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The simplicity of a binder clip and organization of a wallet. Easily access cash, a primary card, and secondary essentials with style.
The simplicity of a binder clip and organization of a wallet. Easily access cash, a primary card, and secondary essentials with style.
The simplicity of a binder clip and organization of a wallet. Easily access cash, a primary card, and secondary essentials with style.
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After years of using a binder clip as a wallet, we knew the concept could be taken further.

The edwin wallet has no screws to fuss with, and no elastic bands to degrade over time. The answer is in the steel. The edwin wallet uses the inherent spring properties in spring steel to provide the security needed to keep your valuables in place.

 The edwin wallet comes in two varieties: the edwin classic, all the features that you’d ever want in a wallet (thin, lightweight, durable, segmented, RFID-blocking), and the edwin+, the same features as the classic plus a few emergency tool features and a bottle opener.

Traditional billfold wallets tend to be bulky, like George Costanza's wallet, and get overfilled. This steered us to money clips, which have problems of their own. With no organization and inconsistent clamping force, they are at best a marginal improvement over the billfold. Two-plate wallets with elastic bands have issues too, such as losing elasticity or even the bands themselves. As a result, we turned to the binder clip for salvation.

richie wallet vs. edwin classic
richie wallet vs. edwin classic

We searched for wallets derived from the binder clip mechanism and came up empty-handed. Despite all the people using a binder clip as a wallet, the foundation of the design had not yet been refined for this purpose.

The binder clip has proven itself to be truly minimal, extremely strong without losing any of its clamping force over time, and outright simple. As we dug deeper into the design of the binder clip, we realized that this simple clamp has more intricate design details than most could imagine.

After a year of designing and prototyping multiple iterations, the wallet we call edwin was born. The minimal edwin takes what we love about the binder clip, and transforms it into a wallet for the modern minimalist – simple, functional, robust, reliable, and contemporary.

One size truly fits all; the edwin is perfectly capable of holding a single card (the extreme minimalist) or up to 15 cards (the striving minimalist). Opposite the binder clip side of the wallet, edwin includes a quick draw, single card slot for your most used card. Finally, you won't be the one holding up the checkout line. 

The edwin wallet is the namesake of Mr. Edwin Baltzley, an avid writer, inventor, and father of Louis Baltzley, the inventor of the binder clip. In 1910, Louis created the binder clip as a more efficient way for his father to secure his manuscripts without damaging them. Fast forward a century and we’re still using the same basic mechanism of his original design.

Edwin and the 1910 patent
Edwin and the 1910 patent

Prior to our launch, multiple versions of edwin were 3D printed and put to use. As a group, we would discuss the success of each prototype. We were hooked by the concept but limited by the material properties of the 3D prints and began to prototype in the final material to perfect the design.

Each prototype is intensely reviewed by the team.
Each prototype is intensely reviewed by the team.
Design highlights. Each one is worked out by hand, built in CAD software, then sent to our 3D printer.
Design highlights. Each one is worked out by hand, built in CAD software, then sent to our 3D printer.
                                          

This is not hive’s first rodeo. Our team of engineers and designers has been developing products for over a decade. From consumer products to medical devices, our understanding of what’s possible is in check. In short, you can trust us – this is happening. The edwin wallet will be made.

Shane_Mechanical Engineering_Co-founder hive design
Shane_Mechanical Engineering_Co-founder hive design
Brian_Mechanical Engineering_Co-founder hive design
Brian_Mechanical Engineering_Co-founder hive design
Phillip_Industrial Design_Wrote the $1 pledge riddle
Phillip_Industrial Design_Wrote the $1 pledge riddle
Bryan aka Harry_Engineering_3D print master
Bryan aka Harry_Engineering_3D print master

* edwin image_ "Edwin Baltzley." (Open Library). Internet Archive, 1 Apr. 2008. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.

* patent image_ Baltzley, Louis E. "Patent US1139627 - Paper-binding Clip." Google Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.

Risks and challenges

We have been using production equivalent prototypes made from prototype tooling to confirm that the product meets our expectations and design specifications. However, parts made from this type of tooling are labor intensive, and volume and price prohibitive.

This is where we need your help. Once our funding goal is met, we will purchase our production tooling. This tooling is efficient, scalable, and precise. Manufacturing with this type of tooling begins by feeding in a large thin flat sheet of metal. The metal is then stamped (cut) to create the pre-folded outline of edwin. After being stamped to size, the metal stays within the tool, and undergoes multiple subsequent bends to create the origami masterpiece that is edwin.

Fortunately, there is limited risk using the manufacturer we have selected. We have worked with them in the past on multiple projects and have a good understanding of their capabilities.

Stirring up interest and spreading the word about edwin will be vital to the sustainability of this project. With your help, we can keep the edwin project growing and expand it for future offerings.

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    Yahoo! We’ll send you two black 32 mm binder clips with our logo. We've grown to love these little gadgets. Use it to hold papers, two Thin Mint cookies, hang photos. Go crazy.

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    One custom edwin classic. Personalize your edwin to take your uniqueness to the next level.

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    Sharing is caring. An edwin classic for you and a friend. Maybe it's for a very special friend. It's up to you.

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    One edwin+ and one edwin classic. Keep them both because they're rad, or give one away as a gift. It's up to you.

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    Mix and match edwin classic and edwin+ wallets. Four wallets total.

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