A-Slim Machete | Unboxing & Review

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The A-Slim Machete. A True Combination of Material and Style.

A-Slim has always been a brand i’ve had in my own personal radar and this month I finally got my hands on a selection of their wallet offering. With a distinct eye for detail and a well thought out brand I went in with a gung-ho attitude and I wasn’t disappointed with the first wallet I decided to use.

Look & Feel

The A-Slim Machete is something of great beauty. It’s fundamental design and functionality is very simple in practice but what it excels in is it’s ease of use and amazing design, touch and feel. Designed like your traditional leather bi fold the material is something that stood out to me immediately. Being made from a soft touch leather material really gives it a premium look and feel. The material has unique and natural patina which, again, adds to it’s unique individuality as a wallet. The inside is also lined with a great rustic design which further adds to its attractive look. As far as designs go I find it hard to find something as attractive or well built.

The Machete is also available in a huge range of colours to satisfy all your customisation needs. As you can see I got my hands on the raw tan version but it also comes in 9 old colours ranging from green through to oxblood or mustard.

Functionality

As for it’s functionality the A-Slim Machete goes back to the basics. With 4 individual slots for cards I found the machete can hold a maximum of 8 cards (2 cards per slot) although I found it best with 1 per slot or 4 total. The final feature is a long roomy back slot dedicated entirely for note storage. Since the A-Slim range is built in the UK it fits all currency types with ease with no issues. This is great for people who are still heavy carriers of physical cash as it provides ample room why still being a very slim wallet. All in all although the A-Slim Machete doesn’t bring any new or quick access features to the table it shouldn’t take away from a nice degree of functions in an attractive little package.

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Final Verdict

The A-Slim is a great wallet an unique design that fails to compare to other leather bifolds. If you’re looking for the all singing and dancing wallet then the Machete probably isn’t for you. Nevertheless for a great price, built quality and size I think the A-Slim could be the perfect wallet for you.

For more information regarding the Machete please visit their website here or Facebook. Alternatively stay tuned for their other wallet reviews coming very soon.

Wingback Cash Wallet | Review

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The Wonders of the Wingback

Every so often a wallet comes along which rewrites what defines a traditional wallet. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to review many wallets from Kickstarter and across the world and it’s been awhile since I’ve found a wallet i was so excited to use. The Wingback elicited that very excitement in me almost like a child at christmas and when it finally arrived in the mail I was not disappointed. The whole package, branding and all, oozed a luxury and as I peeled and open the custom packaging (it had my name on it!) I knew this was going to be good. A minimalist wallet to remember.

A brief history in time

The Wingback came into fruition from a success Kickstarter campaign.. This managed to raise over £50,000 in funding, a truly staggering amount. This really does say it all and my initial thoughts on the Wingback fantastic appearance. What I like about the wingback is it really takes the core of a wallet developed, a thought out wallet that simply does everything very well. Like any wallet it has it pros and cons but the wingback does it in a way which you almost don’t mind the downsides because what it does best is all you care about.

Look & Design

The wingback is incredibly beautiful. When you analyse the way it’s built close up you quickly release the sheer effort and craftsmanship that went into building it and it really gives a genuine feel of a high quality item. The leather is a full grain thick leather feels and looks amazing while maintaining an incredible smell day after day. In fact the leather is so good quality you have to go through a process of “breaking in” like with shoes to work the leather and make it more manageable and flexible when in use. I can only really describe the leather used as thick and effective.

The Cash wallet comes in 5 different colours, each one as unique as the next. The colours are a mixed bunch which is nice move to give people a chance to find a colour they enjoy. I personally got the standard Chestnut brown but the Wingback is also available in Charcoal black, Whisky (light brown), Chili (red) and Cognac (Orange). A nice range with a great variety for everyone’s individual tastes. Its also worth mentioning that Wingback also allow for custom engravings on the leather (£10+) on both the inside and out. A nice addition for those who want personalisation.

