Introducing the Berlin Slim Wallet. Is this the Best Paper Wallet ever?
I’ll come right out and say it. The Berlin Slim wallet is by far the best Paper Wallet I’ve ever used. I mean it’s really not that difficult to beat some of the shoddiest poorly constructed paper wallets dotted about the marketplace today but the Berlin definitely isn’t one of them.
Look, Feel & Design
The first thing to note about the Berlin is how it differs from other paper wallets. For example, most paper wallets you’ll find are made from Tyvek and smooth glossy paper which is highly durable but quite flimsy to touch. Personally speaking the material isn’t very pleasant to handle and isn’t very fit for a wallet. On the other hand the Berlin is the first wallet I’ve seen made with ‘long cellulose fibres‘. In a nutshell its basically a very strong cardboard. Its appearance, touch and feel is exactly like cardboard. The strength of the cardboard provides great durability while overall thin and slender appearance means it’s very minimalist. Over all it feels great in the hand and has a pleasant rustic look to it. I especially like the weaving they used in the cardboard.
The Berlin comes in a nice array of standard colours including black, brown and grey. The aesthetics and design of the wallet is very good. Its just looks like a really attractive wallet and that adds to the wallets charm tenfolds.
Berlin Slim’s Functionality
In terms of the wallets functionality is say it seems very strong. Card slots are tight for security and well defined for easy access. The only gripe I have is the lack of card slots. The guys at Berlin claim it can hold up to 9 cards but I find this statement incredibly optimistic. Sure at a squeeze you can force 9 cards into this wallet, but you really wouldn’t want to. Along with its already tight fit, traversing between bunched up cards stacked on top of each other is difficult and not very functional. For optimal storage I find the wallet is best at 3 cards (1 in each slot), or at 5. I found it was actually easier to use the note slot for cards storage in the end which worked surprisingly well.
One point to mention, specifically regarding this wallet is the issues of dirt and daily usage. With it being made from cardboard any dirt, stains or scuff marks have a tendency to build up. While this isn’t usually a problem with, say, leather wallets (because you can just wipe the dirt away) it becomes a big issue with the Berlin. In only 1 day of usage my wallet ready has multiple scuffs and marks. Just something to note.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed using the Berlin Slim wallet and feel it’s definitely the best paper wallet on the market today. My only issue would be this wallets long term value. Based on the stains I received from only one day of use it begs the question how long the wallet will last long term. And coming in at a, not exactly cheap, price of £19.99 it not the cheapest wallet on the market. For more information visit the Berlin Slimwebsite here.
Let me know what you think of the Berlin Slim? Is this a wallet you could consider yourself getting? And how highly do you rate paper wallets? I’d love to hear from you.
The Mighty Wallet: Does Paper Stand the Test of Time?
The mighty wallet; a paper made entirely from a highly durable material called Tyvek is one of the more unusual wallets I’ve reviewed with mixed emotions whether this wallet is worth your time or money.
Positives & Negatives
Let’s start with the positives. The mighty wallet is fantastically slim, comes in a huge range of unique and stylistic designs as well as being available at a very reasonable price. The wallet really excels from a design perspective with the wallet being folded to shape without the use of any adhesive to hold it together. Cool but kind of anti-functional. If I really wanted I could simply pull the entire wallet apart returning it to a single piece of paper. This in itself was an issue for me as I found myself handling the wallet very tentatively as to not break it. Another reason for this was the way 2 of the main cardholders or sleeves provided no tension and grip when holding the cards. Because of this, the cards fall out really easily and at times I’ve found the cards dropping out in public situations. Not ideal.
Look & Feel
Next, we move onto the material. Made from a paper-like material called Tyvek that has the appearance and thinness of paper, yet is a lot strong and smoother to the touch. Because of this mighty wallet is incredibly slim and beats the majority of other minimalist wallets in this category. As mentioned earlier because it can be printed this allows for many different and unique designs that you wouldn’t normally be able to produce with your typical leather wallet. From full real images to beautifully drawn abstract art the range of designs with the mighty wallet is fantastic and really allows you to pick a design that best suits your personality. Hopefully, in the future, the option to upload and fully customise your own wallet with your own images will be a realistic option. The wallet feels decent in the hand and pocket and provides sufficient space for a large variety of cards and cash sizes.
All in all, I would stay clear of the mighty wallet. Although the range of designs is great I find its functionality severely lacks in very basic ways while not living up to the potential of a wallet made entirely from paper. Although coming in at a very reasonably priced $15.00 I wouldn’t personally recommend this wallet. While other better paper wallets exist I feel paper wallets, in general, have yet to explore their true potential. Hopefully, this is something which we’ll see in the near future.
For more information and to check out the range visit the might wallet website here.
Leather, elastic, plastic and wood. I’ve tried them all.. or so I though. My first impressions when I saw the paper wallet were negative, to say the least. I didn’t really think the wallet would be made of leather and I was right. But I couldn’t help be remembered of the good old duct tape wallet days (which were great days nevertheless) and get all red eyed about how bad those homemade wallets really were. But at a modest price tag, I decided to purchase the paper wallet with my nostalgia hat in hand, and I’m so glad I did. The paper minimalist wallet is by far one of the most enjoyable and entertaining experiences I’ve had while carrying a wallet with me (who knew they’d be so few xD).Coming in at only $17 per wallet the paper wallet is made from a lightweight, extremely flexible and durable material named Tyvek. Like origami, the various designs of the paper wallets are carefully designed and folded to create a functional, modern and stylish wallet. Eco-friendly and recyclable Tyvek is a fantastic material that really accommodates being used for a wallet. The are about 4 variants of the wallets are explained below:
The Standard – Dimensions: 10W X 8H CM / CLOSED. The paper wallet design has 2 credit card slots, 2 business card flaps, 2 side pockets and a cash compartment. There is no compromise in functionality here.
The Classic – Dimensions: 3W X 8.5H CM / CLOSED. 2 business card flaps, 2 side pockets and a cash compartment.
Clutch – Dimensions: 2W X 10.3H CM. Not really a minimalist wallet, but worth mentioning never the less.
What makes them so slim and minimalist is the lack of materials used to make it as well as its thin streamlined appearance.
With being made from a paper-like material the paper wallet comes in a huge variety of different designs from simple full colors to intricate designs and full-color images. This is one of my favorite things about the wallet as it really adds unique individuality to each wallet and gives people a huge range of choice. Below are some of my favorite designs including the wallet I bought a “standard” paper wallet. One day I’m sure they’ll give customers the opportunity to design and submit there own images for wallet designs which would be amazing.
Use and functionality
Being made from paper the wallet feels like you’d expect. Paper like. I can’t say its partially nice to feel in the hand or that it has a high-quality feel to it. Generally, it’s just average. Personality I’d prefer the feel of leather or similar but I eventually got used to this difference and it hasn’t really influenced my opinion of the wallet.
In terms of its layout and navigation the wallet easy to navigate and I thoroughly enjoyed using in terms of getting it out and having access to all my money and cards.
As we use wallets more and more eventually they begin to show wear and tear. The paper is no exception to this rule and in my experience is more prone to degrade and wear down quicker as its used more. After just 1 month of usage, I found the wallet had significant wear including increased
The paper wallet is a unique and functional minimalist wallet that uses a unique paper material to really reduce bulk and weight. With great functionality and a huge range of designs the paper wallet is beyond any other competitors in pure design customization options. My only criticism of the wallet comes from its usual feel as well as its increased disposition to wear faster than normal wallets.
At a great price, I’d highly recommend picking up this wallet if you’re looking for a wallet of this style and unique take on the modern wallet.