Use update: Corter Leather Mechanic’s Wallet

I have had this wallet for a while. At first it was meant as a travel wallet but I didn’t quite like then. Recently, I brought it out from storage, and did manage to use it in a way that made sense to me.

I love the brown leather on this. It is supple, and feels very good in the hand. It is resistant to scuffs and scratches.

Inside the wallet, there is one large compartment, and one slightly smaller one behind it. The intended use was for the large one to hold bills, and the one behind it to hold some cards. In addition, on the front, there are two slots to hold more frequently used cards.

However, I found that with cards kept on the front, the way the wallet folds makes it hard for one to access the bills properly. Hence, I configured it so that there is nothing in the front slots, and bills and cards are kept together in the large compartment. I use the back compartment for coins. It is not as deep so you can easily find your coins.

In this wallet, I am using Japanese currency. The bills, including 10,000 yen notes, can fit without folding, but the level of snug depends on the number of coins in the other compartment. If you are in a rush, you may have to fold your notes and rearrange them later.

I am looking forward to having this wallet in rotation more often!

Hello, Eternal Leather Goods

Looking for small leather goods to add to your life can be a tricky affair, sometimes. I would consider budget, credibility, and workmanship. But when you do find something that suits your budget and seems well-made, and does not ship from too far away, there is still the most important issue of all – aesthetics. It is not something easily described, or explained.

I have bought a few things from Eternal Leather Goods before, and I began with something small – a coin pouch, and then moved on to a belt. Recently, I renewed my search for a cover for my Hobonichi Cousin, and was also on the look-out for a leather watch band.

I eventually bought a A5 notebook cover from Eternal Leather Goods, and a one-pass slip-through watch strap. The notebook cover is meant for a stack of thinner notebooks, but it fits the Hobonichi cousin well! The watch strap is meant for a Timex Weekender; I fit it onto a Seiko 5 (SNK 803) and it looks very fine.

[Note: The A5 notebook cover comes with a elastic band to keep the book closed, but I didn’t quite like that option, and am instead using a binder clip instead.]

I truly love the items that Colin makes. Items ship quickly, and on the one occasion I had a question, Colin responded very fast.

Everyday Pens

I wrote a post about some ballpoint pens on my table a while back. And to date, the Jetstream remains my favourite ballpoint ink. But I go to the stationery shop too much, and I like browsing pen-related links. I fell in love with the Zebra F-701 body, and learnt that one could hack a Jetstream refill to fit the F-701. So… I read links like this one from and this one titled “The Epic Refill Reference Guide.

I got the Uni SXR-80 (which is used in Jetstream multi-pens, and are skinnier than those used in the usual Jetstream pens) and wasted much tape. I then bought a Zebra refill so that I can reuse the metal tube (by fitting the Jetstream refill into it), and wasted more tape. After a while, I could easily replace the refills when the ink runs out.

I love the knurled grip on the F-701 and the heft of the pen. Best of all, it is not expensive.

Other pens I currently enjoy: the Pilot G2, and the Signo 307. The former is a classic and found on many desks. The Signo 307 is an update of the 207, and while the 307 is not new, it has only recently surfaced in local shops. The ink is very smooth, and I love the bold colour (strangely so, even if we are talking about the usual black, blue and red). Recently, there was a buy-one-get-one-free promotion on the 307 at Tokyu Hands, so we bought ourselves a few more.