The Best Men’s Money Clip Wallets
Money Clips are a clever and functional part of many wallets today. Over the years many wallet manufacturers have innovated in the ways they incorporate money clips into their wallet and the huge range of choice out there can be quite daunting. And then theirs the issue of faulty or simply bad money clips.
Over the years I’ve reviewed hundreds of wallets and one of the main issues I’ve had with money clips is down to the fact they just don’t work very well. For example, the clip becomes loose and your cash falls out. In one comical instance, the entire clip came away from the leather rendering the wallet basically useless.
What you need to know…
Every style guru will insist that you carry only the bare essentials in your wallet because every man’s wallet should be slim and sleek. Often, a money clip is suggested as a stylish alternative. Many guys who took that suggestion and ended up with a money clip found themselves fumbling with stray credit cards and IDs. A popular hybrid is available for those who are trying to strike that fine balance between style and functionality. It’s a wallet with a money clip, or in short, a money clip wallet.
A money clip wallet looks like a typical billfold wallet except that it’s thinner. It’s thinner because it doesn’t have any bill compartment and it doesn’t have any side pockets. Other than the money clip that runs through the center of the wallet, it usually has credit card slots on both sides of the wallet. There are three things you should look out for when you’re buying a money clip wallet.
1. The Money Clip
Not all money clips are made the same. Fiddle around with the money clip. Open and close the money clip a few times. It should snap open easily and more importantly, the grip should be tight when it snaps back into position. It has a lot to do with the spring mechanism.
If this sounds like rocket science to you, bring along 15 to 20 notes with you when you’re making your purchase. Try out the money clip and make sure it holds the notes in place. The notes should be secured tightly if it’s a good money clip. Also, check to see if the money clip is fixed to the wallet or if it’s detachable. Always go for one with a non-detachable money clip. You’ll feel a lot more secure.
2. The Leather
With a metal clip as the spine of the wallet, a money clip wallet is understandably stiffer than a typical billfold wallet. That’s why it’s a good idea to choose one made of leather that’s soft and supple.
3. The Size
A money clip wallet is meant to be slim and sleek so it’s usually smaller than a regular wallet. Some are designed especially for U.S. dollars, such as the one by Mont Blanc, and bills such as the euro may be too big for your wallet. So make sure you get one that fits the currency you use.
Remember, you’ll only look stylish if you carry the right money clip wallet. You wouldn’t want to be fumbling with your notes because of a lousy money clip. You wouldn’t want your notes to be sticking out because your money clip wallet is too small. So make your choice wisely.
The Andar Pilot Wallet
The Andar Pilot is a combination of attractive design, great functionality and a reasonable price tag to match. What stands out about this wallet isn’t the money clip but the wheel spring-loaded mechanism which enables you to simply and easily get access to your cards with a push of a button. Along with this the wallet also has a very sturdy money clip producing on the back.
- One Card Slot (access cards by rotating The Wheel)
- Holds 1–6 Cards
- Full Grain Oil Waxed Leather
- Anodized Aluminum Case | Matte Black Finish
- RFID Protected
- Measures 4 17/32” x 2 ½” x 17/32”
- Two Unique Designs | Money Clip & Minimal
The Andar Pilot comes in at $65 which is by no means cheap. Nevertheless, the wallet is perfect for those looking for easy access to your cards while retaining the feature of a money clip. For more information on the Andar Pilot Wallet check out their website here.
The Wallum M1 Wallet
What stands out about the Wallum M1 wallet is it’s incredibly innovative and attractive design. Made from 2 plates of stainless steel banded together with (you guessed it) rubber bands, this wallet is a minimalist wallet at its core. The money clip on the back is probably the best I’ve seen on here. It’s sturdy as its physically welded to the back of the wallet.
- RFID Blocking Slim Wallet
- Money Clip for Bank Note
- Can Hold up to 12 Cards
- Product Size: 88*57*12mm
- Designed and Made in Austria
Coming in at around $60.00 the Wallum is a good price for what you get. The design might not be for everybody but if you’re looking for something a little different this wallet might be for you. For more information on the Wallum and their range check out their website here.
The Goods Villainaire Leather Wallet
What stands out about the goods wallet is it’s material and build quality. The leather is top quality vegetable tanned cowhide leather and with its unique snakeskin design, the wallet screams uniqueness. The front slots hold up to a preferred maximum of 4 cards, while the money clip on the back secures your bills. The money clip on this wallet is one of the longest of my top 5 which is definitely beneficial to better secure your cash.
‘Like the bad boy that everyone has a crush on back in school, The Villainaire makes you look badass without breaking some hearts’ – A cringy quote from The Goods website.
