Shift knobs are our passion and we love defying the norm when it comes to designing new shift knobs and today we are going to be talking about our new Monoti shift knob. We wouldn’t settle for just your average cylinder-shaped shift knob, we had to make something truly unique and stand out from the rest. Monoti is our take on a modern cylinder-shaped shift knob made from titanium and offered in some stunning finishes.
When we started the design process on Monoti we didn’t just want to make another cylinder shaped shift knob. The top portion has a distinct indent that your thumb perfectly fits in to stabilize during the act of shifting. The tall cylinder shape is the perfect size for your whole hand to grip the knob and make sure you hit every gear change perfectly. This then flows down to the long cylinder shape that blends seamlessly into the shift boot collar or your shift boot.
Once we had the shape determined and optimal for the driving style we wanted next we had to tackle the engraving. The engraving feature on Monoti is highly unique to our Ti Series and only available on OrbTi, MonoTi, and PolyTi. The most unique part about the engraving is how the finish is still present on the Raceseng that is located in the center. We wanted to highlight the finishes on Monoti as much as possible and making it a highlight feature in the engraving was key. We also struggled, in the beginning, to have the engraving perfect but found a solution but slowing down the CNC machines using a small ball end mill to get all the details. Thus our final product is highly unique and one-of-a-kind engraving.
Working with titanium also allows us to offer some eye-catching finishes not available on our other shift knobs. Monoti is available in beaded, brushed black, and spitfire a fan favorite. The spitfire finish is completely done by hand and takes multiple stages of meticulous handwork. The knob is first spun and polished by hand then we brush to slightly reduce the gloss level. Now comes the really cool part, we start to burn the shift knobs with an open flame to introduce some stunning colors. The beauty behind titanium is its ability to build incredible layers of color when the material is heated. We slowly heat the knob to different temperatures to create a beautiful gradient of color from blue to gold. Each spitfire finish is unique because the heating process is virtually impossible to duplicate.
Monoti doesn’t just sit perfectly in your hand but it also helps give you an effortless shifting experience. Yes, titanium is a lighter material than stainless steel but this knob still weighs 308 grams which is heavier than oem shift knobs. This is our take on a modern titanium cylinder-shaped shift knob that is incredibly unique and unlike anything else on the marketplace. That’s a wrap for Monoti and hope you guys Enjoy the Drive.