43 Folders

Back to Work

Merlin’s weekly podcast with Dan Benjamin. We talk about creativity, independence, and making things you love.

Join us via RSS, iTunes, or at 5by5.tv.

”What’s 43 Folders?”
43Folders.com is Merlin Mann’s website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work.

Open Thread: What's your favorite minimalist wallet?

Like most 43F articles on economical carriage and stowage, the Jimi post attracted a lot of interest. Makes me think it's time for an open thread: What's your favorite minimalist wallet? Jimi? Slimmy? Moneyclip? Coin purse? Goin' commando? Spill in comments (and feel free to link to canonical product pages or price compar-i-nators like Froogle).

My own winner for minimalism? Starting before a trip to New York in the late 80s, I started wrapping my driver's license, ATM card, and a bill or two in a couple of my Goody pony tail holders (shut up). I think that was my wallet for at least the next two years -- until I got my first real job and decided to go cowhide again. Still, it remains one of my favorites.

Crucial's picture

I threw the wallet out...

I threw the wallet out a good ten years back. I had always been a minimalist, and for a long time had a silky black ripstop number that added practically nothing in terms of thickness, but then that wore out and I could not find a suitable alternative.

Eventually I realized that I could get away with one credit card / debit card, my ID a few business cards and a luck $2 bill folded small between the lot. I fold my large bills around this, and hold everything together with a large stainless steel butterfly clip. Butterfly clips are great, they last for ever, look good, are easy to slip over my bills and add practically no thickness to my minimal bill fold. One added advantage is that when I go to Europe my wallet system still works (Euro bills are way larger than US bills). Small bills and change sit in my front pocket.




An Oblique Strategy:
Honor thy error as a hidden intention


Subscribe with Google Reader

Subscribe on Netvibes

Add to Technorati Favorites

Subscribe on Pageflakes

Add RSS feed

The Podcast Feed


Merlin used to crank. He’s not cranking any more.

This is an essay about family, priorities, and Shakey’s Pizza, and it’s probably the best thing he’s written. »

Scared Shitless

Merlin’s scared. You’re scared. Everybody is scared.

This is the video of Merlin’s keynote at Webstock 2011. The one where he cried. You should watch it. »