No More Sitting On It

by Steve Mitchell

Last week, I wrote about my desire to de-clutter and minimize the stuff I carry in my pockets.

The first step I took was to eliminate keys I don’t need to carry and to consolidate my work and home keys.  I put those needed keys in a nice, compact holder from Orbitkey.

Then, yesterday, the new wallet and the new knife I’d ordered both arrived.


First the knife.

I’d been carrying a Spyderco knife my wife gave me as a gift some years back, the Spyderco Tenacious.  It’s a great knife, but it’s just a teeny bit big in my pocket.  I initially carried it clipped in my pocket but I have to squat and stoop a lot at work and the top of the knife handle wore holes in my jeans.  So, I started carrying it loose.

Anyhow, I found Spyderco had a knife of the same design but just a bit smaller, the Persistence.  They had an even smaller model, but I like the bigger size for work.

Here’s some comparison photos of the Persistence next to the Tenacious.

clutterknifeclosedThe new knife is on the left.  I haven’t yet moved the clip to where I like it.  You can see the new knife is not much smaller, but that half inch difference feels much better in the pocket.  And the new knife weighs about an ounce less than the original knife.


New Spyderco knives are always very, very sharp.


Here the size difference is more obvious.

Now, the wallet.

The wallet is the reason I started looking to minimize in the first place.  I’ve carried a trifold for years and years.  I’m on my third or fourth one.  They get washed.  They get worn.

My wallet wasn’t too crazy thick compared to some mens’ wallets, but still, it was bulky and it didn’t fit well in my sporran when I wore my kilts and so I decided to get something slimmer I could carry in a front pocket and in my sporran.

I waffled a lot while trying to decide what to get.  Eventually, I decided I didn’t want a synthetic wallet.  I didn’t want a wallet with a money clip.  I didn’t want a wallet where the bills are held on the outside with a rubber or elastic band (although there are some nice ones I’d still consider.)

I finally decided on the Card ID wallet from Saddleback Leather primarily because of the many good reviews, the 100 year warranty, and the relatively inexpensive price.


It has an ID cutout in the front, along with a card slot.

It’s about 4 inches wide and 2.75 inches tall.  It’s maybe a bit more rustic looking than I originally wanted, but in person it less of an issue.


It has two card slots in the back and a center slot for cash. I carry photos of the family on my phone. It’s a brave new world …

Here’s how my full trifold compares to the empty Saddleback.


I’ve been sitting on that wallet for years …

Time to sort out all my wallet stuff.


The stuff on top I’ll carry. The stuff on the bottom I don’t need with me at all times.

Both wallets empty.

Both wallets empty.

So, into the new wallet goes: my driver’s license, a credit card, a debit card, a voter registration card, two health insurance cards, my motorcycle registration, about four bills, and my Costco membership card.

I left out two work cards (I’ll keep them in my toolbox), some retail reward cards, a couple of scraps of paper with jotted notes, and an expired debit card which I’d been inexplicably lugging around.

Kilroy was here ...

Kilroy was here …

I don't know that I go to Costco enough to make it worth carrying the card ... I might ditch it.

I don’t know that I go to Costco enough to make it worth carrying the card … I might ditch it.

The new wallet, full, is just about the thickness of the old wallet, empty.

The new wallet, full, is not quite the thickness of the old wallet, empty. 


That’s about that.

Operation De-Clutter – the Testing Phase is underway.