I’m back! I had to take a Owl Ink hiatus due to my life catching up to me– friends getting married, graduations, and travels. If you have any travels on the horizon, then this is a must-read review.
This is the Galen Leather Zippered Case, and it’s one of many quality wares offered by Galen Leather. Based out of Istanbul, Galen Leather is a brother-sister duo founded on their love for natural materials like leather, wood, and metal. Zeynep and Yusuf create every single article by hand in their workshop, and their small business story is truly inspiring!
Zeynep kindly reached out to me and asked if I’d like to try one of their cases. After browsing through their impressive selection, I decided to go for the Zippered Case. A few weeks later, a small box arrived at my door!
Details and Specs
- Price: $49.00
- Dimensions: 6.69″ x 5.03″ x 0.82″
- 5 Pen Loops and 1 Notebook Pocket
- Notebook Size: A6 Slim
The packaging is impressive– before you even open the box, you just know that it houses a high-quality item. It’s made of durable cardboard and can definitely be repurposed as a box for stamps, stickers, or used Field Notes.
In addition to the case itself, the box also includes an information card, a coupon towards a future purchase, and an Evil Eye charm for luck! According to my card, my case was made by Yusuf. Thank you Yusuf!
Let’s take a look at the case! In addition to a rich genuine leather smell, it also has a lightly pleasant smell of wax or oils. I assume this is from the burnishing process, which seals the leather edges and leaves the entire piece luxuriously smooth.
The zipper feels sturdy and zips smoothly without catching. The little zipper pull is also made of leather, which I thought was a small but nice touch.
Upon opening the case, you see that there are five pen loops on the left and a deep pocket on the right. The interior of the case is a soft felt-like material, which should be sufficiently soft if you are holding expensive fountain pens.
I thought about how I wanted to use my new case, and I decided to turn it into a portable lettering/sketching kit!
Next up: pens! The case is designed to fit fountain pens, but since I’m more of an artist/letterer/calligrapher than a fountain pen collector, I decided to add some of my favorite lettering pens.
- Pentel Fude Touch Brush Pen
- Kuretake CocoIro Lettering Pen (review here!)
- Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Pen
- Zebra Brush Pen (review here!)
- Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen
Even though the elastic loops are designed to accommodate larger-barreled fountain pens, they still held my slimmest gel pen.
Now I have a portable note-taking/brainstorming/lettering kit! I can bring it with me on travels, or simply do some sketching or lettering while away from my desk.
I realized that I could also put some small memorabilia, like tickets, receipts, or business cards, into the notebook pocket.
Zipping up the case with no difficulty. You could probably stuff quite a lot into this case, the zipper feels durable and should be able to handle heavier use.
The compact size fits easily into a small purse!
Many thanks to Zeynep and Yusuf of Galen Leather for letting me review your work!
You can find this specific model here, and similar zippered models here. Be sure to check out their other case offerings! They create covers for all your favorite notebooks– Hobonichi, Traveler’s, Leuchtturm, and more.