Product Review: Rickshaw Pen/Pencil Sleeves & Pouches

Thanks to Rickshaw Bags, I’m awash in fluorescent pink pen and pencil cases. I already spread the wealth a bit. Laura will be reviewing the Waldo Field Cases in the future. Rickshaw, and Mark Dwight, seem to have warmly embraced the pen community and was even very kind when I fan-girled all over him at the San Francisco Pen Show. I have been a fan of Rickshaw Bags since they launched. I bought their Moleskine notebook cover very early on and I have several Zero Messenger Bags. So when I saw Mark walking around the pen show, I wanted to walk up and say hello but I chickened out. Lcukily, he came back the following day and I got up my courage to walk up and tell him what a fan I was of Rickshaw.

So, Mark gave me my first Solo Pen Sleeve at the show to match Caran d’Ache 849 fountain pen which started the whole PINK thing, I think. Well, that and my hair, I suspect.

The Plush Pen Sleeves

There are lots of options available from Rickshaw in the pen sleeves (and all the other pen and pencil-related products and even the ability to customize them!) but the Solo Pen Sleeve ($12) has been holding that Caran d’Ache 849 everyday since the San Francisco Pen Show. The Solo Pen Sleeve has been lovingly dubbed the “pen taco” at our house. It’s so simple. Slide the pen into the plush-lined taco, then when it’s needed, squeeze the bottom of the taco like a Go-Gurt to get it out. The great thing about the Solo Pen Sleeve is that it doesn’t add a lot of bulk to your Everyday Carry so if you have a pen you like to keep in your pocket or the pocket of a bag, the plush sleeve provides an extra layer of protection without inhibiting access. My thinking is if you just dropped three digits on a new pen, $12 on a sleeve seems like a no-brainer.

The Duo 2-Pen Sleeve ($20) is exactly what you think it is. The Solo plus one. Initially, I couldn’t wrap my head around what to do with it. Pen and pencil set? Then I saw someone (and I can’t for the life of me remember where I saw it!) used a Duo to add some extra NO TOUCHING protection to their NockCo Sinclair case and it all became clear! And, if you have some extra special pens you want to carry in your Sinclair or Brasstown, the Duo will give you the added plush lining to protect your most treasured items.

The Trio 3-Pen Sleeve ($24) is three times the pen fun.  In case you’re curious, there’s a Sailor Fresca, Karas Decograph and a Sailor Pro Gear Slim Cosmos in the 3-Pen Sleeve. I put a Pelikan M205 and something shiny in the Duo but I can’t for the life of me remember what the other pen was. Needless to say, the medium size holds a variety of sizes easily. I quickly discovered that the Trio is a case for the pen minimalist which I am not. It’s so cool looking and lovely but I can neither pare down my bag carry to just three pens nor do I ever wear anything that can accommodate the Trio. But I love the look of it.

The Plush Pencil Pouch

The Plush Pencil Pouch ($18) was specifically designed to hold the loved but annoyingly long Blackwing pencils. The Plush Pencil Pouch is able to carry up to two dozen unsharpened Blackwings.

The interior is lined with plushy goodness. This is both a perk and pain. The plushy lining protects your treasures but it will pick up pencil marks, shavings and other detritus fairly easily.

As a sketcher, I don’t carry just pencils. I also carry other tools with me like a sharpener, eraser, ruler, leads for mechanical pencils, etc. My KUM 2-step sharpener pushed the limits of what the Plush Pencil Pouch could hold which was a bummer. Even with what I consider a very pared down assortment of drawing tools, I was straining the zipper. I am NOT a minimalist.

I switched to the Plush Pen Pouch ($18), which is not as long as the Plush Pencil Pouch but is considerably deeper. I filled it with my watercolor palette and some of my other pen and drawing tools.

Behold! Chaos!

If you are looking for a step up from art supply store pouches to protect your nicer tools but don’t necessarily need a sleeve for everything, then I think the Plush Pen Pouch is a good option. This is a good option for the urban sketcher, bullet journalers, and maybe those sub-$50 fountain pens you have in your collection.

The Hemingway Deluxe 6-Pen Roll

The Hemingway Deluxe 6-Pen Roll ($39) is the fanciest case on offer from Rickshaw, IMHO. It offers six slots to protect all your best pens with a protective flap.

I clearly should have watched Mark’s video on how to properly roll the roll because I’ve been doing it wrong the whole time. He makes it look so easy!

There’s plush lining throughout as well.

Remarkably nice looking case and well-constructed. I am, however, so not the target audience on this one. I can never narrow down to just six pens and I pretty thoughtlessly throw my pens around. I’m the same person who never buys cases for my computer and thinks “protection” for my camera is wrapping it in a t-shirt before traipsing across the globe.

