(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
Today we are reviewing the Decadent Minimalist DM-1 wallet. I have had this for a number of months and have been wanting to do a review on it. This wallet comes in a tightly focused box. The color is gold and it comes packaged in a cotton bag.
For the feature review of the Decadent Minimalist DM-1 wallet there are some slip holes on both sides at the top, so you could run cord through if you wanted to use it with a lanyard. Although they do have a specific lanyard version of the wallet, if you wanted to carry it around your neck with an ID. There are also options available for cash slip cards. It acts like a card, but this is primarily a card wallet. This is the 12 card version.
With the card and cash insertion test, this is the twelve card version and as expected I was able to put twelve cards in there very easily. The twelve cards are flat with no embossing. If you had embossed cards, that would reduce the capacity just a bit. I would say you could get maybe six to eight embossed cards inside. From a minimalist carry perspective, even though this is made for twelve cards, you could get away with four to eight cards reasonably well, especially if you have other options and features like the money clip or a coin tray. But as a card holder primarily, it makes you wonder if we still need cash?
The Decadent Minimalist is designed in the United States and made in Seattle. They have a four, five, eight, and twelve card version of the wallet in aluminum, nickel, and titanium which are all great materials. They come in different colors on the aluminum side which makes this a great option if you are looking for particular colors to design as your own. This one is CNC’d from a single billet of 6061 T6 aerospace grade aluminum. There are no additional components, just one piece.
The pricing on this is $69 for the card portion. If you want to carry cash, it will require the money clip piece which is almost two thirds the price of the main wallet.
As for usability, from a simplicity perspective, this is easy. It is easy to put cards in and pull them out. If you want to gain access to cards, you just remove them. You find the card that you want and easily remove it and replace it with ease. This is a very functional wallet.
One potential issue is that it can’t handle non rigid cards. So unless you laminate your cards, of which they provide a kit to do that, you have no method of really being able to put other things in here like discount cards or other non credit card sized items.
The measurements of this wallet is 3.5 x 2.3 x 0.5 and weighs 26 grams. This is very light.
Like most companies these days, they got their start on Kickstarter and over the course of two campaigns, they crushed it on Kickstarter. I am excited to see what additional products they may come out with in the future beyond just the design for this which they have been sitting on and selling for a few years. It is excellent and something well worth adding to your collection if you are interested in this kind of a wallet.
So now let’s get onto the final score. For quality a 5, price a 2, and usability a 4 and perception a 4. That gives us a final score of 37 out of 50.