View Full Version : My custom EDC case

Jon Szanto
April 21st, 2015, 03:47 PM
I've really enjoyed the last year or so using a Nock case. It holds two Backpocket journals, a couple of postcards, and three pens, all well protected.

However, if I want to take more pens, I use a case I had before that, and I recently finished it up. This is a hard-shell Serengeti eyeglass case, and I used to just have a long strip of felt folded back on itself a couple times stuck inside, and the pens slipped into the folds. I finally took an hour to make an interior, and now I can carry six full size pens (though I haven't tried a 149 or bigger) both securely and without any rubbing or abrasion between them. Cost me nothing but my time.

(Geez, I need to resize my photos, those are ginormous! Sorry.)


April 21st, 2015, 03:49 PM
That's very cool. At first I thought the pens were touching. Then I noticed all the felt. :clap2:

Jon Szanto
April 21st, 2015, 03:54 PM
Touching? NEVER! :)

Yeah, the felt is glued on very thin cardboard to give some integrity. Neither pen body nor clips can touch on adjacent pens.

April 21st, 2015, 04:08 PM
Nice work Jon

April 21st, 2015, 04:22 PM
Well done !!! :clap2:

April 21st, 2015, 04:28 PM
That's COOL! Looks hard sided, very protective. I really like that.

April 21st, 2015, 05:16 PM
Very nice! Looks like you could sneak a cigar (or two) in that case.

Laura N
April 21st, 2015, 05:26 PM
I count one Parker 51 and two Sailors -- nice!

Is the Realo taller than the c/c Professional Gear?

Great case, too. :)

April 21st, 2015, 06:00 PM
Sweet job.

April 21st, 2015, 06:07 PM
ooh! aah! eeeeeeee!

April 21st, 2015, 06:18 PM
Very nice! Looks like you could sneak a cigar (or two) in that case.

At first I thought it was a cigar case. That is very nice protective case...nice job.

April 21st, 2015, 06:31 PM
obviously i need to be keeping my glasses cases. inspired use!

Jon Szanto
April 21st, 2015, 06:36 PM
I count one Parker 51 and two Sailors -- nice! Is the Realo taller than the c/c Professional Gear?

Yep: the Realo is about 1/4" longer, mostly the end cap now being a piston filler nob, thought the barrel is just a teeny bit longer. Caps are the same length but not interchangeable, mostly because of the ink window on the Realo (I think that's why).

The other babes in the car are a Waterman Carene, Aurora 88P, and a Wahl/Eversharp Skyline 100 Year in Mosaic.

April 21st, 2015, 08:51 PM
I -love- it. Though I have to say, that's a pretty ginormous case for just eyeglasses. Much better suited to holding pens. (Btw, this is going into my idea file, for possible copying down the line, if I ever encounter a flip-top case of my own. But you will get full credit for the concept, if I ever make one.)

April 22nd, 2015, 12:46 AM
Inspired case Jon. well executed. 7

April 22nd, 2015, 08:16 AM
Nice job!! Now I'm inspired to create one of my own. Off to see if I can find eyeglasses cases.

April 22nd, 2015, 08:32 AM
This six pen pencase looks great! This is perfect pen case!!!

April 27th, 2015, 02:14 PM
Very cool! Your hard case has actually beaten me to the punch on something I'd like to try myself (in a 2 or 3 pen capacity context): unequal allocation of the space inside. That way, you still have the option of carrying a lardy fat pen too for the same size of case.

ps - I swear I have seen a "pen case" on alibaba or taobao or something that was literally a pull-apart style spectacle case filled with foam, a hole in the centre!

pps - have a look at how they did things in the old days. The hinges are a bit ugly, but I like the idea of a hard case made from pretty celluloid.

April 27th, 2015, 03:27 PM
Jon, love the DIY slot work! I have a hard glasses case, but I didn't do the fancy work you did. I took a piece of stiff felt, folded it accordion style, and cut it to fit. It only holds 3 pens, but one of them is urushi and quite safe! Yours is nicer, and I may rethink my folded felt. óJulie

April 27th, 2015, 04:32 PM
Very professional looking! I have pen case envy now. :)