Monday, June 14, 2010

Pen Cabinet Extraordinaire

[You can click on any of the photos to enlarge for more detail]

Thanks to a thread on the Fountain Pen Network, I was alerted to the existence of a wonderful gentleman, Geoff Morris, and his awesome pen cabinets.



As part of my attempt to organize my home office space, (but that is another post for another time), I decided that my fountain pens needed to be moved off the desk and into their own home.



So I purchased a large 7-drawer case that will hold 70 pens. Up until this time, my pens had languished about in their zippered cases (note the use of the plural there) and I would move them about my desk to get them out of my way. I did not want to just move the pen cases... if I did that... OMG!! I might forget about some of them and not ink them... perish the thought!!!

(Editor's note: These cases come in 3 sizes: 7, 5 or 2 drawer. The 7 and 5 drawer are available as large or standard. The large to accomodate larger pens, please read all the specs on Geoff's website.)




So here it is, the most awesome pen cabinet in the world, and let me tell you a secret. From the time I started looking at this cabinet, placed the order and received it, it was less than two weeks and that included a holiday weekend and a weekend where my initial inquiry went astray. Geoff shipped my case on the Tuesday after Memorial Day and it arrived in Florida from England on Thursday. Can you say TWO DAYS?!?!?!



Hey, Carl!! How many of my pens can you identify?

P.S. I only have 8 empty slots in the cabinet and 16 pens - I'm thinking I should have bought a two drawer cabinet also. *SIGH*

17 comments:

ladydandelion.net said...

Wow! Fountain Pen Queen! :)

Patrick @ The Norsk Woodshop said...

Wow Julie! That is really cool! I had done tons of searching around for pen cabinets and never found him.

Are the drawer pads "padded" or hard under the fabric?

Julie (Okami) said...

Patrick,

I'll have to check, didn't really pay that much attention.

Anonymous said...

How many? Too many - good gravy Lady!

As I read the post I was thinking "Is that cabinet full?"

Okay: 3 "51"s, 2 Skylines, Morrison, 3 safaris, tray of Esties, 2 reforms, vintage 88, at least 3 Pelikans, Lady Sheaffer, 444, I'd have to cheat for the rest and look at the Featured Pens.

What's that in the tray in front of the cabinet - 6th pen from the left - is that an MB or a Sailor? The reflection makes it look like an Omas 360.

Must do more homework!

Very nice I must say.

Carl

Julie (Okami) said...

LOL ~ No 88, unfortunately. The pen in the front is my Sailor 1911.

phonelady said...

okay now julie takes the title of fountain pen queen LOL !!!!

PostMuse said...

This is absolutely wonderful. How do you decide which pens to take with you when you are heading out every day? I only have a few fountain pens, so they travel in my correspondence bag. I'm afraid if I had enough pens to fill a pen stack like this, I'd be toting around a two-wheeler because I'd never be able to figure out which pen to leave home (I can write dozens of letters and postcards a day).

Having said that, I look forward to the day when I have so many pens that most need such a lovely home to live in when I am not using them.

JoniB said...

Before I read Carl's post I was going to ask if you alphabatized them or what your system was. This is really cool. You have a guest room, right? And there isn't a lock on that cabinet...

Sam said...

Fabulous case and what a pen collection, I have just turned green with (friendly) envy! I am so happy you posted this, without your comment of possibly needing a two drawer case as well I would never have noticed he does the smaller size. Guess what I'll be ordering shortly?! ;)

Julie (Okami) said...

Patrick,

I checked the drawers last night and the slots are firm but padded.

bleubug.com said...

Very nice and centralized pen case! I'm not going to try and guess at the pens but I do see a drawer with some Snorkels. :D

Jackie Flaherty said...

I love the case! Looks like it's just what you need!

Jackie
www.lettersandjournals.com

Maika said...

Oh. My. God. That is an AMAZING case! I will really need to think about something like that! Awesome! I'll post a blurb about that on my blog. I assume everyone knows about it already, but it can't hurt to spread the word. I'm always looking for ways to neatly store my stuff. Now, if they'd just come up with something identical except to store bottles of ink...

Julie (Okami) said...

Hi, Maika

Interestingly enough I received an email from Geoff saying that he had been considering some kind of similar storage for ink, but at this time is too busy focusing on the pen cabinets.

yolospat said...

Oh wow, I'm going to have to get me one of these. It's beautiful and I love how you can changed the color of the inside of the drawers.

Aussie Keith said...

Visited 24 April 2011.
Julie, you would be green if you saw my project. I am converting a polioshed wood lady 's writing box from the 1900s to a pen storage and display box.
When project complete will send pic.

Julie (O-kami) said...

Keith,

I would love to see your project.

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