Storing my Pens and Pencils

I really like pens, pencils, and pretty much all the cool stationery, but I also like to keep things organized – so I have one bag which is dedicated to my artwork and stationery collection which has built up over the last 10 years or so.

The bag itself is a Toshiba laptop bag, with lots of little organization pockets on both the inside and on the front, a section for papers and other things, and of course the main laptop compartment.

Inside the bag I keep a number of pencil cases, some tear-out paper books, a folder of drawings, a couple of Moleskines and a Toshiba R400 Tablet PC.

The Tablet PC lets me draw directly on the screen, which I mainly use for producing cartoon-like graphics (I should totally post some!) and any other photo retouching work. I’m actually really fond of the ink support in Windows 7 and I love using the Wacom ‘penabled’ digitizer to produce pressure sensitive lines.

The black pencil case on the far left contains mostly pencils. There is a set of Watercolor pencils, a set of various grades of lead pencil, and some brushes for when I fancy mixing the colours. Pretty much everything in this pencil case is from WHSmiths.

The two denim Edwin pencil cases contain a wide selection of pens, too many to go through in this post, but I’ll write a follow up on some of my favourites in the future. The larger of the two also contains some spares I’ve purchased – for example I have a couple of Sailor Ink Bar pens which are unfortunately no longer being produced. These pens are sourced from a number of places including Cult Pens and JetPens and random shops I’ve found in the UK.

The two red Nomadic pencil cases are home to my favourite art pens, the supplies I usually need when doing any arts and crafts, and all the spare leads for the various pencils I use for drawing. I’ll definitely write a post about these two soon.

But that’s not even everything… you can also check out the contents of my favourite pen collection, and I’ll be sure to write some more posts in the future which will detail some of the most intersting pens, including why I like the Kuru Toga and Jetstream ranges so much.

I know I have a bit of a pen addiction, but I’m not the only one. Brad Dowdy from The Pen Addict has set up an IRC channel on irc.freenode.net #penaddict. Feel free to drop by to our ‘help group’ with your IRC client of choice, or via your web browser.

My Favourite Pen Collection

It’s quite hard to pick an individual favourite pen because each one is handy for different purposes. However a good start is to write about my favourite pen collection. This is an Edwin pencil case purchased from JetPens which contains a collection I call my “White Pens” – you’ll see why.

Edwin Pencil Case from Japan

The pencil case itself has two main compartments which open right out. Included are a number of pockets – though I mainly just keep a set of pens in each compartment, and only use the pockets when I need them.

My main pens are all black – with a pencil and eraser added in for good measure – both of which are extremely handy for university work. I generally prefer using black ink for writing, but I do like to change my inks. I’m rather fond of Uni’s Jetstream ink – but I also really like their gel inks. This is what makes up the main body of the pens, with a couple of extras to fill in the missing pieces.

I also have a set of colour inks which I use when making notes, creating diagrams and drawing mind-maps. These are all 0.5 mm and look really good together.

There’s always favourites among favourites – and in this case it’s the Jetstream Alpha Gel and the Kuru Toga High Grade. The pen is super comfortable and very thin (I put a 0.5 mm refill in there). It’s generally awesome for writing in small Moleskine notebooks. Whereas the pencil has a super cool revolving mechanism inside which keeps the lead sharp, this is what I use for writing most of the time while I’m at work.

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