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An elevated drinking experience. Handmade craftsmanship meets a disruptive design.
An elevated drinking experience. Handmade craftsmanship meets a disruptive design.
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Upper Cut, top view with NI logo
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What is Upper Cut:

There is nothing like Upper Cut.  A fist-sized flask that's built around a beautiful drinking cup, it's a meeting point of elegant design and execution in wood and stainless steel. Made of premium materials, extremely detail-oriented, the Upper Cut is a masterpiece that elevates the drinking experience

 The Upper Cut difference

Upper Cut stands out and sets a new standard

  • It is insulated with a solid handmade wood shell.
  • Upper Cut comes with a beautiful integrated drinking cup.
  • It is made by hand one at a time with no expense spared
  • It is a meeting point of practicality and beauty.
  • Upper Cut will last a lifetime and age beautifully.
Upper Cut in its natural environment
Upper Cut in its natural environment

 

 Completely Unique:

There is nothing like it, Upper Cut is designed to be small enough for travel. It's the size of a fist and fits in any carry bag. Upper Cut is built around a beautiful drinking cup that is the design-focus of the flask. No other drinking vessel is designed around the drinking experience and an integrated elegant cup. Upper Cut places the act of drinking at the center of the design theme. 

 

A disruptive Design: 

Upper Cut is made with elegance and convenience in mind. It is in every sense a disruptive design in the world of flasks and drinking accessories. We feel that there is a need to break the mold of drinking flasks and standard ways of carrying your drink. We believe that the way you carry your favorite drink should be practical, beautiful and endlessly elegant. While other flasks allow you to stash your drink, Upper Cut accentuates and celebrates through design, the moment you stop, take a moment and drink your beverage of choice. The outer shell keeps the drink cool and the stainless body and cup retains the taste and aroma. 

Fits any bag for easy carry
Fits any bag for easy carry

 

Pouring from the Upper Cut into the stainless steel cup is a joy
Pouring from the Upper Cut into the stainless steel cup is a joy

 

Finding the perfect size:

Larger than a classic flask but much smaller than any bottle or drinking vessel. It is a supremely well made by us one at a time, no expense is spared in the process. 

Upper Cut comes complete with an integrated stainless steel cup that is as beautiful as the vessel itself. Each part is a beautiful piece onto itself and as a complete unit it is stunning (6fl oz) for a small gathering, a long solo outing or party of two.

Elegant and timeless
Elegant and timeless

 How a flask is made, 

We choose to make everything by hand and here's why: The result is a beautiful mix of texture and tradition that cant be achieved any other way. The wood is turned at our facility on a milling machine. The stainless inside and outer cup and cap are stamped in small batches to exact measurements of our woodworkers. We join the two together by hand, inspect every part and only after our own personal inspection do the flasks make their way top you. 

 

Design and material choices:

We designed the Upper Cut as a second generation of our hugely successful Kole flask. We created the Upper Cut with a stainless steel inside body and an outer shell of handmade wood to provide insulation and to keep your drink cool/cold. The idea of the design is to combine the beauty and texture of the materials with a supremely practical approach. The Upper Cut can be carried easily anywhere, it's as portable and practical as it is beautiful.

Perfect for a night on the town
Perfect for a night on the town

 

closes tightly and opens with ease to reveal elegant lines
closes tightly and opens with ease to reveal elegant lines

Construction:  

The inside of the Upper Cut is a stainless steel vessel and the outer cylinder is hand milled from a one piece wood block. Yes, the wood is a one piece shell that is used as an insulator to keep your drink cold on the go. The stainless steel pieces are machined by our team and stamped with extreme attention to fit and detail. The top and bottom of the flask is custom engraved with our new insignia, we think it's beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

Stressing the details:

We are very much detail nerds. Every detail needs to be perfect and this attention to detail is an important aspect of the final product. See below close-up shots of the Upper Cut. We take pride in maintaining the same level of workmanship in our production as we do in our small scale work. We do this through partnerships with friends who have become partners in our craft, they are the very best craftsmen in their field, be it in wood, steel or even shipping. We take ZERO shortcuts.

 

 

This is Upper Cut
This is Upper Cut

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We've learned a lot in throughout our last five projects.
We have become expert makers, communicators, shippers, and most importantly we have learned how to take a small scale product and turn in into a large scale success. While we're not perfect, we learned to own up to our challenges and give our supported the very best.
We planned this project to be delivered early with all the kinks already ironed out of the first round of Upper Cuts, as we scale up we expect there to be some challenges that come with growth and have an extremely close eye on QC, partnerships and shipping. We share with our supporters all our challenges and know that we have planned accordingly to make Upper Cut a special piece that will be expertly delivered on-time.
We are completely open to feedback from all our friends and backers on the complete process as we go through the paces till delivery.

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