Hardgraft Atypical Wallet Review
[Buyers Guide 2022]
The world of Leather Wallets is cluttered with generic designs and as Hardgraft calls it ‘Homgenous’ Wallets (which means having everything looking alike). Boring and stale are just a few words I’d use to describe much of the market with Bifolds and simple wallets that can be dated back over a century. Far and few between are a few brands that go out of their way to innovate within the wallet world. We’ve seen it with the Ridge Wallet or the Secrid, but not usually with traditional-style leather wallets.
Hardgraft is a brand that is all about innovation in design. Founded in 2007 by monie.ka & James in the Austrian Alps, they are self-proclaimed creatives who believe in clever, thoughtful, and unexpected designs that go against the norms of modern design. Today, we’re going to be taking a look at one of their latest wallets the Atypical Wallet to see if this unique design is worth its hefty price.
Look & Design
The Ayptical Wallet is designed so that it can be carried in either your front or back pocket. This is thanks to the fact the wallet measures a tiny 10 x 7 x 1.5 cm making it compact and barely noticeable when carrying. The slim design of the wallet makes it easy to carry, and it does not add unnecessary bulk to your pocket. This being said, Hardgraft has still managed to create a wallet that is small in size and has a great capacity for cash and cards with an emphasis on ease of access.
It’s a beautiful minimalist wallet that’s been meticulously crafted from Full Grain Leather (sourced from Italy) and Hardgrafts signature felt which compliments it nicely. The leather is soft, yet durable, and over time with develops a deep rich patina as the leather ages. Everything about the wallet oozes quality and attention to detail.
One design feature that reoccurs in many of Hardgraft’s products is their use of felt (always in gray) an attractive matted material. I love the way this material looks, it adds a nice textural difference and compliments the stark leather beautifully.
Functionality & Utility
The Atypical Wallet provides ample space for everything you need on a day-to-day basis. One of the things that I really love about the Hardgraft Atypical Wallet is the design. As we mentioned earlier the Atypical Wallet is like no leather wallet we’ve used or seen before. It’s designed in a Trifold Style with 2 flaps that allow access to one main slot that hosts two individual pockets. It uses two snap buttons, located on the front, to keep these flats closed and secured in place.
The capacity for cash and cards is fantastic and you can even store a few coins within it if you so wish. A capacity of around 4 – 7 cards is probably the wallet’s max with a bunch of banknotes that would need to be folded and stored within. What I like about this design is its simplicity. Having everything within one slot means accessing what you need, at ease and at speed, is very efficient and the wallet is very easy and fun to use.
Overall, I’m extremely impressed with the Hardgraft Atypical Wallet. I’ve been using the Hardgraft Atypical Wallet for a little over a month now and it’s quickly become one of my favorite Everyday Carry items. It’s beautifully designed, well-crafted, and highly functional all thanks to its unique way to maximize space allowing for all your cash and cards to easily be accessible from one central slot.
At a price tag of $150.00, the Atypical Wallet is by no means cheap. That being said, for its unique design, premium materials, and exemplary craftsmanship I really can’t complain as the wallet really does have a lot to offer compared to many other wallets on the market. For more information on the Atypical Wallet, and to view the full range of products from Hardgraft, check out their official website using the link below.
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