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Posted by Dirck on 24 July, 2009

Round one of pocket protector experimentation draws mixed results.

Positive: Trimming about 5mm off the bottom, following the original contour of the thing, turns it from a secondary pocket to an interior sleeve. Pens ride happily at full depth, and a certain pen-using looney doesn’t waste a lot of effort fretting about his beloved objects throwing themselves to the pavement or down sewer gratings. Well, he doesn’t waste more effort than he used to.

Negative: I was looking at the bib, the clear bit that hangs down the front of the pocket, and I thought, “There’s rather more plastic visible there than I’d like.”

You know, I can sew. I have made passable men’s trousers from a load of cloth and effort. I have basic carpentry skills. I’ve made tools for bookbinding which actually work. I understand a basic truth attached to cutting things to fit: you can always cut away a little more, but it’s devilishly hard to put any back.

It’s a good thing I ordered two of them. The poor things need a certain minimum of bib to provide purchase on the pocket, after all. The current amendment will hold a pen, and keep it upright within the pocket, which will certainly reduce the wear on the pocket’s upper edge, as the pen seldom even brushes against it. It is not, alas, easy to disentangle the pen from the protector, and one loses the smugness of walking down the street with every passerby agog at the beautiful Parker “split arrow” or Waterman “flying buttress” showing over the pocket top.

Part of my problem, of course, is that I believe other people notice stuff like that.

Today’s distinctive and envy-engendering pen: Sheaffer Statesman vacuum-filler (it’s got the White Dot! The “radius” clip! Women swoon, men wish they were him!)
Today’s ink: Quink black.

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