Let’s open up the Anson Calder card plus wallet. It’s a slim category wallet. This packaging is impressive. This is a magnetic sealed box. It’s got a little magnet combination for closure which makes it a nice gift presentation. As we open the box we see they have a nice card, describing the materials, what to expect as it ages and their supported charities.
Here is the wallet, it’s a Steel Gray color. It’s made from calfskin leather from a 16th century French tannery. The leather is shipped from France to the United States where its manufacture is completed. It’s vegetable tanned, full grain leather with burnished edges, and comes in 6 colors. It’s designed to be a quick access wallet with a very small footprint.
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
From the test we determined that it can handle 6 cards stuffed in the wallet. The company indicates it can hold up to 12 which you will find hard to believe, but if you do want to use more cards, you will need to force them in until the leather stretches. Within 2 to 3 weeks you will have the leather stretch to that capacity, it won’t be too loose it’ll be perfect, and you will have that quick thumb capability for the outside slots, as well as of course the ability to pull cards easily from this inside slot.
It can also handle 3 to 6 slips of cash folded twice over, they fit in the front cut out, as you saw in the review. We feel it does well, especially for its footprint being so small.
The price is $125, which is very expensive for a wallet of the size and of these features. You’re paying for a New York brand and label. I believe this is more of a $50 to $85 wallet, but manufacturing onshore, versus overseas does add a premium. It is a trade off to make and you can determine its value.
For usability when the leather is broken in you can begin to use the quick thumb access found on both the back and front of the wallet. Until it’s broken in, you’ll be pulling cards from the top. Being able to get up to 12 cards in here as well as a little bit of cash is amazing given the size of this particular wallet. It measures 2.4” by 3” by ⅛” thin. That is teeny, it’s smaller than the height of a credit card, which of course gives you quick access.
My perceptions are that it’s small, thin, small and thin. I just love the footprint and look of this wallet, the feel of the leather is very smooth and supple. There is tremendous attention to design, quality materials and details like these top white thread stitches, which you’ll see on all Anson Caler products. The presentation is 100%, you feel like you’re getting what you’re paying for, the support from the company is fantastic. The information they provide on all their products is far superior than what you would find from most company websites. I would be surprised if there was some question you had where you could not find an answer on their website.
With that, let’s get into the review, the quality is a 5, we’re going to give a 4 for features, pricing will be a 2 because it’s a bit expensive, usability is a 4, and our perceptions of 5. The final score is 4.1 out of 5 or 41 out of 50. This is one of our highest rated wallets we have ever scored, and I’m confident it will live up to it.