What Makes the Fusion Wallet so Great?
This wallet truly is a spectacle to behold. Handcrafted from quality aluminium and a variety of hardwood’s the wallet is a true alternative to the traditional billfold we’re used to. Being born from raising over £25K on Kickstarter the designer and builder Thomas Johnson is an innovative and creative mind who build his own manufacturing facility to help breathe life into his projects.
Currently, the fusion wallet exists in many different incarnations. The wallet I bought is the Fusion Wallet 2 that comes in three sizes small, large and extra-large. I do regret not purchasing a larger model (I got the small) as there are stark differences between the 3 sizes (I talk more about this later) so keep that in mind during the review. Since the success of the Fusion Wallet 2 Thomas has had great success in other Kickstarter campaigns and recently released the Fusion Wallet 3. I plan to review this in the future.
The fusion wallet 2 comes in 4 different hardwood’s and 3 varying sizes. My exact model is the small mahogany which measures 99mm x 61mm x 11mm and weighs 64kg. Compared to other wallets this weight is quite heavy but despite this, I didn’t really mind the additional weight the wallet sustained. The other 3 wood types Walnut, Oak and Iroko are also visually stunning. I can’t fault the craftsmanship, Thomas really does build highly robust, quality pieces and I get the feeling he’d never settle for anything less.
Look & Feel
While visually stunning the fusion wallet does lack comfort. The transition from a soft material wallet to a hard-edged wooden & metal one isn’t something I’m personally used to. Although I found this less of an issue with the small version, I can quickly see the added bulk and size of the larger and extra-large models could cause some issues especially for those prone to wearing skinny jeans (or any tight clothes for that matter).
Regardless of this the wallet defiantly feels high quality. The cold brush metal in my hand combined with the soft ridged wood really makes me feel like I’m holding the iPhone of the wallet world. It even smelt amazing when I first opened it. From a beauty and attraction standpoint, the Fusion Wallet beats all.
Since purchasing the wallet I’ve used it as my daily wallet for around 3 months and have loved every minute of it. While compact and stylish the wallet never fails to turn heads and its use as a conversation starter never fails. My only gripe with the wallet is I didn’t purchase a larger model and that personally comes down to a lack of storage space. The small model can only hold a maximum of 7 cards and when maxed out doesn’t leave room for cash. The wallet really acts as a glorified card holder, and I found it difficult to find space for my banknotes. I don’t think these problems occur with the larger models (as they have dedicated cash storage areas) but keep this in mind when considering the smaller model.
The Fusion wallet 2 starts at a hefty £50 for the small, £65 for the large and £80 for the extra-large. Although this seems pretty steep for a wallet keep in mind that the designer and builder Thomas Johnson literally makes these single handily in his own workshop.
For more information on the Fusion Wallet and to purchase one visit their website here. Also remember to check out our other reviews here at minimalistwallet.org!