|From the Franklin-Christoph Website|
I am familiar with the Franklin-Christoph line of pens and accessories, and I have even participated in their poetry contests (just for the fun of it). But I learned some rather amazing things about this company when I started the research for this post.
The first of those things is that Franklin-Christoph is a sister company of Pen City, which is located in Blairsville, Georgia.
I've always been amused by the fact that Pen City is located in Blairsville. We used to rent a cabin and vacation in the Blairsville area with The Akitas, Round 1. Blairsville, is a small (population: 715 in 2009) rural town in Union County, Georgia, in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is located approximately 100 miles north of Atlanta. Back when we used to visit I had no idea that Pen City was here.
But I digress. Franklin-Christoph, which dates back to 1901, is currently located in North Carolina and headed by S.C. Franklin, the son of L.H. Franklin II, who is the head of Pen City. The other piece of noteworthy information is that the Franklins are descendents of John Franklin I, the brother of Benjamin Franklin. You can read the entire history of the company on their website, I had no idea that this company had such a long and colorful lineage.
Recently I have been using a wonderful leather pen wrap made by Libelle. But it only holds 5 pens. I have 5 that I always carry (plus the other 50 or so which reside in my pen cabinet) but I have a new acquisition which will arrive in early December, so I really wanted a case that would hold 6. In addition, the pen wrap has a tendency to sink to the bottom of my bag and lay sideways or get turned upside down.
I had previously seen the Lucky 13 Penvelope, so I trotted on over to the website and BEHOLD...
|Back with Franklin-Christoph logo tastefully displayed|
|Lovely red cloth interior|
The color I chose is Boot Brown. I specifically chose this leather for the "damage" that you see to it's surface. This leather is matte and get's scuffed with use, in my opinion this adds a ton of character to the case. But if you do not like the idea of scuffs and scratches, the P6 is also available in Croc Print Brown, Classic Black and Burgundy.
As I said, I carry 5 pens all the time. If you can't figure out what they are, from left to right, Visconti Homo Sapiens, Edison Huron, (currently holding the open slot - Stipula Vedo), Edison Pearl, Nakaya Piccolo and Danitrio Densho. I'll do a feature on the new pen that will fill that empty spot when it arrives.
I love this case for a number of reasons, may of which may be obvious. It's beautiful. Each pen has an individual, very well padded slot. The entire case is well padded, so the pens are very well protected. The magnetic snap is very secure. It holds large pens, like the Danitrio very well. It fits nicely into my Tom Bihn bag and remains upright.
Lastly, the way it is constructed, I can slip my Danitrio polishing cloth into the front of the case, so I always have it with be and I always know where it is.