Review: Red Pen Case (no brand)

One of my recent finds is this red pen case that I got from National Bookstore. Unfortunately it has no brand that I can see, but if I recall correctly it’s priced somewhere around Php150. It has a nylon-type material, and has a zipper that goes around on three of the four edges.

This means that the case itself opens up in a book-type way. It lays flat conveniently, and displays everything that it contains. It’s a very thin pen case, so it does not hold that much. For me though it has exactly the right amount of space for my everyday needs.

I also particularly like this pen case because it is of the correct size to hold my loose Hobonichi Weeks Supplementary notebook.

The case does not have many compartments. One of them is a full-length zipped mesh pocket on the left size of the case. It is roomy enough to hold a few sheets of stickers, two rolls of thin (~6mm) washi tape, and one thick washi sampler. It can hold additional pens but it might make the case too bulky to close.

On the right side of the case there are two nearly full-length slip pockets. The front pocket can hold around 5-7 pens depending on the thickness. For example here, I have five pens: the 2016 Hobonichi pen, a Raymay portable scissors, a Pilot Twin Marker, a gold Artline gel marker, and a Platinum Plaisir fountain pen. I can actually fit one more pen on the right of the Plaisir, but at the moment these are my pens on rotation.

At the back of the pen pocket I have space to put more stationery. I have a couple of journaling cards, a Hobonichi stencil, a packet of Japanese page flags, and three paperclips. As it is a full-length pocket it can actually hold longer pieces of paper, which is quite convenient.

The case when closed is just slightly wider and thicker than a Hobonichi Weeks with Cover on Cover. This makes it an ideal everyday case, and I am very happy to have found it!

 

Pen Case Updated

My purple pen case was my notebooks’ constant companion for quite some time. There’s only one problem with it, which is that the pen loops can’t handle the fatter of my pens such as the Lamy Al-Star. That sent me on a quest to find a better pen case that also allowed me to hold the other necessary stationery items along with my pens. Lucky for me, I found the perfect case!

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This is a very boxy kind of pencase, and at first I wasn’t sure if it can hold all the stationery I wanted to include. I found this case at National Bookstore, and luckily enough the case I found is also purple. It’s from a brand called Nabel, which I’ve never heard of before. The case has two zippers running all around the top of the case, which lets it open up fully either way. There are no external pockets, even though it looks like there’s one near the brand’s label. There’s a carry strap at the bottom, which I don’t really use but I appreciate that it’s there.

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When fully opened, the top flips out like a book, and the spacious inside is revealed.

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The lid (left side) has some neat pockets. There’s a couple of smaller pockets in front, where I put in some page flags and a small pair of scissors. Behind that there is a full-length zip pocket, where I am able to stuff in the¬†few sheets of stickers I really wanted to carry around.

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The actual “body” of the case is quite big. There are five pockets to slot pens in. There is also an elastic band running behind that, which now acts like another pocket when I slotted in a big PostIt pad. I can slip things like washi samplers at the back of the pad. There’s a lot of space here that can accommodate far more than 5 pens. I’ve stuffed it with as much as 9 fountain pens and there seemed to be space for more pens beyond that.

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While this pencase is bigger than my older one, I love that it can fit my Al-Star without any issues. Lately I’ve been carrying far too many fountain pens, and this case helps me keep them safe in my bag. I’m very pleased with this case!

 

EDC TN: February 2016

There are of course still that urge to try something new, or to revisit something that one hasn’t used in a while. This results in differing EDCs, and here is what I used for most of February.

My Purse

From just a single TN last month, I’ve moved to a two-TN carry for my purse. I use my Gav and Sav Pocket TN in Cat Print as my wallet and my Zenkraft Red Zebra Micro TN as my portable notebook. To be honest, I suppose I could have used just the pocket TN and threw in a pocket notebook but I wanted to see if the micro TN is something that works for me. I paired the micro TN with a Pilot Petit fountain pen, in red of course, and it fits just right into the edge of the notebook.

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My Work Bag

I had finally finished the last pages of my standard sized daily journal insert, and moved into a new insert but this time pocket sized. That allowed me to consolidate all of my currently used inserts into one pocket TN – the one I chose for this month is the Speckled Fawns Rustic Kodiak TN. I’m also still using the Hobonichi as my daily planner, but I decided to give the Zenkraft A6 cover a rest and got myself a Hobonichi brand cover from CraftyLane. I wasn’t sure I would like it, but so far it’s working for me. To keep the cover closed I used my Coleto pen, which I also got from CraftyLane. I will be sure to write about the Hobonichi cover and the Coleto pen in separate posts.

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I also changed my craft case! I found that my biggest and fattest pen, the Lamy Al-Star Blue Green, does not fit comfortably in my old case and I really wanted to use this FP again. Luckily I was able to find a new pen case in National Bookstore that has bigger slots for pens. I stuffed everything in here and it seems to be working well for me. Again, I’ll write a separate post showing you all about this pen case.

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My Office Desk

There is not really a lot of difference in the TNs I use in the office, except I switched out the blue Midori cover for the black. The black is newer, and I wanted to get a bit more use out of it.

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Review: Filed Pen Roller

Once I got into seriously collecting interesting writing materials, I knew I had to get myself a good carrying case or container for them. I had my eye on the Filed Pen Roller for a while, ever since I made the Pocket Wallet my mainstay. As soon as I found a red variant, I immediately snapped it up. I’ve had the case for about a month now, and I’m here to review it for those of you who might be interested.

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