Looking like a Start Trek communicator, the Ochre Handcrafted FLIP wallet is well balanced, easy to use and unobtrusive in your pocket. The perfect quick access card and emergency card wallet, the handmade leather case is slim yet sufficient to carry your daily needs.
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
In this review, we have the Ochre Handcrafted FLIP Wallet, a wallet that almost looks like the communicator from the old Star Trek TV series.
The sewing is well done, it shows burnishing, and has got an unobtrusive stamp. Overall, it seems pretty straightforward. This wallet comes in eight different colors in addition to the natural color, which I am reviewing because I quite like it myself. The exterior has one quick access card slot with a capacity of one to two cards. It is also equipped with a security flap, which fits nicely on the strap because of how it kind of bows down, which is brilliant. The lower cut means that you are going to get this in, but it is not going to go much further thanks to the backstop, it is kind of a cool design. The interior has an interior cash slot, which should not be mistaken for a card slot because a full card will not be able to fit in, instead, it is for cash that should be folded twice. The adjacent side has two interior card slots, with one that is more of a card slit and hits the back slot, which is the main slot. I assume that this front slit is for quick access, transit passes, and work access cards. This main slot can accommodate one to five cards, which I think is a great capacity. Another thing to point out by way of features is that the rear quick access card slot does not come by default. It’s an extra $15 at the time of the recording. This means that every little thing you want to add to this wallet will cost you a little bit more money, but it allows you to customize it the way you want. It measures 4 x 3.1 x 0.4” and weighs 46 grams or 1.7 ounces. This could also pass as that smaller laser.
I got six cards and three slips of cash, since they are folded twice, the currency does not really matter. Still, I felt there was plenty of space and room for more cash, I think you could easily get five slips of cash in there. Reasonable carry is probably three cards. The company says that it can stretch up to eight cards. The first time out of the gate, this does require a little bit of break-in, but it is almost completely broken in for you.
This is designed and made in Canada, Toronto to be specific, and the leather is a waxed Ghost Buttero, which is a special vegetable-tanned leather from the Conceria Walpier Tannery in Italy. The top finish is a matte black or white wax that rubs away over time, exposing a very rich patina underneath as it develops over time; this is quite stunning. It is a four-ounce Buttero leather, therefore, from a pliability perspective, it’s flexible, but not floppy. It is still very strong and you can tell it is substantial. The burnishing is done with a darker beeswax application, it is smooth, but not shiny. The stitching is as you would hope, it has double stitching where leather corners meet, which means this will last a long time. Another interesting feature, is the elongated holes that are found on many wallets that have a slit. These holes prevent cutting or tearing into the leather over time through use. This is a usability design idea and, if you care about your design and the longevity of your product, that is something to look at.
It is all handmade and also has additional options like stamped initials, a lanyard lace, and even an air tag pouch, which is kind of interesting. If you want a different color thread, you will have to pay for it. The wallet itself is priced at $80USD or $100CAD
I like the wider stance of this wallet, which provides easy ingress and egress for cash and cards. It sits very flat so it will be very nondescript in your pants, purse, or pocket. The flap provides great security with the gradual cut down at the bottom. Cash, once folded twice, is tucked away in the upper flap and goes in rather smoothly without any problem or the need to stuff it in. However, since this is primarily a card wallet, cash should be treated as emergency cash. All joking aside, this is a solid wallet that, without any doubt, will hold up very well over time.
The final score of the Ochre Handcrafted FLIP Wallet is 5 for quality, 2 for the price because it is a little on the high end for the build, features score a 3, usability scores a four since cash could be managed better, but as a card first wallet, we know it is meant as a secondary carry for cash. With 4 for perception, this wallet gets a great score of 38 out of 50.