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.)
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.
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.
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”.
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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