IC Berlin Glasses – Are They Worth It?

IC Berlin glasses are known for their lightweight construction and screwless design. The hinges provide a smooth movement and you can directly feel the high-quality workmanship.

The hinges snap perfectly into place and the temple tips do not lie on the lenses, which in the long run of course leads to scratches with many other manufacturers.

The question is of course with many prospective customers whether IC Berlin glasses are worth it about 300 to 500$ to pay for the frame alone. The answer is if you place a lot of value on the interaction of high-quality materials and a perfect design then they are IC Berlin exactly right.

With a weight of often less than 20g in the metal frames, it hardly goes better in terms of wearing comfort. Of course, there are different materials and IC Berlin glasses made of acetate are slightly heavier. Here for this article, we have taken two models made of stainless steel to share our experiences.

IC Berlin Glasses Review

If you gather the experiences with IC Berlin then they are usually very positive. In a few cases, there may be limited delivery times for certain colors, but when it comes to service, IC Berlin is very good. If you have bought a pair of IC Berlin glasses you will find a phone number +491772409150 on the inside of the left temple with the question “any questions?

Most manufacturers of eyeglass frames are rather difficult or impossible to reach and say you would not make the support directly. You can go directly on-site to the optician. So that’s already a great accommodation to open so directly for questions of the end customer. Service is therefore very important here.

When it comes to the two frames you can see here in the article made of stainless steel (Pontiente & Oroshi 2.0) then you have with these frames no problems. After a few years, it could be that you would have to replace the wear parts. These are classically the temple tips and the nose pads, which are made of silicone and can discolor after a time and the environmental influences.

The photographs show the screwless hinges of IC Berlin glasses.

Especially these thin-rimmed glasses are suitable for spectacle values up to approx. ± 3 diopters with thinner and flatter lenses. If you have significantly higher spectacle values, the acetate variants of IC Berlin are more recommended, because here the glass thicknesses are better to conceal.

Your optician can accurately calculate the thickness of the lenses before the glasses are made and give you a preliminary impression of the glasses. I would recommend this especially for the filigree models from IC Berlin.

IC Berlin Competitors

IC Berlin’s major competitors include MyKita and Lindberg. To a large extent, they all rely on incredibly lightweight frames with a minimal design in their collections. The selection of processed materials is always high quality. IC Berlin and MyKita are now also large companies but are counted among the independent labels.

The design language of MyKita and IC Berlin are also very similar which is probably explained by the common past of the employees. however, IC Berlin’s forms are somewhat more unique than MyKita’s forms. This means that while MyKita offers more common shapes that correspond to the mainstream, IC Berlin offers more special shapes.

How to Reattach IC Berlin Glasses?

IC Berlin has several types of hinges, all of which are designed without a screw. Often, the reassembly of a bracket with the middle part is not self-evident. This description explains how to rejoin the hinge with and without a bracket.

Let’s start with the Silk hinge, which has no additional bracket. So that we can reassemble the hinge optimally, all parts should be present. The middle part, the bracket and the small metal plate with the eyelet on the inside of the bracket. It is important to know that the bracket must be pushed forward a little against the frame to release it. The entire hinge is only held by the connectors.

  • Push the temple to the front
  • Now you can feel how the bracket becomes loose
  • Remove the left bracket to the left side and the right bracket to the right side.
  • Now fold the remaining shorter plate towards the lens.
  • Now push the metal plate eyelet away from the lens.

Now that the hinge is in front of us with all the parts, we can reassemble it in the reverse order. For this, the video is also very helpful.


How to Fix a Classic IC Berlin Hinge?

To reunite the classic hinge an IC Berlin with the bracket you need the clamp the center part and the bracket. important is that the temporal part of the center part must be held together at the beginning to be able to slide the clamp onto the center part.

When you hold the middle part of your IC Berlin glasses together, push the clamp onto the middle part until it stops. Then slide the three flat elements onto the middle part. Whereby the center of the temple is placed in the upper part of the hinge.

The photo shows a close-up of the hinge of IC berlin glasses just before it snaps into place.

The lower and the upper of the three metal plates are directed towards the inside of the temple facing your head. If you push the temple down a little, the hinge will click into place with a soft click and you can close and reopen the temples as usual.

Assembling the brackets requires a little practice. However, the great thing is that you do not necessarily need additional tools for assembling or disassembling the frame. If you are now interested in buying IC Berlin glasses you can visit the IC berlin store finder where you can search for a local dealer in a radius near you.

One more little anecdote about my experience with the accessibility of IC Berlin and the number written in the hanger. While writing the article, I had sent a message to this number to get answered a few typical questions about the material of the frame. There was never a reply.

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