Titanium Wallet Progress (with photos!)

 

You will love me or hate me for this…

Actually, you might even love me and hate me 😛

I can’t keep this short today unfortunately (there is a little bit to explain) – so grab a coffee and I’ll wait here for you.

Okay, you’re back. Great! Let’s continue…

Just to make sure you’re up to speed (in case you’re brand new to what I do) – this post is about the titanium wallet I’ve been working on for a long time.

A titanium wallet is something I’ve been working on for, well, it seems like forever. As long as I can remember. Hell, it might even be longer than that. I’ve been asked for a titanium wallet more than any other product. People are hell-bent on it.

In fact – the last post I did on it received something like 130+ comments! So, yeah, serious stuff.

Truthfully, I’ve not been working on the titanium wallet for a year non-stop. It’s been on-and-off whenever I’ve had time to dedicate to it.

 

 

I Understand What YOU Want (I Think)

It’s funny…

In the past I never could quite grasp why there was so much interest in a wallet from me.

When I mentioned above that people keep asking me for a titanium wallet …well, that’s a bit of an understatement. I get asked over and over and over. Which is awesome (I’m not complaining!).

The form it usually takes is something like, “Magnus, I want to see YOUR take on a wallet” …or something very close to that.

In fact, whenever I post a photo or make a comment about a new product I’ve just designed …almost always someone says, “That’s all well and good Magnus …but when are you going to make the titanium wallet?!!”

But now I get it.

I finally understand why people are so over-the-top hungry for a titanium wallet from me. And it’s because there is not a wallet out there that works for them.

The reason I’m sure it’s this is because I have the exact same problem.

I’ve spent somewhere between $500 and $1000 on wallets from Kickstarter. Some good. Some horrible. But none that are great.

I’ve lost count of the number of wallets I’ve tried. They’ve been titanium, carbon fiber, aluminum, leather, plastic,  …or a combination of a few of these materials. Out of all the wallets I’ve tried only two (yes, just TWO!) have been good enough for me to even attempt to carry with me. And even then they’re far from perfect (for me at least).

And it’s not just me…

I recently had a guy email me asking when I was going to be launching my wallet. But what was interesting about this guy was he had already pledged for some ungodly number of wallets on Kickstarter already (I think it was somewhere around 60+ or 70+).

This may seem crazy. But when you think about it …it’s really not. A wallet is a very personal thing. You use it every day. I’ve bought tons of them and have not yet found one that works for me.

Long story short:

It seems the reason I keep getting asked again and again for my take on a wallet …is because there are a lot of people out there that have not yet found the right wallet for them.

 

I’m Realistic…

The wallet I’m making (and which is almost ready) will not be for everyone.

Yes, it’s titanium. Yes, it’s minimalist. Yes, it’s had an obscene amount of development. And yes, it’s my personal “holy grail” wallet.

But it’s not going to be for everyone.

How do I know this?

Simple:

Everyone wants something different and it’s impossible (yes, I really did just use that word!) to do that.

The feedback people have given me about what they want in a wallet varies like this:

“I need it to carry 12+ cards” Vs. “No more than 4 cards is what I need”

or

“Just cards – I don’t carry physical cash” Vs. “If it can’t carry coins then it’s no use to me”

or

“It has to have a money-clip” Vs. “I don’t want a place for paper-money. I don’t use it.”

So yeah, you get the idea.

I’m not going to be able to solve everyone’s “wallet issues”.

 

The Selfish Solution…

Most of my designs and solutions are made with the goal of satisfying my own needs first.

Selfish for sure. But it seems to be something that works (i.e. Titanium Pen, Titanium Pencil, HangKey, etc.).

And so, if I’m heart-stoppingly-honest with you… this wallet is for me. And from past experience I have found that, if I come up with a solution I would personally use, it seems to work damn well for others too!

 

Why You’ll Hate Me…

Two reasons:

#1

The wallet is not going to be 100% titanium.

It’s likely to be titanium and carbon fiber.

Here’s a “sneak peak” at part of the final prototyping process:

titanium-wallet-proto-2

 

#2

The wallet is going to be super-simple and for cards only for now.

This means you won’t be able to hold coins in it for sure.

But, possibly, you might be able to hold paper-money (still working on that).

 

Oh, actually, I lied. There is probably a third reason you might hate me…

#3

The wallet is really, REALLY simple in terms of design.

You’ll almost certainly say, “Magnus, why the hell did it take you so long to come up that?”

But let me tell you this:

If you look through my other products you’ll find (almost without exception) that the “simpler” a design is …the longer it’s taken me to design to that point. It’s just one of those freaky, paradoxical laws of design it seems.

