A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
The Clutch Position Wherever You Go.
There's nothing more clutch in a bonding experience with friends than to pull out this flask, pass it around and savor the moment. We mixed the modern with traditional in our design and craftsmanship of these unique pieces. Everyone will want to take a tip when you pull it out in any situation, dressed up or dressed down.
Our Espadín Flasks get their name from one of the many types of Agave used to produce mezcal, and translates as 'sword'. The first time I drank mezcal, it was poured out of an old metal gas can in Oaxaca, Mexico in the early 1990’s. It was smokey, delicious, and gave a nice buzz. These flasks are a nice, elevated twist on that original experience.
This is the best flask for the test of time.
We've built our Espadín Flasks to ride alongside your own tests of time. It's an heirloom you can pass on to the next generation. We know it's sturdy and we know it will last because we've already beat the hell out of it, so anything else you do is just going to add character. Every hammer blow falls with the precision of a heartbeat. Our mirror-polished hammers literally beat a shine into the material while work hardening the piece for excellent wear throughout the years.
Add a custom touch.
Put your mark somewhere it will last. Add initials, inscriptions or logos to your flask. The machined precision of the engraver’s strokes is a beautiful juxtaposition to the organic precision of the hammered facets. Our CNC engraving machines in Austin, Texas cut precise grooves to create images and lettering. The industrial diamond tipped engravers simultaneously cut and burnish lines into the copper. This gives the image a holographic effect as the light bounces out of the polished bevels of the carved lines.
Do you see the seams?
You won't. The separate pieces of copper are completely unified into one solid body and the seams are erased. Our shielded arc TIG welding machines (currently the most modern equipment at the shop in Michoacan) require a steady hand to get the quality of results we need for our products. Look for them - it’s impressive.
It's made to last a lifetime and more.
We use 100% pure recycled copper and high grade stainless steel. We first started using the two materials together about 12 years ago for their elemental balance, complimenting and accentuating each other's unique characteristics. Copper has been a part of the human hearth for millennia. It’s an inherently clean material (strongly antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal), very resistant to corrosion, and very malleable. Stainless steel, commercially developed in the 20th century, is very durable and corrosion resistant. The bottle might get dusty, but your flask stays clean.
Threaded Neck and Cap: We're excited to incorporate these in our craft. We have contracted with a specialized CNC machine shop in the US to create custom tooling for the unique threading (designed specifically for liquids) and to produce the parts in volume. The necks are attached to the body using silver solder.
PREMIUM GIFT BOX
Premium Gift Box with Copper Funnel: Heavy-weight 9x6x3 inch magnetic closure box, copper foil embossing against a smooth satin black background, spot UV printing for rich monochromatic tones, and die cut insets for product. Included with each gift box is an elegant bell funnel so that every precious drop of fine spirits gets where it needs to go.
Samples are currently in production. We'll post pictures of the box when available.
This launch of our Espadín Flasks is happening in conjunction with our new 10,000 square foot shop down in Michoacán, Mexico. This will be the first product from the new shop. We currently have 30 full time artisans on our team, each coming from generations of skilled craftsmen.
Our goal with this campaign is to invest in the tooling and equipment (such as shears, hydraulic presses and cutting dies) we need for an improved work environment and more efficient production processes that allow us to focus more energy on our craft and quality.
The heart of Sertodo's vision blends modern style & processes with artisan craft and deeply rooted traditions going back to the ancient times in Michoacán, Mexico.
A brief history: Over 1000 years ago, copperwork mysteriously appeared in this region of Southern Mexico. Associated with the plumed serpent god, Quetzalcoatl (a harbinger of peace, culture and the arts), copper was first used in ceremonies for communicating with the spirits. These copper flasks will have you communing with the spirits too ;).
Spanish conquest came and social disarray ensued until the church sent a lawyer (Vasco de Quiroga) to govern the region. Based on the Renaissance humanist philosophy of Sir Thomas Moore's seminal work, 'Utopia', written in 1516 , Don Vasco implemented a social architecture to restructure the region, designating Santa Clara (where our shop is located) as the center for copper work almost 500 years ago. The influence of this social planning is strong even today.
A brief Sertodo story: Early one morning, almost twenty years ago, after driving all night back up from the Mexican coast, an itinerant copper peddler was setting his wares alongside the highway that passes through the high Chihuahua desert. The sun was just coming up, his things were shiny, and we pulled over. Holding that vessel in the morning sun, turning it over in my hands, it’s creation story was palpable; written in an alphabet of hammer blows, worn openly and honestly, seducing me to dive in and learn how to read it.
‘In Michoacán, near a lake called Patzcuaro,’ he told me. My dot com employer had gone bust (along with all those big beautiful stock options they were promising) and I was left with a meager severance check (which I was grateful for!).
‘Hmmm, it’s getting to be Christmas season and people like shiny things,’ I thought. That severance pay wasn’t getting any bigger hanging at beaches. So, I turned the truck around to head back south.
We’ve come a long way from making copper goods in a dirt floor shop and selling them from the back of a truck to our current situation - over 35 full time staff between two shops in two countries creating, customizing, and distributing over 3,000 copper pieces per month to satisfied customers throughout the world.
The wheels keep on spinning. And this story just keeps going deeper.
Risks and challenges
Two parts: technical and social
We are very excited about the challenges this project offers our workshop. We view our challenges as opportunities. Our primary challenge is modernizing processes in our shop so that we can work efficiently without sacrificing our craft. With a successful campaign, we'll have the resources to invest in the tooling and equipment (such as shears, hydraulic presses and cutting dies) we need for a more efficient production process that allows more energy to focus on our craft, quality and vision.
Michoacán, Mexico has been considered a failed state by the US State Department for the last several years with associated risks of civil unrest, and cartel violence. With 20 years experience working there and seeing the changes, we disagree with the failed state assessment. Michoacán epitomizes the challenges of a marginalized, traditional society trying to integrate with the modern world. Opportunity and execution enable that integration.
The reality of current events shown in the media about Michoacán are harsh. The currents of our history running in the long river of time offer a very different perspective. We are swimming along nicely.