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Leather Men's Wallet

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This wallet has an unsightly scar which can be seen in the third photo it might not be a problem for a few years or it might not be a problem at all. I am just not sure and would hate to sell it as a quality product of that which I am striving to sell. Good inexpensive wallet for yourself, I wouldn't suggest it as a gift.

Check out the shop for some really nice wallets! There are a few great ones left from this batch and some awesome new ones with even better leather and more attention to detail for not much more.

Durable and indestructible yet comfortable as your favorite chair. Constructed from 4-5oz. top grain leather. 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.

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. top 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 take about $10 worth of materials and about 100 minutes over 2 days to make. I still consider my self a journeyman but as my finishing skills improve I will no doubt wish to charge more than minimum wage for my work.

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) twice within the first 6 months of ownership and then once a year from then on out; or anytime they are exposed to extreme conditions like you swam around a lake and forgot to take out your wallet and phone! This is true of all leather products built to last. As my leather working experience is still limited and the price of my work is so low I am unable to offer top notch guarantees but if I it becomes apparent that I did make a mistake I will be happy to repair any mistake or replace it at cost. Take a look around my still small shop, if there is something you don't see but would like let me know.

Frequently asked questions about ClintonvilleLeather

Custom orders are accepted upon confirmation feel free to inquire. Items may be personalized with initials at no extra charge.
It is very important to measure when applicable. I can't be held responsible for inaccurate measurements.
Everything that leaves my shop is fully finished and can be left unkept for years. I strongly advise a quarterly conditioning of all leather goods. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I have a page on maintenance here: http://clintonvilleleather.blogspot.com/p/maintenance.html

I take great pride in what I make I am always available to give maintenance advice even years after the sale.
Please inquire for bulk orders
Everything is 100% manufactured by me in Ohio. I source the most sustainable materials from around the world with an emphasis on local and US made. Currently I am trying to make USA made belt buckles available.