Functionality

The wingback is very simple on paper but in practice it’s a functional design with emphasis on minimalism and ease of use. It holds between 4-6 cards and a maximum of 20 notes. Notes are a big deal with the wingback and the majority of the functionality comes down to an incredibly easy way to store and access notes at ease. As previously mentioned the wingback has a folding design. Leather wraps around a central piece to create a wrapper that securely seals the wallet together. Cash is basically spun around the leather and can be accessed with a simple pull. It really is incredibly simple, easy and effective in use and I can’t recommend it more for accessing your notes.

This combined with a metal fastener and you have a very secure and easy to use wallet. The fastener is something i’ve not seen used in a wallet for a long time so it needs a special mention.  The metal fastener is beautifully machined cap, and cut from a solid block of brass or stainless steel to give it a classy look. I love the finish on it and it really does help give that piece of mind that cash and cards are secure.

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Usability

I’ve been using the Wingback none stop for over 2 weeks now and I it’s been great. Cash is easy to store while cards are stored using the typical stacking method. Not the best as it can be fiddly accessing your cards this way but far better compared to other wallets on the market. The wallet fits in the pocket nicely and is a perfect size for minimalist lovers.

Final Verdict

The Wingback wallet is a fantastic wallet for those who want style, ease of use all within a compact size. I would highly recommend this wallet to most but would suggest it more to those who always carry lots of notes on them. At a price of £60 it’s surprisingly affordable and I knew, based of other wallets, that they could have easily made it more expensive. If you would like more information on Wingback’s latest wallet then visit their Kickstarter campaign here or check out their website.

Modest Mark Wallet | Review & Overview

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A Ultra Slim Cardholder Wallet for the Minimalist in you

The Modest Mark wallet is something which I find difficult to evaluate. On one hand the design is something that i’ve seen before. Its nothing new in terms of its look and functionality. On the other hand I find it very increasingly difficult to criticise the wallet for anything as it does its job as a stylish, functional and attractive minimalist wallet very very well. The Modest Mark really doesn’t disappoint and although it suffers from some common issues (which we’ll discuss) I find it a very enjoyable wallet to use.

Design & Look

The design of the Mark Wallet is one which combines both leather, on the front, wrapped in canvas material. The high quality crazy horse leather really gives the wallet a great luxury appearance, and great feel. The cut out triangle which mirrors Modest Marks logo also adds a unique design feature as well as acting primarily as a quick access slot for cards stored in the very front. Attractive and functional!

The remainder of the wallet is made up of a fairly rough feeling canvas material. This is also where the various colour design variations come into play. Modest Mark give you a choice of 4 standard colours (perhaps more with funding options). These include Royal Blue, Maroon, Jet black and ash grey. I personally used the Maroon and it’s a great unique colour that was a nice change.

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Functionality & Usability

In practice the Mark works very much like a typical minimalist wallet. I found it has a total capacity of 5 cards with 2 in the front and 3 in the back. You can indeed fit more but it would be a squeeze and suffers from the normal card bulking issue we’ve all grown to love (or hate). Nevertheless in general the wallet has been very pleasant to use, with no glaring issues with day to day use and a nice feel in your front or back pocket.

One issue I did find though, with the canvas, is how secure cards are within their respective  slots. The front slot is not the issue but I found the back slot, made from canvas, very loose and could feel the cards moving around quite easily. I tried shaking the wallet and with some force the 2 cards I had stored did fall out. As you store more cards, (say 3 or 4) it naturally becomes tighter so this issue doesn’t occur. Just something to keep in mind and it shouldn’t deter you from this great wallet.

Conclusion

The Modest Mark is a great wallet for men looking for an attractive and affordable slim wallet. It simply does everything at an above satisfactory level and it far exceeded my expectations in use during my daily carry. I find it my favorite ultra slim and thin minimalist wallet in 2017 so take that as you will. As well as this you can grab yourself this wallet for only $25.00 (with 10% off if you sign up to their mailing list) a very affordable price compared to other wallets on the market today.
The Mark is still in it’s crowdfunding phase so please support the wallet. Also the guys at modest mark were kind enough to give us not 1 but 3 Mark wallets for our May Giveaway. Remember to sign up today for your chance to win today by clicking here.

