About this project
Design: Beauty & Function
When we set out to design a modern wallet, we wanted something that was simple, functional, and felt good to handle. Not being satisfied with what's out there, we decided to rethink how we carry our important every day objects. After months of prototyping and testing different designs, we've tweaked the Machine Era Wallet into something we absolutely love to carry in our pockets.
Flat Black Aluminum
Made from 6061 high grade aluminum, it's sleek, ultra light, and barely noticeable in your pocket. The flat black anodize coating provides durability and corrosion resistance.
When we think of brass, what comes to mind is old school woodworking tools and nautical instruments. Why not wallets? There's something about the look and feel that's unique. These are left uncoated to reveal the beauty and character of the material.
In order to get the detail and quality needed, the wallets are machined from a solid block of material. Every surface is taken down to a tolerance of plus or minus five thousands of an inch. There's not one detail, corner, or radius left untouched. We then texture and blend the surface of the material by hand bead blasting them to a matte finish. The aluminum is then cleaned and anodized by local expert finishers. Brass wallets are left uncoated to allow for an aged character.
- Securely holds 2-6 cards with a simple elastic band
- Cash and business cards can be easily strapped on the back or front for easy access.
- The slim design is barely noticeable in front or rear pocket.
- The aluminum wallet weighs in at 1.3 oz. making it ultra light
- The brass wallet weighs in at 3.9 oz
- Durability. With a back wall thickness of 0.065", It will not bend easily. This provides the optimum strength vs. slimness ratio.
- Dimensions. Both wallets are 3.65" long by 2.48" wide, with a side profile thickness of 0.25"
Made in USA
By backing this project, you're supporting local businesses. Every step of this project is local, from sewing the elastic to laser engraving. We choose to only work with people we know and trust to get the job done right. No off-shore sourcing. We pride ourselves on quality of work and bringing back American manufacturing.
We've been working on a better band. Every wallet will come with the new version 2 band.
Risks and challenges
Every project has it's challenges. Because Machine Era Co. is a full service machine and fabrication shop, we're more apt than most to handle issues that come with production manufacturing. Because we have our own equipment, we are able to do 90% of the work in house. This allows us to keep prices down and have control over the processes involved.
Our biggest challenge is delivering on schedule. From experience, we've found that having a working prototype is not enough. In order to accurately calculate manufacturing time, a production run is needed. We've done this and planned accordingly. Another risk is machine failure. Luckily, we have a (under warranty) new 2012 high speed machine.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No. As long as there are at least 2 cards in the wallet, cards will not fall out.
We've had these elastic bands in testing for almost 3 months and have not had this problem (even with an overloaded wallet). The elastic can stretch up to twice it's length and still bounce back.
However, in the event that this does happen over time, we will be selling replacement bands on our website (www.machine-era.com) for a few dollars.
No. The bands are glued AND double stitched to ensure that even when over loaded, it will not break.
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