Kupilka Kustomizations

Kupilka 21 Customizations

Once I get in the mood to start modifying gear anything is fair game. In fact you might want to brace yourselves for a flurry of mod/hack posts in the coming days.

Ever since getting my hands on a Kupilka 21 cup I’ve wondered what it would be like to work with it as a material. It’s made of a biomaterial that is 50% pine fiber (wood) and 50% plastic, so it’s probably something that could be carved, right? A quick trip to my garage and some futzing with the bits to my Dremel tool and I can tell the answer is most definitely “yes!”

But why would you want to do that? Well it’s not so that I can put the name of my blog on the bottom of the cup,although after doing it I kinda like it – without a doubt it’s now a one-of-a-kind. No, the real reason why I’ve been wondering about working with a Kupilka vessel is too add some marking – more specifically measurement markings.

Kupilka 21 Customizations

The Kupilka 21 is quite small. In fact it holds just a little over a cup (8oz) of liquid despite being listed as 7.1 fl oz on the Kupilka website. I’ve measured this countless times to make sure I’m not screwing up and every time my K21 easily holds more than 8oz.

So, I decided to mark a line with my Dremel tool on the inside edge of the cup where 8oz comes up to. I very often need to measure a cup of water or something on the trail and can now do it with my K21. I also added a line for where a half-cup comes to so that I can accurately measure in half cup increments too.

I deliberately made sure that the measurement markings were on the inside edge, facing directly opposite me when I help the K21 in my left hand. That way, when I pour something into the cup using my right hand I can always see where the markings are.

Kupilka 21 Customizations

I was toying with the idea of putting some jimping on the flat section of the top side of the handle, but instead added a version of the favicon that I use for my blog. It’s mostly for aesthetics but does provide a little extra traction.

If you could make some changes to any of the Kupilkaware that you own and use, what would you do?

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  • JJ_Mathes

    Customizing gear is a lot of fun…I went all out with my cup.  :^)
    hmmm…at one time I could post an image, I don’t see how to do that anymore, so here’s the link.

    http://jjmatheshikes.blogspot.com/2011/06/little-cup.html

    • http://listeningtothewinds.blogspot.com/ Brad Neal

      that is soo awesome lookin…

  • JERMM

    Customizing gear is a lot of fun…I went all out with my cup.  :^)
    hmmm…at one time I could post an image, I don’t see how to do that anymore, so here’s the link.

    http://jjmatheshikes.blogspot.com/2011/06/little-cup.html

  • http://profiles.google.com/treeswing Kevin Stevens

    How much weight did you shave off? Is it UL yet?!? :p

    It looks great! You have amazing handwriting with that Dremel.

  • http://profiles.google.com/treeswing Kevin Stevens

    How much weight did you shave off? Is it UL yet?!? :p

    It looks great! You have amazing handwriting with that Dremel.

  • http://sticksblog.com/ Chad “Stick” Poindexter

    Awesome post. makes me want to get a Dremmel and carve up my cup…thanks for the idea…as usual!

  • http://sticksblog.com/ Chad "Stick" Poindexter

    Awesome post. makes me want to get a Dremmel and carve up my cup…thanks for the idea…as usual!

  • whysprs

    that is soo awesome lookin…

  • Matthew Pittman

    It’s always fun to personalize your gear.  It took me a second to figure out your “branding” on the top of the handle, until I realized it was lowercase “bg” overlapped together.  I had a similar “brand” on my gear in Scouts, with “MP” together, especially when it was something that everybody had.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      It’s funny. I have a lot of friends that absolutely will NOT modify or personalize their gear in any way. They fear having to return it or wanting to sell it later. I got over that quickly when I first realized how much unnecessary craps I could cut off of my backpacks in order to lighten the weight. Once you get beyond that it’s easy.

      Besides, not wanting to change your gear or being afraid to put it to hard use feels like only half owning it. YMMV :-)

  • Matthew Pittman

    It’s always fun to personalize your gear.  It took me a second to figure out your “branding” on the top of the handle, until I realized it was lowercase “bg” overlapped together.  I had a similar “brand” on my gear in Scouts, with “MP” together, especially when it was something that everybody had.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    It’s funny. I have a lot of friends that absolutely will NOT modify or personalize their gear in any way. They fear having to return it or wanting to sell it later. I got over that quickly when I first realized how much unnecessary craps I could cut off of my backpacks in order to lighten the weight. Once you get beyond that it’s easy.

    Besides, not wanting to change your gear or being afraid to put it to hard use feels like only half owning it. YMMV :-)

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