(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)
Dee Charles Designs is a company made up of two individuals who are passionate about fine writing instruments and the art of handwriting. They say,
“People find joy, value and purpose in putting their stories, personal histories, notes and letters to paper. The written word tells a story about a person and relays their feelings, trust and love clearly. Feelings that are much harder to express with an e-mail, text, or post” (from the Dee Charles website).
The Dee Charles single pen sleeve comes in a simple black box with the Dee Charles logo and name in silver.
This sleeve is Midnight black with red stitching. A very cool fountain pen logo is embossed in the leather. The case is 6.5 inches long (165mm) and 1.8 inches (45mm) wide.
The top grain leather is thick and soft. You can see the thickness in the photo below.
The pen sleeve can accommodate both large (up to 5/8 inch in diameter) and small pens. I tried it with my largest pen, a Danitrio Takumi (see review here). Although the pen fits, it is quite snug. With use, I’m sure the leather will stretch out a bit.
However, the top of the pen is exposed at the opening.
If you carry your pen in a case or purse with a pocket, the fact that the top is a bit exposed to the elements shouldn’t be a problem. But, if you plan to drop the pen case into a bag with other items, it’s possible the top could get scratched or damaged. Thus, with large pens, such as Danitrios or Montblancs, I suggest putting the pen case in a pocket of some sort to protect the top of your pen.
Smaller pens fit much more easily into the pen case. I tried my Leonardo (review here) (a mid-sized pen) and my Aurora 88. The Leonardo fit quite well with only a bit of the cap exposed.
The Aurora 88 is small enough that it is below the stitching, so the top is barely exposed at all.
All of the pens fit snugly into the case, and, because of the leather grain on the inside, they won’t slip out.
The Dee Charles Designs single pen sleeve is well made and looks quite sophisticated. If you’re looking for a sleek, classy, leather pen sleeve, you’ll be very happy with this case.
You can purchase Dee Charles Designs single pen sleeves from Pen Chalet. They come in several colors (black with black, gold, or red stitching; rawhide with blue, brown, or gold stitching; and sunrise with black, blue, or red stitching) and retail for $22.00 (though they’re on sale right now for $17.60). You can also purchase double pen sleeves and Field Notes covers.
(Pen Chalet provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)
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