It’s been a busy summer, so I haven’t updated as much as I should. There’s a new batch or pens coming soon, as well as some long overdue ink swatches.
Meanwhile, I offer for your viewing pleasure these shots of my new pen cabinet (or curio, I suppose). The case itself came from my cousin, in a fantastic trade for a couple of pens.
The cigar boxes I snagged a while ago have finally begun their transformation into stylish pen boxes! I have about six more to do once I get appropriate colors in the edging material to match both the box and the liner.
If you look at the black and red boxes in the front, you’ll see a band of red inside; that is a soft foam strip that helps keep the tray liner in place, provides a ‘bumper’ for any pens that might get jostled out of their grooves, and makes the whole think look more ‘finished.’ The red one in back (which is a stunning box; the photo doesn’t show enough of it to see here) has a red liner, but the red foam looks muddy next to the brilliant red liner, so I’m going to put a black band in that one instead. I have boxes with liners in blue and burgundy as well.
I’ve been using a couple of these myself, and they are great! I’ll be finishing the next batch in the next week, and posting them for sale soon. Drop a line if you’re interested!
I know, I just rebuilt this website, and I was really pleased with it. But I’ve been getting back into tinkering with my collection again, and doing some repairs, and adding a bunch (too many, really), of new pens…. My “News” page was getting way too big. I looked for some kind of blog extension that I could embed into the site, to no avail. So now I’m running the entire kit and caboodle (what does that mean, anyway?) via WordPress.
I don’t think I did too badly keeping the look and feel of the old site, and it’s running a little fast and leaner, too. So please, look ‘er over, kick the tires, see if I’ve missed anything!
And stay tuned: I have over a dozen new pens to add, and several new inks, including three from a brand that’s new to me: Callifolio out of France….
I’ve finally finished a long-overdue reconstruction of this site from the ground up. Instead of a table-based layout, the structure is now CSS-based. I still used tables to contain the pen and ink listings, but the site itself should run a little cleaner and meaner. I’ve also updated the links list at left and removed a lot of dead links. And I’ve added a contact page, so if you know of a pen seller or website I should add, drop me a line!
I’m still working on getting the cigar boxes (below) converted into pen boxes, and will post pics when I do. I’m also thinking about possibly cross-linking with some of the sites I mention. Use the contact page to let me know what you think!
Never mind that silly horse race business, I scored the jackpot on wooden cigar boxes! I got hold of 6 really nice boxes, and have a source for more. I have already ordered some liner trays, and will be turning these into custom pen-boxes in the next week or so. I’ll post some pics when they are done of course! Look for them on FPN’s classifieds!
Over the last few weeks I’ve been scouring antique shops for a couple of things: a rocker blotter (to keep my black glass elephant company), and a few pen racks. I scored a couple lucite display racks, which now house a selection of my treasures in the dining room curio. (Pics of that to come). Back here in my study, I have also added a few new items.
The top row (currently cradling my MontVerde Intima) holds 3 pens, and the inkwell, while far from airtight, is nevertheless quite functional, and in mint condition. My other goal was a non-glass rocker blotter. I have and love my little glass elephant (See him at the top of the Project Pens page), but I was hoping to find something less breakable for frequent use. I nabbed these:
This one has a lovely Victorian feel, but you have to ‘spring’ the bottom portion out of the top to change the paper. This is bound to end up with part of it flying across the room in my fumbly hands. Nevertheless, it’s a great size, gorgeous, and fits comfortably in the hand for use.
Then I stumbled on this beauty! The top handle unscrews via the two ‘flowerbud’ shaped screws, and releases the gripper plates that hold the paper. I have never seen a blotter with this intricate construction, or such lavish design before! My only problem? I need more space!!!