Another wallet from Australia, the nivisto is made from kangaroo leather, one of my favorite hides. It’s a natural colored leather, with brown thread. This will develop a beautiful patina over time because of the lighter color.
It’s hand sewn and saddle stitched. The corners are double stitched to handle the wear and prevent the leather from tearing away. This burnishing is done with real bees wax. It’s lightly burnished, and looks and feels really good. The wallet is simple, with no exterior features, but there are 4 card slots with one on the inside in the billfold pocket.
Minimalist carry is probably three cards, five is reasonable. The company recommends up to seven. One thing to mention about trifolds is they handle currencies nicely, especially polymer notes for country currencies, like we see with the United Kingdom pound, Canadian dollar, Australian dollar, Swiss franc, et cetera. The material they’re made from doesn’t lend themselves to being folded well. And they really spring back into form easily. Because they’re not paper, they are a little hard to fold and do not stay that way, and tend to slip around a lot.
The question is whether the United States will follow suit with polymer notes. I really doubt it for a lot of reasons. From a quality perspective, this is designed and made in Australia. It’s a full grain veg tanned kangaroo leather, and is the reason it’s incredibly thin. It’s not just cut thin, it’s thin naturally, is amazingly durable, and very, very strong. All these things contribute to it being a very light and tight carry.
This wallet, with nothing in it, is 0.3”(9mm) thick. It’s impressive for a trifold in how thin it is. The wallet consists of only three pieces of leather. There is less sewing, which reduces some of the bulk, which also assists in reducing gradual deconstruction over time.
It comes in 10 colors. From a usability perspective, due to the thin nature of the kangaroo leather, this trifold feels and operates like it’s a bifold. And with a deep billfold pocket in, you can carry receipts, additional cards, or loads of cash. Measurements are 3.7 x 2.9 x 0.3”, and it’s only 32 grams, very, very light.
As I keep alluding to, I really like the designs of nivisto products overall. This is just one in their long line of products. As I mentioned, I’ve really fallen in love with kangaroo leather. You can find kangaroo hide products in the United States, but as might be expected, you can’t purchase any kangaroo products in California.
For the final score, quality is a 5, price a 3, features a 3, usability a 4, perception a 4. That gives us a great score of 4 out of 5.
Kangaroo leather is fast becoming my favorite leather for durability and strength while still being a low weight cut. The nivisto Redfern Kangaroo Trifold is as thin as a bifold, but with everything you'd expect in a trifold