The Giveaway:

So, the fact that I’m a pen heathen is your bounty! I want these awesome cases to go to folks who will actually put them to good use. I am giving away the following items reviewed above:

  • Trio 3-Pen Sleeve
  • Plush Pencil Pouch
  • Hemingway Deluxe 6-Pen Roll

Let me know, in the comments below, (1) which item you’d like (warning: fluorescent pink!) and if you’ve shopped at Rickshaw Bags before, (2) what you’ve bought. If not, (3) what you’d buy in the future. GO!

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. All entries must be submitted on THIS post at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Wednesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include the email address you would like to be contacted at in the comment form so that you be notified if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 7 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US residents and AFO/APO only please.

DISCLAIMER: These items were sent to me free of charge by Rickshaw Bags for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

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  1. I love the Trio! I did my Fountain Pen Day shopping from Rickshaw and got a three pen case and a hat, both of which I love. I definitely see myself getting more Rickshaw cases in the future!

  2. The Hemingway 6 pen roll looks pretty awesome. I have bought from rickshaw before. I purchased the diplomat to care a small field notes book, pen, and room for business cards. I use it for work when I go out into the field and need to take notes for my job.

  3. The pencil pouch looks neat. I have never bought anything from Rickshaw but a messenger bag would be on my wish list.

  4. I would pick the plush pencil pouch, as it looks more useful than some of the smaller pouches I have. I haven’t yet bought from Rickshaw, but I expect I will eventually get the pen roll because I like the flap covering the pen tops, but in s different color

  5. I’d love the pen roll. Looks scrumptious! I have not purchased anything from Rickshaw before but will definitely look at getting a pen roll! Thank you, as always, for the giveaway!

  6. I would love to win the plush pencil pouch. I haven’t shopped with rickshaw before but I see a lot of items I’d love to try especially the sutro backpack!

  7. I’d like the Hemingway 6 pen roll. I’ve never shopped at Rickshaw, but I’d be interested in the 2-Pen sleeve. Your post introduced me to Rickshaw.

  8. I’d love to try the Trio – I’ve never ordered from there myself (YET) but have played with their designing tools to mix and match colors to see what I’d build when I do place an order.

  9. Definitely want to to be entered in the drawing for the Plush Pencil Pouch. (Know someone who would LOVE it.)

    Have not shopped at Rickshaw before, but have thought about getting one of their single pen pouches, but now that I have read the review I am much more leaning toward the Duo 2-Pen Pouch.

  10. They all look really awesome. And really pink! That pencil pouch would be on my list. I always have a collection of pencils, erasers, dip pens, micron markers, ruler, paper towels, brushes……. well, you get the drift. To have them contained and easily spotted would be great.
    Nice review of a nice product. Thanks!

  11. I’d like: the Trio. I recently bought from Rickshaw for the first time – a single pen sleeve and a case for my Apple AirPods. I kept losing my AirPods in my purse, and so I got a neon orange case to make them easy to find.

  12. Hi! I like the hot pink plush pen pouch. I have not shopped at Rickshaw before. I like the Grocery totes but they are very San Fran focused. So I would buy the Mighty Pen Sticker Pack (probably 2 sets). I may just order them now!

  13. The Hemingway Deluxe 6-Pen Roll is really cool! I love it! I never shopped at Rickshaw before but I would buy the custom mini tote. It’s really awesome that we can customize our own bags! Thanks for introducing me to Rickshaw!

  14. I love all of them, but the trio would be great way to carry all my favorite pens to and from work. The grocery totes on Rickshaw are great. They would make great knitting bags to carry my projects on the bus.
    Thanks so much.

  15. I would pick the Plush Pencil Pouch. I have never ordered from Rickshaw before; however, after looking at their website, there are lots of things that I would love to have……especially the purple Utility Pouch.

  16. I would pick the Hemingway Deluxe 6-Pen Roll, although all of them are great. I’ve never bought a product from Rickshaw, but if I were to buy anything it would probably be the Waldo Field Case.

  17. I would love the trio, pink would be easy to see at the bottom of a bag. The pencil case would come in handy too. If I needed a new bag it would be the medium messenger bag.

  18. Thanks for the giveaway! My top pick would be the pencil pouch. I’ve never bought anything from Rickshaw before but I’ve loved the Waldo Field Case since I saw it floating around the blogs. One day…

  19. I would LOVE the pencil pouch! I had not discovered Rickshaw bags before but have now gone to the website and will likely get a sleeve for my computer 🙂 Thanks!

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