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The Bracket {Wallet}: You can take this slim wallet anywhere! Laser cut from aerospace grade aluminum and powder coated for longevity. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 10, 2014.

The Bracket {Wallet}: You can take this slim wallet anywhere! Laser cut from aerospace grade aluminum and powder coated for longevity.

Chase Larsen
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Chase Larsen

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About this project

Hi Kickstarter,

My name is Chase and this is the Bracket {Wallet}. I am here to ask that you get rid of your oversized wallet, and simplify your life with the Bracket {Wallet}! I have researched and tested many prototypes and partnered with an experienced manufacturing engineer to deliver a wallet that is simple and extremely durable. This is the lifelong wallet you can take anywhere and look good doing it!

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UPDATE!

We have sourced a local composites manufacturer to produce a carbon fiber version of the Bracket {Wallet}! This manufacturer is a market leader in high quality carbon fiber and uses a resin infusion process in combination with vacuum bagging to achieve a perfect, porous free carbon fiber plate.

The Bracket {Wallet} will be custom cut using a waterjet machine.

Carbon fiber highlights: 

  • Super light: .052 lbs/in3  
  • Outrageous strength to weight ratio 
  • Cosmetically stunning
  • Gloss surface
  • Used in aerospace and automotive industry
  • Designed to have 0 fatigue failures (Will last a very long time)
  • Unique design manufactured with the highest quality carbon fiber makes for a perfect wallet! 
Carbon Fiber Plate
Carbon Fiber Plate

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 Design Features:

  • At 3mm thick, this wallet fits flawlessly in your pocket
  • Blocks RFID skimming devices for security (Aluminum version only*)
  • Weatherproof and highly resistant to wear and tear. Machined from aerospace grade aluminum and powder coated for longevity.
  • Stores various number of cards securely
  • Just the highest quality materials will hold exactly what you need for the adventures of your daily life
Take it anywhere!
Take it anywhere!
Personalize you Bracket {Wallet}
Personalize you Bracket {Wallet}
Use the standard font of your choice!
Use the standard font of your choice!

 The Story

I have long been on the search for a simple wallet. I have gone through many leather wallets that need to be replaced every year as they look worn out and have stretched to the point that they no longer carry cards. I have gone through the typical rubber bands, but wanted something that I could take on adventures and not worry about normal wear and tear. The goal was to design a wallet that is ultra-light and ultra-durable yet still be able to pull it out in any professional setting. The Bracket {Wallet} is a beautifully simple design that will last a lifetime and simplify you back pocket. This campaign is hopefully the beginning of the story that ends with a Bracket {Wallet} in your pocket.

Carry cash & as many cards as you would like!
Carry cash & as many cards as you would like!

Design

This is really a project in design thinking. I defined an issue, researched solutions, identified the needs, and now I was ready to refine these ideas into a solid prototype. So, I went to Home Depot and bought some metal brackets and used my Dremel to cut the “Perfect” wallet!

The first prototype
The first prototype

I used this prototype for 2 months and handed out samples to my friends to receive feedback. After multiple renditions, I have perfected all the dimensions to ensure the wallet is ready for mass consumption. Once the design was just right, I drew up the plans and found a machine shop in Salt Lake City to laser cut the first professional prototypes of the Bracket {Wallet}.

Colors

We have recently partnered with a local powder coater who specializes in small batch production.  This means that we can offer more colors than most as our connection focuses on smaller quantity, high quality consumer goods.  Once we are successfully funded, we will find out what colors you prefer, and since we have the best customer service in the aluminum wallet biz, your wish is our command.  You want to mix and match? Feel free, we want you to have the most unique wallet on the block!

Pastel Pink
Pastel Pink
Sea Foam
Sea Foam
Rescue Orange
Rescue Orange
Gold
Gold
Mix and Match!
Mix and Match!
Lime Green
Lime Green
Get rid of your worn out wallet!
Get rid of your worn out wallet!
SIlver
SIlver
Black/Silver
Black/Silver
Matte Black
Matte Black

 Economic Order Quantity

The manufacturing process requires that we order at least 200 wallets in order to provide them at a reasonable price.  This includes packaging, shipping and handling, and Kickstarter/amazon fees. As our manufacturer prefers massive orders, there is no ceiling to how many we could produce and ship on time. 

