Posts Tagged ‘pen case’

After Mass, we passed by HMR. The self-styled “surplus haus” boasted banners in summer colors, and streamers with huge “70% off” headlines in watermelon red. HMR usually has computers, audio and video equipment, legacy parts and supplies (when was the last time you saw dot-matrix printer paper, or 128 MB thumb drives?), and furniture. The stock changes with the season, but those are the mainstays.

The shelves directly after the entrance always have a surprise. Around Christmas last year it was Puffy Ami Yumi playsets in pristine condition. This visit, I found a MontBlanc Noblesse rollerball (the saleslady said, “P7,500 e ballpen lang, ano ba yan.” (P7,500 for a ballpen, how could that be?) I heartily agreed. As my eyes tried to pick out any other pens among the watches (Citizen Eco-Drive, Kenneth Cole Reaction, and a whole lot of Nike Triaxes), I spotted a white object with a discreet bird splat.

White MontBlanc pen case

The pen case came home with me, for the grand total of P550 (around USD13). A bargain with or without bird splat. It’s cute. It feels sturdy. And it fits three M600-sized Pelikans:

Once I get around to ordering custom nibs for the Pelikan Shanghai and Piazza Navona, this could become my when-you-absolutely-need-to-carry-only-three-pens case.

I lucked out on padded envelopes at P10 each, and two VTech educational toys for Lucien. The lady in front of me at the cashier had cleaned out HMR’s entire stock of PET-bottled Perrier, V8, boxed Kleenex and multi-purpose paper. As she whipped out her gold Citibank card and her HMRewards card, I wanted to shake her hand in a sudden surge of shopping fellowship. Thank heavens my mom distracted me with a box of floor polish (24 bottles) and Miracle-Gro plant food.

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I noticed a pen friend (hi, rcdiugun!) carrying one of these when we met at Starbucks. When I saw them for sale at Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street, I couldn’t resist picking up three, even though I already own a 40-pen case.

It says “mohohon” and “Cheery,” and has an absurdly cute cat. It comes in brown and gray. I chose brown. The buttons snap into place firmly. I close the two outermost ones first, and tuck my fingers in to finish the two middle ones, to avoid pressing down on the pens inside. The material is surprisingly soft for fake leather.

Inside, there are slots (again, more fake leather action, this time in black) for five pens, four slim and one humongous. There is enough space in between the pens so they don’t rub against each other. The carrying strap is a thoughtful gesture on the part of the product designer.

People who are averse to cute cats might want to slap a skull or race car sticker atop the cat logo incised at the back of the pen case. Otherwise, this is great value at around 102 pesos (slighly more than 2 dollars), and is vegan-friendly to boot. If you come across them, snap them up.

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Thanks to Pengallery’s ongoing holiday sale, I now have a Conway Stewart 40-pen case. It is a necessity rather than a treat. That I filled all the slots with the pens I was carrying in my handbag, plus had a couple left over, was not totally a shock. It certainly felt like my shoulder was crying for mercy every time I slung on my bag; it still will, but now in a more organized way, kind of like synchronized groaning rather than intermittent whining.

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