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What Makes KerfCase Unique?

People shopping for a new phone case have a galaxy of options to adorn their most important piece of technology. There is a virtually endless array of styles, colors, materials, and patterns available online and in stores. With all that is available, what makes KerfCase stand out?

Three things set KerfCase apart from the crowd if you’re looking for a truly unique piece of craftsmanship, made with care and personalized for every customer. Read on to see if KerfCase is the right case for you.

1. KerfCase creates handmade wooden phone cases from Natural Materials. 

The vast majority of phone cases are made from plastic.  Plastic is the preferred material for large case manufacturers due to its low cost, ability to be molded and cast, and durability.  While plastic is a remarkable material, it is not a natural material by any definition.  Manufacturing plastic is a dirty and fossil-fuel heavy process, and the end result is a material that isn’t biodegradable, is difficult to recycle, and is thrown away by the ton every day, filling up our landfills and oceans.  

When KerfCase was founded, we knew that eschewing this cheap and plentiful material would require a lot of creativity and hard work, but that our products would be more special, and more sustainable, as a result.

Which brings us to wood.

 

An Amish barn raising.

Wood has been humanity’s go-to resource for thousands of years due to its flexibility, sturdiness and beauty.  Each tree grows differently, and the grain pattern of each board tells a story about the tree it was taken from.  No two wood grains are alike, which makes it easy for us to guarantee that every case we make is one-of-a-kind.

 

We encourage our customers to contact us for pictures of our current wood stock, to help them pick the grain pattern that speaks to them.  From our affordable walnut, cherry, and maple cuts, all the way up to our limited edition spalted and burl offerings, there are a dazzling variety of looks available to match your personal tastes.  Say hi by email or on facebook, and we’ll show you what we have in stock.

 

Wood Phone Case, iPhone 7; Wood card wallet (rosewood)

 

We’ve selected a deep orange mahogany for someone who wanted the best wooden phone case to match their basement bar, a maple case with just the right amount of spalting for a discerning woodworker, and a variety of branded sycamore cases for a young company focused on sustainability.  No other material would give us the freedom to tailor our products for individual customers, and surprise us with new patterns and hues every time we saw through our raw lumber.

 

Wood is flexible and repairable, which comes in handy if your case takes a fall or starts to crack.  We offer free lifetime repairs on every wood phone case.  Simply ship your case back to us and our repair team will carefully restore the wood with a mixture of glue, sawdust, and years of woodworking experience.  Plus, with a composition of 90% wood, our cases are extremely sustainable and biodegradable!

2. KerfCase Makes Cases by Hand.

Wood can be temperamental: it expands and contracts depending on the temperature, there are variations in grain pattern and imperfections like knots and checks.  For this reason, it’s very unlikely that a large phone case manufacturer could mass-produce quality wood phone cases. Our cases are always handmade and triple checked for fit and quality.

At KerfCase, we’ve turned these imperfections into strengths.  After making thousands of cases over the years, we’ve really nailed how to make a wooden phone case, and we’ve come to discover that the imperfections that would get tossed from a factory line create some of our most beautiful pieces of work. Want to work with us to see our wood selection and select the perfect grain pattern?  We’re just a message away.

 

Yellow box burl
Yellow box burl from our shop

When you buy a KerfCase, you’re not buying a mass-produced unit off a factory line overseas.  From lumber to lining, we use elbow grease and state-of-the art technology to craft handmade wooden phone cases every step of the way, including the buttons, the lining, and the packaging.

We do not take any shortcuts during the production process.  We do all of our wood processing in our shop, then feed our boards into a cutting-edge CNC machine.  Once our robots have carved the basic shape, we install the friction lining and laser-cut holes for ports and buttons.  

 

Dagan and the laser machine
Our elusive production manager, Dagan, with our trusty laser machine

Each case is lined with a patented layer of laser-cut wood veneer around the edges to keep your phone firmly held in place, but easily removable. Over that is a lining of Ultra-Suede to prevent scratching on your iPhone.  Clickable wood buttons are laser-cut from the same wood the case is made from and installed by hand.

 Finally, we hand-finish our cases twice with an oil-wax blend that seals the case and protects it, while saturating vivifying the colors in the grain.   All told, making a case takes a week and over 30 separate steps.

 

Wood Phone Case, iPhone 6 Plus (spalted maple), Wood Card Wallet (bulletwood)

3. KerfCase Puts Design First. 

We recognize that our cases aren’t for everyone.  It is impossible to compete with $5 plastic cases hanging on a rack at a gas station, so we don’t try to.  People who rely on a bulky box to protect their phone are unlikely to be swayed away.\

But for those of us who appreciate good design and good craftsmanship, who admire the beauty of their surroundings and possessions and feel enriched by owning unique, quality work, it’s really tough to beat KerfCase.

 

KerfCase for Google Pixel XL in Rosewood.  Hand model: yours truly.

There is a large demand for stylish phone cases using unique materials, and many business strategies for meeting that need.  Before clicking on the first wooden phone case Amazon brings up, know your options in this space and choose the case that’s right for you.

