Category: Pen Accessory Review

Pentones Pen and Notebook Wrap

P9137121

Here’s something I got from the last pen meet I attended. It’s a Pentones pen and notebook wrap I got as a gift from one of the members of FPN-P.

P9137122

This really took me back to those days when I still used fabric wraps. There’s a certain appeal to slowing down, leisurely undoing the clasp of the wrap and unrolling the fabric to free up the pens. Pentone is a wrap that holds pens and a small notebook.

P9137123

This red wrap is made of twill and a soft cotton inner lining. There’s enough space for 6-8 pens and a pocket notebook, secured by two separate flaps.

P9137125

There are single-pen slots and a 2 or 3-pen slot for those pens that you don’t mind jostling against each other. The wrap is secured by two buttons that are adjustable in length in order to accommodate fatter notebooks.

P9137127

The wrap also has a quick draw slot which are slots that aren’t covered by flaps. I like this feature a lot. It allows you to draw out a pen if you need it for some quick jotting, without unbuttoning the clasp and unrolling the wrap. You can just pull out the pen and slip it in easily.

I often use large notebooks, but for those times when all I need to bring with me is a small notebook and a few pens, This is a great way to organize everything in one place. Of course, since it’s made of fabric, you’ll need to hand-wash it once in a while to keep it looking neat. 🙂

Overall, I like the thick fabric on it, I like the concept, and I like the quick draw slot.

I got this wrap as a gift (as mentioned earlier), but Pentone wraps are also available at Everything Calligraphy.

Sunday Leather Craft’s 2-Slot Leather Pen Slip

P8106132

Here’s something nice from Sunday Leather Craft. But before I go into that, a little back story. I thoroughly enjoy my single pen slips and I love that they make pens easily accessible while also safe while in a bag. I thought that it would be great to have a two-slot pen slip so that I can carry two pens at the same time in an easy to access pen slip. I couldn’t really find something I liked online. The next best thing–bespoke. Well, actually it’s the best solution because at least a leather goods maker can customize it to the measurements that you prefer.

This is the finished product. I think it’s pretty nice. It works like it should and can accommodate my fattest pens. I can easily draw the pens when I press on the sides a bit, while also keeping the pens in place and not letting them slip out easily when I’m not using them. No danger of falling out accidentally. The workmanship is wonderful and the stitching is clean and well-done. The leather they used is beautiful too, and I like how it looks a  bit distressed. I think this will age very well.

I love that there now a lot of Filipino entrepreneurs who make these wonderful pen accessories for reasonable prices. It makes bespoke leather items accessible for more people. This is my first item from Sunday Leather Craft and I must say, I’m pretty happy.

Elias Notebooks’ New Pen Cases

I’ve always believed that if you value something, you should make the effort to keep it safe. I value my pens as my companions in writing, so I make the extra effort to find suitable cases for them. I started off with pen wraps (and I still use them sometimes), then an assortment of leather cases.

Elias Notebooks recently released a single slot pen slip, and two- and three-slot leather pen cases. I got the single pen slip and two-pen case and I’ve been using these for several days now.

Olive Green and Maroon Suede Pen Cases from Elias Notebooks
Olive Green and Maroon Suede Pen Cases from Elias Notebooks

These colors (olive green and maroon in leather suede) were specially produced to celebrate the launching of the De Atramentis inks that they are distributing. I got the De Atramentis Olive Green and Van Dyck Brown inks so I’m really happy to have matching pen cases too (the maroon case can pass for a reddish brown or a dark purple).

Perhaps one of the challenges of finding pen cases for fountain pen newbies like me is the fact that these cases can be so expensive. Nothing wrong with expensive cases, of course, but it’s always good to have a more affordable option that also looks good. I’m glad that Elias isn’t ridiculously expensive at all (P300 for the 2-slot pen case, P400 for the 3-slot case and P150 for the slip). These prices are reasonable and very accessible even for pen newbies.

Olive Green and Maroon Leather Suede Cases
Olive Green and Maroon Leather Suede Cases

I like that the pen cases has dividers. It’s a challenge to find these in bookstores, the options are so limited. There is an overabundance of pencil cases, but finding a decent one with dividers in it is quite a challenge that FP-users who find great products eagerly share their finds through the Fountain Pen Network Philippines Facebook group and forum. The pen community is a pretty cool place to find information about accessories, pens, papers, etc. I actually heard about Elias through a pen friend in that community too.

Two Parker 51's with gold-filled caps
Two Parker 51’s with gold-filled caps

The two-slot pen case comfortably fits some moderately fat pens like Parker 51’s. I can also fit in what I would consider to  be larger pens (at least in my collection) like the Sheaffer Lifetime Senior, TWSBI Micarta, and Bexley Corona. It’s a snug fit, but it offers very little resistance when I pull the pens out. Leather is soft suede in texture, I can comfortably slip the clips without feeling that the clips are being over-extended. I love the olive green color of this case a lot. I also like that the suede looks soft and the interior is also soft enough not to scratch the pens.

Elias Notebooks' Logo
Elias Notebooks’ Logo

Of course, the logos are a nice touch for both cases. I like that for the two-slot pen case, the logo is on the flap where it’s visible. I love the novels Noli and El Fili. What a very suitable logo for fountain pen accessories. 🙂

Single pen slip
Single pen slip

As for the single pen slip…I wasn’t really sure if I would ever like using a slip. I’ve never carried just one pen, so I never bought one for myself. This is my first slip and I’m so happy I got it. It’s a complete “duh” moment when I realized that sometimes you really have no time to carefully unwrap a pen wrap, or unzip a pen case, or pull out a flap or whatever. Sometimes you need to whip out your pen in a jiffy–no fuss, no frills. A slip lets you do just that, while still protecting your pen efficiently.

