A hollow steel cylinder despatched with 800 lettered tiles, the Cryptosteel Capsule is what it sounds like and nothing more. Assemble the letters to form your wallet’s seed phrase, thread them onto the metal dipstick and screw the capsule shut, safely entombing the key to your crown jewels inside an unassuming piece of hardware. Stash it in a toolbox alongside some masonry and no one would be the wiser.
The Re-Gadgetification of Things
80s kids mourning the loss of the gadget-based society they were raised in are naturally drawn to crypto cold storage. For every device (portable radio; spirit level; tape measure) that was subsumed into the iPhone, there’s another that hardware wallet (HW) manufacturers have seen fit to develop and isolate from the smartphone in the name of opsec.
There is a logic in wanting to keep your hot assets – i.e anything connected to the web – separate from your cold – typically those you cherish the most and have no intention of liquidating in a hurry. That said, it’s sometimes hard to tell how much of these aftermarket HW accessories are actually helping, and how much of it is just cold storage theater.
That there are benefits to keeping your crypto assets safely stashed where hackers, phishers, and SIM-swappers can’t operate is clear. What’s less evident is whether entombing your hardware wallet in a hermetically sealed vault kept at absolute zero with a pack of rottweilers guarding it and anti-tank guns watching the skies is absolutely necessary. Until we see empirical studies on the success rates of extreme opsec compared with, say, scrawling your seed phrase on a scrap of paper and stashing it in a drawer,