Bellroy Leather Micro Sleeve | Review & Overview

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Bellroy Leather Micro Sleeve | A Wallet of the Slimmest Nature

I think at this stage we’re all quite familiar with the Bellroy brand. If not check out this page for more details. The Bellroy Micro Sleeve is one of the slimmest and minimalist wallets in the Bellroy range. Coming in at just 7.3cm by 10.2cm the Bellroy is only slight wider and taller than a credit card. With a range of colours and Bellroy’s top leather the Micro Sleeve is shaping up to be a fantastic minimalist wallet. Let’s take a look.

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Look & Appearance

The Bellroy’s design is quite similar to many other minimalist wallets of this kind. The wallet is made from a fine vegetable tanned leather which looks, feels and smells amazing right out of the box. It’s sleek design also compliments this material and its flexibility helps make it sturdy while easy to use.

Like with most Bellroy wallets the range of colours available are second to none. The Micro Sleeve is no exception to this and comes in 6 colours including black, Artic blue, blue steel, caramel, charcoal and eucalyptus. I personally got the full black version which honestly wasn’t my favourite. The subtle colourful accents Bellroy add to each of their wallets really make them stand out from the crowd and thats what I love about them.

Functionality

In terms of it’s daily use the Bellroy excels very well. With a variety of slots and room for up to 4 cards. This might seem a bit low for a lot of people and I kind of agree. But if you are looking to majorly slim down your daily carry then this wallet could be for you. The 4 cards are nicely positioned for easy access and does its job well in terms of accessibility and usability in daily life. And although the wallet still suffers from card bulking it wasn’t as crippling as most similar wallets of similar sizes.

Another great feature I love is its easy access of cash with just a pinch of your fingers which provides a large enough opening for easily taking cash in and out of the wallet. Remember keep in mind bills with need to be folded. This is sometimes seen as a liability for people who wan’t maximum ease of use, but folding is necessary for a wallet to truly slim down. You have to compromise in this situation.

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Final Verdict

Over all I found the Micro a pleasure to use. In daily use I didn’t have any struggles with its use and its slim size was a benefit for my minimalist lifestyle.  A great all round wallet with a class A brand to back it up. While not the cheapest wallet you could buy having the safety of a strong company behind your wallet is a must for some people. On the other hand if you did wan’t a similar wallet but at the fraction of the price many alternative wallets are available to you. You can grab you Bellroy Micro Sleeve for $64.95 today or visit here for more information.

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Craft and Lore | Port Wallet Review

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The Port Wallet Review | Rustic Design with a Leather to match

What makes the Port wallet stand out for me is its simplicity in design and how it leverages that to create a strong, attractive looking wallet. When I first saw the Port wallet I had doubts about how it would function. After all, it just looks like a bit of leather rolled up so to speak. But i’d be happy to be the first to say that I was totally wrong. The Port Wallet made by Craft and Lore and successfully funded on Kickstarter is a wallet with class, style and outright minimalism. Let’s take a further look at this wallet and break down what makes it tick!

Look & Feel

One of the main reasons you’d consider buying a Port Wallet would be if you liked its appearance. This is definitely one of its defining features and its quirky design which stands out from a crowd. As you’d expect from a wallet of this class the leather is one of the highest qualities and shows in person. Made from american tanned harness leather its fullness, great feel and colour really show through and give it that quality we’re all in search of. The wallet comes in a variety of different colours for everyone’s tastes. I personally got the standard brown, but it also comes in natural (as very light brown colour) and Russet which is a medium shade of brown in between the two.

