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Another New Product From Fountain Pen Revolution: A 2-Pen Case

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#1 Jamerelbe

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 13:54

I've been a happy repeat customer of Fountain Pen Revolution for a couple of years now, and wanted to post a quick 'first-look' review of their latest new release: a 2-pen case made of leather.  These are currently for sale on their website (www.fountainpenrevolution) for US$24 plus postage.  In honor of the launch, they're including a FPR 'Indus' fountain pen, valued at US$17, for free - in a randomly-selected colour and nib size.  I purchased two - one to keep, and one to give away.

 

Onto the case itself, though - which conforms to a fairly standard design.  The front of the pouch is made of fairly stiff, double-layered leather, with some kind of stiffening material inserted between the layers.  The back of the pouch is roughly twice the length of the front - with a sizeable flap that folds over and tucks into the loop that holds the case closed.  The sides of the pouch are thinner - just a single layer of leather, allowing the case to expand slightly as needed to accommodate larger-diameter pens.

 

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The leather is a warm, chocolatey-brown colour, with the FPR logo prominently emblazoned on the front of the flap:

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The dimensions of the pen case are roughly 15cm tall x 4.5cm wide x 2cm deep - though the flap is long enough to accommodate taller pens.  I found that my Diplomat pens (the Aero and the Diplomat Excellence A) were a very good fit; my 'girthiest' pen, a black Jinhao 159, took up a little more than half the width of the pouch, but could also be accommodated.  

 

The interior of the pouch has a 'divider' running down the middle, that ensures the two pens inside don't bump or scrape in transit:

 

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I have to say I'm very impressed with these cases: they look great, the stitching is neat and even, and they seem very sturdily constructed.  I'm looking forward to carrying one around with me - and am pretty sure that the recipient of the second case will appreciate the gift.

 

That's about all I can think to say - feel free to ask any questions if you'd like to know more!



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Posted 22 October 2015 - 14:47

Thank you for the review. They all look nice. Out of curiosity have you considered Franklin Christoph?



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Posted 22 October 2015 - 16:33

Looks like an exceptionally good deal. Thanks.

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 21:37

Looks like an exceptionally good deal. Thanks.

 

Thank you for the review. They all look nice. Out of curiosity have you considered Franklin Christoph?

 

Thanks for the feedback - no, I hadn't looked closely at the Franklin Christoph pen cases till you mentioned them, but they look pretty nice too, with a wider range of sizes and colours.  I've been eyeing off the Diplomat pen cases, though - which are available from a few Australian retailers.  Hard to beat the price on this product, though - which is what tipped me over the edge.  (That, and an upcoming family birthday...)



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Posted 22 October 2015 - 23:06

Handsome looking leather cases. 

I like the way the divider is arranged inside two pen case shown (vs. a similar style Pelikan 2 pen case).  The deal breaker for me is:  where is it manufactured?


Sailor 1911 Standards (14c nibs): *Black/gold, 0.8 mm. stub *Burgundy/gold, 0.6 mm. "round-nosed" CI & 1.1 mm. CI, *Sailor Profit Standards: Brown & Red Marbled Mozaiques, (machined acrylic/rhodium), 1.0 mm.CI & 0.8 mm. stub *Kaweco Dia2 14c M,B,BB 0.5 mm, 0.8 mm, 1.0 mm. (BLS) *Kaweco Stainless Steel Lilliput 14c 0.6 stub * Montblanc 254, 14c BB flügelfeder factory stub

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 23:16

Handsome looking leather cases. 

I like the way the divider is arranged inside two pen case shown (vs. a similar style Pelikan 2 pen case).  The deal breaker for me is:  where is it manufactured?

 

Fountain Pen Revolution is based in India, and to the best of my knowledge all the products they sell are manufactured in India.

 

The following comes from their 'About Us' page (bold emphasis added by me):

 

"FPR was founded in 2011 and is family owned and operated.  My sons and I sit at the kitchen table and clean, inspect, and maintenance every pen we sell.  Our passion at FPR is to provide reasonably priced quality fountain pens made in India and to be a blessing to our community.  We invest a percentage of all profits back into the communities where our pens are made.  We believe in old-fashioned honest business practices, good family fun, and that we should give to those around us in need.  We also believe that fountain pens are not just for the rich or only for our grandparent’s generation.  By offering quality products at a very reasonable price with personal service we hope to spread the joy of fountain pens to a new generation of writers."

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Posted 23 October 2015 - 00:30

Thanks for the info, Jamerelbe. 

I was not familiar with FPR,  but will now look into their products.

(In the early 60s I wore incredibly durable bison sandals made in India.  Not a pen related product, but.....)

Thank you also for posting this review.


Sailor 1911 Standards (14c nibs): *Black/gold, 0.8 mm. stub *Burgundy/gold, 0.6 mm. "round-nosed" CI & 1.1 mm. CI, *Sailor Profit Standards: Brown & Red Marbled Mozaiques, (machined acrylic/rhodium), 1.0 mm.CI & 0.8 mm. stub *Kaweco Dia2 14c M,B,BB 0.5 mm, 0.8 mm, 1.0 mm. (BLS) *Kaweco Stainless Steel Lilliput 14c 0.6 stub * Montblanc 254, 14c BB flügelfeder factory stub

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Posted 23 October 2015 - 00:55

Thanks for the info, Jamerelbe. 

