For Jono’s 20th Birthday earlier this month I made him some trays to store his currently inked fountain pens in as they were a mess all over his desk. They were such a hit he thought I should share how to make them with all our Pentorium friends!
This is a really easy DIY, and only cost around $5 a tray!
Whilst we admit there has been a lack of updates as of late from us here at Pentorium, we still have it at the top of our to do lists! Charlotte and I have been very busy lately with university work and time is getting more and more valuable, but here’s just a quick update of what’s been going on:
I got a new camera! Getting into photography is something I have wanted to do for a while, and now I have a DSLR I can finally flex my creative muscle. This means that every photo on every post will be higher res, fancier, and just generally better looking. Don’t worry, this won’t become a photography blog, but I may give you guys some tips on how to take great photos of pens and all that stuff.
Charlotte has some great craft projects she’s been working on. She’s been crazily buying heaps of materials to make everything from jewelry to cool felt boxes. She’s also been collecting jars for some reason… I guess we will see!
I have gotten right into pen restoring! Charlotte gave me a huge repair kit for my birthday and I have been polishing up lots of vintage pens and making them work and look like new. These pens will be for sale on Pentorium in the sale section, and I will notify everyone when they do go out. I have bought a bunch of old pens specifically for restoring purposes so expect a lot of really cool stuff for sale here.
As a side effect of getting a new camera, Pentorium will have its own Youtube channel with HD video guides and reviews to accompany the posts here. This is very exciting, as videos are a great way to get the point across.
Also expect pen restoring videos. I will be making guides on how to restore pens like Sheaffer Touchdown fillers, Esterbrook sac fillers, old lever-style pens like Mabie Todd’s and Conway Stewart’s, Parker 51 and Vacumatic button, vac, and aerometric fillers, and more! This will include stuff like nib grinding and smoothing. Plus I’ll tell you exactly what you need to get restoring, from sacs (of the right size) to tools and more.
Sneak peek at future posts:
A post about Japan’s Big 3 pen companies: Which one is the best and why?
DIY Pen Trays, great storage for less than $10!
Vintage Lamy fountain pens: A history lesson
The first ink review: Noodler’s Bulletproof Black
The perfect pen for your Filofax, from Charlotte
Retro Review: We review out-of-production pens from decades ago
More Quick Questions
Charlotte’s favourite pens
Whilst there may not have been a post up for a little bit on here, Charlotte and I have been active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, so follow us on there and keep up with what’s going on in our little worlds, the links are in the left sidebar on the homepage!
Oh, and to everyone that reads our blog, a very special thank you! You guys are the reason we have this blog!
Thanks for your great entry and use of every cent of that $5.00 limit!
“Hmm, 5 dollars isn’t much… but if I had to choose, I would say the smallest Rhodia Pad (2 by 3 inches, for $1.60) because Rhodia paper is always awesome and I will need some good paper to use with all the great pens in your giveaway, and a Rhodia wooden pencil ($1.90) because I’ve always wanted one and because I should have a pencil as well as some pens, and finally a Seed Anatas Eraser because I’ll need an eraser to go with my pencil and because it looks cool and because it costs exactly $1.50, which is all that I have left at this point. All of that adds up to exactly $5.00. And I haven’t included any pens because if I win your giveaway then I won’t need any more pens! Well, not for a few days, anyway…”
Although most people think the best fountain pens can be found in the $100+ range, there’s a price bracket way, way below that often, but shouldn’t, get ignored. Disposable fountain pens aren’t exactly common, but a few brands sell them because some people simply don’t want to fork out anything over $5.00 for a writing instrument, but enjoy using a fountain pen. Now the term “disposable” is loosely used, as many of these pens can be refilled one way or another. That word simply refers to how inexpensive they are.
The main contenders today can all be found at JetPens, a site you all should know about (and perhaps love!), and are available for under $5.00 each. I’m here to show you which one is best, from the view of a fountain pen enthusiast, but also from the view of a ballpoint user looking for a cheap entry point into fountain pens. I’ll compare each of them with each other, more expensive pens, and the common rollerballs and ballpoint pens you often see on people’s desks. Let’s go!