I have a shamefully large collection of pen cases, ranging from very inexpensive Japanese pencil cases to MontBlanc, Pelikan and Visconti leather cases. I have had my favorites, but no pen case has stimulated real aesthetic admiration like the Atelier Musubi cases that recently appeared on the market. I had seen their handsome journals at the San Francisco Pen Show, but I am not a journal-keeper. I do travel with pens in cases though and am always looking for a better solution. The ideal case will protect my pens but also be compact and light in weight. The Musubi cases are all of those and covered with beautiful Japanese fabrics to boot.
The cases come in two sizes. I got both. They each hold two pens of appropriate length. I have fit a variety of pens in these cases. My principal objective in this review is to illustrate which case is most suitable for which pens. Let's see some photos.
Side-by-side comparison of the two sizes
The smaller case with pens it will hold.
The smaller case will hold an OMAS Ogiva and a Pelikan M800 and snap shut without stress, but these pens are at the limit of the case's capacity because of their length.
An Aurora Optima and Pelikan M600 fit in the smaller case with room to spare.
The larger case with some of the over-size pens it will hold very comfortably.
The larger case with a Nakaya Naka-ai and a custom Shawn Newton pen.
At the time I purchased these cases, they were available in four colors. All were in this traditional pattern. I would love to see the cases in some of the other fabrics Atelier Musubi uses for their journals.
I hope you find this information useful.
Atelier Musubi's web site and store are at: http://www.musu.bi/
I have no affiliation with the company other than a happy customer.
Edited by dms525, 28 June 2018 - 01:43.