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Lanier 15-Pen Upright Wood Stand

Lanier 15-Pen Upright Wood Stand

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It is only 12 bucks somewhere else....
kimwook
I bought a similar-looking stand once. Terrible finish of the wood (tiny splinters sticking out everywhere), and it was wobbly on a perfectly level glass tabletop. The Amazon seller I bought it from didn't even want to bother with me returning it, he just refunded me and said I could toss it. The Lanier stand is obviously a luxury product and priced accordingly. Nobody needs a hundred dollar pen stand. But let's not pretend that any cheap crap you can find on the Internet is a perfect substitute.
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I have to mention this one last point--if you take a look at the photos shown, there isn't one single real pen in the whole mess. They're all junk, everyone of them--kit pens and Levengers--all crap. Just between you and me--I don't trust a bartender that doesn't drink.

RayF
Slightly off topic but... Levenger Truewriters are most certainly not crap. I have owned and used a lot of pens, well over 150. Restoring vintage pens is a hobby. Truewriters are good for what they are, a well made modern cartridge/converter filler with a German nib that is a reliable writer. Interchangeable nibs are easily swapped out by the user. I used one for 15 years for grading student papers and it never failed to write. As for the object in question, it is a glorified test tube rack.
dc55
"Good for what they are" is a very low bar, Herr Professor. All shit pens are good for what they are; shit pens. What Levengers are not good for, are good fountain pens. Of course they write, damn near any pen does, but that's hardly a reason to cough up what Levenger charges for them, nor is it justification for what you end up with should you fall for Levnenger's schmalzy, pseudo intellectual/literary hype and their cheesy candy-colors--as evidently you have, Herr Professor? And on more than one occasion it would seem, as well! This leads me to surmise, among other things, that you are neither a professor of Phycology or Economics! As to your pen collecting and restoration qualifications, I too have dabbled in the dark arts of pendom and I assure you my pens are legion and my restorative powers are great. I have written extensively on shit pens and have been published many times--right here on MD (where shit pens are often found). Indeed, many would call me a shit pen expert! So you see, Herr Professor, you contradict me at the risk of revealing your true identity! You are a Levenger groupie!!! Don't try to claim otherwise, Herr Professor! Do you deny for instance that you own, and have often been seen carrying a Circa Herringbone Bookcloth Foldover Notebook with corresponding Rose Gold Aluminum 1" Circa Discs? Do you?! I thought so! And tell me, Herr Professor, do you not carry your extensive collection of Truewriters in a Mocha Bomber Jacket Pen Case with Pouch? Do you?! Answer me!! Of course you do; you and your kind always does! My advise to you, Herr Professor, is to buy some new pens--before it's too late!

