While we understand that our core values may be considered uncommon, especially in our particular line of work, we fervently hope that by standing as an example for others, we may bring about the changes we want to see in the world.
As part of our core values, Twisted Engineering strives to use all-natural and organic ingredients, materials, and practices whenever possible. Likewise, we understand these standards are an important consideration for some consumers when choosing which products they wish to purchase. As such, we make great efforts to maintain product transparency in order to keep our consumers as informed as possible – especially in regards to the nature of the ingredients and/or materials we use to craft our products.
Unfortunately, we are still a small business and as such, can not justify the sizable reoccurring expense related with obtaining, and maintaining, our own organic certifications. While this unfortunate setback legally prohibits us from claiming the inherent organic status of any of OUR finished products, we are however, still allowed to include the organic status of individual ingredients which have been certified in accordance with current FDA and USDA regulations.
In conclusion, Twisted Engineering makes no claims, expressed or implied, as to the organic certification of any of our finished products.
|Vegan Friendly||This product DOES NOT contain any materials sourced from animals, or animal byproducts.|
This product DOES NOT contain any materials sourced from animals other than BEESWAX, a organic wax produced in excess by honey bees as part of their natural habits.
All of our beeswax is ethically harvested from sustainable apiaries with “bees come first” policies.
While this product DOES contain materials sourced from animals, or animal byproducts, these materials are not critical to the construction of the product.
As such, upon request, these materials can be removed prior to shipping, returning the product to a BEEGAN FRIENDLY states.
To US, Cruelty Free Actually Means Cruelty Free
While its unfortunate, for many businesses, profits matter more than ethics. The sad reality is that if a half-truth can help sell more products, many brands won’t think twice about using it. To make matter worse, animal testing claims are not regulated by the FDA, which means that companies are free to declare anything on their labels without breaking any laws. Sickening, right?
The demand for cruelty-free products is rising every day, which is awesome! Unfortunately however, this is not a fact lost by scrupulous companies. Therefore, it should also come as no surprise that when a product label says “not tested on animals”, nine times out of ten it’s nothing more than a marketing scheme – written there simply because a company want you to buy it, regardless if the product is truly cruelty-free.
|What To Watch Out For||Twisted Engineering|
The Finished Products
A finished product is the final product that’s being sold on the shelf. Finished products used to frequently be tested on animals, but it’s rare for this to happen today.
Some companies have the label “Finished product not tested on animals”, which does not mean they’re cruelty-free. Other companies that don’t test finished products will simply use the label “not tested on animals”, which is even less accurate.
|As we are the sole manufacturer nearly everything we sell, we are able to GUARANTEE our finished products are absolutely NEVER tested on animals.|
Finished products contain a multitude of ingredients, some of which might have been tested on animals.
|If the ingredients are already considered safe, they won’t be tested on animals. However, if it’s a new ingredient, companies might want to test on animals to prove that this new ingredient is safe.||In accordance with our core values, we only use the highest quality ingredients, which have also meet our incredibly high ethical standards – which includes absolutely NO animal testing.|
Most companies get their ingredients (or raw materials) from one or more suppliers.
|Some suppliers might test on animals. If and only if a company ensures that none of their suppliers test on animals, can the company itself be cruelty-free.||In addition to requiring our suppliers maintain ethical and environmental sustainability practices within their own organizations, we also require they not participate in animal testing, nor any other practice which exploits animals.|
Many companies claim not to test on animals, yet fail here. China is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world, which makes it very attractive for western companies.
|Unfortunately China requires finished cosmetics products to be tested on animals for any foreign company that wishes to enter that market. This means that any company that chooses to sell their cosmetic products in mainland China is financing animal testing there.||In addition to their barbaric animal testing requirements, China is also notorious for forced and exploited labor. As such, we nether source our ingredients/materials from China, nor participate in the sale of our products to Chinese regulated markets.|
The Parent Company
|While a company itself can remain cruelty-free after being acquired by a big brand that tests on animals, it’s important to emphasize that part of the profits will go to the parent company and indirectly finance further animal testing.||Twisted Engineering, LLC is an independently owned and operated company, and therefore not responsible to a parent company or any shareholders. We control our own policies and processes, allowing us to operate the company in compliance with our own ethical values.|
Bottom line, most companies will look at one aspect of animal testing and use it as proof that they themselves are cruelty-free, while ignoring the fact that their suppliers might test on animals, or that they test on animals where required by law (i.e. China).
