Carbon Fiber was invented in the mid 20th century near Cleveland, Ohio. It has since become a widely used material for many different types of applications. With everything from cars and boats to bicycles and various military applications, it is a highly valuable and extremely strong substance with potential we are still discovering as the technology behind it advances.
Carbon fiber is made by treating strands of a substance known as polyacrylonitrile, or less commonly either a specific type of plastic or even a wood byproduct precursor fiber, through processes of oxidation and heating into super-strong, lightweight, and durable carbon fibers. These fibers can be blown into sheets or woven into a fabric that is then treated with resin to harden it into a permanent shape.
Due to its resilience, strength, and lightweight properties, it makes sense as a material for wallets to be made from. Because you definitely want the maximum level of protection you can get for the highly important and sensitive information carried on the cards inside your wallet.
But are they the right choice for your next wallet? Let’s make a list of the different properties they can offer, and you can decide for yourself whether or not a carbon fiber wallet is the right choice to make.
What Makes Them Different From Other Wallets?
If you have ever had to shop for a wallet, you know how many different types of the wallet there are floating around out there, each one with its own unique set of various benefits and setbacks. It is also worth noting that what one man sees as a negative in one particular style or material in a wallet could be the next guy’s main selling point on buying the wallet in question.
Wallets, as with many other things in life, are very personal to the people who carry them. So, let’s just make an even comparison between carbon fiber wallets, etal wallets, and leather wallets. Just simply lay out the facts and let you make the decision on whether or not a carbon fiber wallet would best suit your individual wants and needs.
Carbon Fiber vs. Metal Wallets
While the average carbon fiber and metal wallets may look quite similar, due to them both typically being more minimalist style wallets, there are some notable differences worth discussing.
For instance, metal wallets tend to have sharper edges than carbon fiber will have, making for a different feeling when carrying one versus when you carry the other. The edges on the metal wallet can sometimes even increase wear on your clothing, due to these edges rubbing against them as you move about through the day.
Weight is another obvious difference between the two types of wallets. Carbon fiber is known for its lightness, especially when you consider how strong a material it is. Carrying a metal wallet brings with it a major increase in the weight of the wallet and no gain in strength of the metal versus carbon fiber. Which again, could potentially increase wear and tear on your pockets and pants.
You may also want to consider the fact that carbon fiber is a rust-proof material, unlike many types of metal. If you accidentally get wet somehow with your wallet in your pocket, a wallet made of steel would be prone to rust if not properly dried completely. The carbon fiber version, however, would simply dry off as nothing had ever happened.
Both types have qualities that can be seen as both beneficial and detrimental, depending on the person reading this. But, some will prefer one, while some will insist upon the other. So, we digress.
Carbon fiber and leather almost couldn’t possibly be more opposite materials. Carbon fiber, while made of mostly carbon, is a fully synthetic product produced from chemicals in a factory setting, whereas leather is an organic product made from treating various animal hides through a process known as “tanning.” They are both materials known to be tough and resilient, but they have several major differences between them.
The first difference we’ll go over is the stark contrast in rigidity between the two materials. While Carbon fiber is known for holding a chosen shape permanently once it has been activated with resin, leather should never be stiff at all. While leather can also be stretched and molded into a specific shape or form, it will retain its flexibility even afterward.
Another key difference between carbon fiber and leather wallets is their size. Leather wallets can be among the largest of wallets, but there are also slimmer, more compact leather wallets. Yet, even the slimmest leather wallet cannot compare to the sleek profile of a carbon fiber wallet. This includes weight, as well. You would be extremely hard-pressed to find a leather wallet that was lighter than the average carbon fiber variety wallet.
So, What Have We Learned?
Essentially, the wallet you carry is going to be a personal choice based on different factors. Do you want the smallest or lightest wallet possible? Do you prefer having the option of carrying more than just the bare essentials in your wallet? Is added wear on your pants pockets something that you would even consider when deciding on a wallet? For each person, the answers and even the questions will be different.
Carbon fiber also has a very distinct look to it that some may prefer to the other styles. But this is strictly a question of whether or not the look or fashion style of the wallet is a major deciding factor for you—another of the many differences that can be either good or bad, depending upon the person.
Carbon fiber wallets are just one of many different choices in the wallet kingdom. They are sleek and fashionable wallets. Will they be a long-standing trend in fashion or a passing fad? Only the future can say. One thing is for certain when it comes to carbon fiber wallets. They are definitely living up to the reputation of uniqueness in carbon fiber products.
But Are They Worth Owning?
The answer to this question is one that will be different for each individual person. It will depend on their preferences in material, weight, functionality, and any other of a host of different considerations you might think over when trying to reach your conclusion. But it is going to be different from one person to the next.
Carbon fiber wallets are still a fairly new type of wallet, and with the way technology constantly changes, it likely won’t be the last new material humankind will turn into a wallet in the search for the optimal material and design. Which, in my opinion, is a fruitless endeavor, as it is such a subjective ideal unique to each individual person. But, I am definitely excited at the nearly endless possibilities in the world of wallet fashion and design advance.
So, take from this what you will. But, do yourself a favor. If you are looking for a wallet, make sure to do your research. You want to be as sure as possible that you are getting a quality wallet, from a reputable retailer, made from materials that will withstand whatever you may throw at it. A wallet can say a lot about the man carrying it. What does yours say about you?