This is our second Kickstarter campaign:
This is important – we raised over $90k in our last campaign and we know what we're doing. We had a few challenges before, but we've demonstrated that we know how to source product and get it into the hands of our Backers as quickly as possible. Rest assured, we're not going to waste your money buying big fancy machines or paying rent on factory / store space.
What's new in this campaign:
We've come back to Kickstarter! Bringing new models to market is a very expensive process. We invested almost all the profits from the first campaign to cover our R&D costs for these new models – now, we just need your help so we can afford to order productions runs and launch 3 new DM1 models:
- DM1 Nickel – starts life as a solid billet of 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum. It is machined into the perfect shape to retain your cards with a positive click. It is then hand-buffed to a mirror polish. Finally, it Nickel plated in a 17-step process to give a hard protective finish that looks like Sterling Silver and will not tarnish. Available in 3 sizes: 4-card / 8-card / 12-card
- DM1 Titanium – also machined from a solid billet of metal, but this model is made from G2 99.5% pure titanium. Titanium is known as the Metal of the Gods because of its corrosion resistance and highest strength-to-density ratio of any metallic element on the periodic table. It is so beautiful, we leave it with the raw machined finish. Although slightly heavier than the original, DM1 Titanium is our strongest / sturdiest model. Available in 3 sizes: 4-card / 8-card / 12-card
- DM1 Carbon Fiber – we start with a custom manufactured solid plate of Carbon Fiber, then machine it the same way we make our metal versions. It is about half the weight of the Aluminum model! Available in 3 sizes: 4-card / 8-card / 12-card
Late last year, we launched the DM1 wallet Kickstarter campaign. You can see our original campaign here. We shipped 2,000+ wallets to more than 1,300 backers. We shipped nearly 90% of our rewards within 30 days of the end of our last campaign.
Since then, we continued to grow – we now sell the original DM1 Aluminum models on our own website, Amazon, Etsy and Touch of Modern. To date, we've shipped over 5,000 wallets to 49 United States and 51 countries around the world.
The DM1 is a truly minimalist design – it’s a single piece of aluminum, cut into the ideal shape to positively retain up to 8 identification or credit cards. The design eliminates unnecessary parts, but securely and beautifully carries and protects your cards.
It does NOT block RFID – so you can use building access cards and contact-less RFID credit cards without removing them from the DM1. The open front and back are ideal for photo ID cards like a drivers license.
DM1 Nickel (8-card) weighs 0.8 oz (22 grams) – about the same as 4 credit cards.
At only 3.53” x 2.38” x 0.36”, the 8-card model is thinner than an iPhone 4 and just barely larger than a credit card.
How we got to Kickstarter:
While I was at Stanford University, I took a Mechanical Engineering class that encouraged students to solve real world problems. I recalled issues with back pain caused by carrying a thick leather wallet in his back pocket. Carrying his wallet in his front pocket solved this problem, but was thick, bulky and uncomfortable.
I set out to design the ultimate minimalist wallet. I wanted something thin, small and a joy to carry – but also a design that could carry all essential credit and ID cards. I was not satisfied with other so-called minimalist wallets – the idea of taking a beautifully machined metal wallet and pairing it with elastic straps, velcro or rubber bands was offensive to me. The new design would have to avoid using any unnecessary parts, velcro, rubber bands, screws, rivets, hinges, magnets or clasps.
The Utility Patent application was filed in August 2014 – so the DM1 is guaranteed to be a truly unique design!
DM1 Nickel – hewn from a solid billet of 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum. Although it is feather-light, it feels cool, strong and substantial in-hand. The chamfered edges and smooth corners make for a comfortable and slim pocket. The rounded detents secure your cards in place with a positive click. The mirror-finish Nickel plating looks like Sterling Silver but is as durable as the Hard Anodized finishes on the original DM1 models.
DM1 Titanium – our new flagship model. Unlike Aluminum, which needs a protective coating, Titanium is very hard and corrosion resistant. But the strength of Titanium has a downside – it is extremely difficult to work with. It takes nearly 2 hours of meticulous CNC machining to sculpt the DM1 out of a solid billet of G2 "Commercially Pure" Titanium. Titanium also has the benefit of being highly corrosion resistant and hypoallergenic.
DM1 Carbon Fiber – the exotic super-car of the Decadent Minimalist family. This model is half the weight of the original DM1 Aluminum models. Some might think it impossibly light – but that is the magic of carbon fiber. The unmistakable sheen of twill fabric can be seen just below the clearcoat layer.
