Monteverde 36-Slot Pen Case: Quick Look

I know how it starts, you get a pen and think it’s cool.
Then you get another, maybe something a little different. The obsession takes
hold and before you know it, you have pens in their cases, your drawer,  in
your briefcase or backback, your purse, your bathroom sink, and you think to
yourself, “I have to find a way to store all these pens!”. I’ve been there, and
I struggle to manage my pens to this day. 
However, one thing I’ve found that has helped a lot is this
new Monteverde 36-slot pen case. It’s pretty straight-forward, it’s a pen
case that holds pen, I don’t know how to jazz it up any more than that. It has
a nylon cover with faux-leather binding, the stitching is pretty solid.

Inside
you have a faux-velvet interior which keeps the finish of the pen from
getting scratched. The single-loop elastic band holds the pens in place,
and it holds everything from the skinny Lamy CP1 to the fat Jinhao 159. The divider folds over one side of the pens to keep the two
sides separated and safe each other.

The one thing that I can see as a drawback to this
particular case is the fact there isn’t a double-loop, so theoretically
pens can bump into each other side-to-side. However, my experience has been
that this really is not an issue, except perhaps if you know you’re going to be
seriously tossing around and abusing your case on a regular basis, in which
case you’d probably want a hard case instead of a soft one like this anyway.

The Monteverde 36-slot pen case isn’t what I’d consider to
be a premium product, but then it isn’t a premium price, either. If you’re like
me, then you know that every dollar spent on pen storage is one dollar less to
spend on a new pen (or ink). For $40 (or $1.11 per pen) it’s going to be really
tough to find a more affordable pen storage option, especially something
portable like this. I personally am using a couple of these to store my own
pens. A word of caution though, putting your pens in a case increases the likelihood of acquiring more pens, so use with caution 😉 
Write On,
Brian Goulet
2017-10-11T03:41:40+00:00 July 8th, 2014|Other Reviews|5 Comments
  • DebS

    Do the elastic loops scratch the pens at all?

  • Not any of my pens, so far. The elastic is not super-stiff, it's pretty forgiving.

  • Haha, I know, right? I'm only shaving about once a week these days, but it gets pretty scratchy what with the summer heat and all 😛

  • Tom Johnson

    Very nice case, quite cost effective. I'm glad you just got this recently, or I probably would not have bought my wonderful Aston case from you several months ago! Great review.

  • Frank G.

    According to the Platinum web site, it is indeed an iron tannic acid (iron gall) ink:

    "Blue Black ink is one of our flagship products of the PLATINUM brand.

    When a fountain pen was the major business tool about 50 years ago, official documents or semi-official documents like a medical chart needed mothballs because it was difficult to keep them in a good condition without them.

    The Blue Black ink was developed to meet these needs.

    The Blue Black ink is not a pigment but a dye ink but it remains on paper for a very long time.

    Well, why does this ink last so long although it is a dye based ink ?

    Many decades ago, we could not develop pigment ink for fountain pens. So we mixed ferrous tannic acid and blue dye-based ink to make ferric tannic acid, so to say “Blue Black” colored ink. I will skip boring details, but we compounded blue dyes together with ferrous tannic acid, and this Blue Black ink is became oxidized in the air after writing and become ferric. Hence, its color turns blue after writing. However, the blue dye color will gradually fades away and only the ferrous iron remains on the paper permanently.

    At first, the blue color, later changed to black; that is why we call it ‘’Blue Black’’, the name comes from its function, not the color itself."

    I have used this ink almost exclusively in my Platinum 3776 Century and President pens with excellent results and no problems with corrosion etc. I do not clean the pens excessively either. I've had the ink in the Century for months now with no problems and no flushing or cleaning. However, if you are going to change ink to something else other than the blue-black, you must perform a really good cleaning/flush. Platinum recommends using their ink cleaning kit, which includes a nice bulb syringe that will fit the back of a Platinum feed perfectly. If you don't do this cleaning/flush when switching between Platinum blue-black and other dye based inks or pigment inks, you may get a reaction between the acid blue-black ink and alkaline dye based inks turning the ink to jelly.