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Kanam by Davarg
Category: Cases
Works With: iPhone 5
Price: $45

This is the first part of a two-part review. When you see the case I am discussing, the reason will be obvious. It’s the Castello Davarg Kanam, and it’s a wraparound case created from complete grain leather in the good old U.S of A. The good news is, this does not suggest that it was thrown together by unionized slackers with one eye on the time-clock: The case is clearly created with some care.

Why the tow-parter? Since this is a portion of cow, and as such it’s meant to age with dignity, improving in time. So today is more of a first appearance, with a long-term review to follow.

Like the Twelve South SurfacePad for iPhone, the Kanam is a book-like wraparound cover which safeguards the back, the front and one edge. Unlike the SurfacePad, the Kanam safeguards the right edge, opening in reverse (or forwards if you’re among those manga weirdos). This leaves the mute and volume switches complimentary to be accustomeded. There’s also a little cutout over the phone speaker so you can speak with the case closed and still hear the conversation.

The iPhone 5 itself is composed place with a sticky, recyclable adhesive pad. You simply clean the back of the phone, peel off the safety waxed sheet (setting it aside in case you ever before have to take the iPhone from this case) and stick. It holds simply great.

The Good

The case is stunning, a dark red brownish.

The case is stunning. Davarg sent me the Ember color, which is a dark reddish brownish. It fits the iPhone perfectly, although it’ll not yet sit shut unless you put it in a pocket or cover it with a weight– the leather still has a lot of spring in it which will fade to a floppy convenience gradually, I presume.

The glossy outside material of the case lets it slip in and from even a tight pants pocket quite quickly, and the backwards-opening design suggests that it’s easy to thumb things open with your right-hand man.

But the very best part of this opposite-opening flap is that you can utilize the camera appropriately. When you hold the camera in landscape, you can accustomed the volume buttons as a shutter launch and the case hangs down below the phone. Compare this to the SurfacePad, whose flap simply gets in the way.

The stiffness of the front cover also keeps it out of the way when shooting in portrait orientation one-handed.

The Bad

It could look quilted, but you might file your nails because inner surface.

Having the “hinge” on the right makes it a little unpleasant to accustomed the iPhone one-handed with the right hand. I simply change it to the left, or hold the stiff flap with my right while operating the phone with the left. Ideally this will get a little much easier in time. Right now I likewise flex the cover double, around the back of the phone. This peels up the right edge of the adhesive panel, but right now that is not an issue as much as an anxiety.

The case is likewise a bit fat, adding a minimum of half as much thickness again to the iPhone. Unusually, this has not troubled me yet– normally I hate (hate!) anything makings my iPhone large, however this appears to avoid of the method sufficient desire its thickness.

The other thing I don’t like is the interior of the from flap. It looks terrific, however inside it’s rough as cheap whisky. It will not scratch the screen, but it’s not really good to touch. We will see how it ages.

The Verdict

How could you not like this thing? (Vegans – do not answer that).

I’ve stayed clear of mentioning two neat extras until now. The first is that the case comes in an additional metal case that looks like it cost even more to make than the Kanam itself. It’s in the image above.

The second is a small vial of leather conditioning oil. I put a smear onto the case an it did nothing, as the case is still new and shiny. However in a couple months when it’s getting all dry and ratty I’ll add a few drops and tell you about it. I can’t wait!

I’ve a feeling that most of the thing I wear, t like will vanish with time. Which brings me to the only real problem with this case: the iPhone itself. This case, assuming the sticky pad stays sticky, will last for as long as you do. Yet, if we go by Apple’s usual schedule, then the current iPhone design has perhaps a year and a half left (presuming an iPhone 5S comes prior to a retooled iPhone 6). Which is a little unfortunate. Particularly for the cow that contributed its skin for this case.