About this project
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Are you looking to trade in that overly stuffed and morbidly obese pain in the back wallet for an easy everyday carry? For all you minimalist lovers who believe less is more, we have the remedy! Birth out of a need (good-bye money clips, broccoli rubber bands and bulky wallets) we are proud to introduce you to CINCH; an American crafted, industrial style, minimalist wallet that simplifies your life and your pockets. Let the battle against the bulge begin! CINCH say “Hello” to the Kickstarter community, don’t be shy.
Friends it's time to slim down, lighten up those pockets and retire that swelled George Costanza wallet bursting at the seams with credit cards, old receipts, ticket stubs and expired coupons. It's a dawn of a new era and the CINCH is helping to stylishly pave the way by hugging and holding all your essential cards and cash. Proof that form and function can co-exist! With its low profile design the CINCH minimalist wallet easily fits in your front or back pocket, however you carry #CINCHworks! (Stainless steel recommended for back pocket and SS or Oak recommended for front pocket)
When you hold the CINCH wallet for the first time you will get to experience something real, something substantial, something uniquely different and functional. The CINCH is basic, essential & to be cherished. Within your hand you will be holding an amazingly beautiful and strong Oak or Stainless Steel 'Backbone' wrapped with a tight black elastic 'Keeper' to secure your cards/cash that provides a firm and satisfying grasp. When you place CINCH in your pocket you will have the satisfaction of knowing YOU helped make it happen!
We offer two versions: Oak and Stainless Steel.
Our sleek metal version features a Stainless Steel 'Backbone' with integrated bottle opener and black elastic 'Keeper' Produced via laser cutting, which results in very low waste and high yield. (Offered for $5 off retail)
Our wood version is made from 100% salvaged or ethically sourced, sustainable wood and features an Oak 'Backbone' and black elastic 'Keeper'; each Oak CINCH is finished with environmentally friendly, non-toxic tung oil. (Offered for $5 off retail)
A Craftsman's Tale
Portsmith Co. was born in a city steep in a rich history of lumber, craftsmen, hard workers, innovators, businessmen and idea-smiths. The Portsmith Co. name pays homage to that rich history. Portsmith Co. strives to carry on the tradition of passing along fine-crafted essential goods to improve ones life.
We desire to be here for the long haul, aspiring to be a 100 year old company doing what we love; creating minimalistic, quality goods made from the finest and most basic of materials; wood & stainless steel. We design and make life essentials for you that are honestly crafted, well made and well loved! We began our journey with our Ecoustik iPhone & iPad docks and now continue it on with our CINCH minimalist wallet, but this is only the beginning. By pledging your support you are not just buying a product you are helping us with our journey and being part of our story. Thanks for helping craft our dream into reality!
The CINCH minimalist wallet is designed in-house & expertly crafted by skilled American woodworkers, metal-smiths & seamstresses to produce our exceptional product. Our innovative products are born out of a need and love of thoughtful design, originality and craftsmanship. Want to know more? Read our About Us page.
What are CINCHers saying?
"...it won’t make your butt look big in those jeans." - Werd.com
"A swollen, Costanza-style wallet is just not practical.
Try this minimalist Cinch." - Fantasthing.com
"Your back, butt, and bank roll will thank you." - ecosnobberysucks.com"Can your cow’s ass wallet do that? Not bloody likely!" - Headlines & Heroes
"The overall winner is…. The CINCH minimalist wallet!!!" - examiner.com
Overall winner of the Examiner.com Alternative Wallet Roundup.
Craft beer anyone? With the CINCH wallet, opening a bottle is literally an arms length away and popping the cap couldn't be easier with this perfectly designed Stainless Steel 'Backbone.' As we say: "In a pinch, use a CINCH" - You will never again be holding a frosty beverage with no way to open it.
The CINCH minimalist wallet has many uses and we keep discovering more. Tired of tangled cables? Yeah...we are too! The CINCH can keep your earbuds neatly stowed when you tuck the ends into the 'Keeper.' Curious what else you can use your CINCH for? Check out #CINCHworks on twitter and instagram or our Facebook page.
