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.
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.
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?
Brian is a Charlotte based backpacker, gear junkie, runner, and CrossFit(er). Originally from Southampton, England, Brian has lived in the US for over 20 years, finally settling in North Carolina. He spends as much time backpacking as his busy work schedule and family life will allow.