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Just picked up the following drawer chest to store my ink bottles.

 

I got it from the Container Store for $20. (no affiliation)

 

http://www.containerstore.com/s/4-step-drawer/d?productId=10029421&q=4-step%20drawer&sort=default

 

The drawer will accommodate most bottles, but it won't handle tall ones like Noodlers and Aurora.

 

I've started loading up the drawers with Sailor ink bottles and the vertical clearance is plenty for the drawer to slide in and out with ample breathing room on top. The smaller top drawers are still able to accommodate 2 Sailor bottles.

 

For the bottles that don't fit, I can transfer them to 1oz. Nalgene bottles and they fit easily into these drawers.

 

I'm thinking of buying a couple more of these and just put all my bottles in drawers in my cabinet shelf and vertically use all of the space available in the shelf, and also label each drawer and pull out the one ink I need without having to move or unstack any boxes.

 

My cabinet is still a work in progress but I'll try to share a photo of things later.

 

 

http://cdn-us-ec.yottaa.net/55df7e1a2bb0ac7d800040c2/ecdf7130ef10013390340a3ba3fac80a.yottaa.net/v~13.46/catalogimages/128859/4StepDrawer10043299_x.jpg?width=560&height=560&align=center&yocs=t_&yoloc=us

 

 

(Not sure if 'Inky Thoughts' is a valid forum for this post, or maybe 'Marketplace', sorry if I'm in the wrong location)

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Your storage container is translucent which brings up a question I've had. I know that strong light, sunlight or strong electric lights can fade ink on paper. Is storage in a cabinet which does not exclude light likely to have an effect the inks color in the bottle? I know some inks come in a colored bottle such as Stipula inks

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Your storage container is translucent which brings up a question I've had. I know that strong light, sunlight or strong electric lights can fade ink on paper. Is storage in a cabinet which does not exclude light likely to have an effect the inks color in the bottle? I know some inks come in a colored bottle such as Stipula inks

 

 

Good point! Although the drawer chest is translucent, once you pull out the drawers, they are actually very transparent and made from clear acryllic material, I suppose so that you can see through the walls and read the labelling on the contents of the drawer, maybe.

 

So this does bring to concern the fact that, are ink bottles supposed to be stored in a fairly dark location. Well I don't know for certain inks whether this will be neccessary.

 

The modern sheaffer bottles, for example, come in clear glass bottles, and the packaging around it is also made of clear plastic, which doesn't shield the fluid very much from light at all.

 

Sailor ink bottles, although come in clear glass bottles, are packaged in a cardboard box, so for those, I usually store them in the cardboard box and put them inside the drawer as is.

 

My cabinet shelf is not very lightfast but closes off any direct light when the cabinet door is closed.

 

There have been other threads discussing exactly the point of whether it's okay to store ink bottles with some exposure to light and I don't know what the prevailing thought is on that.

 

 

I personally keep my ink bottles in the box that they came in, just out of neatness.

 

I know leaving anything in direct sunlight for long durations, days or weeks, would probably induce some level of harm. I'm especially proective of my leather items, pen cases, book covers, and the like, and also my rubberstamps would start to turn brittle and decompose with direct sunlight, just because the harm caused by UV rays over a sustained duration is pretty damaging.

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You could always use colored construction paper or something on the sides. But then it sort of is what is the point of getting this versus something that is say dark plastic or wood....

Brad

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind" - Rudyard Kipling
"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

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How about this?

I'm going to Home Depot this weekend for tamales and a Husky 5-Drawer Chest, if I can figure out where to put it. :c/

 

pepsiplease69, light, by nature, will degrade inks (color) at different rates. Some people don't care, others do--it's a personal choice. :c)

Ink, a drug.

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How about this?

 

I'm going to Home Depot this weekend for tamales and a Husky 5-Drawer Chest, if I can figure out where to put it. :c/

 

pepsiplease69, light, by nature, will degrade inks (color) at different rates. Some people don't care, others do--it's a personal choice. :c)

 

That Husky chest has me all worked up. It could even be used as a traveling chest, with some modifications, of course.

 

Heart be still ...

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That Husky chest has me all worked up. It could even be used as a traveling chest, with some modifications, of course.

 

Heart be still ...

I know, right!?!

 

Some lady on reddit posted about it--said her boyfriend is a personal organization coach and he decided to help her organize her pen and inks. She was against it at first, but when she saw it all come together, she was sold. She done sold me on it too. XcD

Ink, a drug.

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I know, right!?!

 

Some lady on reddit posted about it--said her boyfriend is a personal organization coach and he decided to help her organize her pen and inks. She was against it at first, but when she saw it all come together, she was sold. She done sold me on it too. XcD

 

I need a coach like that!

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Huh. I have a toolbox that could use a serious culling/cleanout of random bits and pieces of things. You know, when you buy a set of parts to hang a picture frame, but only need 3/4 of the parts but you keep the rest.

 

Anyway. I'll bet I could consolidate/organize it and end up with a heck of a pen case/storage unit. Something to file away in the memory for the future

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Huh. I have a toolbox that could use a serious culling/cleanout of random bits and pieces of things. You know, when you buy a set of parts to hang a picture frame, but only need 3/4 of the parts but you keep the rest.

 

Anyway. I'll bet I could consolidate/organize it and end up with a heck of a pen case/storage unit. Something to file away in the memory for the future

 

When you get to it, post pictures!

Ink, a drug.

― Vladimir Nabokov, Bend Sinister

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Your storage container is translucent which brings up a question I've had. I know that strong light, sunlight or strong electric lights can fade ink on paper. Is storage in a cabinet which does not exclude light likely to have an effect the inks color in the bottle? I know some inks come in a colored bottle such as Stipula inks

There are several threads and an experiment amberlea did, which showed that sunlight does not affect ink in the bottle. It's different on paper. One member said their iron gall ink went bad, but iron gall is different than dye based inks anyway.

Here is one of those threads on the topic, with some links posted by amberlea for further reading

 

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/309450-led-lamp-and-bottled-ink/

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I can tell you that I've done experiments with ink bottles in direct sunlight. The ink in the bottles has never faded. I display all my inks in my office. I think your translucent shelves are delightful.

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Sadly, I discovered yesterday that the standard Iroshizuku 50ml bottles are too tall to fit in the drawer compartments.

 

Luckily I have all of the mini 15ml bottles from the colors I frequent and so I got to decanting the ink into the 15ml counterparts.

 

Syo Ro went first, Asa Gao is on the heels of it, and will require decanting very soon.

 

Shin Kai is another gorgeous one that is consumed at a high rate so it won't be long before I'll do that one.

 

Take Sumi and Yama Budo, I'm lukewarm to those but the 15ml bottles for those are in these drawer compartments as well. Within easy reach.

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