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What Non Pen Items Have You Used For Our Hobby?


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#21 Blade Runner

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 23:51

Someone in another thread came up with the great idea of using a large 3 ring binder as an inclined writing desk. It actually works well and is portable and easy to store.

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 00:13

A 3 ring binder with clear pocket inserts is useful for organizing one's postage stamps, especially if you keep many different denominations.

Edited by Blade Runner, 04 September 2010 - 00:13.


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Posted 04 September 2010 - 01:15

The re-purposed candy jar. It's currently holding a homebrew of Waterman Violet and Herbin Perle noire. I love the tilt to the jar.

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 01:55

The re-purposed candy jar. It's currently holding a homebrew of Waterman Violet and Herbin Perle noire. I love the tilt to the jar.

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What a great jar for ink! :thumbup:

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 02:57

Transfer pipets for refilling cartridges ('cause I hate low volume converters). They also work well for cleaning the nib end of a VP and are just the right size (micro-tip) for inserting into the base of a Pelikan nib to thoroughly flush the nib.
similar to the one on the far right in this pic. Though I don't buy that one from that company.

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 06:48

IKEA has these rubber ice cube trays (the black one) for making long ice columns that I've flipped over and used as pen tray inserts in various boxes. They seem to work fairly well.

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 11:19

Small, vintage, glass dishes make nice pen trays...


Me do that too.........hey
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Posted 04 September 2010 - 13:28

I use this desktop organizer for ink bottles. More than enough space for the inks in my rotation. Extra bottles and inks out of rotation go in the supply closet.

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 13:50

I use this desktop organizer for ink bottles. More than enough space for the inks in my rotation. Extra bottles and inks out of rotation go in the supply closet.

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That looks neat! :thumbup:

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 15:30

I got this lovely glass vase that also had a clear glass frog at a garage sale. Those tubes are from discarded syringe holders at work.



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Posted 04 September 2010 - 16:41

I use an old 1920's post office stationery chest, 18in x 12in with four drawers, for a pen chest. I've managed to procure some slotter pen tray bases from gopens.com and cut them to size. I'm really pleased with it. I'll try and take a pic of the inside soon.

It can be seen here in the foreground on top of my hard drive (Once my youngest's bedroom this is now my new study!) Resting on top of the PO chest in lighter wood is an old cutlery box with sliding deawer. My husband cleaned it up, waxed it, and lined with green baize for me. It holds bits and pieces: nibs, Ren Wax, spare converters, loupe etc.

I also use a glass flower frog to hold pens on my desk, and a leather cigar case to put them in when travelling!


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Posted 04 September 2010 - 19:07

I find that old eyeglass cases- the clamshell types- work well to store pens. They are usually feltlined to protect the lenses and the frames, and are of a length to hold most pens.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 22:54

It wasn't my idea, but I thought I'd mention it here because it is a good use of a non-FP tool: a creme brulee torch to melt sealing wax. Works like a charm.
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Posted 07 September 2010 - 00:14

What an interesting question and even more interesting replies ... :D

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 14:11

This is hardly new, but I cannot see any mention of it here:
Assorted knife-sharpening tools for nib-adjusting.

Me, I have found that a ceramic double-sided grid 3000/8000 whetstone intended for Japanese kitchen utensils, suits me best.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 19:05

Nice topic.

I use a candy tin for storing ink cartridges.
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 01:08

Decorative boxes to store stationery

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What box is this? I love it. I want it. I have been looking for it. I can't find it.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 01:13

I use running pliers to tightly secure nib sections that tend to work loose and, of course, to loosen these tight sections.

I'm going to try to attach a picture and see if that works. If it doesn't here is a link to the pliers I'm describing . . .
http://www.dickblick...running-pliers/

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 01:14

Oh, and syringes. I couldn't live without my syringes.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 01:20

Okay, I realize this is right up my ally. Sorry for the multiple posts. I just realized that for pens as in all areas of my life, I'm really keen on unconventional usage to get the job done right.

I use a men's valet box converted to a pen case. I use tattoo artist ink caps as disposable ink pots. I use the tattoo artist ink cap holders as inkwells and as pen frogs. I use a tool box for my pen supplies and tools. I sometimes use a business card wallet to transport ink cartridges.






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