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 in early 2007, developed it while in college, then moved to Portland Oregon to launch his business. While he started the company sleeping on his brothers couch, Kashers were a hit. It didn’t take long for Kashers to sweep across the country and find their way into every state. Kashers are now sold in all 50 states, Canada, and Australia, with over one million in revenue sold 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 around the world. He believes in making shit happen and getting shit done. 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 experience (he’s an active IP attorney) to the Kasher team. He has helped raise over 100 million dollars for past companies he worked with. 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. His no-bullshit attitude has driven the companies he works with to places of excellence.
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. He’s all about getting shit done, just like we all are here at Kasher HQ.
Trevor Cope, Account Manager – Kasher HQ South
Another new addition to the Kasher team is Trevor Cope, a San Diegan who has 15+ years experience as CEO of his custom tile installation company he founded in 2004. Trevor brings valuable entrepreneurial skills and experience to the Kasher team which cover every aspect of business.
To provide the tools and inspiration needed to help people make shit happen in their own lives! 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 baby. Everyone needs a little kick in the ass sometimes… and we are not afraid to kick some ass here at Kasher! 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 Bics 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 Bics.
KASHER MINI AND KLIPPER ADDITIONS
Our Kasher product line welcomes 2 new types: Kasher Mini to equip Bic Mini lighters, and Kasher Klipper 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 GLASS LINE RELEASED
Designed specifically to keep a hot nail away from your face, while functioning great at the same time and feeling super solid in your hand. We are stoked to get our foot in the door in the glass world and very excited for future opportunities in this area.
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 have added an arc to the tip, making these the strongest Kashers EVER!
Customize Your Kasher!
Did you know you can order Kashers with custom laser engravings of your own logo or design? NEW in 2016 is the option to customize both front and back sides of the Kasher! Call for details and to learn more about custom orders: 866-727-2256.