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Pat KalaharBy Pat Kalahar
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Pat KalaharBy Pat Kalahar
First created
$3,228
pledged of $11,500pledged of $11,500 goal
54
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 4 2015

About

 Want the ultimate minimalist wallet to securely hold your cards and bills? Then the Card Cage is the wallet for you.

The Card Cage is a simple concept that combines a card carrier and money clip into one stylish front pocket carry wallet. After carrying a traditional wallet in my back pocket for years, I started having some back issues, so I decided to switch my wallet to my front pocket. Not only is a front pocket wallet better for your health, theft experts say the safest place to carry money is in your front pocket. The big issue here was the bulk of a more traditional wallet and the stuff I filled it with. So I trimmed down what I carry and set out to create a high quality wallet with a minimalist design. After 16 months of designing and testing prototypes, I have created the lightest, most compact, minimalist metal wallet.

Prototypes
Prototypes
Final Card Cage design that is ready for production.
Final Card Cage design that is ready for production.

The Card Cage is milled from a single piece of aluminum. The single piece versus multiple pieces joined together keeps the wallet simple, strong and slim. There is a cavity built into the back of the Card Cage for carrying bills. The design isn’t conducive to a lot of bills, but I, like most people tend to carry only a small amount of emergency cash. The built in money clip is more practical than requiring a separate piece and much more appealing on the eyes than elastic or rubber. 

By using a fixed width approach I was able to reduce any possible wear components and create a very solid structure. The challenge was retaining cards when the wallet wasn’t full. After trying a few different approaches, I determined the best solution was adding a small rubber bumper to aid with retention. 

The small bumper retains cards in the wallet very well, even if only one card is in place. The one piece metal design is very robust and should last a lifetime. This Card Cage design is best suited for four to six cards.

In this render the retainer is shown in red.
In this render the retainer is shown in red.

Weight: 0.6 ounces (18 grams)

Dimensions: 3.4” x 2.3” x 0.3” (90mm x 60mm x 8mm)

Material: 6061 aluminum

Surface: Bead blasted

Finish: Anodize, Type III  

Color: Black

Capacity: 6 card maximum (4 - 6 is optimal)

    

The Gadget Flow - "A unique wallet design made from anodized 6061 aluminum"

BestSlimWallet.com -  "The part about the wallet that we really like is the built-in money clip that is incorporated into the body of the wallet itself. "

The Card Cage is designed and manufactured in the USA. So not only will you be supporting US workers by backing this campaign, but I’m also able to keep a stronger relationship with my manufacturer to ensure production quality and timelines are met.  

If you have any questions, during or after the campaign has closed, you can always reach me at cardcagewallets@gmail.com.

Risks and challenges

Since I have already produced the final version of the Card Cage, there is less risk associated with this campaign. I have built a great relationship with my manufacturing partner and together we are ready to produce these. Things are not always smooth sailing with manufacturing projects, but I promise to never leave you hanging and will provide regular updates.

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