Kasher was created by Swado LLC, a Portland Oregon-based company. We were founded in December 2008, specializing in lighter accessory items. Andrew Sweeney, our company’s founder, invented the Kasher which was patented and released to the market in the summer of 2009. Andrew came up with the idea, developed it while in college, then moved to Portland Oregon to launch his business. While he started the company sleeping on his brother’s couch, Kasher Lighter Tools were a hit. Kashers are now sold in all 50 states, Canada, and Australia, with over one million in revenue to date.
MEET THE TEAM
Andrew Sweeney, President & Founder
An entrepreneur and inventor, Andrew is the mastermind behind our company’s operation. While attending the University of Idaho’s school of business, the idea to create a long-lasting, easily accessible lighter tool struck him. After graduating, he established Swado, LLC and began sharing the Kasher with the world. It started slow, in his brother’s garage, but he stuck with it. His unrelenting belief in this revolutionary tool has brought the company to where it is today– selling Kashers in all 50 states of the U.S., and in other countries around the world. He wants to share this mentality with the world by bringing them the most useful tool a person can keep on their lighter and thus, always in their pocket.
Brad Duft, Chief Executive Officer
Brad brings over 30 years of intellectual property and business experience to the Kasher team. He has helped raise millions of dollars for past companies he worked with including his first company, which he helped take public and was later sold for $5.3 billion. Brad is taking an integral role as CEO at Kasher and brings priceless experience and knowledge to the table in many areas including intellectual property protection, raising capital, and scaling companies.
Rob Garcia, Account Manager- Kasher HQ North
The newest addition to the Kasher Team, Rob is an industrious go-getter. He moved his family from Phoenix to Portland in December 2018 to sell Kashers full time, and has been hard at work since! Rob brings over 12 years of direct sales experience, along with a wealth of knowledge and true passion for the industry to the Kasher team. Rob is stoked to be part of the team knowing Kashers help people from all walks of life tackle countless every-day tasks, making life a little bit easier for anyone.
We believe in taking initiative and action to bring your ideas to life. Kashers were created to solve a basic task. A decade later, thousands of uses have emerged from this simple tool. Finished projects, goals that have been achieved, and missions that have been completed all have one thing in common: they all started with one single step. Here at Kasher, we aim to provide that SPARK needed to simply start your mission/goal/task… then it’s just one step at a time. Join the movement and start living your life with Kasher in mind and get out there and make shit happen!
2009: OG KASH RELEASED
We unleash OG Kash – the ORIGINAL Kasher – into the world! Kashers equip Bic® lighters all over the country!
KASHER PLUS CREATED
We create the Kasher PLUS, offering color options. Back then K+ was also thicker than OG.
OG Kash and K+ are improved with THICKER metal. No more bent tips from long-time use. K+ also made better with permanent coloring and smoother sliding!
KASHER VAPE AND K TITANIUM
With the rise in popularity of vaporizer pens came the demand for Kasher Vape, fitting around a pen battery. Kasher Titanium, with grade 2 Ti tip, suits the dabber’s needs, and still fits classic Bic® lighters.
KASHER MINI AND EKLIPSE ADDITIONS
Our Kasher product line welcomes 2 new types: Kasher Mini to equip Bic® Mini lighters, and Kasher Eklipse™ to equip round Clipper® lighters.
FULL KASHER TITANIUM
It’s 100% pure Titanium for serious dabbers who prefer to dab with a superior metal.
BURLIER OG & KASHER PLUS
OG Kash and Kasher Plus are now nearly TWICE AS THICK as the original!
KASHER HQ OPENS
Our first retail store opens in SW Portland.
IMPROVED KASHERS, ROUND 2
The Kasher Plus and Eklipse Kasher lighter tools are now made of hardened stainless steel, and are .8mm thick. We added an arc to the tip, making these the strongest Kashers EVER!