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Rustico’s Voyager wallet brings authentic craftsmanship!

The simplicity and raw beauty of the Rustico Voyager bifold brings anyone back to what real leather looks, smells and feels like. The tactile nature of this wallet makes it irresistible, and the clever long-side, short-side make holding cash easy in a simple card bifold.

As you can tell from the test, it handled 6+ plus cards in the long side, but you’d need to break it in to get more.  The short side held 4 cards easily, or 10 +slips of cash folding over only once which is really nice. The company makes no recommendation on how many cards or cash you can carry in the wallet, so it’s fully up to you to decide through usage.

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

On quality, this is full-grain leather, which is veg-tanned and smells wonderful. I could sit and smell this all day long. It’s a thicker cut at about 2 millimeters, but the patina will develop beautifully. It’s machine stitch, but there is also a hand stitch option when you order. It’s nice to know the difference between hand versus machine stitching Basically, When you use a machine, that line of stitching requires two separate threads that lock around each other in what is known as a “locking stitch”. Whereas, a hand-stitched line uses a single thread with needles on either end. The thread runs back and forth on either side of the leather in what is called a “running stitch”.  The hand-stitched piece that uses the “running stitch” provides a stronger and more durable construction than the machine sewn piece that uses the “locking stitch”.

If a thread were to snap on a piece that uses a sewing machine, the entire line of thread could potential unravel allowing the two pieces of leather to separate. However in a hand-stitched piece, the thread will not unravel and the leather pieces will not separate from each other. More importantly, it’s easier to repair the line of stitching.  That’s one reason why hand-stitched wallets cost more, it’s time intensive, but the quality is superior to machine stitching.

It has a rough natural edge to it, not burnished or painted, which is a preference. Overall, this is a great product. The pricing is only $34. That’s an excellent price for the quality, with it being made in the USA from locally sourced leather. Usability-wise the only complaint is this rustic grommet here that makes inserting cards on that short side very difficult until it breaks in, but I question whether it would continue to catch on cards, so I would put cash on that side instead.

The measurements are 3.2“ wide by 4.25” long, and .4” thin. The company continues to innovate with leather products and continues to expand its product lines.

Let’s get into the final score. For quality. it’s a 4 for price a 5, features a 3, usability a 3 and finally perception a 3. That gives us a final score 3.7 out of five or 37 out of 50

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