iPhone knuckle case as worn by Rihanna

Rihanna is photographed in a bikini while using her iPhone knuckle
Rihanna is photographed in a bikini while using her iPhone knuckle | Source

The iPhone knuckle case is the phone cover made famous by the singer Rihanna. The metal versions have even been repeatedly banned from eBay over fears they could be used as a weapon.

The iPhone knuckle cases are designed like a knuckle duster, with four finger holes attaching to a square frame that holds the iPhone. The knuckle cases are stylish yet functional, helping to protect the valuable iPhone while making it easy to carry.

Ever since Rihanna was photographed using one of the knucklecases for her iPhone, they became a must have accessory in Hollywood and a number of other stars including Alecia Keys, Nicky Hilton, Alex Morgan and Mandy Moore were all pictured using the popular style of case.

The brand that Rihanna is made by the U.S. company 'Knucklecase'. However, there are a number of other styles of the case which are just as good - and far cheaper - that are available on eBay.

If you are interested in buying a knuckle case for your iPhone there are a number of things that you should consider. For example, which material do you want your knuckle case to be made from, what style do you want, what price do you want to pay, and would you like to customize you iPhone knuckle case, and which celebrities are using iPhone knuckles.

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The metal iPhone knuckle case worn by Rihanna being opened from the box

Celebrities rocking the knucklecase

The iPhone knuckle case became a Hollywood sensation after Rihanna was pictured wearing one. A host of other famous faces grabbed themselves one of the knuckle duster style cases for their iPhone. They included Alicia Keys, Mandy Moore, Alex Morgan, Nicky Hilton, Adrienne Bailon and others. Here are pictures of the celebrities that latched onto the knuckle case trend.

Rihanna is photographed by paparazzi holding her iPhone in one of the knuckle cases
Rihanna is photographed by paparazzi holding her iPhone in one of the knuckle cases
Glamour model Mandy Moore with her iPhone knuckle case
Glamour model Mandy Moore with her iPhone knuckle case
Alicia Keys with an iPhone knuckle case like Rihanna's
Alicia Keys with an iPhone knuckle case like Rihanna's
Paris Hilton's sister Nicky with her knuckle case
Paris Hilton's sister Nicky with her knuckle case
Adrienne Bailon poses with her knuckle case
Adrienne Bailon poses with her knuckle case

Material... so what are knuckle cases actually made from?

The iPhone knuckles come primarily in two materials - plastic and metal. As would be expected, plastic versions of the case are cheaper than metal cases. However, the plastic cases break much more easily than the metal knuckle cases, which are virtually indestructible.

Silver, black and gold iPhone knuckle cases made from metal aluminum
Silver, black and gold iPhone knuckle cases made from metal aluminum

Plastic cases cost anywhere between £5 and £10, whereas the metal cases cost around £20. The small price increase could be worth it if you're looking for a long-lasting case that will protect the phone. The metal cases are also much stronger, and look like a higher standard than the plastic knuckle cases.

Be careful if you are looking to buy a metal case that it's not plastic. Many of the listings on eBay describe their plastic cases as 'metal coloured' or 'brass finish' or 'chrome look'. Don't be fooled, these are not metal.

Plastic knuckle cases come in a bigger variety of styles, such as this one with knuckle holes shaped like hearts
Plastic knuckle cases come in a bigger variety of styles, such as this one with knuckle holes shaped like hearts

Style

The style is the all important factor when buying a knuckle case. After all, the phone and the person carrying it has to look good!

So what different styles are available? Well, the metal iPhone knuckles tend to be plain, and the only variation is in colour. The most popular colours are - in this order - silver, black and then gold.

The branded knucklecases come in different colours, such as pink and green camouflage. However, there is a premium to be paid for the brand, and knucklecase currently sell on the company's website for $99. That's more than twice as much as cases for sale on eBay, but for those willing to pay more for the name, then go for it!

Plastic knuckle case come in far more styles, ranging from heart shaped knuckle holes to leopard print finish. There are also a bigger variety of colours.

Customizable

iPhone knuckle cases are also customizeable, and there are a whole range of crazy things that people have done to their case to make it stand out from the crowd. Perhaps the most extreme - and the most frightening - are the knuckle cases that have had spikes added to them.

If you don't want to scare everybody around you each time you use your phone, then perhaps something a little less intimidating would be better. Adding stick-on jewels, crystals and buttons all add to the look of the case. Other people have added graffiti or re-sprayed their cases.

An iPhone knuckecase customized with spikes that are soldered on
An iPhone knuckecase customized with spikes that are soldered on
A purple case with jewels and small black spikes
A purple case with jewels and small black spikes

People who have a metal knuckle case that you're particularly fond of, you can even have your name engraved on it. This has added security benefits if somebody steals your case!

Plastic knuckle cases are perhaps the easiest material to customize, simply because things can stick to them easier. However, if you have a soldering iron then it will be quick enough to solder on the metal spikes. Graffiti pens and sprays will also attach to the metal cases just as well as the plastic versions.

Where to buy knuckle cases?

There are various places online to buy iPhone knuckle cases. eBay is by far the most popular place that people go to purchase this style of cover. However, the same designs are also available on Amazon, though the range of styles is nowhere near as big as eBay.

There are many, many people listing the plastic iPhone knucklecases. However, these are cheap and break easily. Metal knuckle cases have been banned from eBay because they can be classed as a weapon. But there are still a few listings to buy them, and a few places on Amazon.

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