CryptoSteel Review (Burned it down, ran over it and smashed it to the Ground)

Last updated on December 28th, 2016 at 10:37 am

A little over a year ago I was approached by a polish guy named Wojtek who said he was looking to create the most durable cold wallet possible. He was a metal artist and he thought about using this skill in order to create some form of wallet that couldn’t be destroyed.

The idea would be to keep your private keys or mnemonic phrase inside some sort of metal casing that will be resistant to any catastrophe that may occur – a flood, a fire, an earthquake, you name it. In order to raise the funds for this project he started a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, and a few months later he was fully funded, Cryptosteel was on its way to becoming a reality.

I have to admit that Cryptosteel’s vision seemed very compelling, and the video created for the product illustrated it extremely well:

However, as with many crowdfunding campaigns this project too has seen many obstacles. The product had some unforeseen delays. From manufacturing issues, to postal issues it seemed that a lot of things were preventing Cryptosteel from becoming a reality. However throughout all of these Wojtek kept close contact with his initial investors and made sure that they were up to date. And indeed one year later I’ve received my own Cryptosteel in the mail.

I’m going to start out with the “normal” review and then move on to the fun part – trying to destroy the Cryptosteel :)

The product itself is pretty self explanatory, you get a metal plate and a set of numbers and letters to create either your private key or mnemonic seed (to be used with TREZOR).

cryptosteel contents

I must admit it took me a few minutes to understand how to actually open the metal plate in order to enter the letter and numbers, but it’s nothing that 5 minutes and a few hits with a screwdriver wouldn’t solve.

The annoying part is definitely inserting the letters into the Cryptosteel. It took me about 40 seconds for each letter and it didn’t go smoothly to say the least. However, considering that this is (hopefully) a one time process it’s something I can live with.

Also, I’ve gotten enough letters and numbers to create even 2 mnemonic seeds or private keys, so way to go redundancy!

And now for the fun part….

Since there’s not much more to say about the product I thought why not have a little fun with it and see if it’s actually indestructible. So I went out and conducted a few tests…

 

Overall I’d say the Cryptosteel wallet is one pretty solid cold wallet. However it may be a bit of an overkill. If however, you’re storing large amounts of Bitcoins this is a good additional insurance measure to take at a reasonable price ($49).

At the moment you can only get Cryptosteel through the Indiegogo campaign or as a complementary product when you buy a TREZOR. If you already own a TREZOR this is actually a great product to have for additional protection of your mnemonic seed.

If you own a Cryptosteel and tried to destroy it as well or have some other comments about the product I’d love to hear them in the comment section below.

Click here to view the Cryptosteel for yourself

Ofir Beigel

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Blogger and owner of 99Bitcoins. I've been dealing with Bitcoin since the beginning of 2013 and it taught me a lesson in finance that I couldn't get anywhere else on the planet. I'm not a techie, I don't understand "Hashes" and "Protocols", I designed this website with people like myself in mind. My expertise is online marketing and I've dedicated a large portion of 99Bitcoins to Bitcoin marketing.

Cryptosteel

$49
Cryptosteel
8.8

Design

8.5/10

Ease of use

7.3/10

Durability

10.0/10

Price

9.2/10

Pros

  • Extremely durable
  • Simple to use
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Hard to insert letter
  • Not intuitive to operate

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Brian
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I think I’d rather be able to destroy it if I needed to. It’s better to have multiple copies that are destroyable, than a single copy that is indestructible.

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Neat product.

Were back to using punch cards for data storage!

Adam B
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I got this with my Trezor. It was difficult to open initially, but once I figured out a trick of opening it, it is pretty easy. I recommend first pulling it open a little like a book, before rotating it open like a fan. I am a bit disappointed that each seed word is only allocated 4 letters. 5 or 6 would have been better for legibility when you are forced to contract a long seed word. The process of inserting the character tiles into the Cryptosteel is a bit tedious. The letters often get stuck sideways while inserting it.… Read more »
Adam
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It’s very illegal to throw things off buildings, imagine if it hit someone in the head, you should at least have someone downstairs keeping watch.

Warren Peace
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Warren Peace

Great job with the info – thanks!

Zsofia Elek
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Thanks for the feedback Warren!

Ron
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Nice! But will it blend?
Blendtec http://www.youtube.com/user/Blendtec

Alfred Moya
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My experience with Crypto Steel was less than great. My package came damaged and the tiny little letters were spilled all over the box. I too found it very difficult to open the unit and slide the letters into place. My unit was too small to include all the characters for my seed so I had to use only the first 5 characters in each word to get them all to fit. Of course I had to contact Trezor and they told me what to do there because there was no documentation or mention that you cant actually fit the… Read more »
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@Alfred Moya – I agree wholeheartedly! I was very disappointed, It just doesn’t work with Trezor mnemonics that generates a variety of word lengths up to eight characters long. I required 144 characters to store my Trezor mnemonic seed. Cryptosteel provides for less than 100 characters. So you really have to buy two Cryptosteel devices just to accommodate a single seed.

Bertrand
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You can put the only 4 first caracters of each word and forget the others. So 24 x 4 it’s ok.

Ray
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It reminds me of the steel that is made up of black box recorders, found in passenger planes.

Burning a fire to have a test, was awesome to watch.

Виктор
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Виктор

Just fun! Amazing. I enjoy reading it. Thank you Ofir for such funny events. :^-)

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So where do you put the batteries? Will it be upgraded to have a USB port? I live on the water, does it float? Can you make a phone call with it? Bahahaha! I think this product is Awesome! I like the idea that it doesn’t require any outside power. It can withstand the elements (except for salt water – though easy to paint). You can zapit with a million volts and it will survive. I think in time, this product will be improved on and will become popular in time.

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The following article says it is stainless steel, partially resistant to rusting. Introducing Cryptosteel: The World’s Safest Cold Wallet Storage I thought since it is some what made of parts that could be spilled by a curious little mechanic one should take a rubbing or two. I guess it could be dipped in sealing wax. Or, encased in foam so it would float! Two part. I also considered if one had a good soldering iorn one could solder it and the letters together rather quickly. You could encase it with hot silver or lead! But you could get a letter… Read more »
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If you were about to be the subject of a police raid , wouldn’t you want to destroy the thing quickly ?
What if someone stole it ? ie your best friends wife while your in bed with her .

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