The new PATINA wallet comes in brass and titanium, made from a single piece of metal. It handle’s cards and cash in a unique way, but can it handle the abuse of being a wallet?
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
We have the PATINA wallet from Switzerland. And comes in either titanium or brass. The packaging is very clever, pushing from the bottom up to reveal the metal wallet. It comes with instructions for bills and cards.
As we know, brass patinas beautifully over time, which is why its name is PATINA. This wallet has two primary features. The first are cards which go in the middle and have a quick access thumb push slot to remove cards, which can be done in either direction as they’re no backstops for the cards. The curl of the metal provides tension which holds down the cards when inserted, preventing them from falling out. Cash slides in on the other side, by pushing cash folded once in. It then curls around inside the wallet, not interfering with the card slot.
The wallet measures 3.3 by 2.5 by 0.6”, and the titanium version weighs 46 grams or 1.6 ounces.
Eight cards is likely the maximum, so minimalist card carry would be 4 with 8 being the maximum. For quality, the wallet is designed and made in Switzerland. It’s recyclable via the choice of metals; titanium and brass, both made from a single piece of metal to reduce waste. It’s all handmade using manually operated machines. So whether it’s stamping, bending, grinding or polishing, this is not a mass production process. They take their time and put it together with love. One thing to point out on the pocket insertion, this wallet is not made for a back pocket as any pressure can destroy the bends and curls, it’s a front-pocket wallet.
The brass is priced at $88 and the titanium $98. There are 2 methods to insert and work with cash, so please watch the video if you’re interested.
This wallet was inspired by a small cigarette case that Tim was carrying and resulted in the wallet you see today. The two owners, Pascal and Tim developed the idea with these two metals which develop a beautiful patina.
So on to the final score. For quality a 5, price a 2, features a 3, usability a 3. The cash is a little fiddly, but I still think it works well, and perception a 4. That gives us a final score of 36 out of 50.