Space Box for Five Pens

space-box-closedI covered this box with some black/silver/gold paper in a swirling pattern. Looking at the finished exterior I was reminded of pictures of far-off galaxies taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, so I decided to continue the “space” theme inside.

I found a Hubble picture of a spiral galaxy, much like our own Milky Way might look from far away, and sized it to fit inside the lid.  Then, since much of space seems to be quite dark, I fitted a black pen tray and lined the box with black felt to represent the blackness of space.

Now if only I could find a music box mechanism to play the theme from 2001, a Space Odyssey it would be just perfect.

The box is long enough that in addition to holding five pens in individual flocked velvety slots – each up to 7 1/2 inches long – I was able to fit a small compartment at the right end to hold ink cartridges, paper clips, or whatever…

The bottom of the box is covered with black felt as well.

The box measures 10 inches by 5 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches.

The Space Box for Five Pens is priced at $40 plus shipping.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your ZIP Code or location for a mailing cost quote.

I mail by USPS Priority Mail in the US and by USPS International First Class Package outside the US.  I take payment by PayPal or I can email an invoice to be paid by credit or debit card.

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Montecristo Espada Ricasso – 5 Pen Box

Montecristo Espada Ricasso closedThe Montecristo Espada line of boxes is very popular.  Available in several different sizes, they all feature a distressed suede lid with a Spanish sword theme.  These are well made boxes with a magnetic lid closure.

To adapt these boxes to hold pens, I address the unfinished interior wood first by sanding, then smoothing with 0000 steel wool.  Following that, I stain the wood with Minwax “Gunstock” stain which matches the colors of the box very well, then varnish the stained surfaces with Minwax polyurethane varnish – hand rubbed.

I attach a 2mm thick foam pad to the bottom of the box so that it won’t shift easily nor mar your desk or table surfaces.

Once that is done, I fit a flocked velour pen tray into the box to hold your pens safely and securely, not touching anything other than the tray.

The “Ricasso” is the smallest size in the Espada line.  It will hold five pens, each up to 8 inches long.  The box measures 9 1/2 inches x 6 1/4 inches x 1 1/2 inches.

This particular box is fitted with a beige pen tray, but if you prefer another color, I have identical boxes available with red, green, burgundy, or black trays at this same price.

NOTE: No more of these boxes are available until after Christmas.

The Montecristo Espada Ricassa 5 Pen Box is priced at $35 plus mailing.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code so that I can provide a mailing cost quote.

I accept payment by PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay with a credit or debit card.

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EP Carrillo 10 Pen Beauty

Dona Elena 10 closedHere’s a box that is definitely worthy of “beautiful” as a descriptor.  It’s a slightly smaller version of the EP Carrillo boxes that have proven very popular when I’ve converted them to pen boxes.  I’ve tried to complement the  outside’s striking glossy red stain by adding some attractive artwork inside the lid and a black velour flocked ten pen tray.

The EP Carrillo “Dona Elena 10” measures 10 inches by 8 inches by 1 5/8 inches and can hold 10 pens up to 7 1/4 inches long in their individual pen compartments.

I’ve added a 2mm thick foam pad on the bottom to prevent any marring of your desk or table surfaces.

NOTE: The box pictured here is sold, but I have another one like it that I can fit out for you.  Not available until after Christmas.

The Perez Carrillo “Dona Elena 10” Ten Pen Box is priced at $50 plus shipping.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code for a mailing cost quote.

I accept payment by PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay with a credit or debit card.

I ship by USPS Priority Mail in the US and by USPS International First Class Package outside the US.

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Davidoff Year of the Monkey limited edition 2016 – Nine Pen Box

Davidoff Year of the Monkey logoEvery year, Davidoff issues a limited edition box with the theme of the current year of the Oriental Zodiac.  This is the 2016 version, The Year of the Monkey.  This box is relatively uncommon and once these are gone, they will not be available commercially again.

In keeping with its name, the box is made of bamboo, giving the exterior a tropical look.  The drawer, which originally held cigars and now holds pens, is wrapped in muted red leather (probably faux leather) and lined in more bamboo.  A leather pull graces the front of the drawer and two rare earth magnets smoothly grab it and hold it closed. The bottom of the drawer is covered with red felt so that it will not scratch a surface when removed from the box.

I consider the design to be quite well conceived and did not want to introduce additional elements in converting it to a pen box.  I found some microsuede cloth that is a very close match in color to the leather surrounding and used it to line the inside of the drawer, both bottom and ends, leaving the bamboo sides fully exposed.