CINCH Dimensions: 2.125 (w) x 3.375 (l) x .09375"
CINCH Weight: 0.5 oz (Oak & Padauk) ; 1.8 oz (Stainless Steel)
New Reward: Fulcro CC :: a credit-card sized, stainless steel, minimalist bottle opener (Offered as a single pledge for $17 ($5 off retail price) or "manage your pledge" add $12 to your amount and send us a note for us to include ($10 off retail price.) (video)
**To add the FULCRO CC to any pledge level simply add $12 to your total & send us a message so we can add to our special requests spreadsheet. (Save $10 off Retail) - Fulcro CC conveniently fits into the CINCH wallet or any traditional wallet.**
CINCH :: minimalist wallet in action at Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Company. Features: CINCH Stainless Steel Backbone™ [w/ integrated bottle opener]
CINCH: minimalist wallet - Customer review
For the love of all things well made we truly respect and care about everyone we work with, the materials used and every design detail that goes into creating our artisan made goods. It's all in the details! With our keen eye for design and attention to detail we are able to make products that both you and Portsmith Co. can be proud of. We strive to constantly improve the way we do business to the delight of our customers. As forward thinkers (with an appreciation for the past) we are always looking for ways to improve our products and make our processes better for all involved. As perfectionist we set the benchmark very high for ourselves and strongly believe that there is always room for improvement, and always room to grow.
Mid February: CINCH :: minimalist wallet Kickstarter ends
Mid February: CINCH fabrication begins
Early March: CINCH production complete
Mid March: CINCH product assembly/packaging
End March: CINCH shipping
Early April: CINCH delivery and happiness ensues
What do we need the money for?
Up until know we have only been able to produce small batches of CINCH, hand finished and assembled in house. We have sold a limited amount of CINCH and obtained valuable feedback from our loyal CINCHer's. One thing is for sure...people LOVE the CINCH and they aren't shy to tell us about it. Our customers are so passionate that they let us know their ideas on how to make the CINCH better. The people have spoken and we have listened! We have heard the improvement suggestions, incorporated them and and now we need your help to take this to the next level, increase production and get the CINCH into your pockets to simplify your life. Help us craft our dream! Your pledge will allow us to produce an amazing American crafted product that meets our highest standard of quality, and bring the CINCH to market. We promise to make design-inspired, solution-driven, handcrafted goods of the highest quality that simplifies and enriches your life as well as the world in which we live.
Specifics: We always strive to refine and perfect our products. Every product we make has personality and is the result of hands-on testing, reconfiguring, finessing and finishing. We are going to post updates throughout the entire Kickstarter project to keep you informed. With a fully funded Kickstarter project we will:
1. Contract manufactures to make use of more craftsmen, woodworkers and seamstresses in order to bring our product to market. USA Jobs!!!
2. Laser etch a rad Anvil brand mark into the oak and metal 'Backbones.'
3. Tighten up design, production, finish and packaging in order to provide you the best possible quality product.
4. Address administrative & managerial needs
5. Purchase needed production & office equipment
6. Put out a finished product that gets the Portsmith Co. seal of approval.
7. And other Rad things to wow you!
**Our products are handcrafted with love - not molded by robots in far away lands. Each Oak 'Backbone' is made from ethically sourced, sustainable wood that tells it's own tale, each one has unique wood grain.**
PLANTING A SEED
At Portsmith Co. we understand how important our role is in leading social change and desire to put our best foot forward by lowering our carbon footprint. But we know we can’t do it alone and need your help! In purchasing our totally unique handcrafted wood creations you are contributing to valuable reforestation efforts and helping us to cultivate a sustainable future. In order to lessen our ecological impact and promote sustainability we started a 1for1 program where we plant 1 tree for every board foot (12″ x 12″ x 1″) used to produce our wooden CINCH Backbones and our other wood designed products. It’s our way to ensure the environment is thriving and remains in balance for many years to come. Thanks for helping us plant, promote and protect our most renewable resource!
SHARE THE LOVE: Sharing is caring and you can do it in a 'CINCH'! Thanks for your seal of approval and for being RAD! Join the Portsmith Co. Family & help make CINCH a revolution.
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Risks and challenges
This is not our first Kickstarter rodeo. Because of your support we have previously launched two successful kickstarter projects. [ http://kck.st/ZZX0AY & http://kck.st/W86yIg ] And thanks to you we are now back for our third. That said we are no strangers to production risks and challenges. From sourcing materials to working with skilled craftsmen and metal smiths we learned how to overcome the many challenges of product design from our previous products.
This does not mean there are not any risks. We will have to source the highest quality materials used in production and maintain a ridiculously high standard of excellence that we hold ourselves to. In order to overcome these challenges we will stay in close communications with our local craftsmen. Throughout the production process we will ensure that what is produced deserves our Portsmith Co. seal of approval.
Another challenge we could see ourselves facing is fulfillment. If you love our CINCH wallet, and we hope you do, and you tell all your friends and we get flooded with pledges that could delay delivery due to shear volume. To make sure this challenge is minimized we have talked to our craftsman and they have ensured us they are up to the task. Know that if any delays did occur we will update you at every step because we value you and your satisfaction is crucial to our longevity.
We really appreciate your support and thanks again to Kickstarter for having us back.
Thanks for being Rad!
The Portsmith Co. Team
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