There are no moving parts or mechanisms …and the wallet consists of only a few pieces.

I was prototyping like a madman over the weekend and doing stuff like this (this is just for prototyping and not how the finished product will be made):

titanium-wallet-proto-1

 

 

At this point you’re probably either going to be annoyed or excited.

Either way I thought it was important to get this post to you and let you know where I am and what to expect with the wallet. 🙂

 

Oh, one last thing…

The reason I’m not showing the wallet prototype yet is that I’m considering filing a patent for a particular part of it.

I’ve not patented anything I’ve made so far. But thinking it might be worth doing so for part of this wallet.

So, until I decide if I should (or need) to, I’m keeping the design under wraps.

 

If you have any questions of comments then fire away in the comment section below.

  • Daniel says:

    Getting very interested in the card only wallet. Will it be RFID protected? Just a thought. The Ogon wallet I have is good – I imagine yours will be (much) better. Cheers. Daniel

  • Adam says:

    The wallet is almost here!!!!
    The end times are coming!!!!
    Seriously though, looking forward to finally seeing your take on this, hope it fits my personal wallet needs…

  • Bob Gelb says:

    The pill box, YES, the tweezers, YES, the new enhanced tweezers, YES, the wallet, NO. I am happy with my leather coach card case, think titanium in a wallet is a solution looking for a problem. Focus on the knife, not the wallet.

  • Phil says:

    Don’t listen to bob. Make the wallet! Adding carbon fiber is a great idea imo

  • james says:

    Bob Gelb, I also have a coach wallet that I received as a gift and the problem with it is that it is already wearing out and literally falling apart. I use EDC items heavily and, for me, leather does not hold up well over time. After extensive heavy use, they also start looking very ugly when the edges start fraying apart. I have a couple of metal card wallets and my favorite so far is one made of brass. It is developing a rugged-looking patina, does not wear out like leather, and I occasionally get positive comments from others whenever I take it out of pocket. Nice thing about brass is that, in the parts that have more wear, they actually look polished so that they contrast very attractively with the rest of the wallet that has dark patina color. It also feels really good in my hands. However, unfortunately, that wallet still has shortcomings and I will replace it if I find a better one.

  • James says:

    Personally, I don’t really understand the attraction of using carbon fiber as opposed to using titanium, unless it was chosen due to some real practical shortcoming in titanium. As a landscape photographer who sometimes carries a heavy backpack on long hikes, I have some items made of carbon fiber that were designed to reduce weight while having sufficient strength and, to me, they are just practical items with no aesthetic appeal. Yes, they have the typical surface patterns you see on carbon fiber material and I still don’t see aesthetic appeal in them. To me, they are just another product of an industrial chemical process, similar to how ordinary plastic is also a product of an industrial process. Carbon fiber is in fact just a more complicated engineered form of plastic. I know others who are engineers like me who also don’t get the aesthetic appeal in them. To us, it’s basically another type of plastic that has practical uses in niche applications. When Magnus reveals his wallet, I would be interested in learning why he chose carbon fiber over titanium. I hope he has real good reasons other than “it looks cool”.

    • SF says:

      My guess is that the carbon fiber plates are laminated with RFID blocking material. Looking forward to seeing the finished design.

  • Richard Johnson says:

    The best card wallets I have seen (so far, anyway), are made by DecadentMinimalist.com, machined from a single hunk of Titanium (or Nickel, or Aluminum, or soon, Carbon Fiber), and hold 4, 8, or 12 cards, along with Carbon Fiber RFID shields and a money clip – worth looking at!

  • Yes, the DM1 (in titanium) is one of the two wallets I found I could use. It’s a great design!

  • Vincent Goudreault says:

    Well, if it is not meant to carry coins or perhaps not even banknotes, that leaves it as a card only carrier. Right?
    And what is it that would make that card carrying wallet *great*?
    What were the design goals, what it is to achieve? Can you access your card faster? More securely? What about capacity, how many is it intended to carry?

    • Hey Vincent,

      Yes, small size is #1 criteria (for me certainly). It is very small.

      Yes, you can access you cards faster – that is the one feature that bothers me about other wallet designs.

      Capacity varies (there should be a few different models if all goes well). Not decided on these fully yet.

  • Geary Hunsinger says:

    Not interested without RFID blockage.

  • Kathleen Hanrahan says:

    The last time that you posted about making a titanium wallet, I wasn’t interested, but as I read this post, I saw the light! 🙂

    I’m interested in cards (4, maybe 8), money, and an eye so that I can hang it on a lanyard. Would the cards/money fall out if it were hanging around my neck (under my shirt, just to be safe!)?

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