Think what you may about everyday carry. Some gear-heads prefer pocket knives while others share an inkling toward multitools. Tech junkies hold their wearables near and dear to their heart while the more artistically inclined never leave home without the right pen. And of course, there’s the avid outdoorsman sporting his fair share of pocket-sized survival tools. The array of preferences among these individuals are as vast as the selections themselves -each serving a specific purpose- and acting as a functioning cog in the greater ethos of convenience. However, one item of carry remains constant across all channels of preference. One that ironically keeps watch over our means of obtaining these preferred EDC items; the grandfather of carry if you will. We’re speaking of course about the wallet.
The history of the wallet predates the origin of paper currency, used in early civilizations for storing coins. They were primarily made from cow or horse leather and featured simple drawstrings to keep everything tied tightly. Much has changed since these bygone days of coin pouches, the exception being the basic need for containment. Coins have since been replaced by paper, which is now slowly getting phased out by plastic. Whatever the case, the question we need not ask ourselves is what is in our wallet, but rather what our wallets can do for us. That’s why we included our picks for the 15 best American-made wallets leading up to this Fourth of July because freedom sure isn’t free, and neither are those flame-grilled burgers.
JBird Co. Taco Card Wallet
American love tacos. No matter what time of year. So why not integrate such a style into a wallet design? JBird Co. did so elegantly with this piece, build from full-grain vegetable-tanned leather. It’s a minimal bifold that’s built to carry the essentials and their elastic band, riveted into the leather, ensures that none of your personal belongings slip out of the taco design.
Recycled Firefighter Money Clip Wallet
Built out of respect for some of America’s greatest heroes, each Recycled Firefighter wallet is made from a decommissioned polyester fire hose and recycled material sewn together with T-90 thread. They come with an edged 1” Mil-Spec nylon binding and boast a slim no-nonsense design that holds up to eight cards alongside any cash you may carry along for the ride.
Vanguard Limited Bifold Wallet
Looking to keep your card and cash dry while on the go? The Vanguard Limited is made from ultra-light and durable water-resistant fabric and features a thickness similar to that of two credit cards. It’s unbelievably thin and light, not weighing you down and keeping George Castanza out of your pocket. It weighs about as much as three sheets of paper so no need to worry about weight with this piece of carry.
Trayvax Original Wallet
This is the original. The famed Trayvax tactical wallet that’s designed to carry up to 10 cards and 5 bills. It’s made from Anodized Aircraft Aluminum and features an E-coated Backplate, heat-resistant elastic strap, a Type III 550 Paracord, and comes with a bottle opener. Ask anyone who’s owned one of these and they’ll swear by their durable design and user-friendly functionality.
Machine Era Slim Wallet
This is a premium EDC carrier that’s the slimmest, lightest, and strongest wallet in the Machine Era family. After years of research and design, the US-based company finally honed in on the best aspects of their previous metal wallets. Thus, giving birth to this stainless steel wallet that’s ultra-durable and RFID-blocking. Additional features include a thumb slot and bottle opener as well.
TGT Americana Deluxe Wallet
Celebrate Old Glory with this TGT wallet featuring red, white, and blue stitching and an integrated elastic band. It’ll easily fit your cards, cash and even a small item such as a house key or a mini EDC companion. The Deluxe Wallet is also built from Italian lambskin leather because let’s be honest, this country is a melting pot after all. And thanks to its small design, the Americana fits comfortably into any front pocket with ease.
Tanner Goods Journeyman
It’s always great to hear how a design came to fruition. Tanner Goods sources their product ideas from within the company itself and this Journeyman wallet is the result of one such venture. Cut from 3.5-ounces of vegetable-tanned Meridian English Bridle leather, each wallet hosts four card slots and one main pocket to stash your greenbacks. It’s slim, minimal, and ideal for fans of the front pocket wallet stash.
DPTR Clamshell Wallet
Based out of Chicago, DPTR or “Departure” built this one-of-a-kind Clamshell Wallet in conjunction with local tannery Horween Leather Company. It’s designed to keep the bulk to a minimum while securing the essential cards and cash. DPTR locally sources their leather with soft pigskin lining so you known when they say it’s American-made, they mean business.
Bison Made No. 2 Wallet
Anyone familiar with American-made products is probably familiar with Bison Made. Anything they produce is of high-quality and, surely enough, this No. 2 wallet is no exception. It features a minimalist but elegant design that keeps watch over you credit cards, cash, and business cards without weighing you down. The No. 2 is made from Horween tanned leather in Chicago as well and comes with a lifetime warranty on its stitching.
American Bench Craft Hammer Riveted Wallet
Each America Bench Craft wallet is created from a single piece their full-grain, die cut, vegetable-tanned, steer hide leather. Not bad right? It’s then folded the secured in true American fashion, with hammered rivets, before craftsmen stamp and finish the wallet using simple hand tools. It’s an ideal wallet for those interested in not only carrying an American-made product but knowing it was made in rugged, mid-century fashion.
Mr. Lentz Minimal Leather Wallet
Considered one of the thinnest bi-fold wallets ever produced, this Mr. Lentz is quite the impressive piece. Combine its sleek design with the fact that it’s made from entirely sustainable materials including the non-toxic leather conditioner and vegetable-tanned leather. It’s environmentally friendly, slim, and fits in your front pocket. Mr. Lentz, you had us at hello.
Form Function Form Architects Wallet
Nothing like a wallet that offers more than just carrying capacity. Form Function Form comes equipped with several valuable tools that any EDC fanatic will appreciate including a Fisher Space Pen and two small Moleskin notepads. Ideal for the creative in all of us, the Architects Wallet never lets an idea or sketch perish in vain. It’s made from Chomexcel leather by Horween allowing this two-pouch wallet to last a lifetime.
GroveMade Black Minimalist Wallet
It’s all in the name. No jive. No wild features. Just simple function. GroveMade designed this wallet for quick access to your most-used items while helping you keep all the unnecessary heap of items out of your pockets. Build from lightweight anodized aluminum and boasting a hidden steel faceplate to protect the essentials, the Black Minimalist Wallet combines classic feel with a modern aesthetic for the serious wallet carrier.
Shinola Five Pocket Card Case
Based out of Detroit, Shinola has done a fine job over the years hopping on the wallet game. This Five Pocket piece is no exception either. It’s marked by painted edges and boasts a simple design that’s unassuming but fully-functional in practice. Built from premium American leather, the Shinola features a leather-lined cash pocket, four credit card pockets, and its rich leather gains a pleasant aesthetic over the course of daily use.
LoTuff Bifold Wallet
No matter how many credit cards you may have in your name, carrying them all around in one wallet is never a keen idea. This two pocket, bifold wallet was designed with this suggestion in mind, making room for only a few credit cards at a time while leaving enough space for the king: cash. It accomplishes everything you’d want from a slim wallet in a thoughtfully crafted all-leather design that’s not over-the-top or too heavy.