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Hardness Leather – Take extra care

With such as high quality leather can come some concerns when it first arrives. Much like shoes the Port wallet will need breaking in. Working the leather with daily usage will help it become more soft, supple easier to use (recommended one week to break in). Craft and Lore recommend you “stuff the wallet with additional cards at night” to help speed up this process which I actually followed. I’m unsure if it helped but it was some helpful advice. It just goes to show how “real” leather differs from the fake stuff and confirms the quality you get when you buy a Port wallet.

A Patina fit for a god

Another thing I love is the potential for a natural patina to form on the Port. Over time as you use the wallet unique markings, wear and tear will form to create a range of attractive markings. Although I haven’t myself used the wallet enough to attain the pictures shown (like the one below) how it could look over time.

The making of a Wallet

On a side note if you’re interested in how wallets are made, specifically the Port wallet, then check out this great video which shows the skill and craftsmanship required to create a wallet of this quality.

Functionality

As a minimalist wallet it would be unfair to claim the Port was the best or even close to the best in terms of its functionality. That wasn’t what it was made for. The wallet is very simple in its design. You have access to 3 slots. 1 main slots that lives on the very top of the wallet and 2 side slots which live on both sides of the wallet. On a daily basis the wallet performs at a satisfactory level. The wallet has enough room for at least 10 cards and can hold more than enough cash. That being said you will need to fold up the cash in either of the outer layer slots. Overall it performs above average for a wallet of this type and I enjoyed using it in practice on a day to day basis.  

Final Verdict

A great wallet if you’re looking for style, minimalism and quality. The only downside is the range of functionality but it wasn’t designed for that purpose. I find the Port Wallet charming, attractive and forever in my pocket. And at a affordable price of only £50 ($64.00) I find it hard to resist. For more information regarding the Port wallet visit craft and lore’s website or follow them on social media.

Leffot | The Fold Wallet | Review

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Leffot – The Fold Wallet Review

When you look at this wallet on paper or even in pictures it’s easy to come to the conclusion it looks nothing like a wallet. The Leffot wallet is unique in the fact it’s simply, at its core, a huge slab of leather which you have to fold into the wallet. Weird yes. But there’s something quite striking and memorising about using a wallet like this.

When your forced to fold the wallet up yourself it gives you a sense of fun in the fact you get to fold your wallet up like a some mountaineer on some epic adventure. Silly I know after all it’s just a wallet but it’s the little differences that something as insignificant in life can bring, such a what wallet you own, can make you happy.

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The Two different types of Leffot

The Leffot wallet comes in two very similar types. The first being the smaller more compact “Fold – Large” version. This comes in at  2.5″ x 3.5″ when folded, fits all international currencies plus a credit card or two. The smaller version, on the other hand, comes in at 2.5″ x 2.75″ folded, and only fits U.S. Dollars. The Leffot small should be considered more of a money clip as it doesn’t really have the capacity, nor the dimensions to carry credit or debit cards. Just something to keep in mind.

Functionality

The functionality of the wallet is very basic. The wallet is a cash storage device and it does it very well. The wallet is very secure, but remember it does the smaller version of the wallet doesn’t store credit or debit cards at all. Accessing cash is really rather run. By unfolding the two side panels you can simply side the sided bank note from the wallet for easy access.

Look and appearance

The best way I can describe the shape of the Leffot wallet is by comparing it to a Tetris Block. But a more readily known description would simply be the letter “T” when unfolded. Being handcrafted from just a single piece of Horween shell cordovan leather it really does excel in its premium look and quality. The leather is thick, smells fantastic and really ties the whole simplistic design and minimalist look together.

Both versions of the wallet come in 3 colours total. A dark shade of brown known as “colour 8”, black called “ink” and a light brown or tan colour called “natural”. These simplistic and honestly typical colours look attractive, nice and vibrant and help enhance the premium feel this wallet provides.

Final Verdict

A fascinating wallet with uniqueness and personality. Its great for people who wan’t something different and still rely heavily on physical cash. That being said I can’t really recommend this wallet as it fails to allow the storage of cards which is a must for any wallet these days. And at a Hefty $100 – 125 depending on the version its not cheap. For more information on the Leffot wallet visit their website today!