joining sustainable materials with advanced technology for nearly 10 years
We are dedicated to improving experiences through craftsmanship and improving the environment through better practices.
Our commitment demonstrates the urgency to preserve the environment while encouraging customers to make environmentally conscious purchases.
the Story of the name
In woodworking, Kerf is the thickness of material removed from a saw blade, usually measured in 1/1000 of an inch increments. Making familiar accessories from unconventional materials requires a level of extreme precision, so we chose Kerf to represent us because it’s everything we are: precise, finicky, and obsessed with perfection.
"Material is at the core of all the design choices we make. The materials we work with are a reflection of ourselves."
Explore our process
Sourced with an emphasis on sustainability.
Our partnerships include Urban Tree, which rescues felled trees in the Pittsburgh area, local mills in Pennsylvania, and specialty lumber suppliers around the United States. They provide us with beautiful, local wood that does not rob the planet of oxygen and shade. Our exotic hardwood collection is not sourced from countries that exploit their natural resources or deal in endangered species.
our roots go deep
Made from 100% natural wood, by their nature every wooden KerfCase is unique from all others. From the cases themselves to the 100% post-consumer recycled packaging, we obsessively reuse and recycle as much as we can. Avoiding waste isn’t just good business; it’s the right thing to do in our increasingly disposable world.
KerfCase's founding timeline
When it all started
Unsatisfied with existing cases, Ben spent an evening in the wood shop of Carnegie Mellon University's architecture school and created a case for his new iPhone 5.
Launching the idea
Over the course of six months, the original design was extensively revised, tested, and revised again, and word spread from friends and family to the internet.
After seeing the demand for a sustainable product made from local and natural materials, Saks founded KerfCase in 2013 and began the process of making cases at scale.
Building the first woodshop
In 2015, KerfCase grew too large to operate without a dedicated space of their own. The company moved to the former Mine Safety Appliances building, a converted factory which houses over 30 artists, startups, and small businesses. With space to grow, Ben acquired a full suite of specialty machines and hired a small team.
New Kerfcase HQ
In early 2020 we moved the KerfCase HQ to Wilmerding PA, a small manufacturing town about 12 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh.
Our new facility is in a historic building that was built as a social hall and spent nearly 80 years as a church. We have re-purposed the building into our design, production, and office space.
After nearly 10 years with our original logo, colors and website - we decided it was time for a refresh and upgrade to properly position the company for the future.
We partnered with Swiss design agency Melriver to create a new brand identiy for KerfCase.
better for the planet
Made to order
Our products are made to order and ship within five business days. This helps keep our footprint small, and drastically reduces waste. One of our favorite services is showing customers our raw wood stock and letting them choose the exact piece that becomes their case. We believe it's critical to do our own customer service rather than exporting it, so you can contact us directly if you'd like us to make something special for you!