My good friend Keegan over at One Star Leather Goods sent me a message a few weeks back that we was working on a simple pen sleeve to carry small pocket pens like the Kaweco Al Sport or the new craze going on with the Franklin-Christoph Model 40 (looks awesome). He also decided to make an offering for a larger pen sleeve to fit your full sized pens.
Keegan was kind enough to send me one of each of these to put through their paces and I first wanted to post about my initial impressions BEFORE use. Hence, Part 1 of the series. There will be a Part 2 in the future once they've been shown some good use and breaking in. These are very simple in design, but feel great and are extremely functional. They were designed to be thrown in your pocket (with keys?!) or bag without worrying about scratching up your pens.
First of all, the leather that Keegan from One Star uses on all his wares is excellent. He didn't go cheap-o on the leather used for these sleeves and it is nice and thick. His stitching is always so good and I know these will last for a very long time.
He sent me the Natural Chromexcel for the smaller one to match my Park Sloper Sr wallet/notebook holder and the larger one in a color he was excited about, Cognac. Below is a shot I posted to Instagram of my small sleeve and Sloper Sr together holding a Kaweco AC Sport and Kaweco Liliput. Breaking in nicely already!
My first impressions of these is really high and the quality is top notch. For handmade leather goods, these are reasonably priced as well at only $25 for the smaller and $30 for the larger. With the holidays coming up, I think small items like these would be a perfect stocking stuffer for the pen lover you know.
I'm excited to put these to good use and I'll make an update soon and discuss how they've worn, protected the pens, and what pens I've actually used them for.
Thanks, One Star Leather Goods!