The Bond & Knight Giveaway

Some time ago I did a YouTube video review of a couple Bond & Knight wallets, this origami-style Passport wallet included. Now, as I promised in my YouTube video, I am giving away this beautiful wallet!

A little review about this wallet – in short, it is gorgeous. Ultra-precise cuts and folds with NO stitching! It is made in England from one piece of Italian leather and is based on a design from the 1940s with creative folds and tucks giving it a very slim appearance and feel.

Other than the bi-fold wallet that I purchased from A Simple Leather Belt Co, a wallet made from English Bridle leather, I have not yet held a wallet with such fine and beautiful construction as this Bond & Knight Passport Wallet.

All that being said, seeing as this wallet was sent to me to do a review of, and I have now done so, I would like to pass this gem of a wallet on to one of my readers. Perhaps to you?

To enter this giveaway of a Bond & Knight Passport Wallet, in the comment section of this blog post

  • write a comment with the type of wallet you are carrying now
  • AND a whole number between one (1) and two hundred (200).

The Fine Print –

If two people enter with the same number, and that number is the winner, the first person to have entered will be the winner.

If there is no exact match, the next closest number, higher or lower, will be the winner.

I will use a random number generator to find the winning number.

One entry per email address please.

This giveaway closes at 6pm PST on Friday, November 6th 2015.

The winner of the wallet is required to pay for the cost of shipping the wallet in its pretty little box to their mailing address.

That is it! Play fair, have fun and good luck!

Bond & Knight Origami-Style Wallets

Some time ago the folks at Bond & Knight, independent British leather designers specialising in handmade, bespoke leathergoods sent me a couple beautiful leather wallets to have a look at.

I really liked the quality of the leather and the very unique craftsmanship that went into creating these wallets so I did a video review to share with you my observations about these wallets.

I will be arranging a giveaway of these Bond & Knight wallets in the coming days so stay tuned or even better, click on that little “Follow” thingy that pops up in the lower right-hand corner of the screen so that you can get an email from me with any new blog posts that I write.

Disclosure: Bond & Knight provided NO financial incentive or other reward for this blog post and as always, editorial control remains with me.

MiBelle Custom Leatherworx

Wayne Higgins, the very creative owner/operator of MiBelle Custom Leatherworx (based in Dartmouth Nova Scotia!) stopped in to see me while he was on a cross-Canada tour.

After visiting with me for some time he left me with a couple very lovely wallets and a belt. One of the wallets is a 4 slot vertical card wallet – made of kangaroo leather. Kangaroo leather is one of the strongest leathers available to work with and yet the wallet he made is incredibly soft and almost waxy to the touch. Very cool.

Another plus to the kangaroo leather wallet is the very rich leather scent.

The main outside piece of leather is quite thick and the inner leather used for the card slots is a thinner leather making it have a substantial feel to it while keeping a relatively thin profile.

Some have commented on the size of the logo on the outside front of the wallet. It is larger than I like but because it is burned into the leather it is not obtrusive nor too obvious.

Something I really admire about Wayne’s work is the stitching he does. On this wallet I had to search with a magnifying glass to see where he started and finished his stitching. It is, simply put, top quality stitching.

The same things apply to the Horween Leather Passport holder Wayne gave me – perfect stitching, perfect edging, and a wonderfully waxy feeling leather.

Simply put, Wayne Higgins at MiBelle Custom Leatherworx makes wonderful little wallets. And, stay tuned – I will be organizing a giveaway of the Horween Leather Passport wallet very soon!!

Marlondo Leather Bi-Fold Wallet Giveaway

I am pleased to announce that we have another GIVEAWAY to do!!

We have been through the giveaway routine before, however, this time there are a couple of things to be aware of. First, this giveaway is a little different because it is a giveaway of TWO Marlondo Leather bi-fold wallets.

To be clear, that means there will be two winners in this giveaway.

Marlondo Leather Bi-Fold Wallets
Marlondo Leather Bi-Fold Wallets


To enter my giveaway all you need to do is make a comment on this blog post saying which of the two bi-fold wallets you prefer (vertical or horizontal) AND a number of your choice from between one (1) and one hundred (100). 

