About this project
When you look at a minimalist wallet, ask yourself:
- Is this thing comfortable enough for everyday carry?
- Are the corners sharp?
- Is it comfortable to sit on?
- Do I really want to pull that thing in and out of my pocket?
I'm a big fan of the minimalist style wallet. The problem I was finding was that most have hard edges, sharp corners and are uncomfortable when I sit down in my car or at my desk. I've had a few money clips put holes in my pockets and I felt the space could use some extra creativity. So I looked for a better solution.
Billetus Design Criteria:
- Finest Materials: Carbon fiber, titanium and aircraft grade aluminum
- RFID blocking
- Super Slim: As thin or thinner than an iPhone 4S (not empty, full with cash and cards)
- Easy access in and out of your pocket
- Enclosed Money Clip - Standard money clips have sharp corners that put holes in your pocket
- Above else, comfortable to carry!
>>>>>> Here's how Billetus Maximus works:
#1 Pressing the slot on the bottom of the wallet creates an opening on the front of the wallet so you can insert cards. #2 Eject cards using this same slot. #3 The clip on the top of the wallet keeps pressure on the entire assembly and functions as a money clip.
>>>>>> Here's how Billetus Minimus works:
#1 Simple uni-body design with an elastic strap to hold cards and cash tight. #2 Pressing on the bottom strap applies pressure on the bottom card through a hole on the bottom of the wallet. This opens the front of the wallet, allowing you to insert cash and cards.
To do this I created custom panels of carbon fiber. Using 2 x 2 twill weave on the outer layers and uni-directional fibers oriented at 0° on the inner layers. These were layered to achieve a thickness of 1.43mm (.0565 inches) and placed in a heat press to bake for an hour. The result? 50" x 100" sheets of super high strength carbon fiber goodness.
Not all carbon fiber is created equal. The above process creates panels of carbon fiber that are 3X stronger than standard twill weave carbon fiber which is then CNC machined into the bottle openers you see below. To make it even lighter, add grip and just plain look cooler, we machined out additional inner material.
Risks and challenges
Billetus consists of 8 different component sets that have been sourced with local vendors. Since we are making these locally, we can oversee production at every step of the way. We aren't reliant upon overseas vendors who have little accountability to us.
To provide an extra layer of comfort regarding the manufacturing, we have multiple vendor sources per component.
Orders with vendors will be placed as soon as the campaign ends and production will be scheduled as soon as our campaign funds. Our commitment to you is to ship these wallets as fast as possible.
Finally, the team I've put together consists of outstanding human beings who have managed production of literally millions of machined parts right here in the good ol' US of A. It's in our blood and we are looking at the much larger picture: continually making the highest quality wallets and accessories (iPhone 6 case design underway) using the lightest, strongest, finest materials we can find.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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