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This pricey iPhone case is sharp enough for a samurai


Element Case
The Katana attaches to your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus with steel screws.
Photo: Element Case

Maybe you begin to bristle when the price of a quality iPhone case goes above $40. If so, your eyebrows could reach new heights when you notice the price on the newest luxury covers for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus from Element Case.

Starting at $349, the Katana is not the most expensive luxury case on the market, but it is sure to elicit a gasp from budget-minded consumers.

Element Case isn’t trying to reach those with a low tolerance for a high price with this cover. The company has a reputation for quality design and engineering — and knows its higher-end products will be expected to justify the cost.

The name “Katana” sets the tone. The case is named after the traditional curved sword of the legendary Japanese samurai, a blade forged from a specialized steel with a grip carefully crafted to fit the hand.

Element Case also turned to steel for the chassis. It claims each case starts with a solid block of stainless steel that takes five hours to be carved out in a CNC machine. However, the Katana understates the glint of its steel. A hand-polished hardwood panel covers the back of the case; leather accents provide a slip-free feel on the hand.

The Katana’s interior cushion and suspension system meet military drop-test specifications, so given all that goes into this case, it is kind of like having a real samurai protecting your iPhone.

Because of the way the Katana is made, the company is only producing a limited number. (Check the Element Case website later this month for information on how to preorder.)

The Katana will not be a case that easily snaps on the phone. The chassis is secured to the front bezel with eight steel screws.

Element Case
With hand-polished wood over stainless steel, the Katana guards the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Photo: Element Case

This particular case is Element Case’s most expensive — and its first made of steel. Prior to the Katana, the top case in the product line was inspired by a more modern military battle: The Black OPS case is made from aircraft-grade aluminum with “increased tactical material and features.” It’s all black, of course, with a couple of red buttons, and retails for $199.99.

Element Case also sells other quality iPhone covers in the $40 to $100 range. But seeing the Black OPS and now the Katana, you just might be tempted by the heroic tales these case names conjure.


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