Left Field Design CardClip review

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Left Field Design has a Kickstarter project that takes an old-world design and evolves it for modern times. The LFD CardClip is a machined (money) clip-style slim wallet, engineered to securely carry your identification, a few credit cards, and paper money. I have been considering trying something like this for too long now. So, when Julie offered up the opportunity to review the CardClip I raised my hand to give it a try.

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From a material, build, and finish standpoint, the CardClip is very well done. It is made from a satin finished, stainless steel.

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According to LFD, the CardClip is “specifically engineered to resist fatigue and last a lifetime, the low-profile Clip (only 0.34 inches tall) can hold up to five credit cards and reliably spring back to grip a single bill”. The CardClip is definitely stiff and takes a decent amount of force/effort to insert cards and money between the two plates. I am still getting accustom to taking what I need in and out of the Clip. But I have little worry that what I slide into the Clip will accidentally slip out. Although, I do worry a bit about wear & tear on my ID/credit cards and ripping my bills.

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As I said, I have contemplated giving up my big, thick, pain-in-the-behind wallet for a minimalistic/slim design for ages now. As you can see, the ClipCase is approximately one-third the thickness and less than a quarter the volume of my wallet. But this slim wallet can only carry a fraction of the junk I typically take with me on any given day.  Truth be told, I have never pulled the trigger due to my fear of leaving something behind.

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Due to its form factor, it is perfect for carrying it in your front or back pocket.  You barely notice it is there.

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Left Field Design included their optional RF blocking shield to make the CardClip a slim, RFID scan resistant wallet. While I believe this is a minor issue at the moment, it could likely be more so in the future:

“Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) enabled credit cards allow card scanning from a distance. Using portable, concealed scanners, thieves exploit this feature to wirelessly steal credit card information from RFID cards in your wallet. The optional RF blocking shield has a continuous layer of pure copper.  When RFID cards are fully inserted between the RF shield and the all-metal CardClip or KeyClip, radio frequencies are blocked, protecting your credit card info.”

In addition to the simplistic/basic CardClip, this Kickstarter project also includes two other products: the LFD KeyClip and the KeyCase.

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The KeyCase holds up to 6 keys in a relatively flat case, the size of a credit card.

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The KeyClip combines KeyCase and CardClip in an integrated key organizer and wallet that looks to be very useful and well built.

Overall, I do like the build quality and utility of the ClipCase, but it is similar to countless other money/card clips. That being said, the KeyCase and KeyClip are interesting and really would make for a fun stocking stuffer for those who like gadgets. As I finish this review, this Left Field Design Kickstarter project has reached half of its funding goal of $9500 with 25 days remaining. The ClipCase can be pledged for $20, KeyCase for $32, and the KeyClip for $44. If you want the RF card or combination of any of these three, package deals are available for larger pledges.

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Product Information

Price:ClipCase - $20; KeyCase - $32; KeyClip - $44
Manufacturer:Left Field Design
Retailer:Kickstarter project page
Pros:
  • - Quality materials
  • - Well constructed
  • - Slim form factor
Cons:
  • - Similar to many other money clips
  • - Limited carrying capacity
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