Six Pens & a Compartment for “stuff” – LFD Oscuro

LFD Oscuro 6 pen with compartment openThe LFD Oscuro is a dramatic black box with gold logo that is hinged along a short edge so that it opens from one end. I’ve tried to remain faithful to its design while packing as much pen capacity into it as possible.

I decided to stick with a dramatic all black format inside.  Cradles for six pens, each up to 6 1/2 inches long, hold your pens on soft black felt and the surrounding area, plus the compartment for small items (cartridges, paper clips, whatever) is also lined with black felt.

The LFD Oscuro box measures 6 3/4 inches by 8 1/4 inches by 1 1/2 inches.  I’ve added a 2mm thick black foam pad to the underside to minimize sliding and avoid scratching your desk or table surface.

The Six Pen & a Compartment LFD Oscuro is priced at just $40 plus actual mailing cost.

If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code so that I can provide an accurate mailing cost quote.

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

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

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Two Six Pen Boxes

Corona with map artwork closed

The Ashton Corona boxes are well-made and have an attractive exterior. I have fitted out the inside of these two to make them into appealing places for six of your pens.

I started by sanding and varnishing the interior bare wood surfaces, then lined the boxes with royal felt and fitted a set of six individual cradles for the pens.  In each box, I added artwork to enhance the overall design.

One of the boxes features art related to Paris, the city of light, and it has black felt lining its interior and providing a soft, protected lining for the cradles. Artwork in the second box includes a vintage map. I selected a marbled brown felt for the lining of the box and cradles.

NOTE: Box with map artwork is SOLD.

Either box will hold six pens, each up to 5 3/4 inches long. The pens are cradled in soft felt and will touch nothing but the lining.

The boxes measure 6 3/4 inches by 6 1/4 inches by 2 1/4 inches and I have fitted a 2mm thick foam pad to the undersides to minimize sliding and to avoid scratching your desk or table top.

The Ashton Six Pen Boxes are priced at just $30 plus actual mailing cost, each. 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 firm mailing cost quote.

I take payment by PayPal or if you prefer to use a card, I can email an invoice.

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Eight Pen Box: LFD Oscuro

LFD Oscuro closedThe LFD Oscuro is a dramatic black box with gold logo that is hinged along a short edge so that it opens from one end. I’ve tried to remain faithful to its design while packing as much pen capacity into it as possible.

I chose a beige pen tray over black just because I wanted to echo the gold trim that appears both on the lid and inside, on its velvety inner lining. The tray is flocked in beige velour and will hold eight pens in individual compartments, with each pen being up to six inches in length. Each compartment is quite roomy and will handle my MB 149 very comfortably.

The LFD Oscuro box measures 6 3/4 inches by 8 1/4 inches by 1 1/2 inches.  I’ve added a 2mm thick black foam pad to the underside to minimize sliding and avoid scratching your desk or table surface.

The Eight Pen LFD Oscuro is priced at just $37.50 plus actual mailing cost.

If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code so that I can provide an accurate mailing cost quote.

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

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

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Sheaffer Stratowriter Adapter

Fifteenth RA-1 Stratowriter with cap offThe early Sheaffer Stratowriter ballpoint pens, first introduced in 1946, were beautiful, well-made writing instruments that are unequaled in quality and appearance even today. However, the early ballpoint refills were not very good – they skipped and leaked – and the original refill was discontinued within a few years. No compatible refill has been made for years, so these great old pens have been useless.

Lifetime Sentinel Stratowriter uncappedMy friend Peter Chapman (aka Tofty) and I thought it would be great to be able to bring them back to full functionality with an adapter that let you use a modern, smooth-writing ballpoint refill. So we developed this 3D printed adapter – an exact match for the original Stratowriter refill – into which you insert a modern D1 (mini) refill.

With the adapter, I carry my Stratowriter every day to use when a fountain pen just isn’t the right choice.

Our adapter fits both the RA-1 retractable and the capped Stratowriters that match the fountain pens of the era. All that is necessary to use the adapter is to remove the old refill, insert the new D1 refill into the adapter, and insert the adapter into the pen. No widgets, no fiddling around with pieces made from old ink cartridges, Q-tips, or other kludges…just insert the adapter exactly as the original refill was inserted.

The adapter is a print to order item at Shapeways.  You can place your order for one or many adapters there and Shapeways will print them and mail them to you.  The entire process takes less than two weeks, including shipping time.  You then add the D1 refill and your Stratowriter is ready to write.

