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Durable and indestructible yet comfortable as your favorite chair. Constructed from 4-5 oz. premium Scandinavian full grain veg tan leather (barbed wire free) For more info on my leather see here:
Made with high attention to detail and a minimum of "maker's mark's." It is designed to snugly hold 6 credit cards and a reasonable amount of cash. 4 1/2" x 4"
Cards are held vertically in the wallet which makes them a breeze to sort through and keeps them horizontal and safer from being bent in your pocket.
This wallet, properly cared for should last a very long time. As I am asking a fair price for my labor it includes a gentleman's guarantee.
There are a lot of nice wallets here on Etsy. There are many made by people who have spent decades honing their craft to make wonderful works of art. There are also unfortunately a few people who take some less than stellar leather and whip up a "wallet" in a half hour and think that their work should command the same price as someone who took several hours and a lot of attention to detail. It is an open market place so I think I should take a minute to talk about my wallet.
I pedal a pedicab and ice cream trike for a living. I like kayaking and backpacking. My furthest bicycle ride to date has been 3,100 miles to Olympia, WA. I am hard on my gear. After trying to find a decent department store wallet for a gift for my brother I became frustrated only to find flimsy multi-layer wallets that were designed to be replaced in a couple years. These wallets all looked nice and even said "Genuine Leather" on them but I could just tell they wouldn't last and beside that they were all made in China and I figured at least 5 people were getting paid for the price to be $40. So I set out to design a wallet for myself that was built to withstand whatever I could throw at it. This wasn't an easy task, it took over $2,000 and several grocery bags full of failures. My design seems simple and my photography skills are still lacking :) so let me explain what goes into the making of my wallets. They are made of 4-5 oz. full grain veg tan leather which is good and rather thick for a wallet. It is a single piece of leather cut from the shoulder of a hide with attention being paid to getting the right piece of leather rather than getting the most pieces from that piece of leather. I didn't want to use multiple layers of flimsy leather because I wanted it to be strong and I didn't use multiple layers of thick leather because I wanted it to be thin and comfortable. I didn't want to use thread because thread is not strong and I was inspired by my favorite bicycle saddles which have consistently exceeded my expectations. It took a lot of experimenting to perfect the shape because a rectangle folded in half twice is simply a mess that doesn't make a functional wallet. I also spent days researching ancient leather working techniques to figure out how to mold the wallet to be, well the shape of a comfortable wallet.
These wallets will require breaking in to reach their highest level of comfort. Which is not to say they will be uncomfortable when new. The first week you might find yourself pulling them from your back pocket or fumbling to get out a scrap of paper you left at the bottom of the huge billfold compartment. You might also find at first it is difficult to get three cards in a card slot, I assure you the slots hold three cards and after a little while the leather conforms around the cards to hold them PERFECTLY in place. These wallets are made of real leather THE tech material of the last few Milena and are made to last. That said it is also recommended that you condition your wallet with a wax based product (I like Fiebing's Aussie) I am using a new more durable wax finish and am recommending conditioning once a year or anytime there are signs of wear. This is true of all leather products built to last.
I would like to say a word on edges. It has come to my attention a number of leather crafters have decided that not finishing edges is a good way to showcase the quality of their leather. I suppose that they are correct kind of in the same way that if your barber doesn't shave your neck people are certain that you are human. I have never nor do I ever plan on painting my edges. The process I use for finishing edges is a time honored and time consuming process. The first step is to carefully bevel the edges with a small hand tool which cuts away an angled sliver of the edge. Next the edge is stained twice to match the face of the leather. The edge is then hand rubbed with either a piece of hardwood or bone to essentially melt the fibers together. This process is called burnishing. Next tree sap is very carefully applied to the edge with my fingertip. Extreme care must be taken to ensure that the sap does not get on the face of the leather as it will leave a faint stain. The edge is then hand burnished again and the sap helps create a slicker edge as well as harden and strengthen the edge. The process is then repeated to ensure complete coverage. The edge is then finished with a sealant to ensure a waterproof and durable edge. This is only one of many steps used in creating my wallets.
I would strongly encourage to pick up some of this conditioner as well:
You wouldn't buy a car without planning on changing the oil right.
If you would like a list of the steps taken in the construction of this wallet please look here:
If you are looking for something with pockets or less minimalist take a look here:
Take care and ride safe!