While this blatant exploitation is abhorrent, the cause is not lost. Consumers need to stand together against these marketing tactics and not let companies get away with this sort of intentional deception. Likewise, be increasingly careful and discerning about these types of claims, and never blindly trust the “not tested on animals” claim – always look for further proof by researching their policy online or by asking them the right questions via e-mail.
Only when a company fulfills every single criteria above can you trust that it truly “doesn’t test on animals” … rest assured, we at Twisted Engineering goes to great lengths to ensure we do!
A letter from the Owner.
At Twisted Engineering we firmly believe that companies have a unique responsibility when it comes to environmental consciousness, and for us, business and sustainability go hand-in-hand.
In an effort to maintain supply chain sustainability while remaining unwavering in our pursuit for the preservation of nature, we consciously make essential efforts to reduce meaningful worldwide waste, by utilizing resources which are renewable, sustainable, and/or recyclable whenever possible, even at the expense of our profit margins.
Likewise, in keeping with our exceptionally high standards, we require all materials sourced for our products to be cruelty free, environmentally and animal friendly, non-toxic, irritant-free, and gentle on the skin. Additionally, they must be free of palm oils or waxes, pesticides, herbicides, and Generically Modified Material (GMO).
While veganism and vegetarianism are not part of our tenants, a large selection of our products are intentionally manufactured to be vegan (or at least beegan) friendly out of respect for those who are. As such, we have taken the liberty of individually notating products of this nature, making them quickly identifiable to patrons who require these restrictions.
Moreover, as Twisted Engineering itself is not a herbivorous oriented company, we do manufacture a variety of products which require the use of animal hides as an integral part of their construction. In such cases, we source our hides from suppliers of ethically treated animals, harvested primarily as a source of food rather than for their pelt. While this practice does limit our selection of available hide types, and has steeply raises our material procurement expenses, we sleep better at night knowing we actively choose not to contribute to the poor treatment and living conditions typically produced by companies who kill animals for their hides.
Furthermore, due to the tragically irresponsible pollution load produced by the mishandling and improper disposal of the “toxic slush” used to chemically tan leather hides – especially by tanneries subject to little or no environmental regulations or oversight – we make a conscious effort to prioritize the use of veg-tanned leathers – leather which has been tanned utilizing a solution produced from vegetables, tree bark, and other naturally plant-derived tannins – whenever possible.
Lastly, we resolve to never source any material or labor which utilizes, in part or as a whole, any form of forced or exploited labor – including, but not limited to, the victims of non-consensual slavery, human trafficking, hereditary bondage, sweatshops, child labor, and/or the forced or exploited labor of animals.
In closing, it is important our patrons understand that the aforementioned ethos is not something we at Twisted Engineering take lightly. That it is in fact, so ingrained into our company’s core values that it governs every aspect of our supply chain, including our relationships with partnering companies. Choosing to do business only with those who share our passion for environmental awareness through responsible manufacturing, and requiring that they, if not already, enforce stringent supply chain restrictions to prevent the use of unethical practices.
We here at Twisted Engineering are very proud of the ethical standards we have adopted and hope our patrons will find value in them as well!
Twisted Engineering, LLC
Tools Not Toys!
A toy, generally a replica of something more illustrious, is an item used for enjoyment through play, while a tool is a device or implement used to extend the ability of an individual to modify features of their surrounding environment. It is for this reason that Twisted Engineering identifies our products the way we do.
This makes a great deal of sense when you think about it. I mean, did Da Vinci use toys to paint the Mona Lisa? How about Michelangelo when he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Perhaps Beethoven used a toy to compose his Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67? No? What about Mozart while composing Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K 525? How about Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van der Rohe, Norman Foster, Antoni Gaudí, Oscar Niemeyer, etc. etc. etc? Anyone else noticing a trend?
Toys are for playing, tools are required to translate skill into art!
