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Tom Bihn Nik's Minimalist Wallet Review

Wallets are one of the most used and carried personal goods in our life. In the beginning, just like anyone, I was carrying a bulky and big wallet. However with time I’ve discovered that it’s possible to carry a wallet that is simpler and more minimal.

When I visited the Tom Bihn factory last year in December, Nik himself was kind enough to provide me several of his new designs: The Tom Bihn Nik’s Minimalist Wallets!

Nik designed this wallet for the minimalist out there. For those who carry only their essentials.

These wallets were designed to meet the following design criteria:

The minimalist wallet comes in multiple colors

The minimalist wallet comes in multiple colors

The wallet can fit up to 6 credit cards or depending on the card thickness 3-4 credit cards and 4-6 ID’s (health insurance, membership cards, etc..). This gives you enough space to carry all your important cards.

The wallets come in multiple varieties (ranging from $24 up to $32). They all are identical in size, but they slightly look different and have small features builtin:

Wallet #1, #3 and #4 in order.

Wallet #1, #3 and #4 in order.

Wallet #4 can be attached to a bag

Wallet #4 can be attached to a bag

The most interesting difference compared to other minimalist wallets I have carried is how unstructured Nik’s Minimalist Wallet is. It’s not stiff and very soft. It becomes rigid only when you put some cards in it.

You can carry the wallet in two ways.

You can carry the wallet in two ways.

Unlike a classic wallet that is usually made of leather, Nik’s Minimalist wallet uses two light materials to cut the down the weight even more: 210 Ballistic nylon - or - 400d Halcyon.

Cash bills have to be tri-folded so they can fit

Cash bills have to be tri-folded so they can fit

Some couple of final thoughts after using it for almost 5-6 months:

Overall I really like Tom Bihn Nik’s Minimalist Wallet due it’s size and weight. I never feel like I’m carrying something which is a huge plus for me. I know it’s also very limiting, but I’ve managed to use minimalist wallets now for years and I can’t go back using a big & bulky wallet.


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