Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Bob Koch from Quiver Global recently sent me a pair of their double-pen leather holders to try out with my Webbie and Habana journals. They were initially designed for hard cover journals such as Moleskine, Eco-System and Piccadilly. They make both a single-pen configuration and a double-pen configuration in either brown or black leather - I only had the opportunity to test the double-pen models which are designed to sit on the front (or I suppose.. the back) of the book. The one pen models are designed to ride the book's spine. An interesting design for sure.
The fountain pens I loaded (comfortably) into the holders were above on left, a pair of Pelikan M200's and on the above right, a Sailor Sapporo and a vintage Parker sub Debutante. The double pen holder also works quite well with just one pen in it. It is easy to clip your pens to the leather.
The small double-pen holder fits books that are 5.4-6.25" tall, which works quite well for the small Quo Vadis Habana. The Habana's do not specifically have a hard cover- it's firm but flexible and is covered with a leather-like material. The elastic on the Quiver holders are quite stiff when I put it on my Habana, so it is possible that you might bend (crease) the cover - which doesn't bother me, but it could to some. It is also possible that the holder will leave marks on the top & bottom of the cover where the leather sits. Once again, this doesn't bother me, but for those who wish to keep their covers pristine...
Same situation with the Rhodia Webbie (Webnotebook) which has a firm cover covered by a soft rubbery material. You might get marks on the cover where the leather sits at the top & bottom of the book.
When you do not have pens in the holder, the holder section sits snugly against the journal. Before I added pens to take these pictures, I had the holder on my Webbie sitting under a few other journals. From this image, you can see that the leather caused some creasing on the front cover. I'm not sure if that would leave a permanent mark, but I know I would be happier with a pen holder leaving a few marks than a perfect cover.
When you put pens in the holder, you can see the way it pulls the leather away from the journal. Note that you will need to remove the pens when writing on a flat surface.
I've heard that some chemicals used in the leather tanning process can damage metal pen clips and wrote to Bob for an answer - He said that in some circumstances that's accurate but very rare. The 'chrome' tanning process Quiver uses is a widely accepted industry stadard. Unfished raw metals can sometimes interact with the processed leather. If you're concerned about your particular pen please contact your pen's manufacturer and inquire about the type of metal they use for their pen clips.
If you are familiar with my journal reviews, you probably know that I almost never write on a flat surface. That I either write in hand, (if I am standing) but mostly write on my leg. When using the small Habana and having one pen remain in the holder, it makes for an extremely comfortable anchor point for holding the journal.
But it doesn't work to keep a pen in the holder when you lie it on a flat surface.
If you want to write on a flat surface, you will need to remove your pens/pencils from the holder. It sort of throws off the "lie flat" aspect which is pretty important to me, (will probably be more evident on smaller journals) but since I hardly ever write on a flat surface, I'm pretty happy with these holders. I personally like the look and feel of the brown over the black leather.
Prior to writing this review, I did have the opportunity to use the small double-pen version on my Habana and I liked it a lot. I do not currently have a large Webbie in use, so those pics were taken with a finished book. I am currently using a Pentalic sketchbook/journal and it has a soft vinyl cover. I tried putting the large holder on it but it didn't really work as they are designed to work with hard cover books. (But I had to try...)
Note that there is some width to the leather on the top & bottom of the holders. I wonder if that could put stress on the cover where it meets the spine - especially on a book of lower quality... In my opinion, I would not slide the holder all the way to the inside cover crease. I'd leave it out a little further to avoid stress on the cover.
Looking at the single pen model, I love the way it looks but can't understand how it would lie flat with a pen removed....
Small single-pen holder $19.95
Large single-pen holder $24.95
Small double-pen holder $14.95
Large double-pen holder $19.95
Why do the single pen models cost more than the double? A single pen Quiver has more leather, stitching and most importantly, two spring steel stays which help it hug the notebook covers.
Each Quiver pen holder is individually hand crafted in Mexico by highly skilled leather craftsmen.
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