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Sunday Leather Craft’s 2-Slot Leather Pen Slip

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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It’s even cat-approved.

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

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

What’s in my bag?

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I read a few “What’s in your bag” posts in my blog feed this week, so I thought it would be fun to do my own. This would be my “I can’t bring a lot of things” bag. It’s smaller than my usual messenger bag, but it can hold what I would consider my barest essentials.

I have improved significantly in terms of the number of pens that I carry in my bag. I now have 7 (plus a ballpoint pen), from what used to be 18. I’m still working to reduce that to just 6. Six pens, and I’ll be all set.

I sometimes have house and car keys with me, but I admit I almost always forget to bring them because my husband brings his keys. I have a lighter but I don’t smoke. It’s for…making fire. Haha. I use it for wax seals, lighting up mosquito coils and birthday candles. Hahaha. Of course, a swiss army knife because Gibbs’ Rule #9 says “Always carry a knife”. I remember back in my college days, I always have a balisong on me. Not because of Gibbs but because I collect knives.

The journals! Oh, the journals. I don’t like going out of the house without my journals. I have a large journal for my everyday writing, a devotional journal, a commonplace book of Bible verses that I like, a prayer journal, a poetry journal, and an ink journal. I have to at least have my everyday journal with me when I go out. On the photo, I have my large everyday journal and prayer journal (brown and purple, from Elias Notebooks) and my Alunsina traveler’s notebook.

When I carry my bigger bag, I also have a sketchbook, my tablet and a small case for my pencil and eraser. ^_^

I’m tagging my pen bestie, Ke$hia to show what’s in her bag. 🙂

(I bought the bag from Jie-E Store, the traveler notebook from Alunsina, and the journals and pen cases from Elias Notebooks, the black leather pen case was made by Rhona Carantes from Baguio. Unfortunately, she doesn’t make leather pen cases anymore huhu.)

How to Make a Pen Case Divider

There are a lot of great leather pen cases out there but not many of them have individual dividers. This is of course important because pens can rub against each other while inside the pen case and they might get scratched. So one of the members of FPN-P gave me some tips on how to make my own divider and I tried it today. The result is quite satisfactory, although not perfect yet because I don’t have the proper tools. I think it would be better to attempt this with tailor’s shears rather than a small pair of scissors like I did. That would prevent the cloth from fraying in the edges. Anyway, here’s a simple tutorial.

Materials:
1 Piece of cardboard that’s not too thick but not too thin
A small square of velvet cloth
Contact cement
Ruler and pencil

1. Make a pattern for your divider. I like my divider to not take up so much space in the case because I’m going to put bigger pens in it. So I opted for a T-shaped pattern.

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Be sure to measure the pattern according to your pen case, and that the divider will be shorter than the interior of your case. This is to make sure that the pens will be easier to pull out.

2. Measure out a square of velvet to cover both the back and the front of your pattern plus a little extra on the edges.

3. Next, I glued the middle part together so it becomes like a letter T.

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4. Slather the cardboard pattern with contact cement. I put the rugby on the front first, applying it with a brush. Then glue the cardboard onto the velvet fabric, making sure that the fabric is not wrinkled. Then when the front is done, apply contact cement on the back and wrap the remainder of the fabric.

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5. Sew the two ends of the divider shut. I’m not sure if you can see it here but I ran out of black thread so I used brown instead  haha. Lazy. After sewing the two ends of the divider, cut off the excess fabric as close to the stitch as possible. Take a candle and very carefully seal the excess fabric by burning the ends.

Leave the divider out for a while to get the rugby smell out of it. The result is quite effective. Not bad for a first try. 🙂

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The divider is partially pushed in. It’s about an inch shorter than the case.

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Bespoke Leather Pen Case from Alunsina

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Last year I asked Alunsina Handbound Books to make me a leather pen case. I didn’t want anything too flashy, I just wanted a safe way to carry my pens around and pull them out faster. I wanted to try an alternative to my usual pen wrap. I sent them an example of the case that I prefer and then just waited for them to finish. I realize that I placed my order at a bad time because the end of the year is a very busy time for them. So, a few days ago they sent me what I ordered for.

I liked it a lot, though the pen slots were initially a tight fit for most my pens. Then I realized that I needed to stretch the leather slots a bit by actually pushing a Sharpie through them. That seemed to do the trick, though it still doesn’t fit my bigger pens like the Bexley and the Micarta. The others have no problem fitting.

It has a space to fit in one jotter notebook, but I realized that since the outer leather is thick and holds its shape, I can use the space for the notebook as an extra space for my other pens. It can fit 7 pens (4 in the slots and 3 in the grooves between them). Actually, you can fit in 9 if you use the leftmost and rightmost grooves too. I used those grooves for my Parker 51 pencil and my Parker 45 Harlequin ballpoint pen. The thick leather holds its shape and holds all the pens in place.

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The size of the whole case is about an in or so longer than Kislap, but it’s small enough to fit comfortably in my bag.

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