The same microsuede cloth lines the nine individual pen compartments, ensuring that your pens will not touch anything but cloth.

The box measures 10 1/8 inches wide, 9 1/4 inches front to back, and 2 1/2 inches deep.  Each of the nine pens can be up to 6 1/2 inches long.  As you will see in the pictures, even my Montblanc 149 fits comfortably into this space.

NOTE: The box pictured was sold, but I have managed to obtain two more of these unusual boxes and can fit them out for pens in a similar fashion to this one.

The Davidoff Year of the Monkey Nine Pen Box is priced at $95 plus shipping. If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and be sure to include your ZIP Code or location so that I can provide a mailing cost quote.

I accept payment via PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay securely with a credit or debit card.

I ship via USPS Priority Mail in the US and via USPS International First Class Package outside the US.

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A Four Pen Box for Esterbrooks and Other Smaller Pens

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Eiroa makes really nice boxes in a variety of sizes.  This one is about their smallest, measuring just 6″ by 4 3/4″ by 2 1/2″ deep on the outside.  It has an unusual lift-off lid.

Inside, it is just large enough for four pens measuring up to 5 1/8″ long – think Esterbrooks for sure, and a number of other pens that you may not have thought of as “small.”  See the picture below with pens in the box – one of them is a Sheaffer Triumph Sentinel, and it fits in nicely.

I have stained the inside of the box with a dark walnut stain to make it compatible with the dark colored exterior.  The inside of the lid, the bottom of the interior, and the four pen slots are all lined with burgundy microsuede cloth to cradle your pens.

The Eiroa Four Pen Box is priced at just $30 plus shipping.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and be sure to include your location or ZIP Code for a mailing cost quote.

Be sure to check out my other posts for boxes for smaller pens.  The Davidoff 25th Anniversary box for five smaller pens.

I accept payment via PayPal to BamaPen@jehubbard.com.  I ship via USPS Priority Mail in the USA and by USPS International First Class Package outside the USA.

Desktop Box for Five Esterbrook or Other Smaller Pens

25th Anniversary closed

This is a 25th Anniversary Robusto Gordo box from Davidoff of Geneva, repurposed into a beautiful jewel box for five smaller pens.  It would look great sitting on a desk, holding pens at the ready.

The box is white with a gold lid and gold logos.  I have added a tasteful gold trim on the inside edges and fitted the box with a black microsuede lining to match the velvety black lining of the lid.

Each of the five individual pen slots is lined with the same soft black microsuede to protect and separate your pens.  The pens can be up to 5 1/8″ long, which will include all Esterbrooks plus many other pens.

The box measures just 5 5/8″ by 5″ by 2 1/4″ deep.  The lid has a magnetic closure.

The Davidoff of Geneva 25th Anniversary Five Pen Box is priced at just $35 plus shipping.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and be sure to include your location or ZIP code for a mailing cost quote.

Be sure to check out my other posts on boxes for smaller pens. The Eiroa Four Pen Box

I accept payment via PayPal.  I mail by USPS Priority Mail in the USA and by USPS International First Class Package outside the USA.

21 Pen Box: Montecristo “Le Cigar des Arts Royale” with Michael Delacroix Artwork

Michael Delacroix art

For the Millenium, Montecristo commissioned artist Michael Delacroix to create a series of scenes of Havana and Paris.  These drawings appeared on specially-made cigar boxes of dramatic proportions for a limited time.  In the past few years, I have gathered four of the boxes, but because of their unusual size, I was puzzled as to the best way to fit them to hold fountain pens.

Recently, I accepted an order for one of the boxes and that forced me to figure out a good inside configuration.  The result is pictured below, with a total capacity of 21 pens, 13 sitting vertically across the front and 8 horizontally in the back of the box.

The 13 front slots accommodate pens of up to 5 1/2 inches in length and the 8 back slots hold pens of up to 6 inches. And, if you require longer pen slots, I can arrange the front 13 to be about 6 1/2 inches and reduce the back slots from 8 to 6 for a total of 19 pens.

The pen compartments can be either black or red, the burgundy pictured is not available.

The Montecristo box measures 13 1/2 inches by 11 1/2 inches by 2 1/4 inches.  These boxes are currently selling on ebay for $20 to $40 empty.

NOTE: Not available until after Christmas.

The Montecristo “Le Cigar des Arts Royale” 21 Pen Box is priced at $95 plus shipping.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code for a shipping cost quote.

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