes.

They expect a week or so for the polishing to be done.

Assault Hand Paddle in sepia

Assault Hand Paddle coming soon

It was noted after the first test run that there was some other minor mold problems.  It was determined the mold has to be reinforced with more platens.  Flexing was occurring with the 250 ton pressure required to inject the plastic into the mold.   This was causing the plastic to leak out and flash outside the mold.  Platens are basically integrated supports that go inside the mold to provide more structural integrity.

We are keeping our fingers crossed for our Assault Hand Paddle debut soon!