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Serman Brand 1.S and its tried and tested money clip….problems?

There’s nothing super special about the Serman 1.S wallet, it’s a version of many wallets you can find out there, including the money clip, which is the traditional spring-loaded type. But tried and true can also mean reliable, so if you’re looking for a wallet that isn’t fancy and doesn’t have crazy design unique, this will work.

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

Today we are going to review the Serman Brands 1.S.  It is an older model, but it has a lot of history to it and a lot of people have used it. Serman Brands always come in a nice box that has a nice clean look to them. It is also packaged in a cotton bag. This is the California desert color. 

The following is the feature review of the Serman Brands 1.S wallet. This is a bi-fold and has features on the exterior with a quick access card slot. It also has a quick thumb push and another slot on the back. When we open the wallet there is a money clip. It is a spring-loaded money clip which can be removed. Therefore, you have the ability to use the wallet with or without the money clip. On the left hand side there are two card slots that I am sure can handle one or two cards. They are not meant to handle a lot. There is also a pull-strap. The pull-strap is here because there is a top down card access. This is where you would probably have cards that you don’t use very often. But of course with the pull-strap, it makes it very functional. 

As for the card and cash test, I was able to get eight cards and five slips of cash inside. The company recommends six to eight cards. It does not work with Yen or Euro. The wallet is just a little too narrow for it to work. The money clip is removable. There have been a lot of complaints about the removable money clip. I think it’s a matter of understanding how it works and functions. The money clip tightens around a spring which can unwind after a while and become weak.  Therefore, you are going to have to wind it at times if it becomes really weak. It’s not that it’s broken, it’s just that it has a spring based tension which you will have to tighten yourself.

From a quality perspective, this is made in China. Their website, Serman Brands, emphasizes they use both full and top grain leather for their wallets. This might be the case, but it’s definitely a chrome tanned leather which is a very typical Chinese leather production, which is fine.

The sewing is decent and the edges are turned. There are pieces on both sides that are turned in and then sewn. This is typically done when the leather is split very thin and/or you have a liner which they do for the RFID.  RFID is a big thing in this wallet and it actually takes away from a ton of the leather. There have also been reports that the pull-strap starts pulling out from the liner, which is a problem. If they had more leather in there, that might solve that problem. 

The pricing on this is $30 which is a very reasonable price. As for usability, it is easy to get cards in and out of this. Most people seem to have no problems with it in general, except for the money clip, which is just an adjustment thing. 

The measurements on it is 4 x 3 x 0.5” and weighs 52 grams. It includes a one year warranty. This is not a lifelong wallet. I wouldn’t expect it to last longer than five years, which might be fine with you. And for those of us with short attention spans,  like me, I think that’s fine.

As for the final score. For quality a 3, price a 3, features a 3, usability a 4 and perception a 3. That gives us a final score of 31 out of 50. Serman Brands makes good wallets. We have others we are going to be reviewing. 

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