Quiver is a company that makes some pretty unique leather pen holders that attach to your A5-size hard cover journals like the Rhodia Webnotebook and Moleskine. In this video I show the single and double holders, as well as the adapters that fit with them.
Quiver Single Pen Holders: (1:30)
Quiver Double Pen Holders: (4:24)
Soft-Cover Adapters: (7:05)
Quivers are some pretty unique pen holders that I first discovered a few years ago, actually. I couldn’t really tell you why I haven’t started carrying them before now other than to say our companies just never really linked up. But I’d always heard good things about them, and now seeing them for myself, I get it.
Quiver is a company that started a few years ago as a way to keep pens handy on Rhodia and Moleskine notebooks. They use 100% American Napa leather full grain hides and the leather is worked by craftsmen in Old Mexico.
There are two different types of Quivers, a single and double. The single-pen holder ($37.95) is a wrap that goes around the binding of your journal and holds the pen up against the spine. It has two elastic bands, one that holds onto the front cover, the other that holds onto the back cover. You can put a pen that’s up to about ½” in diameter and virtually any length in it. The nice thing about this particular format is that the pen stays tucked away on the edge, so when you’re carrying it in a backpack or laptop case, it fits nicely next to other flat objects. It also fits better on some of the larger notebooks like the 6”x9” Quo Vadis Habana that stretch the elastic a little more.
|Quiver A5 Single-Pen Holder in Mocha on a Rhodia Webnotebook|
There are a couple of tradeoffs though. The Quiver on the binding does get in the way a bit when you have the journal on a flat surface. This is most inconvenient when the Quiver is new, as the leather is still stiff and needs to break in. Over time, it will be less obtrusive. It’s not really an issue if you’re going to be carrying the notebook around and using it on your lap. Some of your absolute biggest pens might be a bit of a tight squeeze, too, though honestly if a Jinhao 159 can fit, just about anything can.
You can fit the A5 single holder on the Rhodia Webnotebook, Moleskine, Whitelines, Black n’ Red, anything with a hard cover in an A5 size which is about 8”-9.25” tall. Something with softer covers like the Clairefontaine clothbounds or Apica Premium are a little more precarious and might need a little more careful attention, but they will fit on there.
The Quiver double-pen holder ($26.95) is a whole different setup. It’s a single elastic band that’s made to fit around the front or back cover of your journal. You can position wherever you want, but closer to the binding is more ideal for softer notebook covers, or those of larger size.
This is called the double pen holder, but it’s really a double-small-pen holder. You won’t fit a Jinhao 159 and MB 149 side-by-side, though I have to say I love these two pens paired up next to each other! You can squeeze a couple of Lamy Safari’s next to each other, but I would say that if you’re using fountain pens like me, it’s probably best to just stick to one pen in the double-pen holder. Personal opinion. But the good thing is, you’re gonna fit any pen in here.
I also like that this holder lays really flat with a notebook on a flat surface. This is most often where I end up writing, so for me the flatter-laying double holder works great. You can also put 6 of them on one notebook if you want, and you can have a menagerie of pens to carry with you. And people definitely won’t look at you like you’re a weirdo.
The drawback to the double holder is that when you store it in next to other flat things, the pen on the cover is going to stick out a bit. And if you are storing more than one pen, there will still be a pen in the holder if you’re writing with the other one, so then it won’t lay flat. It also put more pressure on the cover the further out you have it from the binding, which can bend a softer cover, especially if the journal is on the bigger end like the Habana.
|Quiver Double-Pen Holder in Tan, on Rhodia Webnotebook|
But that’s where the Quiver adapters ($3.50) can help. There are two different sizes of them that can help provide additional support to softer cover notebooks. You just stick it behind your Quiver and it helps keep the cover from bending. These will be critical if you want any chance of using a double-pen Quiver on a flimsy-cover notebook, but honestly, I’d rather just use the single one on the binding in that case.
|Quiver Adapter, used to firm up flimsier covers|
That’s a quick run-down of the A5 Quiver line. They do have more offerings in their line that I didn’t cover here, but you get a really good idea what they’re all about. For more details and up-to-date specs about Quiver, be sure to check it out on GouletPens.com.