|Cover Design||Classic leather-look cover|
|Dimensions||8" L x 7" W|
|Number of Items||Yes|
This is a nice case to give to a beginner fountain pen collector. I bought this for my son as a gift before heading off to college. Granted his collection consists of inexpensive pens. This case is not so expensive that a student would be afraid to use it.
I own a fair number of large and oversized fountain pens and other cases used elastic straps that were so tight that I'd worry about the trim getting rubbed off of cap bands. This case solved my problem quite neatly with leather slots large enough for the Nakaya Dorsal Fin Ver.2, oversized Deltas, and Pelikan M1000s. Pens with smaller girth, like the Aurora Optima, can take advantage of the elastic cord under the leather strips. The construction also seems quite sturdy, with a thick leather cover and stiff cover inserts. Having a divider that can be attached and removed by velcro is also ingenious since it can be used as a pen rest while remaining securely attached during transit. I'd highly recommend this case for those looking for a way to carry around numerous oversized fountain pens.
So this is really a trade off item. Some good elements and some bad which make the case functional and attractive, while leaving room for potential improvement. I will do my best to list the pros and cons below. Pros Thick and substantial leather. Nice natural texture to it. The color hasn't bled or transferred yet. It accepted a coat of mink oil without issue, no color loss or transfer. I am hoping that the addition of the mink oil will help with water and dirt resistance. The leather is soft and supple and appears that it will age well. Zippers are solid. The dual zippers means more opening and closing configurations are possible. Leather pulls seem solid, but I could see them wearing out with long-term use. Will accommodate large diameter pens. This is great if you have large diameter pens, not so great for smaller diameter pens. There are elastic loops under each leather loop, but I have concerns about this design. See my comments in the Cons section for more on that. Good size. The case does get a bit thick when loaded with 12 pens, but it isn't obnoxiously thick or large. I am using this to store my pens, but if I wanted to take them all with me to work, this case isn't eating up much space in my briefcase. Detachable divider/protector. I actually like this feature. The divider is thick enough to prevent the pens from contacting each other when the case is closed, and the Velcro connection means I can pull it out when I have the case open and use the divider as a pen rest while I am working on any of the pens. I could see, though, that if the Velcro gets weak over time, that I may need to stitch the divider into the case to keep it in place. Good protection for each pen. The thick leather, what feels like some additional padding under the leather exterior, the velvet-like interior, the middle divider, and the loops all appear to keep the pens from touching while in transit or storage. The zippers close well too, so I do not have any concerns about the case opening unintentionally and spilling the contents. Cons The elastic loops are small and difficult to use. Each pen has a large leather loop to hold it in place in the case, and there is a smaller elastic loop under the leather loop to help hold smaller diameter pens in place. This is good in theory because the leather loops are far bigger than ever pen I own (I tend to like smaller diameter pens). However, the elastic loop is just a thin piece of elastic cord. It is difficult to slip the pen shafts under these loops, and I worry that in the long-term, the elastic cord will either break or stretch. One can use the pen's clip on the leather loops, but the leather loops are a bit thick, and I worry that long-term use of them will cause the pen clips to stretch. This is my biggest concern with this case. But for the price, I can live with this. A nice feature that would be great to add would be a small interior pocket to hold small items like extra ink cartridges, converters, nibs, polishing cloth, etc.. I am not going to fault the case for not having this, but it would be a nice addition.