Lost Dutchman Franklin MINI wallet; why go smaller?

The regular Lost Dutchman Franklin isn't that big, so why do we all like the Franklin Mini wallet? It's because of minimalism! If we can make it work by going smaller, then we're all in! And so how does the Mini Franklin perform? Let's take a look!

(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)

There’s a mini version of Lost Dutchman’s popular Franklin wallet. So is it as good as the original? And why would you want something smaller?

“Wow, looks just like the regular Franklin.” Well, it is, except that it’s mini. Like the original this is an origami style wallet. It has no sewing, no rivets, no buttons. There are a couple differences between this and the regular Franklin, however, and you can see that in the comparison video between the two.

Designing a unique wallet of this type takes time, it’s no simple matter. Once all the hard work has been completed in designing and prototyping, then it’s only a matter of cutting the leather, folding it, creasing it, then off you go. Due to the simplicity of construction, origami wallets should generally be inexpensive.

Taking a look at features, this is a vertical cardholder. It has a flap for security, and if we look at the interior, there is the main compartment for cards and cash folded twice and accommodate up to eight cards. It measures 3.6 by 2.4 by 0.4”, and it weighs 24 grams or 0.9 ounces. Leather minimalism shines from this wallet, and it’ll work well in fitted pants, also called skinny jeans, which are so uncomfortable.

If you want to carry more cash or more cards, then maybe the regular Franklin might be for you. It is designed and made in the United States, from a full grain, veg, tanned, Wickett & Craig glazed harness leather, which measures out to be about a three and a half ounce weight. The top edge of the flap is lightly burnished, it’s not a high gloss, but it’s not raw leather either.

Lost Dutchman Franklin Mini Card and Cash Insertion Test
Card and Cash Insertion Test

It’s priced fairly and is less expensive than the full Frankin or the Thin Finn. Now, onto the final score. For quality of 5. This is consistent with all Lost Dutchman work. Price a 4, features, a 3, works as it should. Usability of 5. Really, and a perception of 5, Lost Dutchman continues to prove, and Nate in particular, that he’s a craftsman, takes care of his customers. That gives us a final score of 4.6 out of 5, which happens to be the same score as the regular Franklin.

Lost Dutchman - Franklin Mini

The Mini Franklin is a stitchless card holder that combines minimalism with usability. Main pocket holds up to 6-8 cards with folded cash. Card can be slid in back of wallet for easy access.

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Quality 100%
Price 80%
Features 60%
Usability 100%
Perception 100%

Technical Details




3.6 x 2.4 x .4”

Notable Materials


Country of Manufacture

United States

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