While cleaning and reorganizing my desk recently, I decided that I needed yet more pen stands so my inked pens wouldn’t be hidden in cases or desk drawers. After considering various options the Dudek Modern Goods “The Display” seemed like an ideal solution. I could put them along the edge of my desk so they wouldn’t take up much room on my desk. A cabinet next to my desk, but slightly higher, would prevent me from knocking the stands and pens onto the floor.
I considered getting custom ones made for the length that I wanted. But instead I decided to go with the piecemeal approach and start with two of them. This would give me flexibility if my desk setup changes. The only potential problem is that the stain could vary between stands, especially for future additions. I consider this a minor risk, even if I need to grow past 10 pens sometime in the future.
“The Display” pen stand is about 5 inches long and holds five pens. I ordered mine with the larger 5/8″ holes, while 1/2″ holes are an option. The clincher for me was the slot that can be used for notebooks or papers. The slot is 0.56″ (14.24 mm) deep. It can hold four pocket notebooks in a pinch and three comfortably.
My stands arrived Saturday, 20 days after I placed the order which beat the 3 to 5 week turnaround rule of thumb listed on the website. (Although it may now be too late for Christmas delivery according to the website.) When I opened the box the freshly stained smell let me know the stands were just made.
The pens stands are made by Mike Dudek who also writes The Clicky Post.
The stands are nice additions to my desk. They are both functional and attractively display my pens.
Typical pocket notebooks are taller than The Display is wide
Only 3 notebooks if the thicker bound side is inserted.
Bad lighting, but shows the stands on my desk
The Steam Bent Chair Arch is a unique handmade pen stand from Zeller Writing Company. I bought it mainly for its unique looks. From a pen stand point of view it’s got its drawbacks, but if viewed as a display stand its a winner.
The stand arrives well packed and includes a certificate of authenticity and a personal note from Aaron Zeller. While neither the certificate or the note make for a better pen stand, they do indicate a high level of care that goes into making the stands. The packaging and presentation is top notch.
The stand is a simple design. There’s a dimple in the base to hold the pen in place. The steam bent arch has a notch at the top to help hold the pen in place against the smooth surface. Since each stand is hand made the exact size will vary, but the base of my pen stand is 2 1/4 inches wide and 4 inches deep. The base is about 3/4 inches high and the arch rises about 3 1/2 inches above the base.
The pen stand isn’t as delicate as it looks. While I wouldn’t throw it around it isn’t going to break during normal use. Or even if it’s dropped on a carpeted floor, as I learned.
The pen can be knocked out of the stand relatively easily, although how easily depends on the pen. It’s been more stable than I expected with my Lamy 2000 and Franklin-Christoph Model 66. I could kick my desk and most times the pen would hang in there. But pens do fall off and this has to be taken into consideration when placing the stand. I keep it away from the edge of my desk. I also keep it clear of my Mac Mini which has sharp edges which could potentially scratch a pen that falls against it.
The product page at Zeller Writing Co also has a video about the Steam bent Chair Arch 1-Pen Stand.
The ZRC 1-Pen Steam Bent Chair Arch stand is a cool looking handmade stand that looks good on my desk. No pictures of it on my desk, while it looks good the res of the mess doesn’t. But more pictures below.