Our Commitment to Excellence
It’s no secret that the last decade or so has been marked by a growing epidemic of low quality, poorly constructed, inferior “toys” flooding lifestyle markets. Even more alarmingly however is that this trend is not solely the result of mass production by large corporations looking to cheaply capitalize on the profound influx of new people discovering a Lifestyle previously unknown to them – a lifestyle discovered through the poorly portrayed writings of a “certain book series” – but rather a general shift in the mindset of a growing number of new tradesmen, who seemingly value the instant gratification of rapid completion over the long term skill require to produce quality in their craft.
Empowered by Do-It-Yourself video tutorials and a plethora of other readily available resources just waiting at their fingertips, amateur tradesmen have been able to forgo the time required to properly hone their skills and perfect their technique as an apprentice under the tutelage of a master craftsman. Which is great if they are just wanting to build something fast and cheap for themselves or even if they market it that way should they choose to sell it.
However, all knowledge comes at a cost. In this case, the rapid ability to reach production comes at the cost of a lack of supporting knowledge – critical understanding of the fundamentals and formulas needed to expand one’s skill set and troubleshoot the crafting process when issue occur (Murphy said it best: ‘what can go wrong, will go wrong’) or a customization is required – critical knowledge which can only be gained through time and experience.
Effects on sales and pricing also plague the markets as consumers have grown accustom to the enticingly cheap prices lower quality products often bring. To the detriment of our community, the resulting number quality products being produced by skilled craftsmanship within our community is sadly on the decline as these talented tradesmen now struggle to make a living, many having to turn their formally thriving businesses into little more than hobbies.
Nevertheless, at Twisted Engineering, we strive to manufacture only the highest-quality products for our patrons, absolutely refusing to manufacture, or even utilize, mediocre materials just to “make a buck”. As you can imagine, we are extremely particular about everything we do, from the materials we source, to the processes and procedures we use in our manufacturing, no detail is left to chance.
The devil is in the details.
Every prototype designed by Twisted Engineering undergoes a comprehensive research and development process, during which special attention is paid to the exact geometry of the design – not only to determine how it will best perform once subjected to the incontrovertible laws of physics, but also to determine its overall aesthetic appeal and comfort. Every measurement, every ratio, every material used in its construction must be thoroughly vetted prior to being assembled by hand and subjected to vigorous quality control testing long before it is ever allowed to reach our patrons.
Unfortunately, skilled labor isn’t cheap, and cheap labor isn’t skilled. So there is a price which must be paid for this level of quality, a cost paid with our sore hands and bodies, mega-hours of labor invested into each project, and the utilization of costly materials, which when all things are combined, translates into a fairly substantial impact on your wallet. However, our patrons believe in our products, and find the cost worth it in the end, as you would be hard pressed to find a better quality product anywhere out there.
As the old adage goes:
The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price has been forgotten.
All Our Whips Are Tape Free!
While the use of electrical tape in the construction of a whip is sketchy,
failing to disclose its use is nothing short of Lokian bullshit!!
I know, I know. Some people may find this statement offensive, and while we are sorry your feelings are hurt, facts are not always friendly. They are, however, always true and do not change regardless of how we feel about them – this is what separates facts from opinions. While we recognize there is a market for cheap whips, and that there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, “the harsh truth” is, like it or not, electrical tape is a horrible construction material for use inside of a whip, period! Therefore, to sell a whip constructed using electrical tape, WITHOUT complete and honest disclosure to the customer, is nothing short of bullshit!!
It’s what’s inside that matters …
In addition to multiple layers of tightly uniformed plating, each Twisted Engineering whip, like those of many other high end whip makers, contains multiple layers of binding – constructed in a stratagem foundation using artificial sinew wrapped in a crosshatch pattern – throughout the whip, improving both rigidity and fluidity, all while increase overall longevity.
Lower quality whips generally favor the use of electrical tape as a binding material, wrapped in multiple passes over each plated belly, but varying in length as to add both girth and taper to the whip. Unfortunately, despite being quick and relatively cheap, electrical tape has its own plethora of drawbacks as a whip building material.
However, by far the worst case, as it pertains to quality whip construction, are whips constructed entirely out of electrical tape (using either ball chain or a length of rope for a core), with an overlay plated on top.
