Musubi is a Singapore company that specialises in making notebooks with Tomoe River paper, hand woven and bound with beautiful fabric exterior. But with a twist. Their focus on hiring people with physical or intellectual disabilities in Singapore and training women from abusive families in Indonesia allows them to create a social impact in a way not many companies do.
They have launched their pen cases sometime last year and, yes I am late to the game, but I’ve picked up an Oversized (150mm) Pen Case in the seigaiha (waves) Kon (navy) colour. It is essentially a two pen case with a removable divider to make sure your pens don’t touch. It fits my girthiest pens, two Nakaya Piccolo, side by side without any trouble. It also fits my tallest pens, Pilot Custom 823, with no problems.
The case is well made, stitching flush and tight. Its frame semi-rigid, which helps protect the pens inside from impact. The pen case is secured with a button and has a fabric pull tab on the exterior for easy access to your pens. I personally do not take good care of my pen cases. After all they are there to protect and carry my pens, not be yet another item I need to baby. After using it as my solo pen cases for months, being thrown into my bag with other stationery without care, it looks as good as the day I’ve purchased it. The fabric exterior didn’t even looked like it is dirty in a way fabric tend to do.
My only pet peeve is the divider. I wish it is stitched to the interior of the case so that it can be folded down, which is probably never going to happen, and pushed back up when required. The divider being removable just meant I’ll be prone to losing it. Thankfully, that hadn’t happened thus far.
The pen case just screams understated (excuse the oxymoronic play of words here) high-end product in a way my other pen cases do not. It is form matched with function, paired with a direct social impact. And retailing at SGD$100 for the Oversized and SGD$85 for the Regular, I’d say this is a steal.