If you want to know more about these Marlondo Leather bi-fold wallets I encourage you to visit my YouTube channel to see my review of these wallets.

On Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 shortly after 6pm PST I will use an iPad app that generates random numbers to draw TWO numbers. The person with the number closest to the first number generated (higher or lower) will be provided the choice of which of the two wallets they want.

The second number the iPad generates will be given the other of the two Marlondo Leather bi-fold wallets.

It is up to you to scan or read the comments before you choose a number to make sure you have not chosen a number that somebody has already chosen ahead of you. If two or more people enter with the same number and that number is the winning number, then the person who entered first will be declared the winner.

I will limit this contest-giveaway to one entry per email address.

This contest will close on Wednesday July 22nd 2015 at 6 PM Pacific Standard Time.

After a winner has been decided I will contact the winner through the email address that they have provided me.

The winner will be required to answer a skill-testing question.

Good luck!

New Marlondo Leather Wallets – Video

Here is a link to my video review of the Marlondo Leather wallets I recently received from Ma. He sent these wallets to me with the hope that I would do a video review during which I could give my viewers, and him some honest feedback.

As I say in the video, I will be arranging a giveaway of some of these wallets in the coming days.

When I filmed the video it was focused very clearly on the wallets and then when I did the editing process I found it had cut off the bottom of my screen so the wallets are not shown as well as I would like them to be.

Also, my editing is a bit choppy – I had to cut about ten minutes of me blabbing on and on out of the video to get it to a reasonable length.

I may do a follow review of the big wallets and a video of the bi-folds. It is just trying to find a few minutes of quiet time to do that!!

Thanks for your patience as I try to develop my video skills!!

Bexar Goods Co Porter Satchel

Here is a video review of my latest leather goods purchase, a Bexar Goods Co Porter Satchel. I will say up front that this is not my best video work, but here it is anyway.

I didn’t make it clear in the video but this is a leather bag that I purchased used from a friend so it is more than a couple of months old. In the time that I have had it, it has really has developed a lovely character and feel to the hand.

I often find myself using the Bexar Goods Porter in backpack mode on the weekends when I am out and about with my family. This Porter Satchel from Bexar Goods Co is a beauty in the city and out in the woods.

Koch Leather Goodies

Koch Leather Goodies

Today I picked up my newest Koch Leather goodies – a coffee cup cozy and a razor holder.

Coffee Cup Cozy
Coffee Cup Cozy

Just like every other Koch Leather piece that I have, these are absolutely exquisite in their attention to detail.

Koch Leather
Koch Leather

I had previously bought a coffee cup cozy that was a little too big for my coffee cup and my sister grabbed it because it fit her coffee cup perfectly. It’s interesting to note that it also fits a 16 ounce beer glass.

The stitching on that piece, like the stitching on my new coffee cup cozy was also perfect.

Red Stitching Coffee Cozy
Red Stitching Coffee Cozy

Something I really appreciate about Koch Leather is that the customer can give input into the details of the color of the leather and the color of the thread that is used. I really like the red thread that shows a strong contrast between the stitching and the leather. Not everyone likes that strong contrast, but I certainly do and Josh Koch is happy to oblige me.

I also have two mason jars from Koch Leather with the leather wrap around (as in the picture above). For those items I also chose the strong look of the red thread. I like those mason jars for drinking my morning tea or when I’m having a hipster moment, for drinking what the cool kids call Bone Broth (beef stock).

Koch Leather Field Notes Cover
Koch Leather Field Notes Cover

I also have from Koch Leather a hipster wallet and Field Notes cover. I very much like the minimalist nature of the hipster wallet because it is a perfect front pocket wallet for when I am traveling.

Koch Leather Hipster Wallet
Koch Leather Hipster Wallet

If I’m on the road I don’t always need to have a full-size wallet with me. I typically carry my bank card, my credit card, my drivers license, and my health card. And if I’m staying in a hotel I keep my credit card-like door keys in it as well.