My favorite D1 refill is the Uni Jetstream SXR-200-07, 0.7mm, or SXR-200-05, 0.5mm, which is available online from Jetpens.com or from several sellers on eBay.  The Montverde and Schmidt refills are very good and usually available at local office supply stores.

To visit my store on Shapeways, click this link: Stratowriter Adapter

If you have a question about the adapter, please email me: BamaPen@jehubbard.com

The gallery shows the pens, the adapter, and the D1 refill. Click any picture to open the gallery for larger views:

 

SOLD: Flying Pig Ten Pen Box with Matching Ink Box

Flying Pig closed with ink boxOnce again, Drew Estates has come up with a crazy name for their cigars – this time it is “Flying Pig.” It has the striking Rampant Lion on the lid, accompanied by an off-center decorative stripe. Inside the lid there is a typical Liga Privada label detailing the production of the cigars once contained here, along with the Rampant Lion in gold.

I have sanded and varnished the exterior and interior wood surfaces of the box, then fitted a red flocked velour pen tray that holds ten pens, each up to 5 3/4 inches long, in individual compartments. I also added gold ribbon lid stops so that the lid remains upright when open.  On the bottom, I applied my usual 2mm thick foam pad to reduce sliding and marring of your desk or table surfaces.

The Flying Pig measures 9 1/4 inches by 6 1/2 inches by 1 3/8 inches. The matching ink box has inside dimensions of 5 inches by 5 inches by 3 3/4 inches. Please use these dimensions to figure out how many of your ink bottles will fit.

The Flying Pig Ten Pen Box with Matching Ink Box is priced at $65 plus actual mailing costSOLD If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code so that I can provide an accurate mailing cost quote.

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

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

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Eight Pen “Dirty Rat” Box with Matching Ink Box

Dirty Rat closed with ink boxDrew Estates outdoes themselves in naming their cigars. This box contained the “Dirty Rat.” It has the striking Rampant Lion on the lid, accompanied by an off-center decorative stripe. Inside the lid there is a typical Liga Privada label detailing the production of the cigars once contained here, along with the Rampant Lion in gold.

I have sanded and varnished the exterior and interior wood surfaces of the box, then fitted a red flocked velour pen tray that holds eight pens, each up to 5 1/4 inches long, in individual compartments. I also added gold ribbon lid stops so that the lid remains upright when open.  On the bottom, I applied my usual 2mm thick foam pad to reduce sliding and marring of your desk or table surfaces.

The Dirty Rat measures 9 1/4 inches by 6 1/2 inches by 1 3/8 inches. The matching ink box has inside dimensions of 6 inches by 4 1/4 inches by 3 1/2 inches. Please use these dimensions to figure out how many of your ink bottles will fit.

The Dirty Rat Eight Pen box with matching Ink Box is priced at $55 plus actual mailing cost. If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code so that I can provide an accurate mailing cost quote.

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

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

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More Norman/Normandy Ballpoints

Not long ago I posted about the Norman or Normandy line of ballpoint pens that were made by Norman Gerstenzang, Inc. of New York City during the ballpoint frenzy of the mid to late 1940s. The company called itself “The world’s largest manufacturer of all-metal pens,” and their pens were mostly made of brass, sometimes gold-filled.

For some reason the company labeled some of its pens Norman or Norman “G” andNorman-Normandy ad others Normandy, even though there seems to be no difference beyond the name. With the latter, they played on the history of the Norman invasion of England and named their pens Knight, Long John, and Page. They also produced early multi-color retractable pens. This advertisement shows their lineup at one point.

Since my previous post, I have come into possession of more pens from this company, including some that only differ from the Norman by the addition of “G” on the clip. Perhaps this shows a progression in the naming from Norman “G” to Norman to Normandy

Norman two writer version 1 with reversable insertOne particularly interesting pen is very similar to the Page in the advertisement, but where the Page has a reversible pen/pencil insert, this one has the same sort of insert but with red and blue ballpoints.  Perhaps it is the forerunner to the Two Rite retractable.

 

The clip imprints are the only difference in some of these pens. Here are clips labeled Norman or Normandy in the picture on the left and labeled Norman “G” on the right.

The pen I thought was the Long John in the previous post may have been some other model, because I now have a pen that matches the Long John picture in the ad, with plastic barrel and brass cap.

The gallery below contains pictures of all these pens. Click on any image to enlarge: