A Peek at the Pen Cup


I don’t carry around a lot of pens — usually just one.  I am lucky that my office is at home, so I don’t need to cart pens to work.  And usually I don’t have very many pens inked at one time.  But today, the cup is stuffed.

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4 thoughts on “A Peek at the Pen Cup

  1. Fun post. I also have a Waterman Laureat that I bought from an antiques mall a few years back. It came in the original box and was in near mint condition. It was used before, but apparently very gently. After washing out the ink that was in it, it wrote like a champ. The only issue I’ve ever had with that pen is that the nib dries out pretty quick. If I don’t use it everyday, the ink will darken from evaporation for the first few sentences until it starts to write normal again after it uses up some of the ink in the feed that was exposed to air. I love the pen otherwise. I have an old Waterman ballpoint that seems very similar to your old Laureat. It’s extremely scratched and beat up but still writes perfectly.


  2. It’s from Target. 🙂 Muji I love, but we don’t have them in Chicago yet.

    I am very careful with my pens, over all, but I’m oddly relaxed about the pen cup. I like having the pens accessible, so they can be used. The only exception is my urushi pen, which I do keep inside a little fabric case when inked, so UV light doesn’t hit it. But that little urushi pen case goes in the pen cup, too. 🙂


  3. aah, look at them all peeking over the top! So cute! Am I anthropomorphizing too much? (uh, ya think?)

    It’s nice to see I’m not the only one who stores her pens like this, so they’re touching. There’s some in the pen community who’d be scandalized even if you’d used ALL non-fancy pens like the safari or Kaweco sport. Doing it with a Montblanc and a Pelikan in there, wow, I can totally hear the grinding teeth hehe. But if you know you’re unlikely to want to sell a pen (at least, not for much), and you use it a lot, why not embrace any scratches as the marks of your use that make it uniquely yours?

    The pen cup looks great – love those sections. Is it from muji?


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