What you, as the consumer, should know …
Electrical tape is a pressure-sensitive tape typically used to insulate electrical wires and other conductive materials, generally constructed from a stretchy vinyl material with adhesive affixed to one side. Unfortunately, the vinyl backing material shrinks over time, while the adhesive does not, resulting in a disgustingly sticking mess. Besides being sticky to the touch, this creates little to no problem when used to isolate electrical wires as it was intended, it does however make a poor substitute for proper whip building materials, as it creates a nightmare for the customer when it comes to long term whip performance and handling.
Additionally, electrical tape is susceptible to fluctuations in both ambient temperature and humidity, which over time precipitates molecular changes within the overall composition of the tape itself, causing the vinyl to become brittle. When combined with the frictions of repetitive whip throwing and the shock of the crack, the vinyl develops stress fractures, eventually resulting in splitting and breaking, which ultimately leads to structural or visual defects along the thong – such as “dog legs” – dramatically hampering the overall accuracy and fluidity of the whip.
With the ever-growing popularity of Do-It-Yourself video tutorials on the internet these days, many amateur whip makers do not understand the physics involved in whip building and how they directly apply to the overall performance of a completed whip. As a result, many whip makers choose to use tape in their builds, simply following what the tutorial told them to do, because they are unaware of the inevitable consequences that result. Meanwhile, other whip makers actively choose to use tape, despite it’s shortcomings, because it is a cheap building material and allows them to speed up the construction process, thereby allowing them to sell their whips at a cheaper price point. This is especial useful in cases where the need for a specific whip does not require or intend a long service live. Regardless of the reason, full and honest disclosure is required for this practice to be acceptable, as this allows the customer to make an informed decision.
Why the disclosure exception must be made …
When you consider the increased expense generated by the using quality building materials and hours upon hours of labor a skilled craftsman invests into the proper construction of each whip, it is no surprise that higher quality whips sell for a much higher price then whips constructed from cheaper building materials and reduced labor practices.
Likewise, the higher cost generally associated with equally matched quality is not for everyone. Whether it’s due to budgetary restrictions or the result of a previously unexplored excitement towards whip cracking which has been otherwise reserved in some way, many people understandably do not wish to spend hundreds of dollars on something they may or may not end up enjoying long term.
Thus, the logical solution has been for the cultivation for different whip makers fostering a wide variety of whips, ranging in by both quality and price, to open the market for all potential customers. As such, it would be nothing short of a disservice to both whip makers and customers alike, if an exception wasn’t made for taped whips which have been completely and honestly disclosed as such – as this allows the customer to make an informed decision.
Rest assured, Twisted Engineering has never constructed, nor sold, any whip in which tape of any kind was used as a construction material within any portion of the whip. This is part of our commitment to excellence, and a standard of quality we pledge to you as our patron!
The Art Of A Stratagem Foundation
For those unfamiliar with the term, a stratagem foundation is a technique used by whip makers as a method of apply binding to a whip in such a way that it creates specific degree of varied rigidity along the overall taper of the whip.
Applying the principles of the golden ratio to calculate the exact binding position and lengths, this binding technique is rather time consuming, when done correctly, as it requires multiple passes across various length of the whip. The result, however, is a superior handling whip with increased accuracy.
Size May Vary
While we try to always be as accurate and as consistent as possible – even to the point of favoring the metric system over the imperial system we grew up with (generally because from an engineering standpoint, we just find it to be much more accurate when making adjustments in smaller increments) – however, as our products are handmade, it is possible to have slight variances in their final dimensions.
- Length may vary as much as plus or minus 1.27 cm (1/2 inch).
- Width may vary as much as plus or minus 0.635 cm (1/4 inch).
- Thickness may vary as much as plus or minus 0.3175 cm (1/8 inch).
We do our best to keep a large selection of inventory in stock at any given time. However, we everyone has different tastes, and as such you may find you like something of implement, but also something of another. Likewise, people find they enjoy personalizing items, especially when they are intended as gifts. In any such case feel free to contact us if you do not see exactly what you would like … because if we do not have it, we would be happy to discuss constructing it.