One thing I would suggest with the hipster wallet is that the snap closure on the wallet be moved a little bit more to the centre. I’m talking about a quarter of an inch over. I believe that would make it open a little smoother. However, overall the quality of this little hipster wallet is like every other one of my Koch Leather pieces -exquisitely detailed.

The Field Notes cover rides in the back pocket of my dungarees and is developing a beautiful patina with the natural characteristics of the leather becoming more pronounced. 

Koch Leather Tote
Koch Leather Tote

My sweetheart needed a new purse-like bag and during the Koch Leather kick starter they were promoting their tote bags. So, Sweetheart got a Koch Leather tote bag. It is also a really well designed and useful bag. There is a pocket on the inside at the top of the bag that fits a phone or small wallet. Sweetheart ‘s only complaint about the tote is that small stuff does tend to disappear into the chaos of the bottom of her bag. Using a carabiner on the little d-ring on the side of the tote keeps her keys from disappearing into the chaos.

The leather that Josh and Jen use is really beautiful leather. It has a nice feel and scent so that when you touch it or when you hold it up to your nose, it feels and smells like natural leather.

The thing I really appreciate about Koch Leather is their willingness to do what the customer wants. If I tell him I want red stitching, he says no problem. If I ask if I can have it in a lighter brown leather, he will let me know what he can do.

Bottom line, Koch Leather will be getting more of my business. When I want to get a new messenger bag, Koch Leather will be my go to. They make beautiful stuff, they’re happy to accommodate customer feedback and they seem to do it with a smile. Two thumbs up on the Koch Leather.

Making a Leather Belt

As you may know, I am into doing leather work; I have created a couple briefcases, two little tool bags and now a postal-style messenger bag. Now, I’m learning how to make belts for myself.

The first step, other than cutting the strip of leather is to smooth off the inside edge of the belt. You take the tool like the one in the pic below, hold it at about a 30 degree angle from the work and slide it along the edge of the belt. This takes the rough edge off the inside of the belt.


This is the belt about half done. I’ve got one rivet in place to hold the stainless buckle in place and next I need to make and install the “slide” to hold the tail end of the belt once that belt is on and in place.


After the slide goes on I will add another rivet and then the belt is essentially done. Well, it is closer to being finished after I apply a coat of Aussie Wax and “slicker” the edges. That is a process where I take a plastic wheel and smooth the edges.

That’s it for now. I’ll add to this blog post once I make further progress

Avallone Luxury Italian Bi-Fold Giveaway

Recently Christopher from Avallone Luxury sent me one of their Italian bi-fold wallets so that I could do a video review of it and, to give it away to one of my readers.

Here is my video review:

And here is the how-to for you to win the Avallone Luxury Italian bi-fold wallet;

  • First, go to the Avallone Luxury website and find the bag or accessory that you think would best partner with the Italian bi-fold wallet that is being given away here.
  • Next, make a comment on this blog post with the name of the bag or accessory that you think would partner best with the Italian bi-fold that is being given away in this post.
  • Along with the above mentioned info, in your comment on this blog post, add a number between 1 (one) and 100 (one hundred). (Yes, you can enter with numbers one or 100).
  • One entry per email address.
  • On Friday, February 21st, 2014 sometime as close to (but after) 6pm PST I will use an iPad app to generate a random number to decide the winner of this giveaway.
  • When posting your comment with your Avallone Luxury partnering accessory and your chosen number, be sure to include your name and a valid email address (which will not be published or shared or sold or used to send you spam). The email address will be the way that I communicate to the winner of this giveaway.
  • The winner of the Avallone Luxury Italian bi-fold wallet will be required to pay the cost of shipping there prize to their home.

Avallone Luxury Wallet

Avallone Luxury
Avallone Luxury

This beautiful little package arrived at my mailbox early last week and I have been so busy with family and academic commitments that I only just opened it up this morning.

I found inside this package a beautifully crafted wallet.

It is my intention for this long weekend (it is Family Day in B.C.) to film, edit and upload a video review of this Avallone Luxury wallet before I return to the world of academia next Tuesday.

Also, because this wallet was sent to me at no cost from Christopher at Avallone Luxury, I will be organizing a giveaway of this wallet to one of my lucky readers. Stay tuned for details on that giveaway.