Many wood phone cases are simply wood veneer or bamboo wrapped around a plastic case, imported from overseas.  While giving the appearance of a wood finish, the feel and impossible thinness of these cases give them away.

Some companies advertise a “real wood” case, but simply apply a wood surface to a plastic fixture.  These strategies allow for a low selling cost and easier quality control, but we think this is a missed opportunity to show some real craftsmanship.

Other companies provide handmade wood cases, but rely on several interlocking pieces or adhesive to give the feel of an all-around wood phone case, without actually being one.  While many of these cases are well-designed and well-made, we’ve put a lot of thought, and more than a few prototypes, toward a one-piece, all-around design with no seams or separate parts, with consistent grain and coloring.  You can reach out to us after ordering a case to pick the perfect grain for you, and trust in our lifetime repair policy to keep your case in pristine condition for as long as you own it.

 

 
Wood Phone Case, iPhone 7 (various species)

When you own a KerfCase, you own a unique object, crafted with care and personalized to your preferences.  From the type of wood, to the individual grain pattern, to the variety of personal engraving options (a favorite quote, a company logo, a funny doodle), the case you receive will be yours in every imaginable way.   Each of our cases has a story, and each is lovingly crafted to deliver a message of sustainability and style.  Order now, or contact us by email or social media, and we can start a new story just for you.

Phil Giammattei likes to wear lots of different hats.  Formerly employed at Apple, Google and Oracle, he loves applying his technical knowledge to making the best possible custom wooden phone cases.  In addition to writing the Kerf Blog, Phil’s duties at KerfCase include customer service, sales, production, shipping and fulfillment, and anywhere else he can be helpful.   Reach Out  to say hi and find out what choice cuts we have in stock!


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We take pride in offering the best customer service possible. Our customers consistently say we have the best wood iPhone cases on the market. Take a look at what some of them have to say:

"You guys did a fantastic job on this case! I will pass along to my high-end phone case friends. Keep up the good work, thanks for the prompt delivery. You guys rock!" -Steve

"The new case arrived today and you are definitely right - it is fantastic! It is just so different! Love it! Will be letting others know where to go when they want a quality, very different cell phone case." -Sherry

"I received my case yesterday. I love it. Generally, less is more for me with my iPhones. The phone is beautiful, I love the form factor and don't go with a heavier, bulkier case. However, yours is not that. Very unique case. I'm a big fan. Well done." -Jim Rome

"This case is a work of art." -Kurt

"I love this case. What separates Kerf cases from everything else on the market is the quality of the product. When you handle it, you feel like you're holding something special." -Brian

"This case checks all my boxes: eco-friedly, handmade, clean design, durable and light-weight." -Alexandra

"The quality of wood and craftsmanship are outstanding." -Webber

"Absolutely gorgeous, unique case like nothing I've owned before." -Debra

"This is the best case I have ever owned. Not only does it protect the phone but it is visually stunning and gets complimented constantly, truly a work of art." -Justin

"The character of the wood is stunning. It's not like any other wood I've ever seen. Each case is a one-of-a-kind, but this one is uniquely impressive in its beauty. So happy with this case! Thanks to Ben for the outstanding customer service with the speedy shipping and detailed emails. I'm a customer for life." -Lori

"The character of the wood is stunning … So happy with this case!" -L.A.W.

"This is an excellent phone case. It grips well on the hand therefore prevents accidental drops." -Jesus

"This spalted black walnut iPhone 6+ case was beyond my expectations. And the expectations were high … this product does not disappoint as the craftsmanship is five-star." -Steve

"I didn't know what to expect, but when I got it in the mail and put it on it was absolutely beautiful. It is a great looking case. I highly recommend." -Vincent

"Absolutely beautiful! A true work of art. Phone fits perfectly. Looks better than any case I've owned." -TM

"I'm extremely pleased with it. It's like having a work of art surrounding my phone." -Lori

"This case is crazy. No one else has this, it's on another level. Im always looking for something to stand out and this case is it." -Marcus

"I just received my new case and can not be more impressed and satisfied with this product. The flamed maple is awesome and the fit on the iPhone 7 is perfect!" -Andy

"I really love your products. They make me hate my phone a little less." -Johan

"Thank you for making awesome things. I love it." -Goran

"I received my case today. The fit is perfect and it is gorgeous!" -Tom

"I received my new phone case, and it is beautiful...a work of art!" -Dan

"I've never liked a case before. I've tried some different rubber and plastic cases and always end up taking it off within a couple days. This case, however, I will never take off. This is by far the best looking and best feeling case I've ever owned. Also loved the packaging touch. Keep up the good work, I will definitely be buying more in the future." - Yasir S

"The world could use more good design and less plastic!" - John C

"I just got my new Kerf case, and it’s beautiful! My company logo on the back came out sweet! And, I can charge the phone through the case on a Qi pad, which makes it even better. You all should be proud of your craftsmanship. " - Leroy N

"I received my Kerf Case this afternoon and I am really pleased with it! I love how it envelopes the phone and has a feel that is easy to hold. The buttons work great and I like that the silence button is recessed, it isn’t likely to be bumped. I really appreciate the job you did on the graphic on the back. Thanks for your work on this!"- Nels K