I was not familiar with FPR,  but will now look into their products.

(In the early 60s I wore incredibly durable bison sandals made in India.  Not a pen related product, but.....)

Thank you also for posting this review.

 

You're most welcome - I've been buying stuff from FPR for some time now, and you'll find a few reviews of their products by me on the FPN forums.  Kevin (the proprietor) has sent me a couple of review pens for free during that time - but as a general rule I'm more than happy (as in this instance) to pay for their products myself.  I'm not equally fond of all their pens (the Dilli especially I think is awkwardly designed), but for the most part they offer quality products for reasonable prices.


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Posted 23 October 2015 - 19:55

Nice review thank you! I have a Matte Vanishing Point in this case too. I'm sure I recognize it but can't quite get it - what is the pen beside the VP?



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Posted 23 October 2015 - 22:08

Nice review thank you! I have a Matte Vanishing Point in this case too. I'm sure I recognize it but can't quite get it - what is the pen beside the VP?


It's a Diplomat Aero - the logo on the finial has worn off...

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Posted 12 May 2016 - 22:58

Thank you for the review. They all look nice. Out of curiosity have you considered Franklin Christoph?

Believe between the two, Franklin-Christophe is more pricey. FR is not as expensive and although it will take more time for shipping and receipt of the item, it is an option if Franklin Christoph is perhaps out of one's price range. I have pen cases from both and that is my opinion. 


Edited by fountainpenlady, 12 May 2016 - 23:00.

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Posted 13 May 2016 - 00:06

Believe between the two, Franklin-Christophe is more pricey. FR is not as expensive and although it will take more time for shipping and receipt of the item, it is an option if Franklin Christoph is perhaps out of one's price range. I have pen cases from both and that is my opinion. 

 

I can think of *four* reasons for going with Franklin Christoph over FPR:

(1)  Brand recognition

(2)  Made in the USA (if that matters to you - for an Australian, they're both foreigners! ;))

(3) Convenience / speed of arrival

(4) Range of colour options and sizes (if I recall correctly, F-C offer 3- and 4-pen cases?).

 

Over against that, the FPR leather cases are really well constructed, from quality leather - and substantially cheaper.  I like the look of the F-C cases, but if I'm in the market for another leather pen pouch I'll probably go back to FPR.



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Posted 13 May 2016 - 01:44

 

I can think of *four* reasons for going with Franklin Christoph over FPR:

(1)  Brand recognition

(2)  Made in the USA (if that matters to you - for an Australian, they're both foreigners! ;))

(3) Convenience / speed of arrival

(4) Range of colour options and sizes (if I recall correctly, F-C offer 3- and 4-pen cases?).

 

Over against that, the FPR leather cases are really well constructed, from quality leather - and substantially cheaper.  I like the look of the F-C cases, but if I'm in the market for another leather pen pouch I'll probably go back to FPR.

I agree. I have long wanted to visit the FC studio. However, since they are very prominent during our Pen Shows, I will keep that on my Wish list. Also, I wanted last year simply to see what their leather journal cover looked like during the Pen Show attended. Well, they were upon entry to the Pen Show, second vendor set up after one which sold chocolate. Well, inside of  20 minutes, looked at, touched and purchased the leather journal cover, a couple refills for it, the 6 Penvelope in dark maroon and one of their Iced Intrinsic fountain pens.

Needless to say, I was a more than happy camper, also nearly broke. I can hardly remember the contents of the workshop attended immediately afterwards. :lticaptd:  

The staff who were there were very knowledgeable and nice. Recently, days ago received my Intrinsic returned from FC. The pen started to leak for some unknown reason. Via email, I was given instructions to try and when it did not work, sent the pen to them. They fixed the problem and the turnaround time was so rapid, thought I had ordered something from someone and forgotten. Their after care is impeccable. Don't work for them, live on the other side of state from them, but I enjoy their products. 


Edited by fountainpenlady, 13 May 2016 - 01:46.

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Posted 13 May 2016 - 04:31

http://www.nytimes.c...s-artisans.html

 

I saw this show in 1985 at the Cooper-Hewitt. The premise was the commercialization of traditional Indian arts and crafts through collaboration with leaders in design.

 

One of the great contributions that FPR makes is the building of a business that supports Indian craft and the business's contribution to the local economy.

 

One of the problems that the show reported was the devolution of the outside design input over time to a more local tradition.

 

Certainly, the choice and variety of suppliers as discussed in the comments above are a key to the success of a commercial business. I just wish to recognize the value that FPR is bringing to a local community. 



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Posted 13 May 2016 - 22:14

Thanks for posting this. I like to support small family business like FPR. Hadn't heard of them before so I'm happy to have read this post Will check out their site and likely buy some thing.

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