A recent post by Alison at Her Nibs got me thinking about storage.
For a long time, I figured that my hand-converted cigar box would be plenty of storage for my pen collection. Depending on how crammed I’m willing to make it, it holds up to eight pens in felt-lined luxury.
Now that cigar box is filled with nib units, converters, pencils and random offshoots from my pen hobby.
Those pens that aren’t riding around with me in my Nock case are arranged in two wooden test-tube racks, cut down to hold precisely 14 pens — which is the upper limit I’ve set myself (after hitting well over 24 before my big sale).
This is a nice solution for me, because it keeps my pens visible and nib up on the corner of my desk, rather than out of sight where I might forget about some of my uninked-but-loved pens. It certainly works better than the crappy horizontal pen holders that I used to use, which had the annoying habit of dumping all my pens at the slightest nudge.
Now the real problem is ink storage. With something like 60 bottles, I’ve long outgrown my flip-lid wooden box, and I don’t want to consign my bottles to a deep dark drawer for fear of forgetting what I’ve got. So I did want any self-respecting man with a power drill would do: I put up a shelf just for my ink. Then I put up another shelf just for notebooks. Both I put on the outer wall of my house, right next to a window, so they’re guaranteed to be out of direct sunlight.
See, there are certain perks to working from home and having a dedicated home office room.
Hobby storage is a perpetual problem for me. I have an aversion to spending as much on storage as on the hobby itself, which is why those multi-hundred euro pen drawers don’t appeal to me. I was really pleased to finally treat myself to a wooden (well, MDF probably) mechanics’ chest for my EDC. If it was a better shape (ie, deeper drawers for ink bottles) and a damnsight bigger, I’d get another one for stationery.
How do you store your pens and ink?