Two Pen Carrying Case

Two Pen Box open with pensThis box is typical of those sold by Penn State Industries and other suppliers of materials to pen turners.  It is rosewood colored (actual wood unknown) and measures 6 3/4″ long by 2 1/8″ wide by 7/8″ thick with rounded ends, sides, and corners.  It is fitted with nice hidden hinges and would give outstanding protection as a carrying case for two pens.

Inside there are two routed pen slots, each 5 7/8″ long and just over 1/2″ diameter.  The interior is finished exactly the same as the exterior.

This type of box is sold with no lining in the pen slots.  I acquired this one in a lot of pen-related items but I do not like for my pens to rest directly on wood, so I lined the slots with soft burgundy felt for protection.

Because of the diameter of the slots, this carrying case will not handle large diameter pens, but it will accommodate the vast majority.  The pens pictured are two Sheaffer pens from the 1940s, a Lifetime Triumph and a Lifetime Vigilant (military clip) and as you can see, they fit nicely.

The Two Pen Carrying Case with added soft felt lining is priced at just $17.50 plus actual mailing cost.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code for a firm mailing cost quote.

I mail by Priority Mail in the USA and by International First Class Package outside the USA.  I accept payment by PayPal or, if you request it, I can email an invoice which you can pay with a credit 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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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 one more of these unusual boxes and can fit it 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

Open with lid aside

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.

Perdomo Reserve Petit Corona – Single Pen Display or Multiple Pen Storage

The Perdomo Reserve Petit Corona finished in gloss black with silver logo imprint.  It is quite small, measuring 7 1/2″ wide by 5 1/4″ front to back by 1 1/4″ deep.

This box is available in two configurations:

1. Single Pen Display

2. Five Pen Storage Box

Single Pen Display – I can fit it with a single pen display tray in your choice of suede cloth colors. See the home page for a picture of the available colors of suede cloth.

Five Pen Storage Box – I can fit it with a velvety flocked pen tray with individual compartments to hold five pens.  Pen tray material is available in the following colors: Red, Burgundy, Hunter Green, Royal Blue, Beige, Grey,  and White

In any configuration, the lid is secured with a rare earth magnet and the bottom is covered with soft foam (black, of course) to prevent scratching of your desk or table top.

Price in either configuration: $25 USD plus shipping.  One available.  Email me if you are interested…include your location for a shipping quote.

The picture above shows a Sheaffer Lifetime Balance for size comparison.

A New Style of Pen Compartment

I’ve used several different techniques to form individual compartments for pens in the boxes that I’ve re-purposed, including:

  • Flocked corrugated tray
  • Wood strips with felt faces
  • Wood strips covered with microfibre suede cloth
  • Cardstock folded into V channels and covered with felt or suede cloth
  • Felt folded and glued to make dividers

Each has its advantages, and some show off the pens better than others, but I’ve continued to look for another style.  Recently I found some vacuum formed plastic pieces in a cigar box and an idea hit me: paint the plastic, then fit microfibre suede cloth inserts into each channel.

My first such effort was in a CAO MX2 box that is covered inside and out with black “velvet.”  I used an all-black theme and achieved a rather dramatic result.  Next I decided to mix it up a little and combined brown suede cloth with the black plastic.  I like this look even better and will make it available as an option in many boxes.