The contents of the 40-pen case, revealed.

I don’t think all of these will stay with me their entire lives. I’m already thinking of selling a couple. (Shhhh. Don’t tell the pens yet. I don’t want them feeling awkward.)

These aren’t all the pens I own, but it’s most of them. The pen case is sturdy, and the elastic bands are wide enough to keep the pens from sliding and rubbing against one another. No, they aren’t arranged alphabetically or by height.

The ones on the left are mostly modern. Many manufacturers tend to “pay tribute” to the classic black and gold Montblanc, including Pilot and Sailor. That’s why all the pens on the upper left look like cousins. The pens on the bottom left are the harbingers of a new collection focus, celluloid. I am becoming more and more interested in the material.

The ones on the right are mostly vintage. Several of my best writing nibs are there, including a fine rosewood Wahl and a Mabie Todd Swan that needs a new sac. Rubber sacs seem to expire quickly in this country’s heat.

Now I don’t know what to do with all the one- and two-pen cases I happily bought from Fino during their pre-holiday sale. It’s a good problem to have, though.