Wancher Penfolium 13 Pen Portfolio: A Review

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(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

(Update: Please read the comment below from Scott Franklin on the origination and lineage of this design. -BD)

The Wancher Penfolium 13 Pen Portfolio is a black leather pen case with a soft, Jacquard, cream interior. The case has room for thirteen pens plus there is spare room in the expandable envelope for a notebook or other accessories.

The case comes in a black cardboard box with the Wancher logo. It is wrapped in a muslin cloth bag to protect the leather.

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Made of full-grain cowhide leather, the case feels sturdy and well made. It has a magnetic snap closure.

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The case is large, measuring 11.02 inches long x 6.69 inches wide, so it won’t fit in a purse or a small backpack. But it will fit in portfolio cases and larger backpacks.

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One of the things I really like about this pen case is that the pen slots are pliable cloth. Because of this, you can fit virtually any pen in the slots. I filled the case with pens ranging from one of my smallest (a TWSBI Mini) to the largest (a Wahl-Eversharp Decoband Oversize). Every single pen fit, even the Wahl-Eversharp. This is a major difference between my go-to pen case, the Franklin-Christoph Penvelope, and the Wancher. The Penvelope simply cannot hold larger pens because its pen slots are unyieldingly rigid.

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The LM1, Dumas, and Wahl-Eversharp do not fit in the F-C Case

The LM1, Dumas, and Wahl-Eversharp do not fit in the F-C Case

That said, the larger pens (my Lambrou LM1, Montblanc Dumas, and Wahl-Eversharp) required a little twisting and turning to manipulate them past the lip of each pen slot, but it wasn’t much of an issue. The only pen that I had trouble getting in the pen case was my Omas Blue Angel. For some reason the clip simply did not want to go over the lip of the pen slot, scrunching the soft material instead. With some pulling on the clip, I was able to get the pen in.

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Regardless, I was impressed that I could fit every size of pen into this case. I also tried clipless pens, such as my Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Housoge Kikyo Platinum, Danitrio Sho-Hakkaku, and Nakaya Cigar Dragonfly. All of them fit nicely, and I even held the case upside down and shook to see if they might slip out. They all stayed put even without clips.

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As I said, the Wancher case is sturdy and well made. The snap closure is solid, and I would feel confident carrying my pens in this case. I do have a few issues. One is the size—it’s a bit large for me. I like my Franklin-Christoph six-pen Penvelope because it fits in the small backpack I carry to work. And, honestly, do I really need thirteen pens with me every day? Well . . . um . . . yes. I can totally justify having thirteen pens with me. You never know when you need a certain pen with a certain nib and a particular ink! So, I may wind up switching to the Wancher mainly because I can put my large pens in it, whereas my F-C case can’t accommodate them. As a result, I wind up having to put my larger pens in separate single cases if I want to bring them to work. I’ll just have to carry the Wancher in my laptop bag instead of my backback.

The other issue is that the Wancher case only comes in black. I prefer brown leather. Perhaps Wancher will eventually offer the case in other colors since it does so with its smaller pen cases.

You can purchase the Penfolium 13 Pen Portfolio from Wancher for $85.00.

(Wancher provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Posted on November 10, 2017 and filed under Wancher, Pen Case.

Pentel EnerGel Pearl 0.7 mm Gel Pen Review

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(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.)

The Pentel EnerGel is arguably one of the best pens you can find in any random stationery aisle. They're widely available, and they might even be stocked in your office supply closet at work. If not, I suggest sneaking some in there.

The EnerGel ink is a blend of gel and rollerball ink. It's known for writing smoothly and drying quickly. It is sometimes described as a smudge-free ink, though I found all of the colors smear a bit--some more than others. While it does dry more quickly than some gel inks and claims to be good for lefties, I worry that it may smear when a hand is dragged across. It does okay with highlighter, but not great. Even the dry ink smudges a little, and will leave a residue on the highlighter tip. But the text was still clear, and it didn't perform any worse than most pens under the circumstances.

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The writing experience was smooth, for the most part. I did have a little stuttering with the black ink, but the other pens wrote beautifully. The .7 mm line is broader than I'm used to, but I enjoyed it, and it showed off the intensity of the ink colors. The ink is very well saturated and bright. The 8-color Pearl set includes black, red orange, lime, sky blue, blue, and violet. I also tried the pink ribbon edition of the black pen. I love that Pentel has this line that benefits breast cancer research. I did have some trouble telling the difference between the pink pen and the black-ink pen in the pink body. They are identical except that the tip size is outlined in black for the black-ink pen.

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The pen body is a very good build. And it's responsibly made, being 54% post-consumer recycled plastic. The silicone grip is latex-free and comfortable to hold. This Pearl edition has a pearlescent white body with transparent color accents that indicate the ink color (except in the case of the pink ribbon edition). They have sturdy, flexible clips and a solid click mechanism. The click button does rattle a bit when depressed, which is one of my personal pen pet peeves, but the other features more than make up for that small flaw. The body appears to be identical to the RTX model, apart from the body color. The ink colors are the same and they both take the same refills.

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At $22 for an 8-color pack, or $2.80 for open stock, I think these are a little on the pricey side. They're comparable to the Uni-ball Signo pens, but considerably more than the Pilot Juice—which is, in my opinion, a better pen. But there’s a lot to like about these, and they're way more fun than the usual office fare.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Posted on November 9, 2017 and filed under Pentel, Energel, Gel, Pen Reviews.