I Bought One : The Dollar Wallet

Last time I actually backed one of the crazy projects I mention on this site, I quite liked the result, but then the project creator posted a comment that he only sent me a nice one by accident! So I’ve decided to try again.

As pointed out back in August, Kickstarter has approximately 1.5 billion “Minimalist Wallet” projects. Seriously, a new one goes up almost every day. There are an endless supply of allegedly “minimalist” wallets, with all kinds of fancy features.

However, this project caught my eye :


You can’t beat that price. I figure the most authentic minimalist wallet is probably also the cheapest, and really, what have I got to lose? (Answer : One dollar.)

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The dollar wallet shipped in an envelope that is smaller than an actual dollar. Notice the 66-cent postage stamp. This is really the 34-cent wallet.

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Yes! Now this is a minimalist wallet. It’s a piece of fiberboard, and an elastic band.

The fiberboard is actually a little nicer than I expected. Fiberboard is a close relative of cardboard, but this material feels reasonably sturdy. I’m sure it’ll break eventually, but what do you want for a dollar?

The idea here is that you strap your credit cards (and such) on one side, and your money, folded four ways, on the other side.

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This wallet is legitimately “minimalist”. I hereby declare that this is the winner of minimalism in wallets, and all those other “minimalist” wallets are posers. If this wallet were any more minimalist it wouldn’t be a wallet.

Ok, ok, it’s minimalist, but is it usable? Eh, it’s not terrible.

Minimalism is a trade-off. A regular, old-fashioned wallet is easier to use. You don’t have to fold the bills, and the cards are all in separate, easy-access pockets. A dollar wallet is easier to carry, and it fits in virtually any pocket, but it’s a bit harder to use. Your cash needs to be folded over (And then re-folded when someone hands you change) and your cards are all in a single stack, where only the top one is truly “easy-access”.

Final Thought

I don’t know if my pack-rat nature will allow me to give up my giant old-man wallet, But you can’t beat the price. If you’re in the market for a new wallet, you’ve got nothing to lose trying this one first.

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  • whacko

    I have one of these, and I find it works better if you divide your cards into two stacks, one for each side of the fiberboard backbone. I just put my two most commonly used card at the top of each stack, and any cash gets put on top of that. Sorting 2 stacks of 4 cards is notably faster than one stack of 8. 😉

  • http://www.wvllet.com Cam

    We backed this too. The idea was intriguing and to be honest, we just wanted to see how it stacked-up to our wallet. In the end it was just a bit flimsy and not something I wanted to keep my most valuable daily details in. For the record, we think we’ve got the best looking, most usable and oh btw… most responsibly produced “minimalist” wallet on KS.