"This is the first time I will be using an iPhone case - ever!
I did my homework - I looked at many manufacturers online (none of them seemed worthy). This is a huge vote of confidence and testament to what I imagine will be amazing craftsmanship."- Matt K

"I just have received your product. I just couldn't be happier. It is much more than what I expected. There are few alternatives in terms of google Pixel phone case but your creation is much much better choice. Thank you for creating such an excellent product." - Y Ito

"In the end, what swung it for was the fact you were a small local business that sourced within your local community. Even though I live in Glasgow, Scotland, this really was important and I liked the fact your company was proud of your area, the resources it has and your product. The choice of woods was also pretty cool and at one point is was very torn between the walnut and the rosewood. I ended up opting for the walnut - very much looking forward to getting it on my new iPhone X." -Derek S

"I just received my iPhone case today and it's stunning, keep up the good work!" - Andrew D

"I really do appreciate the help that you guys have done, i know i was frustrated at first. But i do really appreciate companies that really help out with their products. means a lot from someone like me who has had multiple things sit broken in my room because companies would not help out." - Chris W

"I left my phone on the vinyl roof of my car (let’s not discuss that) and it finally flew off as I drove and landed on a busy street. When I was finally able to locate and retrieve it, it had been run over by a large truck and dragged more than 300 feet under the tire. When the truck turned, the case, phone, and wood separated and I found them about 20 feet from each other. Remarkably, my iPhone is fine! Also remarkably, so is the spalted maple backing! However, the steel frame, having done its job well, is now bent (but not mangled). I don’t know if any other case made out of any other material would have done as good a job." -Ben W

"Just received my Alloy case for iPhone 7 and I’m very impressed with the quality of the case. I will definitely purchase more products from your company and will recommend Kerf Case to family and friends. Thanks for a great product." - Gohar N

"As a woodworker I really appreciate the unique iPhone cases you craft. This is my second case. I bought the new iPhone 7 plus, so I had to order another one as soon as possible. I can't tell you how many comments I have received, with the main comment "that's so cool" and " really that's all wood? Thanks and keep up the good work." - Clarke

"I’m a woodworking hobbyist and was really impressed with your product! I have told several friends about it already and will be sharing links and pictures with them when it comes in! Thanks for making these." -B

"I received my phone case yesterday morning, and after the first 24 hours with it my first impression is wow! The quality of this case is beyond my expectation. It's so smooth and wonderfully sanded, I can smell the wood and that is one of my favorite parts of it. I love the little attention to detail that most wood phone cases don't have, like wood buttons instead of rubber. Being a man in the military I take extreme pleasure in attention to detail and your product definitely delivered. Thank you so much for not disappointing me! Good luck with your company I'll be rooting for you!" Very Respectfully, Petty Officer 3rd Class Dehart, Nathan D.

"I received my case last week and after seeing how amazingly made it was I had to order one for my wife right away. Thank you for making such and outstanding product!" - Daniel

"The spalted maple iPhone SE case I just received is wonderful!! A true work of art and totally functional. Love it! Thanks so much. Will recommend to everyone and when it's new iPhone time for me it will always be Kerf case time." - Eddie

"You just can't replicate that depth of color and texture with man-made materials. It brings my glass rectangle addiction one step back into the natural world, and I'll take that wherever I can get it." - Stephanie

"Thank you for making such an awesome product both durable and stylish. You have helped in every way I've needed and in an expeditious way....something you can't find in an owner of a business these days. I greatly appreciate everything." - Jake G Hampu

"I just wanted to let you know that I received my case today and it is quite possibly most beautiful iPhone case I've ever seen! I did a lot of research on wood phone cases and settled on Kerf Case because of the quality—I was not disappointed. The care that went into crafting and shipping the case is evident and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thanks for creating such a wonderful product!"- Kirstin

"Apologies for the delay in replying, but it was somewhat intentional. I wanted to wait until we received our cases yesterday. I am more than impressed with the craftsmanship that you and your staff put towards your products. The cases are beautiful and well worth what we paid for them. Thank you again. I will have no problems referring friends to KERF, who have as much of an appreciation for natural hand crafted products as I do." - Kyle Elias, BScH, DVM 

"They are going to become my holiday gift this season ....for all my people....Great product. Very original." - Christopher Bardasian

"Now that's customer service. Thanks Ben I appreciate the attention to detail you guys have with your business plan. No questions but I will tell you that you've earned my respect with the speed, efficiency and quality products you're providing with your customers." - Mark Wilson

"Just wanted to reach out and thank you again- I got my cases back this week and they are beautifully repaired (or replaced, I can't even tell)! Please give Cat my thanks as well for her craftsmanship. I was already a big Kerf fan and repeat customer but will definitely keep coming back thanks to your outstanding service and support. You guys rock, and your products are beautiful. Thanks so much." - Courtney Sanford

"Thank you for your direct contact. This morning I picked up the case from the German customs office. And let me tell you this case is amazing! Thank you so much, you guys did a great job." - Stefan

"Well beyond expectations. Craftsmanship is as close to perfection as possible. Customer service is impeccable and prices are lower than competitors who make inferior products." - Robert W 

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