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.

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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Montecristo Espada Guard – 8 Pen Box

Montecristo Espada Guard 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 “Guard” is an intermediate size in the Espada line.  It will hold eight pens, each up to 5 7/8 inches long.  The box measures 8 3/4 inches x 7 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.

The Montecristo Espada Guard 8 Pen Box is priced at $40 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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Price Reduced: Perez 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 Perez 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.

The Perez Carrillo “Dona Elena 10” Ten Pen Box is priced at $60 $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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A Charming Eight Pen Box – Carrillo Edition Inaugural 2009

Carrillo Edition Inaugural 2009 closedThis is only the second third box of this type that I’ve encountered in five years of repurposing cigar boxes into pen boxes.  It seems to me that the folks at EP Carrillo Cigars really try extra hard to create beautiful boxes to showcase their cigars, which then yields a showcase for your pens when I’ve done my work.

The Carrillo Edition Inaugural 2009 is a compact box with a two-toned sculpted lid.  Inside, I’ve stained the formerly unfinished wood, then finished it with Minwax polyurethane satin varnish.  The gold ribbons were added to prevent the lid from opening too far.  I chose a tan pen tray to maintain the multi-tones of brown.

The pen tray has eight individual velour-flocked compartments.

PLEASE NOTE: The maximum pen length is 5 1/4 inches.

The box measures 9 inches by 6 1/2 inches by 1 3/4 inches and I’ve added a 2mm thick foam pad on the bottom to prevent sliding or scratching your surfaces.

NOTE: The box pictured here was sold, but I have an identical box which I have not yet worked on.  It can be finished similarly to this box, but you would have your choice of pen tray color: Beige (pictured), Black, Red, Burgundy, or Hunter Green.

The Carrillo Edition Inaugural 2009 Eight Pen Box 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 accept payment by PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay securely with a credit or debit card.

I mail 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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Two Single Pen Boxes

Liberty Singles closedThese Liberty Singles are nearly identical, with the only difference being the color of the lining.  Originally designed to hold one high-end cigar, I have repurposed them to hold one very nice fountain pen in secure comfort.

The painted top surface is original, but I have sanded, stained, and varnished the sides, ends, and bottom of the boxes, plus visible inside surfaces, all of which were originally bare wood.  Then I added felt linings, black in one and deep burgundy in the other.

These single pen boxes measure 7 inches long and 1 3/8 inches wide and tall.  The interior allows for a pen up to 6 1/2 inches long and 7/8 inch in diameter.  In the pictures you will see that my Montblanc 149 fits comfortably into the box with room to spare.

The Liberty Singles are priced at $20 each, plus shipping, or $18 each plus shipping for two.  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 via PayPal.  I mail in the US by USPS Priority Mail and internationally by USPS International First Class Package.

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Three Boxes for Smaller Pens

In previous posts here I have shown three different boxes suitable for Esterbrook and other smaller pens up to 5 1/8″ long.  You can see details by following these links:

Eiroa Four Pen Box

Davidoff Five Pen Box

Foundry Twelve Pen Box – this one is a double decker, so you’ll only see the top deck in the picture below. SOLD

Here’s a picture of the three together:

Three boxes for smaller pens