CNC Precision Machined – To create a finished product that meets your expectations for quality, the DM1 is precision made with CNC (computer numerical control) milling machines. Every surface is milled with a ±0.002” (two-thousandths of an inch) tolerance – ensuring that your cards snap into place and are securely held every time.
The edges are chamfered for a smooth pocket feel. The corners are rounded so it never snags.
The DM1 design embraces the philosophy that form should follow function. The DM1 has been pared down to the absolute minimum amount of material to still effectively do its job. Fortunately, this results in a wallet that is an absolute joy to carry as you'll soon forget you even have it in your pocket.
Specifications: (8-card Nickel model)
- Capacity: 1 – 8 cards – 2 cards externally visible
- Retention: Cards secured by 2 detents
- Weight: 0.8 ounces (8-card Nickel model = 22 grams)
- Weight: 1.0 ounces (8-card Titanium model = 29 grams)
- Length: 3.53”
- Width: 2.38”
- Thickness: 0.36”
John P: "...It's the only thing I carry..."
As seen on Gear Hungry:
And The Gadgeteer!
Roy's awesome review on BestSlimWallet.com!
The Slim Wallet Junkie loves the design!
Erik was interviewed on the Crowdfund Nation Podcast!
Q: I would like to add custom engraving to my pledge – but I don't need the full Luxury Pack. Is it possible to add just the engraving?
A: Yes – when the Backer Survey is sent out at the end of the campaign, you will have the chance to add custom engraving to your order. Note: Currently, engraving is only available on DM1 Nickel and DM1 Titanium.
Q: But I wanted custom engraving on my DM1 Carbon Fiber?
A: We're working on it, but currently, we use CO2 lasers to engrave the DM1 wallet. The Carbon Fiber cannot be engraved using that method and we don't have access to a CNC router that can cut Carbon Fiber.
Q: Do I need to remove the DMC Money Clip to insert / remove credit cards from the DM1 Wallet?
A: Nope! The DMC has an access notch so you can easily grasp even the card directly behind the I'll post a video showing this soon.
Q: What if I don't normally carry 8 cards? Will fewer cards still be held securely?
A: Yes! All three sizes (even the 12-card model) will hold a single card safely. With the 8- and 12-card models, if you have fewer than 4 cards inserted, you may hear them moving around inside, but they won't fall out.
Q: How thick are the 4-card and 12-card models?
A: The 4-card is 0.23" and the 12-card is 0.51" thick. The Carbon fiber model is undergoing one additional prototype to test this, so I don't have the exact figures, but expect about 0.01 to 0.02" thicker.
Our commitment: First and foremost, we commit to you that stretch goals WILL NOT impact shipping times of orders for DM1 Nickel and DM1 Titanium (8 card) models. We will not sacrifice shipping times for the stretch goal options. But for those of you who really want the stretch goal versions, we will do our best to fulfill these orders by October 2015.
Stretch Goal #1: > $10,000 – at this level, we will add a 4-card model and a 12-card model for all three sizes. The only difference should be thickness. We should be able to ship the first few hundred of the 4-card and 12-card versions in late-September. UNLOCKED!
Stretch Goal #2: > $120,000 – at this level, we will add a Stonewashed finish to the DM1 Titanium. UNLOCKED!
Stretch Goal #2.5: > $200,000 – at this level, all DMC Money Clip backers will receive the improved DMC v2 design instead of the original DMC v1. UNLOCKED!
Stretch Goal #3: > $250,000 – at this level, we will introduce an RFID / NFC attenuating card option. UNLOCKED!
Stretch Goal #4: > $350,000 – at this level, we will introduce the Titanium Black coating for DM1 Titanium. UNLOCKED!
Risks and challenges
First of all – just as with our previous campaign, I commit to you that I will post frequent and regular updates, both to Kickstarter as well as my blog to keep you updated.
To reduce risk, Decadent Minimalist is working with multiple proven machine shops and metal finishers. These vendors are professionals and regularly machine metal for both small and much larger customers.
Our biggest concern is delivering to you on schedule. We learned a lot from our previous Kickstarter campaign, so we know how to plan our manufacturing to meet our customer demands. We have worked with shipping and packaging vendors to ensure we understand the challenges and have implemented multiple systems to streamline the process.
We have already received a small batch of prototypes for DM1 Nickel and DM1 Titanium. THEY ARE AWESOME. The design has been finalized and we have pre-ordered 250 DM1 Nickel (8-card) and 100 DM1 Titanium (8-card) to ensure we can ship product immediately after the campaign ends. We need YOUR help to make sure we can pay our bills on time!
Carbon Fiber continues to be challenging and expensive. We have already gone through 3 batches of prototypes and will require at least one more revision which is already on the way. We anticipate shipping in mid- to late-October.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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