As you all know all good stories start with ‘Once upon a time.’ So, without further ado I give you the tale of The Pen case That Never Was.
Once upon a time I read something that sounded like a really good idea and without having the slightest understanding of what I was doing I ploughed on regardless.
The idea was simple, it was to use a cigar case for fountain pen storage; which does work if you know what you are doing and buy the right size. I didn’t on both counts and ended up with a very nice but far too large cigar case and since then it has sat around waiting for me to find a use for it, other than taking up large cigars my options were limited.
As large cigars were not an option the case was put aside and simply gathered dust and then about a week ago I picked up the cigar case dusted it off and, once again, started to ponder what it could be used for.
Just to give you an idea of the problem this is a double cigar case designed, as I said, for large cigars so when I dropped a fountain pen in it it disappeared into the depths and I was pretty convinced for a moment or two that it was lost forever. So, the question was what to do with the case as it was way too big to store pens?
As pens were a non-starter and things such as Sharpie’s would just be wasted space, as the case would only hold two, and it wasn’t big enough for things like my Muji folding ruler et cetera I was at a bit of a loss as to know what to do with it.
So, for a while the answer was nothing, it sat on the side of the desk and every so often I would take it apart and look at it then put it back together and back on the side of the desk.
Then a couple of days ago the answer came to me whilst I was writing a review of some pencils I had bought. The answer was simple, pencils!
Turned out that whilst the cigar case I had bought was not suitable for pens it will hold up to six assorted pencils.
Whilst I don’t recommend it as the most cost effective pencil case it is certainly a nice alternative to the standard stationery store options and it will definitely raise an eyebrow or two when you pull it out of your bag in your local coffee shop (when we can stop for coffee again) until they realise its pencils you’re carrying and not two of Cuba’s finest.
And so, ends the tale of The Pen Case That Never Was and the pencil case it became.
Disclaimer: The cigar case was purchased with my own funds at retail price. The opinions expressed in this review are my own; and I am not connected with either the retailers or manufacturers in any way.