I’d Been Thinking About Wallets For Some Time

I realized I’ve never really been satisfied with any wallet I’ve ever owned. It was time for that to change.

I thought about getting the Slimmy (which still looks pretty fantastic), until I remembered reading an interview with William Gibson. He talked about some crazy wallet made out of a material called Cuben (transcribed as Kuben in the interview) as part of his EDC.

Now this sounded promising. I headed off to Google and searched for “william gibson wallet”. The top result took me to a review of the Yasutomo Wa-Ben wallet at unfinishedman.com.

Chad’s review convinced me that the Yasutomo 2020 Wa-Ben wallet, made in Hong Kong by Jason Hung and touted as the world’s first Cuben Fiber wallet (specifically, Cuben Fiber CT9K.5), could be exactly what I was looking for.

So I slapped down an electronic $49.50 (post-paid from Hong Kong), and three weeks later I signed for my new wallet at the post office (it seems the people in charge of these decisions deem packages from Hong Kong as untrustworthy).

Yasutomo 2020 Wa-ben Cuben Fiber Wallet

The wallet, folded, ready for action. I like the iconic Yasutomo 2020 branding.

After carrying it around daily for about a week, I can say it was, indeed, exactly what I was looking for.

The Perfect Wallet (For Me)

The wallet is extremely light (0.69 ounces, according to the website), extremely thin (you can see through it!), and extremely durable. I often forget I’m even carrying it and have to frantically check my front pocket to see if it’s there. It always is.

Yasutomo 2020 Wa-ben Cuben Fiber Wallet

It comes in many different colors, but my favorite is the standard version, It’s see-through!

It has six credit card pockets, two “hidden” pockets behind the card pockets, and two cash/note pockets, so there’s plenty of room to carry more than enough.

So here’s my short review. The Yasutomo 2020 Wa-Ben wallet is fabulous piece of gear, and I recommend it highly for anyone looking to lighten their everyday carry load.

For a full-on, really detailed review of the wallet, head on over to Stick’s Blog. I was going to do a longer write-up, but Stick really covered it all.

You can also check out Yasutomo 2020 on Facebook, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Full disclosure: Author paid full price for his wallet and has no regrets about that decision.

 

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Written by Tom Fassbender

An amateur hobbyist, expert generalist, and outdoor enthusiast who recently traveled around the world with his family.

8 Comments

HH

Can I ask how much stuff you’ve crammed in? I tend to carry about 10 creditcard sized things, a modest amount of cash and a couple business cards. I’m a little worried this won’t fit my cards, but am otherwise intrigued.

Thanks for the review!

Tom Fassbender

Sure, no problem. I’ve got eight card-type items total, but you can double-load the card slots and maybe stuff a few extra in the “secret” pockets. I’m guessing it could carry 14 cards comfortably, but it would lose a little of its slimness. I don’t have that many cards, so that’s not definitive.

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