Khordz- Hand Tied Mugs

Khordz combine handy paracord and sturdy canning jars into handsome survival drinkware designed for the commute, adventure, and planet.
Daniel Fontius
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Aptos, California
United States
2 Team Members

Thanks to everyone who supported our campaign! Khordz mugs production is now in full swing. If you missed out on the campaign you can now get you Khordz from our website


-Khordz Team


Khordz mugs are designed to go everywhere you do. The 25 foot section of paracord wrapped around each mug provides a sturdy handle, cool grip, and proven survival utility. Khordz mugs are the perfect companion whether you need to snare-a-bear or simply take your joe-to-go.

Dishwasher/Microwave Safe


Khordz Mugs are hand-wrapped and tied in Santa Cruz, CA with the following materials:

  • 16 oz. food grade heat-resistant glass canning jar
  • 25 ft. of mold/mildew resistant 550 pound rated paracord


Our funding goal for this project is $5,500. Reaching this goal will enable us to purchase the tools and materials needed to start full-scale production. We have set our minimum target goal at 1,000 mugs in order to achieve minimum purchasing requirements for materials and offer Khordz mugs at a competitive price. 

Project Expenses

  • Mug materials (bulk paracord, jars, and glass etching)
  • Tools (rope cutter, hand tools, storage and organizational equipment)
  • Shipping (packaging and postage)
  • Labor/production
  • Project fees (Credit card processing and Indiegogo fees)

Khordz logo is etched into the glass jar


Collections and Colors

Indie Colors: Turquoise, Black, Mustard Yellow,  and Maroon

Muted Colors: Teal, Grey, Maroon, and Black

Neon Colors: Purple, Flamingo Pink, Pacific Blue, and Neon Green

Motif Colors: Tree Stand, Plumb Crazy, Jamaica-Me-Crazy, and Camo

The Khordz Story

Coffee, lots of coffee…

Knots, lots of knots…

Fun, tons and tons of fun!

Khordz designer, Daniel Fontius, loves coffee. He also loves the ocean. Unfortunately, his love for coffee and coffee shops was having a negative impact on the ocean. He sometimes finds himself at one, two, or even three different coffee shops a day. He has always felt guilty about the number of single-use cups and lids he has consumed in his life, since he picked up the habit at the age of 10.

In July of 2013, Daniel and his partner Krista Harris, were presented with a challenge... to cut out as much single-use plastic as possible from their lives for one month. At the top of the list of worst pollution offenders was Daniel's favorite, the to-go coffee cup lid… bummer! So, they decided to commit to the challenge. In order to do this, they started toting their favorite to-go mugs that Daniel had fashioned the year before out of some leftover venetian blind cord and empty honey jars. (At the time Daniel was really into tying knots, having just returned from a sailing excursion in the Caribbean.) As it turned out, the leftover blind cord was the perfect length for making a hand-wrapped sleeve and handle. The design has been a huge hit (having now gone through several prototypes). Daniel and Krista constantly receive comments and requests from friends and strangers. Thus, Khordz was born!

Handmade Mugs That Make a Difference

The goal of Khordz is to get others excited about keeping plastic out of the landfill, off the beach, and out of the ocean. We aim to help support those that make it their mission to protect the ocean and ensure that everyone can enjoy the beauty and resources it offers. 

Khordz mugs are also a handy companion for the adventurer and outdoor enthusiast. You can do a lot with a jar and 25 ft. of paracord. Some of our favorites are the handy snare trap, hanging your hammock, tying up hyper siblings, suspending your bear canister from a tree, clothes lines, and the fire starter bow! Stay tuned... we will be adding videos that highlight the many uses of Khordz mugs! 

Mission Statement

We’re Khordz. We live simple and sustainable lifestyles that keep us in touch with our roots right here in coastal California. We take care in producing individual, hand crafted, multi-purposed drinkware that allows us to stay connected through what some may consider unexpected means. We don’t always know where we’re going, but we know what we need to take with us. We keep our products close to our hearts, crafted with the individual and the environment in mind.


We are aware of the various challenges involved in bringing a product to market.

Our first challenge will be getting the word out and meeting our funding goal. We have a plan to engage all of our professional and social networks... this includes you! We hope you will be excited and want to help spread the word through your own networks as well. We'll also be posting updates and entertaining videos to engage new backers and supporters.

The second possible challenge will hopefully be that Khordz is a huge success!! While this would be awesome, we also know it will take a lot of work to meet demand. This is the kind of challenge we like! Our experience and hardworking background will provide us with the tools necessary to meet this challenge.

We, Daniel and Krista, come from hardworking families that have been producing American products for generations. Daniel's family manufactures engineered fabric structures that are used all over the world. He has participated in every aspect of the business, from welding fabric on the shop floor, to installing 20,000-square-foot structures in Nigeria, and product development and design.

Krista's family has been farming in eastern Washington for five generations. The fruit from their thousands of acres of orchards and vineyards is shipped and consumed all over the world. She began working on the farm at age 10 and has since received her business degree and managed several businesses.

We are very confident in our ability to see this project through and address any issues that may arise. Every project has its challenges, but we know that with your support and the support of our families, friends, education, and experience, Khordz survival drinkware will be a success!

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$5,500 USD goal
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This campaign ended on February 7, 2014
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    Custom Etched Khordz Mug Collection- You will receive one Khordz Hand Tied Mug Collection of your choice and we will custom etch each mug with your name or design. Collections include 4 color or patterned themed mugs. Includes shipping in the USA. *Add $30 to ship outside of the US.

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