This BLUNT umbrella features patented BLUNT Tips that form an integral part of its unique Radial Tensioning System (RTS): a system that redirects, transfers and distributes the effort used in opening the umbrella throughout its entire canopy surface. This revolution in umbrella design creates an aerodynamic robust canopy structure, making BLUNT umbrellas the ultimate defence against the elements.
The compact BLUNT metro perfectly balances portability and performance.
1999: Design engineer Greig Brebner stepped out of a doorway into the human rush hour of a London pavement, the blustery sky pockmarked with the first sprinkles of rain. At 1.9m tall, the New Zealander could see over most of the crowd to his destination. But as the downpour gathered pace, his eyes were suddenly at the mercy of hundreds of bristling spikes: the ends of umbrellas being unfurled around him. Moments later the wind turned one of them inside out, it’s owner struggling to avoid taking Greig’s eye out.
Until the moment Greig set to work on his kitchen table with a glue gun and some kite material, the basic design of the modern umbrella hadn’t changed since 1928. They come in all sorts of colours, have little push buttons and lights, some even have holes in the top that let the wind out
(and water in) to stop them turning inside out. But the basics are the same. And they don’t really work. This has led to a product that fails if there’s more than a breath of wind, breaks completely after a few months and then ends up in landfill.
So Greig started from scratch to redesign the entire idea of a personal weather protection canopy. The engineer in him worked towards something that
would outperform everything on the market, working flawlessly and effortlessly in conditions way beyond the capabilities of any umbrella in the world. The designer in Greig demanded that it must also be elegant and stylish. And the tall guy in him just wanted to make sure these damn things didn’t keep poking him in the face.
When Greig got home he couldn’t wait to unpack his new ideas and test them out in blustery New Zealand. He would take his prototype and walk up to Auckland’s One Tree Hill in the middle of a raging storm and see if the weather could break it. When he and the Blunt kept surviving that, he reckoned he was on the right track. When a Blunt performed and functioned in winds at Force 12 (>117 km/h), the maximum setting of the test wind tunnel, he got quite excited.
And Blunt was born.