Materials and Design:
The basic idea began to take shape after months of thinking of a way to make the ultimate minimal wallet. We didn't have all the proper materials on hand but we had a workshop and plenty of tools. We were anxious to start so we tested the overall idea with some old wood we cut into a rectangle and cut slats into each side. This allowed O-rings to attach directly to the plates without any other parts. We then added a thumb slot to enable quick access to cards.
RFID shields- The financial industrial complex is currently phasing out magnetic strips on debit and credit cards in favor of RF(Radio Frequency) enabled cards by 2015. This type of card is prone to "Skimming" or wireless credit and identity theft. Thieves can use a cheap RFID reader, which downloads your card information. From there, it can be copied to a blank card that essentially becomes a "clone" of your card. Now they have your credit card and you usually have no idea its been compromised until its too late.
Our optional RFID blocking plates are made from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. They look really nice too even if you don't have RF enabled cards, yet.
Carbon Fiber is five times stronger than steel and only one third its weight! It is often used in aerospace and aviation, civil engineering, military, high performance racing applications and anywhere strength, durability, and weight are important factors.
We use a premium aerospace grade 6k 2x2 weave instead of the standard 3k 1x1. All of our carbon fiber has a smooth, durable, mirror-like finish and a deep three-dimensional luster that shifts with the light. Pictures just don't do it justice...
Taking full advantage of carbon fibers unique properties we have effectively designed and created a money clip that can hold cash without any additional weight, bulk, or bolt on pieces. This one piece design is the first of its kind and it lies very flat compared to traditional money clips. It holds a single bill or well over 8 if you just fold the bills into halves. It works so well because carbon fiber will flex under load but not remain permanently bent like a flat sheet of metal would, this means it will always spring back to the original flat position and clamp down on cash once pressure is released. Its quick, easy, and secure.
After extensive testing we chose not to use spandex bands or straps. Instead to get the proper tension, we use industrial grade EPDM O-rings that are very durable and can securely hold one card or over ten. Utilizing these keeps the design minimal, secure and flexible.
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