Minimalist is the way to go.
Your back, butt, and bank roll will thank you.
I’ve carried a “front-pocket” wallet for several years. Mine is an ingenious stainless steel wallet with a money clip on one side and a card slot on the other, capable of holding about 5 cards.
It’s nice, but it could be better. I’m glad I found the Cinch Kickstarter project.
What makes the Cinch wallet so special?
My current minimalist wallet is a bit heavy, chips easily, and requires me to remove all of my cards to access a card 2 or 3 deep in the stack.
Where the Cinch differs is that it uses an elastic “keeper” band to retain the contents around the oak or stainless steel “backbone” of the wallet.
This means you keep a much more flexible ratio of cards to cash — or hell, even an SD card or thumb drive — securely in/on the wallet.
What makes it eco-friendlier?
The Cinch wallet has a stainless steel backbone or an oak backbone.
The oak backbone is made from 100% salvaged or ethically sourced wood and finished with environmentally friendly, non-toxic tung oil.
In addition, Portsmith Co (the makers of the Cinch) will plant 1 tree for every board foot (12″ x 12″ x 1″) used to produce the oak backbones.
Special note: As of the time of this writing 8 of 20 special edition Cinch wallets with a Padauk wood backbone are still available.
The stainless steel version of the wallet isn’t inherently “eco-friendly”, but it is made in the U.S. and incorporates an integrated bottle opener (not found on the oak backbone), so you can open your favorite craft beer.
Go “back” it
As with any Kickstarter campaign, the product needs to be fully funded to come to fruition. And as of right now, the Cinch project has 10 days left and has $6,443 of its needed $10,000 pledged.
I think this is a great product idea that adds some much needed style and versatility to the minimalist wallet market. Add in the fact that the oak backbones are reclaimed or ethically sourced and it’s a no-brainer.
That’s why I’ve personally “backed” the project at the $25 level to get an oak backbone version.
If you dig it and would like to make the jump to a minimalist wallet, consider backing it yourself.