First Impression (10)
When I first received the box in the mail I was truly amazed on how well these leather products were packaged. I think of Franklin-Christoph as being a small, high quality, family owned business; but upon reading their blog, they have had tremendous growth and are becoming very well known in the fountain pen community as a reliable fountain pen case producer. The packaging is very simple and conveys a high level quality from within.
As eager as I was, I knew in the end the products weren't going to stay in their packaging for long...
I spy something...
Construction and Finish (9.5)
Franklin-Christoph's leather work is spectacular to say the least. The craftsmanship is exceptional, and I love the contrasting white stitching used on all of his products. The only think I don't care for, is the softness of the leather, as it can be scratched easily.
As most leather pen cases use zippers, I was surprised by the fact that Franklin-Christoph shines through yet again with such a simple, yet innovative original idea of incorporating the "buckle" closure system. Throughout the time I have used this, there has been no problems with the buckle system, and I suspect that I wont with continual use.
I've yet to get ink stains on this wonderful heavy duty material Franklin-Christoph uses in the majority of his leather products. With use, I will see how well it does keeping ink stains off. The burgundy is a great medium to the warm brown leather offered on this particular model.
This case is built for pens of any size. Pens that are 4 inches would sit flush in the top part on the case, and should preferable be clipped so the clip can be set onto the fabric. Pens in the 5.5 inch range would fit comfortable in the case, and again it would be recommended if the pen has a clip. This case can accommodate clip-less pens, but if the pen is pushed all the way down, the pen will need to be pushed out from the bottom. This case can not only hold jumbo pens, but pens that are also very lengthy.
Slim, Simple, Sexy or the three S's. The three best fitting words that describe this wonderfully made piece of usable art. Easily concealable in a briefcase, or backpack; you won't have to worry about a bulge or worse, it falling out. The best part, and another feature I've yet to see on any other pen leather products, is the use of material to clip on to anything. This is a feature on the back of only the Penvelope Two, and is handy to clip onto anything and everything where you'd like to take your pens.
Shown on the back of a backpack.
Shown on the front of shoulder straps.
Cost and Value (10)
This case is one of the few you'll find on the market, with the features and endless high quality details for $49.50. This case is virtually indestructible and will last long after something happens to your pens. If you're in the situation to get a case for your fountain pens, than this is something that you'll find yourself using more than you realize.
A great case, a very well built case, and the Penvelope Two is something I look forward to using for many, many more years.