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    I have had a handful of pencil cups over the years: glass ones, leather ones, terra cotta, etc. Now that I am in the market for a new one, what material to choose? A distressed tin pail seems too rough and scratchy for the more delicate items. What materials do you find useful?


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    To be honest, I simply use things I have around the house that seem right for it, and I only have... four that I can see right now. However, the latest one was a souvenir that I purchased sort-of thinking it would end up this way:

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    I have a hammered copper/tin cup that I purchased on my trip to Guadalajara, Mexico. A copper Mule cup has been in my sights for use.
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    Mostly old coffee mugs forced into retirement by cracks, chips and leaky hairlines; a couple of purpose-made pen cups, one wooden, one alumin(i)um; a sturdy cardboard cylinder that was once packaging for eau de cologne.

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    Use a wooden one. It is less ofensive for your most fragile items.

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    My spouse uses a vintage turned wooden cup. I use a polyester pen pouch.
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    I worry that putting fountain pens in them will ruin the pens.

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    I use a whiskey glass I picked up in the Army after the Battle of Johnny's Bar. It seemed to be the only intact piece of glassware in the house; a fitting souvenir, no? It is a tapered glass and keeps the writing utensils flared out at the top and handy to reach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stickler View Post
    I worry that putting fountain pens in them will ruin the pens.
    Same here. I mostly keep my precious metal FPs in pouches or the original boxes.


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    If you don't want to put a large number of pens in it, you could also use a dice shaker cup: they are covered with felt, inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stickler View Post
    I worry that putting fountain pens in them will ruin the pens.
    Totally agree. I thought we were talking about pencil storage.
    I wouldn't put pens I worry about scratching in cups.

    Mind you, there are worse ways to store pens ...



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    first pen box copy.jpg Wood felt lined they can't touch.... Ewwww...

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    Pencil cup and Brush cups. Anything interesting may do.
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    Great suggestions!

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    I've been using old flower frogs.
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    Hi,

    I use a pewter cup. I put a round piece of foam on the bottom, so I don't have to be overly careful when dropping, er, placing, pens in it. I've been meaning to attach a strip of self-adhesive velcro (the fluffy side) inside the top edge to avoid direct contact of the pens with the cup.

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    IMG_5675_Fotor_Fotor.jpgHave had this one for 40+ years.....

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    teak wood:

    pen cup von -C.M.Z-

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    Christof, you put my pencil cups to shame. These three are leather (back), pewter (left) and ceramic. And yes, my favorite pencil is a Ticonderoga No. 2.

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