The only issue I have with the Villainaire wallet is the price. Coming in at $80.00 this wallet is the most expensive on this list. Nevertheless, the wallets are definitely one which would last you a lifetime thanks to its premium build quality and material. For more information on the Villainaire wallet by The Goods check out their website by clicking the link below.
The Ridge Wallet
The Ridge wallet was one of the reasons why I originally fell in love with minimalist wallets. The ridge wallet uses an elasticated band for its money clip and it works a treat. Its design is also incredibly made from stainless steel with beautifully crafted accents to add to its charm.
- Holds 1-12 cards without stretching out
- Blocks RFID (wireless theft)
- Replaceable elastic
- Backed by our lifetime warranty
- Free returns within 45 days
- 3k carbon fiber weave | matte finish
- Weight: 1.6 oz | 86 x 54 x 6 mm
Like most wallets, the design isn’t for everyone. With this wallet, you’re getting a more industrial look. Although with that being said the range of colors this wallet is available in can change the wallet’s entire appearance.
With wallets starting from $75.00 this wallet is another high-end wallet. But the wallet works well and with its attractive design and innovative money clip, I’m confident this could be the wallet for you. For more information on the Ridge wallet why not check out our full in-depth review by clicking here.
The Edwin Wallet
The Edwin wallet stands out as it’s an innovative take on the money clip design is genius and works amazingly. Remember those crocodile clips you used to get in school? Well, Edwin’s idea was to incorporate a similar design in the way the money clip works. In my opinion, out of all these wallets, Edwin is the only one who smashes it out of the park when it comes to the clip.
‘No hardware, no bands, no textiles. The Edwin wallet is built from a single piece of metal. One size truly fits all; the binder clip style backbone is perfectly capable of holding a single card (the extreme minimalist) or up to 10 cards (the striving minimalist). Opposite the binder clip side of the wallet, is a quick draw, a single card slot for your most used card; no more holding up the checkout line’.
Along with this, the wallet is incredibly slim and has a unique and attractive design (although it might not be for everyone’s tastes). The wallet is also priced on the lower end of the spectrum coming in at $32.95. But be quick, the Edwin wallet is commonly out of stock. For more information on the Edwin Wallet check out our full review by clicking here.
The Alto Collection
What I loved about the Alto collect of wallets (the entire range is good) is their simplicity but also their use of materials. All these wallets are made from wood. I included this range of wallets as something a little different from the traditional. Wooden wallets are all about what they look like and are limited by their material when it comes to their functionality and what they can do.
The Alto wallets are no exception from this rule but with attractive materials and money, clips included the Alto are great wallets for those who what a unique wallet and design. With prices starting at $28.00 the Alto collection are the cheapest wallets on our list. For more information visit their website by clicking here.
The I-Clip Wallet
The final wallet I’d like to mention is the I-Clip. It seems suitable to mention this wallet as the entire purpose of this article is to talk about money clip wallets and this literally has it in its name.
The I-Clip is almost like a small case. Once opened you have a range of options for storing your cash and cards with a money clip accessible from the inside of the casing. Made from a combination of metal and leather the I-Clip is truly an innovative take on the wallet. It’s by no means the smallest on this list but coming in at around $55.00 it’s a great price for those looking for a great compromise between size and functionality.
For more information on the I-Clip wallet why not check out their website by clicking the link here.
The M-Clip Money Clip
The M-Clip is quite a stark difference to other wallets on this list. First of all, it would probably be wrong to even call it a wallet. The M-Clip is a modern take on the traditional money-clip that typically is used to carry only banknotes in an easy to access manner. Due to our more modern cashless society they are not as popular as they once were. That being said, the M-Clip has changed this and provides a new and innovative way to use a money clip for all your EDC needs.
The first thing to note about the M-Clip is its amazing build quality. Made from high quality aircraft grade aluminum that’s both lightweight and durable. Its size is also tiny coming in at just 2.3 inches x .75 inches which firmly puts it in the minimalist category. If I had to mention one downside it’s its unusual shape. Being a money-clip it’s odd shape does make for an uncomfortable and odd feeling in the pocket (front or back). That being said, it’s easy to get used to (as long as your jeans are not too tight) and probably won’t be an issue for most people.
Using a similar design to those crocodile clips you might have come across in school, the M-Clip uses a clamp and slide mechanism to easily store and access your cash and cards. This works by applying pressure to the extended levers then pushing forward to secure everything in place and reduce its size. With a maximum capacity of up to 8 credit cards with more than enough room for approximately 10 banknotes.
Coming in at a varying price tag between $79.99 – $140.00, the M-Clip is our most expensive wallet on this list. It’s up to you if you feel comfortable spending as much as this on a money clip wallet but price aside it really is a great little wallet. For more information on the M-Clip Money Clip check out their official website using the link below.
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