Expertly Crafted cases
Nature. Take it with you.
Our story starts in the hills of Southwestern Pennsylvania, carpeted in a mixed deciduous forest. Kerf products are designed, machined, finished, and shipped from Pittsburgh, PA. Once the center of American steel production, Pittsburgh has transformed into a technology-centered city nestled in an urban forest. Every piece of wood has a story. A piece of reclaimed flooring, or beautiful burl wood from a locally harvested tree which was damaged in a storm. We believe that our woodworking is a continuation of this story, connecting you directly to the history of the material. Our wood is sourced locally and sustainably. When possible our wood comes from reclaimed and damaged street trees and local trees.
Proudly USA Made
Kerf, founded in 2013 by Ben Saks, is rooted in a passion for craft and an exacting attention to fine details. Ben, a designer passionate about precision, fine craftsmanship, and natural materials was unsatisfied with existing wood iPhone cases. While working at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture, he spent an evening in the wood shop and created the first Kerf case. Over the course of six months, the Kerf design was revised, tested, and revised again. In 2014 Dan Lynch, a Pittsburgh native and avid woodworker, joined the Kerf Team, becoming Ben's partner. "Android Dan" makes use of cutting edge parametric design to implement continuous improvements to the Kerf product line.
"Kerf" is the thickness of material removed from a saw blade, usually measured in 1/1000 of an inch. This standard wood working term is important to Kerf’s philosophy, as it represents the precision needed to make our cases. Kerf Cases use a patent-pending technology to hold your phone inside the case using only friction. This leaves no part of the front of your phone obscured, no snapping your phone into a case, and no parts to assemble. Just press your phone in, or press it out. It's that simple.
Made from 100% wood, by their nature every case is unique.
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