Subtitle; I broke it, but I fixed it.
So far I have inadvertently sat on my TextBlade twice, and dropped it 5 times. Each of these unintentional durability tests were on carpet or off a couch, and often with the blades neatly stowed in the nano stand.
Sadly this latest "test" was while I was hurrying up a stairwell with my laptop in the crook of one arm, the TextBlade resting gently on its keyboard, and my phone in the other hand. This is one of those scenarios in which multitasking is ill advised.
I managed to run my laptop smack into a steel newell post effectively crushing my BT dongle such that it was pointing skyward, and sent my test unit on it's first long distance unasisted flight.
There were a number of emotions that rather quickly made their way through my mind and out of my mouth. Not loudly or violently, but instead as a slow groaning "OOOOooohhhhh" that sort of trailed off as the reason for my haste trickled back in.
The space blade was stuck to a water pipe in the corner of the stairwell, and the various key caps and maglever componenets had skittered quite a ways across the linoleum tile. I quickly gathered all the components, jammed them into my pocket and went on my way.
To my astonishment he Dongle had survived the impact and was still blinking away. Before thinking better of it I quickly bent the dongle straight again and despite it's 180 degree round trip remained fully operational, albeit with a few cracks and missing pieces in the plastic shell.
The suspension components and key caps were fairly easy to figure out, and went in surprisingly easily despite their diminutive scale. The levers slot in when layed flat in their housing, and slid toward one another taking care that the metal elements are properly interleaved. The Keycaps self align nicely and with an even press snap right into place.
In all it took about 90 seconds to re assemble the components and resume typing. Thankfully the floor was a smooth, and no visible marks or abrasions were left on the TextBlade.
The size and weight of this thing belie its strength and resilience. So much so that I find myself babying it and going out of my way to take care where little is required. If my phone took a similar spill without a case, I wouldn't have been making calls a few minutes after impact.
Well done Way Tools Team.