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March 14, 2019 3 min read 15 Comments

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Coming soon: After many months and several iterations, we're now ready to launch our redesign of the classic hip flask on Kickstarter. As always, we'd love your support so we'll notify you when we're ready to go. For a flavour of what's to come, you can check out our latest CNC machined design for the Key Cache, here.

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The Wingback Hip Flask Project 

The hip flask is iconic. A gentleman’s most trusted travel companion. A possession to be prized, worth its weight in gold (or bourbon). The classic design – flat rectangular shape, small spout – serves a purpose but we believe it can be better. More useful, beautiful and of course minimal.

Fit For Function

Using state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and adhering to our core design values we decided to create our very own Wingback Hip Flask. The first issue we needed to address was how to get your drink into the flask without losing half of it overboard.

Spillage

Hip flasks have such a small mouth that even the most steady handed drinker can wind up dousing themselves in highly flammable spirits when filling them up. A common fix is to use a funnel, but that’s neither practical nor pocket friendly when you’re on the move.

Cleaning

The next problem is cleaning. Short of sawing it in half, then soldering it back together, your old hip flask probably hasn’t had a good clean since it was built. You’ve been drinking dregs since your first sip, old boy.

Materials

In the good old days hip flasks were made from silver or pewter, a mix of predominantly tin plus copper, antimony, bismuth and sometimes lead (be careful if you're still swigging from your grandfather’s hand-me-down). Ignoring the inherent values of the metals, their relative softness means they can be easily bent out of shape.

Manufacturing

Standard flasks are about as seaworthy as a leaky boat. They’re typically made from sheets of metal that are then formed and soldered together. This can leave weak points that can easily split over time, meaning end up wringing out your jacket to get a taste.


Wingback Hip Flask in bag
 

ONE FOR THE ROAD

Addressing these functionality issues shaped the design of the Wingback Hip Flask. We eliminated the seams by using an unbroken cylindrical design, CNC machined for ultimate precision, and chose 316 stainless steel with an elastic modulus of 200 GPa. In other words: it's virtually indestructible.

A large lid and screw removable base makes filling and pouring mess-free and every nook and cranny can be comprehensively cleaned. The food-safe seals and stainless steel material have a high resistance to acids, alkalis and chlorides and all parts are dishwasher friendly.

At a capacity of 100ml and weighing in at 180g, our flask is large enough to share a sip between friends but small enough to carry on your whole journey. And as a little bonus, we added a discreet lip detail on the base of the flask that serves as a handy bottle cap opener when you need to crack open a beer (boilermaker, anyone?)*.

The finished product is a robust, pleasingly weighty, cylindrical hip flask that would serve you exceptionally well on any journey.


 

Wingback Hip Flask in back pocket

Wingback Hip Flask back pocket London view

*Our favourite recipe for this whisky-beer combo: straight Rittenhouse Rye whisky, with a chaser of Innis & Gunn barrel aged beer. Cheers!

Like what you see? Give us your feedback on the Hip Flask in the comments below. And if you want to see something you can actually buy, take a look at our Machined Collection here.

15 Responses

Greg Gin
Greg Gin

March 27, 2019

Great idea guys! Love my key cache!

Valentin
Valentin

March 27, 2019

This is a great project. It looks really cool 😎

Eric Spalding
Eric Spalding

March 27, 2019

It’s freaking awesome…I can’t wait to jump on your campaign….good luck

Iain
Iain

March 27, 2019

Love it, I need this in my life

Tim
Tim

March 27, 2019

Oval! Make it oval!!!

Murray Smith
Murray Smith

March 27, 2019

Looks excellent. Bring it on!😊

Rob
Rob

March 27, 2019

I am a huge fan of your brand and products – love the concept of the hip flask – why not also do a larger version for everyday water / coffee……?

Andrew
Andrew

March 27, 2019

Another fantastic design concept from Wingback. When can I get one …. ?

Bob T
Bob T

March 27, 2019

Looks compact and well made. Ideal for the rugby stand or hill walking. Also like the idea of the bottle cap opener. Very useful that you can clean it easily in a dishwasher. Let me know when it’s for sale as interested.

Dmitry Brown
Dmitry Brown

March 27, 2019

Love it! Take my 💷
What colours will it come in?

Daniel Thomas
Daniel Thomas

March 27, 2019

Yes, please. I need this in my life ASAP. Thanks.

Dave Higgins
Dave Higgins

March 27, 2019

I am a huge fan of this design. While I understand the historic shape and form of a hipflask this has a very modern feel to it. If the key cache (which this is completely inline with in terms of style) is anything to go by then this will be of the excellent quality we’ve come to expect from Wingback. I’ll certainly be looking to back this – the black anodised looks particularly great.

More of the same please!

Tim
Tim

March 27, 2019

How do I order one?

Alok
Alok

March 27, 2019

Hey guys, why not have titanium either fully or on the inside where the spirit comes in contact with the flask?

Steve Axiotes
Steve Axiotes

March 27, 2019

Absolutely love it. I have a few flasks and recently bought a Barbour round flask encased in cognac leather which is an idea with your expertise in leather. Love my cash wallet by the way. Keep up the great design. Eager to see a cost. Regards Steve.

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