(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
Today we’re looking at the Frenchie Speed Card Holder 1.0, which is the original version that spawned the Frenchie Speed Card Holder 2.0 and the Frenchie Speed Mini. I love how the Frenchie products are packaged. It comes packaged in a two-toned box with a slant cut lid feature. The instructions actually pop up from the box when it is opened with the wallet popping up, almost presenting itself to you. This particular wallet is in the saddle brown color.
By way of features, there is a slot on the exterior of the wallet which is where you would put cash folded over twice. In the interior of the wallet there are three additional pockets with each containing a pull strap for card extraction with capacity of three cards in each slot.
In the card and cash insertion test I was able to insert two cards per slot and five slips of cash, for a total of 6 cards. Reasonable carry would probably be five cards minimum with nine cards being the maximum, three cards in each slot. But even with nine cards and no cash, it still sits nicely in the pocket.
The wallet is designed and made in Columbia “with love”. They say that in stamps on the inside of the leather with every wallet. Made from Italian leather, the sewing is very precise in the way all the layers are lined up. It might seem like a simple task, but it takes significant effort when you are trying to sew all the way across, and down through multi layers of leather and have all the leather pieces line up perfectly. It’s a nice demonstration of precision in the craftsmanship, as well as the sewing. The wallet is lined with RFID lining, which is the offering, I wish they had a version without RFID lining.
The wallet is priced at $69 on their website, which includes free shipping from Columbia to the United States.
Unlike their other speed wallets, I like how the front and back pull straps of this one rest more in line at the top of the wallet, less visible straps and they avoid the floppiness of strap heads. With five wraps of leather, it still feels very thin when empty. It is nice and firm and feels good in your hands and is easy to access cards.
The wallet measures 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.4” and weighs 23 grams.
For the final score: for quality a 4, price a 3, features a 4, usability a 4, and perception a 4. This gives us a final score of 38 out of 50.