The Key Cache by Wingback
A minimal, machined, solid metal stash for your vital details and emergency cash. Designed in London. Made in the UK.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, December 31 2018 7:00 PM UTC +00:00.
Cache (kash) [noun]
1. a hidden place for provisions, valuables, treasure – as used by explorers or adventurers
2. a secure place of storage
Introducing the Key Cache
Following the success of the Cash Wallet launch last year on Kickstarter, which featured a custom machined metal fastener, we’re expanding our everyday carry collection with a new machined range.
The Key Cache is simple yet functional. It neatly clips onto your keyring to enhance your daily carry while containing a secure compartment to store banknotes and contact details in case your keys go missing.
We're back on Kickstarter, back where our journey began, because we need your support to make the custom tools and purchase the initial material stock that will allow us to bring the Key Cache to life.
And, as always, your feedback in the comments section helps guide us so we continue to make quality items that will be cherished for years. Please let me know what you think of the product.
- Store an emergency banknote with a little space to spare for a message with your vital details.
- Fits GBP, EURO, USD and every other note we have tried (the maximum size we have tried is 160mm x 82mm).
- CNC machined from a solid block of stainless steel or brass, including custom knurling to provide the ideal ergonomic and aesthetic finish.
- Hermetically sealed with a silicone washer to keep its contents dry.
- Designed and manufactured to aerospace standards in the UK, with all material sourced from Europe.
- Quality guaranteed: if you ever have any problems with your Key Cache, send it back and we'll fix or replace it.
Design and Functionality
The key cache is designed to enhance and complement your everyday carry, while discreetly adding functionality.
Having emergency cash tucked away will spare your blushes when you leave home without your wallet. It could even save your bacon on your travels – a backup $100 note can get you out of a lot of tricky situations. Plus, including a little "if found" note inside will help track down your keys if they ever go missing (and the reward is already in there).
Quality materials make quality products. They enhance every facet of design, turning something purely functional into something special. That’s why we pride ourselves on sourcing the best raw materials from around the world. The metals we use in the Key Cache are all used for aerospace and marine applications and are sourced entirely from Europe.
Choose between stainless steel or brass (plus more if we hit our stretch goals, details in a few days).
Stainless Steel 303
Stainless steel embodies strength. Robust and highly corrosion resistant, it is heavy enough to feel the quality behind it but will not weigh down your pocket. It will confidently withstand almost anything you can throw at it without ever losing a shade of its original glory.
Eye-catching yet understated, brass is bold. It has antimicrobial properties, is ideal for machining and ages impeccably well. Just like our leather, it develops a rich patina, becoming steadily more unique over time.
Our metal designs are custom made from start to finish. A solid block of metal is CNC machined to produce incredibly precise parts and mechanisms which are a pleasure to use. Each one is individually inspected and tested to ensure it withstands the test of time. Our manufacturing partner make predominantly aerospace components and have BS EN AS 9100 accreditation. Basically, they make things really well.
We're proud to make this product in the UK. At our manufacturing partners workshop, a length of bar stock is rotated at high speed, while a cutting tool removes material to create the cache geometry and screw threads. Our custom designed knurling tool is then used to apply the textured surface to the main body of the cache — providing both grip and visual distinction, whilst hiding the split between the two parts.
We custom designed the knurling tool to get the exact finish we were after. The result is a surface that’s smooth enough so it won’t cause abrasion to anything in your pocket but rough enough that it provides ample grip so you can open your Key Cache in a hurry.
Outer height: 40.50mm
Outer diameter: 13.6m
(Inner) Cache height: 31mm
(Inner) Cache diameter: 10mm
Machined finish inside and outside with a 1mm perpendicular diamond knurl on the base diameter.
One banknote with space to spare for a small written note.
Fits GBP, EURO, USD and every other note we have tried with a bit of room to spare (the maximum size we have tried is 160mm x 82mm).
About Wingback - Break the mould.
We are an independent design studio based in London. Our mission is to provide products that will last a lifetime as an alternative to mass production and disposable culture. Everything we make is designed to improve with age, be a pleasure to use and become something that is cherished for life.
We rely on the quality of our designs and word of mouth from our customers to promote our products. This means we can spend more on quality materials and manufacturing and still offer a better price than traditional high fashion brands.
Useful, enduring and iconic, Wingback products represent hundreds of hours of design, manufacture and testing in the field. Each one is unique, made from exceptional materials and an attention to detail you can see, smell and feel.
We believe in minimising our impact on the environment. Our materials are sourced from reputable suppliers from around the world, and put together in our London workshop. Even our packaging is made from recycled and recyclable pulp.
Check below for a quick reference of available reward levels. We are offering a significant discount on our retail price to get the products in as many hands as we can, as ultimately, it is you who will spread the word and help us produce quality items that will be cherished for life.
Key Cache retail price: £32
- £20 (about $26 USD) - 1 x Key Cache *27 hour early bird*
- £24 (about $31 USD) - 1 x Key Cache
- £28 (about $36 USD) - 1 x Key Cache *early delivery* - dispatched within one week of survey receipt
- £44 (about $56 USD) - 2 x Key Cache (£22 per Key Cache)
- £60 (about $77 USD) - 3 x Key Cache (£20 per Key Cache)
- £90 (about $115 USD) - 5 x Key Cache (£18 per Key Cache)
We will be sending all packages out via Royal Mail. To keep the cost to you down to a minimum we will be sending all singles and pairs with a confirmed, rather than fully tracked service so we know when they arrive but can't track them along the way.
Pledges of three and five Caches will be dispatched with a tracked service so you can keep an eye on their journey to you.
Risks and challenges
I have a bit of experience fulfilling Kickstarter projects now, with two completed successfully, fulfilling over 2000 pledges. I have learned a lot about what to do and what to avoid and have planned this project from that experience.
There is always the potential for unforeseen challenges, but my team and I have done everything we can to meticulously plan every stage of design, manufacture and delivery. Our UK suppliers and trusted shipping partners are in place to help us fulfil every order.
Please feel free to have a look at our past projects below to see our track record, and get in touch via direct message or through the comments section and I or one of the team will get back to you.
Thanks for your support. Let's go!
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