Untitled Folder Wallet by Nik Bentel [Review] | Cult of Mac

Every Mac nerd needs this whimsical wallet [Review]


Untitled Folder Wallet in hand outside★★★★★
It’s a folder! It’s a wallet! It’s untitled!
Photo: D. Griffin Jones/Cult of Mac

If you’re the right kind of person, the Untitled Folder Wallet by Nik Bentel is handy and practical while doubling as a funny visual joke. It’s a premium leather wallet that happens to look exactly like the New Folder icon in macOS.

It has three pockets for carrying cards, cash and coins. The leather is soft and the stitching holds strong. And best of all, it’s shaped like a tiny folder.

It’s a limited-run item of only 500 units, so if you want one, you’d best order now. I’ve been using it for about a week. Surprisingly, I fell in love with it.

Hands-on review of the Untitled Folder Wallet

macOS folder icon next to Untitled Folder Wallet
The proportions are slightly changed to accommodate cash and cards.
Photo: Apple, Nik Bentel

Two-tone color scheme? Check. Tab on top? Check. Two embossed lines across the bottom? Check. The Untitled Folder Wallet is a remarkable replica of an Untilted Folder.

The colors are just as bright and the vegan leather is soft and supple. Better yet, it can hold a lot of stuff.

Pockets upon pockets

Untitled Folder Wallet sitting on a table full of cash and cards
It fits a vast quantity of cash and cards.
Photo: D. Griffin Jones/Cult of Mac

The light blue and the dark blue layers are actually two separate compartments, giving the wallet three pockets in total.

The front pocket is generously sized for fitting credit cards and business cards.

The rear pocket is sized for US dollar bills folded in half. In my opinion, it’s a bit too snug. You have to push the bills all the way to the bottom to completely tuck them in. If the folder were a millimeter or two taller it would completely hide the top edge of a bill from most angles. However, it’s more generous in the other dimension — you don’t need to fold your bills super precisely to get them in.

The space between the two halves will fit a few coins and/or a folded scrap of paper. It has enough capacity for a hearty-handful of change in varying denominations, but realistically, anything beyond four large coins will fall out if you tip it over. I leave a couple of quarters in there, which is handy for a parking meter.

Astonishingly spacious

I’m a minimal wallet person. I carry my ID, a debit card and a business card in my Apple MagSafe Wallet. In a pinch, I can squeeze in a crisp dollar bill if I fold it into thirds. If need be, it can hold another bill sandwiched between the wallet and the phone, held in place magnetically.

A giant pile of cash, cards and receipts sitting on a table
All of this was inside the wallet in the above picture. (Yes, that’s my student ID from college)
Photo: D. Griffin Jones/Cult of Mac

This is to say that I had to scrounge the house to find enough stuff to fill the Untitled Folder Wallet to capacity. I stuffed in six bills, three receipts, a piece of paper, four quarters, seven cards and three business cards. I still feel as though I wasn’t totally pushing its limits, but I honestly ran out of stuff.

Consider me surprised

Untitled Folder Wallet leaning on the box sitting on the floor
Even the box resembles Apple’s own.
Photo: D. Griffin Jones/Cult of Mac

I thought it would be a fun little gimmick, but I fell in love with this thing. The vegan leather is silky and smooth. The soft lining inside the wallet is even color-matched.

Apple leather products are so perfectly machined they feel artificial; you can tell the Untitled Folder Wallet is hand-stitched with care and passion. The lines aren’t perfectly straight. The left side has one more stitch than the right.

The Untitled Folder Wallet is a bit bigger than Apple’s MagSafe Wallet. Apple’s is sized to match the dimensions of the (sadly discontinued) iPhone mini; this matches the dimensions of the ordinary iPhone. The additional layers double its thickness.

The Untitled Folder Wallet doesn’t support MagSafe, but honestly, I didn’t find myself sticking my MagSafe Wallet to my phone too often anyways.

Order while you can

As stated at the top of the review, this is a limited production run of 500 — and I don’t know if that includes the units they’ve sent out to journalists. Keep in mind that being a limited operation, production and shipping times are quite long at 5 to 6 weeks.

If you’re in the market for a somewhat quirky minimal wallet, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a delight.

Untitled Folder Wallet costs $49.

Buy from: Nik Bentel


PS: The Untitled Folder Wallet reminds me of a post I saw years and years ago where someone built a scale model of the early Mac OS X Home icon. I think it’s been lost to time, but if someone else remembers what I’m talking about, (or, better yet, has a link) send me a tip.


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