(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
Part of our wallet mission is to expand our search to makers who are in the shadows of the marketplace but are producing excellent and creative wallets. In this review, we have a product from a subscriber who said he makes better wallets for half the price of a wallet that I recently reviewed. I bought this one immediately after we talked and I saw it
BM Leather, short for Bullock and Malinen, is the name of the company. We have got a nice canvas pouch with a lovely wax seal that holds the strap on the box, and it came together with a nice leather key chain. I got excited opening it up, I do not know if you will agree with me, but I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it, the reason why I bought it immediately. This magnificent wallet is called the Patchwork Mercury design from BM Leather. The interior has four interior card slots that can accommodate one to two cards each. In addition, we have two sides of a big storage area for cards in the back, which is where you can store additional cards, cash, as well as anything that you want to carry and that fits in this spacious area. It measures 4.4 x 3.2 x 0.5″ and weighs 70 grams or 2.5 ounces. The wallet got six cards and five slips of cash, however, the yen and Euro are just too wide to fit in but if you fold them twice, then you can get them in. Nonetheless, you can put in the back anything that fits, and that can be anything such as business cards, non-standard card size carryables like insurance cards, and such things.
This is designed and made in the United States from a patchwork of various scraps of vegetable-tanned leather that were meticulously saddle-stitched together. Such particular patchwork does take a lot of time to make. I have got two others made from either Badalassi Carlo Italian vegetable-tanned leather from the Waxy and Pueblo Collection or Herman Oak vegetable-tanned leather. He also uses Wickett and Craig, Horween, and Shell Cordovan when he wants to. Furthermore, due to the print and/or the patchwork, each wallet is unique. Since this is done with scraps around, you are never going to encounter an identical wallet to it. For the sewing, Jordan also uses a premium Ritza Tiger leather, which is excellent. He also employs a four-step process for burnishing.
Jordan Bullock, the owner and a disabled Marine veteran, taught himself leather work as he was going through reconstructive surgeries on his feet over several years. He started making wallets in 2018, making his first Mercury designs in 2019, which we are reviewing here. For pricing you have the Patchwork Mercury for $150, that is all labor because the regular Mercury is priced at $60. This is amazing in what you get for the price. This wallet is very similar to the EJV wallet we reviewed recently.
Leather making is a therapy for Jordan, and his love of his creations shows. Admittedly, Jordan says the patchwork wallet takes some breaking in due to the stitching and says that it interferes with card insertion at times. I did not experience that, but honestly, the uniqueness of this wallet makes it all worthwhile, and the card access between each of these wallets did not face any problem at all, it just goes in smoothly.
If you are interested in buying, go to his Etsy store, which is linked below. His Instagram account was hacked when he was raising funds for Ukraine, which is unfortunate. So, hit him up on his Etsy store. Right now, all the profits from his wallet are to sponsor a friend from Kharkiv, Ukraine, to bring him to the United States for two years to keep him safe. Jordan, thank you for your excellent products and your service, brother.
The final score for the Mercury Patchwork is 5 for quality, three for the price that is $150, but all the labor that goes into it does it justice. Features score a 3 as well as usability, and perception scores a 5. That gives this wallet a final score of 39 out of 50. The Mercury, on the other hand, the regular Mercury, scores 5 for quality, 4 for the price, 3 for features and usability, and 5 for perception. That gives it a score of 41 out of 50.