Recently Matt of Razor Emporium turned me on to Bison, a high-end leather products site. They have some really interesting products, including straight razor strops (I thought strops were either two inches wide or three inches wide, but their strops are 2.5 inches!). Another wet shaving site got “dibs” on reviewing the strops but they asked me if I might be interested in looking at one of their other products.
I like to use wallets made for the front pocket, particularly when I travel: they are a less tempting target for those who might have nefarious plans in crowded public places. I saw that Bison had a front pocket wallet that looked different than the others I’ve seen so I grabbed one.
Most front pocket wallets are almost the same size as standard wallets, although most have a “rounded” side that is designed to fit the shape of a front pocket of dress slacks. This design usually works for the roomier size of a dress trouser or even a more casual “Docker” style cotton chino. Unfortunately they can make an unsightly bulge in more tightly-fitting clothes.
Bison’s front pocket wallet takes a different approach. Smaller and simpler–“minimalistic” comes to my mind. It’s definitely not designed to hold everything. Rather I think they’re aiming for someone going “out on the town” with some cash, an ID, and maybe a credit card.
And “minimalistic” can look good too! The Bison front pocket wallet is hand-made and high quality. The leather is thick–but not too thick–with a quality stitching that I don’t think is going to fray anytime soon, even with heavy use. There are no plastics or glues used.
In use it even worked well when I wear blue jeans. It’s unobtrusive but easy to get out of the pocket and convenient to use.
Want to try one for yourself? Through the courtesy of Bison, Sharpologist is giving away one front pocket wallet. Just reply to this post expressing your interest (you must be a registered Sharpologist user with a valid email address. One entry comment only please. Comment by 11:59pm (Central Time) on Friday, October 19, 2012. Winner will be selected randomly.
EDIT: Because of the response to this post Bison is offering Sharpologist readers a 20% discount off any of their products! Offer good from October 19, 2012 to November 18, 2012. Use coupon code sharpologist-2012 at check out.