Once we hit 200 wallets, we can offer unique stretch goals

How to use:
How to use:

Materials

Our goal is to offer the highest quality product at an affordable price.

Carbon Fiber:

  • Outrageous strength to weight ratio
  • Resin infused and vacuum sealed 
  • Unique wallet fabric!

6061-T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum:

  • Tensile Strength= 45,000 PSI
  • Shear Strength= 30,000 PSI
  • Basically, this material will last forever in you back pocket!

Acrylic Powder Coating

  • Creates smooth clear coat with excellent clarity and highly chip-resistant
  • Basically, this paint will last forever in you back pocket!

EPDM Rubber O-rings

  • Excellent tear strength
  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Excellent stretch resistance
  • These O-rings are designed to be used in an industrial setting. We will ship all wallets with additional o-rings in case of loss or damage.  We have done extensive testing during the prototype stage and have had amazing results with durablility. These rings can also be purchased in many hardwear and online stores.

RFID Protection

RFID-equipped credit cards are prevalent in Europe and becoming more popular in the USA.  This allows users to use a "tap and go" form of payment with wirelessly transmitted credit card information.  The concern with this technology is that with a basic RFID scanner, someone could basically walk through a crowd of people and lift name, credit card number, and expiration date from innocent bystanders.  

The Bracket {Wallet} will block these skimmers from stealing your information.   Although the wallet is a mere 1.5mm per plate, this is enough to block scanners from stealing your credit card information.  Stay protected and look good doing it.  

Risks and challenges

We are working with a precision metal manufacturer in Salt Lake City Utah to produce these wallets. We have a two week lead time followed by an approximately 1 week lead time for powder coating. The primary risk is that one of our suppliers could be backed up with production.

However, we have personal connections with our suppliers. The plan is is to place an order once we can use an entire sheet of aerospace grade aluminum as this is the only economical way of manufacturing this product. The Bracket {Wallet} team will ensure that we deliver on time. Furthermore, our manufacturer has ensured us that the larger the order the better! So order away kick starters, as we can fulfill as many orders as you can throw at us!

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FAQ

  • We will send a survey out once we have reached our funding goal and you can tell us the color of your choice. We are working on additional colors as well, so get excited!

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  • Funding on Kickstarter is all or nothing. This means that your credit card will not be charged until we have reached the deadline assuming we have reaching our funding goal!

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  • This is great news! However, as we are in the product design category on Kickstarter, you can only pledge one time. Thats just the rules I guess!

    If you would like multiple wallets, simply multiply the sales price by the number of wallets you would like. Example: if you would like 5 wallets, $35*5= $175. When asked how much you would like to pledge, insert that amount and we will send you as many wallets as you would like!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    4 backers

    We will send you behind the scene photos of how our wallet came to be! We will also list your name on our website as a supporter being instrumental in bringing the Bracket {Wallet} to market!.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $30 or more

    30 backers All gone!

    As a thank you to our earliest supporters, we are knocking $5 off the price. Get the Bracket {Wallet} powder coated in your choice of color (Rescue Orange, Lime Green, Black, Silver, or Black/Silver). Shipping included in the USA. Add $12 for shipping outside the USA.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    83 backers

    Cheers to you! Get the Bracket {Wallet} powder coated in your choice of color (Rescue Orange, Lime Green, Black, Silver, or Black/Silver). Shipping included in the USA. Add $12 for shipping outside the USA.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $45 or more

    14 backers

    Carbon Fiber version of the Bracket {Wallet}! This is locally produced in Salt Lake City, and laser jet cut from high quality carbon fiber. Available in 1 color: Gloss/Matte. This is the real deal! Shipping included in the USA. Add $12 for shipping outside the USA.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $45 or more

    6 backers

    Personalize your Bracket {Wallet}! Get your name or initials engraved on your aerospace grade aluminum wallet. Powder coated in your choice of colors! Free shipping in the USA. Add $12 for international shipping.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    4 backers

    Personalize your Bracket {Wallet} with your companies logo or the logo of your favorite team (Without trademark infringement)! This is your chance to get an ultra-personalized wallet. Our laser engraver is very detail oriented and can make any logo look great! Free shipping in the USA. Add $12 for international shipping.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)