Inevitably, the pen case collection grows along with the pens.

A panoply of pen cases

A panoply of pen cases

I prefer cloth and leather, lined. Wraps feel cosier than briefcases or zipped folders reminiscent of school binders. My old 40-pen case, after a good run, now rests in a drawer, several elastic loops stretched to unusability.

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None of the cloth cases has escaped ink stains. Most of the staining happens when I travel. I have fished out dripping lever fillers from their slots, leaving a trail of ink spots on hotel carpet as I rush to the sink to rinse pen and case clean. (This works for cloth cases, but not for leather.)

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My current favorite leather wrap is by Corbo. This is the same wrap Yoshida-san of Nakaya brought with him to the Singapore Nakaya pen clinic. So far, it’s stain-free. We ordered a pair via Rakuten and there was zero hassle involved.

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Dark lining helps conceal stains. And flaps are essential. Friction can affect the finish of a pen, over time. The plating on clips can thin. I don’t go all precious on my pens, otherwise I would be too worried about keeping them pristine and end up not using them at all. Much better to give them some protection while they’re in the bag.

I Can't Believe It's Not Leather

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Leather

New to the collection is the Libelle wrap fresh from the recent Art Brown sale. (Thanks, honey!) The strap secures with velcro.

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Longer pens like the Pelikan M800 are about as long as this wrap can handle. I like the nylon inside because it looks like it won’t care if Baystate Blue leaked all over it.

Nakaya makes pen wraps too

Nakaya makes pen wraps too

One of the wraps I carry most often is made by Nakaya. It’s beautiful. I hope I am not voiding any warranties by stuffing two to three pens in each slot.

Pen wraps by friends

Pen wraps by friends

May crocheted this pen wrap. She told me it was a practice piece but my practice pieces never look anything like this. I think she should go into business. There’s nothing better than a pen wrap from a friend.

  • http://sketch-books.blogspot.com/ Gentian

    Lovely collection Leigh! I love pen(cil) cases :D

  • http://twitter.com/hauntedculture She Purred & I Grr’d

    May’s handmade pen wrap is so lovely, but so are all of them!

  • leighpod

    Pencil cases too. Argh.

  • leighpod

    May made the topmost one too. She’s super-talented. :D

  • Matt

    The crotcheted one is outstanding. It may need a hat to go with it!

  • http://twitter.com/joolz2u julie

    Love all the cases! Could you direct me to the rakuten items? I could not find them! Thanks! Love your site too.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/okami0731 Julie (O-kami)

    Ask your friend May if she would sell the pattern for that wrap – I’d love to make a few

  • http://profiles.google.com/okami0731 Julie (O-kami)

    I could not find them either

  • http://leighreyes.com Leigh Reyes

    Julie, I will bug her. :D

  • http://leighreyes.com Leigh Reyes

    I got them from this shop but it looks like they’re out of stock at the moment!