Pen slip on a stack of journals
TWSBI Micarta in a pen slip on a stack of journals

Surprisingly, I’ve enjoyed this case the most these past few days. I also brought it along for short trips when I don’t think I will need all my other pens but I still want to bring one just in case. It’s very easy to use and the price is very budget-friendly. I already ordered a green slip, to match the two-slot pen case.

Pen cases on a stack of Elias Journals
Pen cases on a stack of Elias Journals

Overall, I think that the price is right for these pen cases. They’re very light and convenient to carry around, and I love the material used on both cases. I also like that they look simple and durable.

In these photos:
All notebooks are from Elias Notebooks
Two Parker 51’s with gold-filled caps
Parker 75 in sterling silver cisele
Bexley Corona
TWSBI Micarta
Pilot Capless
De Atramentis Van Dyck Brown and Olive Green (also from Elias)

Note: Prices of these cases are current as of today. They may change in the future.

This used to go “hisssss…”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I got this 5-pen python leather case from a member of the Fountain Pen Network Philippines. I’ve been after this case since I saw another member post this in lambskin (which used to go “baaaaaa…”) several months back. I was told it was only sold by the manufacturer to a specific vendor in Rustan’s. So I combed several Rustan’s outlets for this, but I wasn’t able to find any in my area. So when this went up for sale, my hand went up too. Haha.

I like the design of this pen case because I don’t need to bother with zippers. It lets me access my pens easier, and it lays flat on the table. I took a lot of time picking the color for this case. I was waffling between this brown one or the grey and black one, which looks undoubtedly like the snake skin that it is. I don’t own leather things except for leather journals and pen cases, so I wasn’t very sure I’d like the exotic leather to look so close to how it looked like while it was still…you, know, alive and stuff.

I’m glad I picked the dark brown one, though. It looks very simple and doesn’t draw too much attention. The workmanship of this case is just amazing. The stitches are clean and sturdy, the cuts along the edges are also very meticulously done. This is definitely a well-made product that does not take away from the organic feel of the case. It doesn’t have that antiseptic, soulless feel to it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The pen came with a pretty cool bag, and a tag that explains the product best: “The leather used for this handmade product is naturally dyed and treated. As such, you can see the individual grain pattern and markings of the skin that makes each one unique. They come from the pelts of farmed animals that often exhibit a record of their natural life cycle such as tick bites, scratches and cuts which lend character to each finished product. The finest leather craftsmen make each one by hand that results in no two products being identical, after which – lotion specifically formulated for exotic leathers is applied by hand to clean, moisturize and protect the leather. We’re proud of each item we produce and are confident you’ll enjoy them for many years.”

They’re definitely right to be proud of the product. It’s really beautiful. Who knew python skin can be so soft and supple?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The texture is incredible. It’s very different from my lambskin pen case (which I also love, and is made by this same manufacturer) in that its textures are amazing. This definitely looks like it will age well with proper care. From the feedback I got from people who used pen cases and wraps from this manufacturer, the cases don’t cause stains. Note that improperly cured leather can cause unsightly tarnishing on the metal and gold parts of your pens.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I like that the pen slots are also generous without being too roomy. My biggest pen is the Sheaffer Lifetime Senior, which is bigger in girth than the Bexley Corona. It’s a comfortable fit.

I think it’s a wonderful pen case. I bought directly from the reseller, but I think this is also available in Rustans’ outlets. I’m trying to find out where and will update my post as soon as I get the information.

6-Pen Bespoke Leather Pen Case from Pengrafik

I’m a little finicky with cases. When I started collecting fountain pens, I enjoyed different kinds of pen wraps though I was always on the lookout for good leather cases. The thing is, it’s hard to find leather pen cases that were made with fine writing instruments in mind. More than being beautiful, I like pen cases that actually keep pens safe from being jostled around in my bag and scratching each other up. It’s even harder to find leather cases with dividers in bookstores or department stores.

So when I saw this leather pen case at one of the South pen meets of FPN-P, I ordered one for myself right away.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s a bespoke 6-pen leather case from Pengrafik. It’s made of genuine lambskin leather and it’s gorgeous. You can pick out the leather you want from several swatches. I gotta hand it to Kailash from Pengrafik. I just told him I wanted a “brown leather case” and he picked this color of brown for me–a luscious caramel color, which I think it’s an excellent choice. I love that the suede lining is dark brown, just gorgeous.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It is very soft, smells good, and the stitching looks clean. The workmanship on the case is pretty good.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt has two elastic bands to keep the pens securely in place. Some cases only have one band…bad idea. The interior is made of synthetic suede, and it’s  soft enough not to be abrasive to the pens. From what I gathered, it does not cause discoloration on the pens’ metal parts. That’s one of the issues of other leather cases. Perhaps the salt used in curing the leather reacts to the metal and introduces discoloration. After checking around a bit, I know this case won’t do that to my pens.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe divider is real suede. It prevents the pens from the two sides of the case from rubbing against each other when the case is zipped close. It fits my longest and fattest pens (TWSBI Micarta and Bexley Corona) without being bulky.

Overall, I love this pen case. I love the leather on it, the texture is superb. The zipper doesn’t feel cheap. The size and thickness makes it convenient to carry around.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s even cat-approved.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

All it needs is a little Jack Skellington, and it’s perfect!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I bought this case from Pengrafik.com. They also have a Facebook page.