Since many customers began asking for RFID blocking, I started doing some background research. I found that it’s fairly easy to read unprotected cards using inexpensive equipment or even a smartphone. And that once you have the information, it can be put onto a blank credit card. Losing money is one thing, but RFID is increasingly being built into IDs as well, including licenses from many provinces in Canada as well as several US states.
I’m happy to now introduce RFID blocking Tyvek card sleeves that shield cards which operate at 13.56 MHz and above. They’re lined with aluminum but are still so thin as to take up almost no space. Use them in any wallet to add RFID protection or simply to carry business cards or separate some cards from others.
A few of the card types which are shielded:
- ID Cards (Canada, Washington, Michigan, New York, and Vermont)
- Credit cards (PayPass, Blink, sQuid)
- Building access cards* (HID iClass, HID MIFARE, HID FlexSmart, DESFire)
- Military cards such as CAC (Common Access Cards)
- Transit cards (Boston Charlie, DC Metro)
- Government cards such as TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential)
*Some building access cards are NOT shielded including HID 125 KHz.
I’m interested in hearing from you... are you interested in RFID protection?
Lots of great suggestions came in during the Kickstarter campaign and adding red stitching to the black MICRO was one of the top requests. I initially focused on getting all the wallets shipped out on time, but thought it would be great to circle back and bring your suggestion to life. There were a few Black/Red Originals as well, but those have sold out as have all of the black originals for this print run.
Another production run will most likely make some available late this year. The best way to keep informed about new products and inventory updates is to sign up for the email list and like the Facebook page.
The first thing to help understand why at times some models are out of stock is to get an idea of the production process. Everything is made in USA by shops that are highly specialized and do ultra-high quality work. So to get the prices to be at all close to economical, I need to do large print runs, followed by cutting runs, followed by sewing batches. Once they’re sewn, they then need to be shipped to the local fulfillment house where they are inventoried. Only then do I list things online to be sold.
So if a wallet shows as out of stock on the website, it’s because it’s somewhere along this process. Most often, it has been printed, but may or may not be cut or sewn. Sewing takes the most amount of time and the shop I use has limited throughput, but high quality and consistency. To keep it that way, I don’t push unreasonable deadlines on them. So there is some lead-time when I put an order in with them, and depending on what they have going on, there may also be lead-time before they can begin my order.
Other times, a color has sold through for the print run. If that’s the case, I’ve noted it on the website in the description of that style and it may be several months before there are more. This is because the process of doing a print run is very complex so I usually do it all at once.
I hope that gives you some “behind the scenes” insight into the process and why simply making more often has several logistical steps involved.
Right now, the Brown/Orange Original and MICRO are sold out for the print run as is the Gray/Orange Original. Others are going fast so get them while you can!