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We have the top 10 Slim Wallets for 2022, Lost Dutchman Leather the Franklin, Tauruscamp AirTag, Mitchell Leather LWCW, the SECRID Cardprotector, Lost Dutchman Thin Finn, the second Lost Dutchmans in the list, the Lighthouse Leather Astragal, the Ochre leather Flip, Open Sea leather stitch-less, Ekster Aluminum card holder, and the 2OfUsLV Copper Classic.
What makes all these wallets score so high?
Getting right to the business of the Lost Dutchman Franklin, what makes this wallet on the top 10 list is it is not sewn, therefore, it has all the same capacity as the big fan , but is not as wide. The fold as well as the back provide some security for quick access cards, and like the larger Big Finn, it allows cash to be folded once or used as a wrap. It is easy to use and has a simple yet elegant design. Besides, the maker stamp is on the inside leaving the exterior nice and clean.
Tauruscamp Grain AirTag has the ability to keep a card for tap payment in the front. I also like being able to open the flip top right with my thumb. It is a simple process, you just grab it, open it up, and gain access to all the contents. Besides, you can order this wallet in the right-handed or left-handed version. In addition, cash is accessible on the side, so whether you open it or not, you have access to cash. On the inside, the top tier is nice. The thumb notch makes access to cards easy, recognizing that you need the ability to grab a card or cash with your finger and thumb is a very nice way of thinking. This wallet may appear to be a little bigger than you would expect, but this is the eight centimeter version which can handle all currencies. They also have a seven centimeter version, which if you are not using larger currencies like Yen or Euro, would work better for you.
The next wallet is Leather Mitchell LWCW. One thing I enjoy about Dave’s creations is the exactness of what he produces, he is meticulous about details. If you look at the bottom cut layer you can see that they are precise and that is not something you always see on leather works, but Dave is very precise and I really like the thinner cut of leather, although the weight is not super thin like we see with most wallets or heavier like what we see with the Craft and Lore as an example. Dave does this to keep it nice and thin, but in the end, it is a personal preference. Now unlike other wallets where cards go completely deep, especially into the center area, in this wallet cards stick out a little from the top. It protrudes out enough to keep the top of the card safe, but easy to retrieve, with no digging in the middle slot. The downside, of course, is that you have more cards that are exposed, which means they will see more wear and tear over time.
We have the SECRID Cardprotector with the optional band that can be bought separately. The card protector is what started it all with a box wallet in the injector category. With simplicity and ease of use, this trigger has a solid reputation because it can recover instead of being broken if it happens to get smashed in or other mishaps that the company has evaluated over the years. It has a solid reputation with longevity in the marketplace and is constantly updated from market experience by the company. It just gets better and better over time. I like the band, which is more common with box wallets, because it is durable and easier to use than silicone, in my mind. It is a little smaller than the extra, if you match up the triggers at the bottom, but still provides up to six cards. This is a classic and is still one of the best wallets we have reviewed this year.
Now, the Thin Finn, the other Lost Dutchman in this review’s top 10, is lovely just like the Franklin. It is sleek, easy to use, does not create undue bulk in your pocket, and the price is awesome. The flap is what makes it different from the Finnigan. The Finnigan has a complete strap that tucks into itself and this simplicity does sell the day quite often. You can get cash folded twice in, as well as a good number of cards, and you will see that it is thin and very small.
The following wallet is the Lighthouse Leather Astragal, this one is Horween and we all love Horween Leather, but it is Horween of Asia, Ogawa leather. The tanning and finishing process is absolutely amazing and absolutely beautiful. For a wrap wallet, I really like the high gloss burnishing on the edges and we have got this flare in the leather that allows more cards in before it has to stretch. In the full review you can see that unless you put three or four cards in, they will have a tendency to fall out. But other than that, I do like this design.
The Ochre leather FLIP has an attractive wider stance right at the top which provides easy ingress and egress for cards and cash. Cash folded twice goes right in and the flap gives you a hard stop so you know that you have got the proper distance for a card to be in. The cash is inserted over on the top and with this sitting flat, you have a quick access card slot in the back, a very easy in-your-pocket wallet.
We have another stitchless wallet beside the Franklin from Lost Dutchman, the Stitch-less Open Sea leather. It uses the
The Ekster Aluminum Cardholder, unlike the leather-wrapped Senate wallet from Ekster, has a sleek brushed aluminum and the black plate, which is also aluminum, and is more refined. It has a channel for the elastic, which is much better in my mind than the new silicon ones that we have coming out from Ekster. For some reason, I like the elastic, while the silicone is nice and looks great, it collects dust and dirt. And like the SECRID, we are dealing with an extruded aluminum body which is more durable than boxed wallets that have plates that are screwed together. Now, I would have to say that the trigger mechanism on the Ekster has more problems reported than the SECRID, but again, it is a very popular wallet.
The slimmed down version of Ekster's popular box wallet, the expanded storage capabilities with the back plate allow everything except coins to be carried.
The final wallet is the interesting 2OfUsLV Copper Classic. The connection to minerals and earth in this rugged steampunk type wallet is really intriguing and makes it a piece of art and a great conversation starter. I have got it with this copper that has been beat into. It looks like it could have been created by the Vikings, and being hammered, it has black stainless steel screws that attach the leather to the copper plate. The leather on this wallet is crazy horse leather, so it will patina all day long and will get better with age. It is so primitive and that is its charm and beauty.