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What Non Pen Items Have You Used For Our Hobby?


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#1 Blade Runner

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 18:45

I enjoy seeing new uses for things. What things have you re-invented for our hobby?

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 18:59

A miniature candy jar that was a party favor from my niece's wedding is now an inkwell used for mixing and testing. It rests on its side like a Waterman ink bottle, making it especially useful.
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 00:15

I found an old microscope to look at paper and nibs.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 00:49

I love those shots! It's very reminiscent of abstract art, but with paper texture prominent, and I LOVE paper :)
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 03:25

Plastic cigar tubes for pen holders. They also make a great champagne bottle uncorking sound when you pull the cap off while you're walking down the hall or sidewalk behind someone. Always gets a smile. ;0)

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 04:15

Lipstick holder for my seals :eureka:

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#7 Blade Runner

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 11:19

Decorative boxes to store stationery

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 15:35

A miniature candy jar that was a party favor from my niece's wedding is now an inkwell used for mixing and testing. It rests on its side like a Waterman ink bottle, making it especially useful.


This sounds interesting. Would it be possible to get a photo of it? I'm quite curious now. I'm always looking for a better inkwell since I can't seem to find my old MontBlanc bottle.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 16:36

A miniature candy jar that was a party favor from my niece's wedding is now an inkwell used for mixing and testing. It rests on its side like a Waterman ink bottle, making it especially useful.


This sounds interesting. Would it be possible to get a photo of it? I'm quite curious now. I'm always looking for a better inkwell since I can't seem to find my old MontBlanc bottle.


Sure! I'll post a pic when I get home (at work now--procrastinating grading papers :embarrassed_smile: )
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 17:00

Really nice pics Blade Runner!

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 17:00

Small, vintage, glass dishes make nice pen trays:

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 17:02

This has been mentioned many times before, but otoscopes are great pen repair tools.
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 17:07

This has been mentioned many times before, but otoscopes are great pen repair tools.

I've never heard about otoscopes. :headsmack: How are they used for pen repair?

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 17:17

Needlenose pliers.




What? The spare cartridge was stuck in the Mb Starwalker's barrel.... I got it out.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 17:46

I use a foam Can Coozie with Jeff GOrdon #24 Nascar on the side to keep my pens in on my desk at the office... :-) It's soft and doesn't scratch them anyway.
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 18:02

I found an old microscope to look at paper and nibs.

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Aurora blue on Crane's Crest

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MB Bordeaux on Crane's Crest Recycled

Wow. How do different papers compare?

#17 Blade Runner

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 18:03

This has been mentioned many times before, but otoscopes are great pen repair tools.

I've never heard about otoscopes. :headsmack: How are they used for pen repair?

They magnify and have a light source so you can look inside tight dark spaces like barrels for example.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 18:05

I think you could also use a thin bendable light source to place inside barrels to faciltate crack and repair detection.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 18:07

Wow. How do different papers compare?

Hey Jbb,

They perform identitically. The recycled version is a bit darker, because they incorporate up to 30% dyed cotton scraps (and Crane doesn't use bleaching) whereas the regular version has no dyed cotton sources. And their watermarks are different.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 23:48

I had this journal cover that became useless when the refills were dced. Now using it as a stationery carrying case on trips.

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