FAQ

What are Blockplates?

Blockplate is a tool to permanently store and preserve your cryptocurrency's wallet recovery seed. In the event your wallet becomes compromised, Blockplates contain the 12-24 words phrase used to restore the funds on your wallet. Each Blockplate stores up to 12 words (6 words on the front, 6 words on the back).

 Blockplates currently supports BIP 39 mnemonic format

With Bitcoin, instead of a "trusted entity" (like a bank), security is your own personal responsibility

Why use Blockplates?

Your recovery seed is the one thing that will save your cryptocurrency if your wallet fails unexpectedly. It is the master key used to recover your coins if your wallet is destroyed or lost. 

Storing it on an electronic device that is connected to the internet (like a phone or computer) leaves your assets at the mercy of hackers using methods such as key loggers and screen capture viruses. Blockplates are completely offline and puts security back in your control.

You can write it down on a piece of paper or keep it on an offline computer but paper and electronics don't last forever. Blockplates are made of stainless steel (ANSI 304) which can withstand a house fire, physical abuse, floods, and ultimately, the test of time. This ensures you have access to your cryptocurrency throughout your lifetime and be able to pass it on to your next generation.

In the event your wallet becomes compromised, Blockplates are there to recover not only your funds but your piece of mind. They ensure that only you have access to your master key.

What makes Blockplates different than other methods?

Blockplates are simple. You don't need to learn how stamp metal, mess with chemicals, or hassle with tiny pieces. Blockplates are a straightforward and professional-looking way to permanently record your wallet recovery seed. 

What are the differences between Blockplate 1.0 and 2.0?

Blockplate (ver. 2.0) features a polished, brushed stainless steel finish and a deeper and higher quality engraving which endures even tougher physical and heat abuse.

How many Blockplates come in a pack?

Two! Each storing 12 words (6 on the front, 6 on the back) for a total of 24 words. 

Where do I get an automatic center punch?

A center punch is a very common tool in woodworking or machining. They are inexpensive (between roughly $4-$10) and typically have a lifetime warranty.

We offer adding an automatic center punch to your order. But, it may delay your order as we do not carry a high inventory of center punches.

It is much faster (and probably cheaper!) to pick one up at your local hardware store or purchase one online.

I only see 6 words, what gives?

There's a backside too! Each Blockplate stores 12 words in total (6 on the front, 6 on the back to minimize size). Blockplates are made from thick (12 gauge) stainless steel plates and each side can be punched safely without damaging the other side. 

But I have 24 words!

No problem! Blockplates come standard in a 2-plate pack allowing you to store 12 words on each plate (24 words total). This gives you the ability to separate your recovery phrase in half and add an extra layer of security.

Why are the plates labeled 1-12 and not 13-24?

If one were to find a plate labeled 13-24, it would alert them that another plate exists. They would have a better chance of finding your other plate than guessing the other 12 words AND put them in the correct order (2048^12 possible combinations).

If someone were to find a plate labeled 1-12, they would have no idea another 12 words exist and your wallet will continue to be secure.

Why do I only need the first 4-letters?

Your 12-24 recovery seed phrase most likely comes from the Bitcoin Improvement Proposal: 39 (BIP 39). BIP 39 is the use of a mnemonic phrase -- a group of easy to remember words -- to serve as your back up recovery in the event your wallet becomes compromised. 

These words are pulled from a specific list of 2048 words.  In this list, the first 4 letters are unique to each word. This means if you have the first 4 letters, you know the rest of the word. Some wallets will even fill in the rest of the word once the first 4 letters are entered.

Why do you not offer international shipping?

We will! We're currently working out the logistics for international shipping. We would like to avoid losing orders in transit and long shipping times.

Feel free to sign up for our mailing list to get updates on international shipping. 

I have more questions!

We have more answers! Feel free to email us at info@blockplate.com