Edwin Wallet | A Unique Design with Features to Match
The Edwin Wallet is a breath of fresh air in a sea of very typical wallets. At least in its design. What makes it so unique for me is its distinct look with its odd shape, with various hexagon shapes cut out of its plastic framed body. I’m sure i’m not the only one here but it very much resembles a binder clip. The ones that I fondly remember in primary school as I cried out in pain as I accidentally trapped my fingers. Who knows where the guys at Hive Design got the inspiration for this wallet from but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the clip.
The Edwin Wallet begun life as a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 over 2 years ago now and raised over $35,000. So what defines a $35,000 worth of wallet ingenuity and design? Let’s take a look at the Edwin in more detail.
A Design for the Modern Age
If you’re considering purchasing the Edwin wallet then you must have been drawn to its highly distinctive and unique designs. It’s first version, dubbed the classic, is fairly plain. On the other hand the plus model is far more enthusiastic, so to speak, with its appearance and will be the main focus of this review. With a geometric series of shapes, grooves and cuts the Edwin has had a lot of thought into its design. Personally speaking I really think it’s a classy, yet modern design. If Apple was to release a wallet i’d think they’d come up with something like the Edwin which is something of a compliment if I do say so.
The Edwin is available in a range of colours which really add to it’s personality. I got the white but the black and green both look stunning in their own right. Other colours include blue, brown and grey.
The Edwin plus model is jam packed with a variety of features for the everyday man with blend seamlessly into its design. For example bumps and ridges become Flathead screwdrivers, holes become hex wrenches (whatever they are) and grooves become your new bottle opener. Each tool although perhaps not necessary for most men do add value to the wallet, and work very well in practice.
In terms of its wallet related functions I,m kind of on the fence. The binder clip style system for holding cash is very effective and enjoyable to use. Having a spring loaded latch to hold still down is a nice compromise between traditional wallets and a slim down approach. Unfortunately notes will still need to be folded and this is something you have to deal with. Cards get trapped very easily and I’d you’re not paying attention while funding a card they could easily all fall out. Nevertheless the clamp does a good job of securing your cards and has the capability of holding up to 10 cards with ease.
Usability & Practically
When I used this wallet as my daily carry I found it to be a mixture of good and bad. On one hand it’s compact nature is fantastic and is a perfect size for minimalist lovers. But It’s general functionality, accessing cash and cards, left a lot to be desired. I also didn’t use any of the additional features which are clearly aimed towards more hands on men. Not something I’d recommend for the everyday Jo. Things like the screwdrivers are cool to see but less than useful for most men in everyday life.
An interesting and attractive wallet. It has a range of unique features but its core wallet functionality is not the strongest. I’d recommend this wallet to those who want style and a smaller size over all these. Coming in at $37.95 it’s a reasonable price but still expensive compared to other wallets on the market. You can also have a custom engraving for an additional $10.00. For more information on the Edwin Wallet visit their website here.