Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas

I know a lot of people cringe when they see my pencil cases that are full of fountain pens jammed up against each other. They're in pretty good shape, considering that. Here's something else that can store my pens now.

Thanks to Yvonne from Fancy Gift Ideas for sending this display case over for me to review and...well...display!
Review 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas

Slot Width: 20.8 mm/0.82"
Slot Length: 150.1 mm/5.91"
Price: $75.00USD
Where to buy: Fancy Gift Ideas
Discount: Fancy Gift Ideas is offering a $5 discount when you sign up for their newsletter! Discount code will arrive via email when you sign up!

This glass and wood display case is attractive and elegant. It has a clear glass top surrounded by a wooden frame in a rich, warm red-brown. The base is the same colour of wood. The case is higher at the back and lowers slightly towards the front, which gives the entire case a classy, sloped appearance.
Review 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas
The inside is lined with soft velvety felt and there are ten slots to hold your pens. The hinges are brass and are only really visible when the lid is open.
Review 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas
The slots accommodated most pens, including larger ones such as the Montblanc Meisterstück 149, Pelikan Souverän, and the very girthy Delta Dolcevita Oversize. Monster pens like the Visconti Opera Master and the Visconti Opera Crystal could not fit - they were too long.

Review 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas
Left to right: Visconti Opera Master. Pelikan M1005. Pelikan M800. Pelikan M600. Jinhao x750. Nakaya Piccolo Cigar. Montblanc 149. Montblanc 146. Kaweco Skyline Sport. Delta Dolcevita Oversize.
I've never had a display case like this before and it's quite lovely. I find it convenient, organized, and an attractive way to keep my currently inked pens tidy. It also serves as a great presentation case for visitors, which is exactly what it was used for just a few days ago.

The lid is nice and light, not too heavy to lift. I love the viewing area of the pens. They look WAY cooler this way than just sitting on a table, there's no doubt about that. Also, especially for pens that have a tendency to roll, they don't roll away.
Review 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas
Replacing the Visconti Opera Master is a Waldmann Tango.
The one issue I have is visible below - on the lip of the frame where the lid closes, the wood has chipped slightly. It's minor but if it is to display your favourite pens, it would obviously look better without that. An easy remedy would be having little felt feet on the lid to prevent the wood frames from hitting each other. That can be added myself. I suspect this occurred during shipping though, because it arrived this way, and it did come a long way.
Review 10 Pen Glass Display Case @FancyGiftIdeas
Now I need the larger pen display. Three of them.

I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. 


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