I was just in a situation a couple days ago that prompted me to start finding the answer to this question: How do you keep your pens from being stolen/trashed/roughly played around with in a place where sticky hands are everywhere?
So let me tell you the story:
It all started in 4th period in my middle school. I was running my TWSBI Eco in its original case, along with an old Parker rollerball I found (Does anyone know what "IIIL FRANCE" mean?). I had to go staple some papers together and I left my pen in its case, capped, and stowed in my paper-eating binder. It was safe, they said. No one will touch it if it's out of sight, they said. I was already the curiosity in my school for my use of fountain pens, and the "incident" where a teacher found me filling up my Pilot Metropolitan (seriously, that thing is a great pen, but INK CAPACITY PILOT INK CAPACITY). Anyways, I went, stapled up my thick packet, and went back to my seat to see ink dripping off the desk, and my painfully handwritten 15-page report in ruins. It was the guilt in their eyes that caught my eye. And what did I see? Binder open, case open, pen cap off, and the nib totally mutilated and utterly destroyed. Wow, you should (not?) have heard my cursing from that scene. I started to yell at them and then realized that the teacher had watched the whole thing and was standing on the side eyeing the nib (I later bent it into a fude shape). This situation was too much for me to process. I had worked hard to get the permission to work to make money to buy that pen. Now what??! So I gravely mopped up the ink, salvaged the parts of the report that were legible, and confronted the perpetrators. They explained that they wanted to try it, but one kid pressed to hard (ahem, I'm looking at you, ballpoint pens! ?> ) and cracked the feed wide open and mutilated the nib. Wow. So I demanded a replacement from them. The whole ordeal was actually smooth, the parents doing what was right and helping me get a new pen. So maybe there isn't that much evil in the world?
So now you know my story. Back to my question, apart from deterring curious and rude people from sticking their noses places they shouldn't, is there any low-key way of storing my pens?
- The 13 year-old pennophile