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I don't care how nice it may be, this is just a piece of wood with holes cut in it. The fact that Lanier charges $100 for it is highway robbery. Do yourself a favor. Go to amazon and search for "Wooden Test Tube Rack". Here you will find options which are nearly as nice for around $12 dollars. Take the money you didn't spend on the rack, and treat yourself to a new journal, or some new inks, or whatever else suits your fancy. Other than displaying my pens, I haven't thought once about the fact that my racks are technically built for test tubes rather than pens. They look nice, are sturdy, and cost next to nothing. Just my .02
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drandall
And not only can you put them in a test tube holder, you can also put them in a test tube!
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Look up Libys 60ml test tube...
Sixty-five bucks at Harbor Freight--fun for the whole family! You know, just say'n ;- )
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RayF
Good one! Love it.
This would be a very simple craft project, even for someone without a woodshop or many tools. Most local hardwood dealers will have small cuts of exotic woods available if you're really craving one of these looks. Sure, the retail price isn't terribly outlandish, but its still a considerable markup on doing it yourself.
Ebony ~$100 per Board-Foot Bocote ~$40/BF Rosewood ~$25/BF Bubinga ~$15/BF Maple ~$5/BF Walnut ~$4/BF These are 4/4 (1" thick) non-bulk, small, quantity prices. Bulk prices are lower, of course. Regardless, $100 is not a crazy price. What does bother me is that it's the same price for all types of wood.
$100? Is this for folks who don't own a drill-press?
Still too expensive.
That's waaay too expensive. I made a stand from leftovers: 2 pieces of aluminum profile for LED strip, heat gun glue, carbon pattern vinyl film. Still there's a space for improvement though.
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Yes, if you mean cavities between the holes. It's a solid block of glue with cylindrical holes for pens.
Toxic
That makes so much more sense. ...I'm gonna need some more hot glue lmao
The through drill & capped design of the ebony stand-offs totally takes away from the aesthetic, and makes it look cheap. Look exotic hardwood is expensive, so the price isn't that far off. This is all CNC'ed from one side of the board, hence the through holes on the stand-offs. To hide that, they would have to make a jig so they can flip the board and keep it registered, then make pocket holes for the stand-offs. Even then, the pocket holes would have to be round holes and getting round ebony dowels is even more expensive.
That being said, I think I'll make my own (when I have time) since I have access to all this equipment.
I used to make pistol grips from exotic wood. For all the folks who think this is too much for a pen stand, go buy the tools to build just one and then add the cost of materials and labor. You can't do that for this price.
rob-okray
I know this is old, but, c'mon... You can't be serious, thinking you count the full cost of the tools into every single unit lol
I feel like the negative comments on this have no idea how long it would take to make this nor the price of exotic woods. I just feel bad because I requested this drop but then realized the one I actually want is the 9 pen version.
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jaydunham
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Does the enormous Montblanc 149 fountain pen fit in this?
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To be honest, I blame it on my heavy hand more than the pen. I received it as a gift and have only used inexpensive fountain pens in the past with medium nib so, I wouldn't have the foggiest idea how to smooth it out.
Yes, it’s a test tube rack—lots of them much cheaper elsewhere, but few as well made. Problem with all of them is that they hold the pens at wiggly/rattly angles because no pen fits exactly right in the holes. Not the end of the world, but not as attractive as you might be hoping.
well this is a stupid price for an object any fool with a drill and some wooden rods can make at home.
grax
You'd be surprised how few fools you're talking about.
$109? Haha, and I thought mechanical keyboard enthusiasts had a questionable grasp on the concept of the value of money. We can safely say penheads are even worse.
Um.. this reminds me of the wooden racks that we used to hold test tubes back in chemistry lab lessons in school. A classmate broke one, and they school charged him something like $3 to replace it.
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Of course, this comparison is a bit disingenuous because this no doubt has nicer woods, better tolerances etc.. but I still can't shake the association. Test tube rack.
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I agree, and did acknowledge this upfront in my original comment. I just thought it was amusing that your pen stand was reminiscent of test tube racks back from school days.
I don't mean to belittle your work. As a craftsman I am sure you take a great deal of pride in your workmanship. However, pricing has always been about what the market can bear, and from the comments here it seems the sentiment is clear.
What type of ebony are you using that you can't get (what appears to be approximately) 1/2"x1/2"x3" for $3? Especially if we an safely assume your thousands of dollars in shop equipment includes a table saw, so that you are cutting the legs yourself down from a 1/2"xWhatever board?
I get that there's skill, and time, and shop costs.....but the price on these (and your other stands) are waaaay up there.
If you feel your skill/brand/time is worth that upcharge, that's great, if you can get it......but don't blame it on the woods (especially when it's the same price for walnut or bocote on the larger pieces of wood)
LOL @ the price for a shop project!
Any idea as to the new ship date?
this is a lot for this pen rack, I've seen other at a very much less price and very nice choice of woods and shapes as well. The pride were under $80 dollars american made. The pen rack would hold up to 8 pens and you put the side of hole you want for your pens. He does have cubes that hold 6 pens that can hold large pens the pen rack will not scratch or Mark up your pens. Ok ow it takes a lot of work making these pen rack the right way and the material used as well. I don't think it's that high a bit but it depends on her labor and the cost for her material as well. No I didn't buy one yet. I am a pen reviewer and I do pens, inks, notebooks, messanger bags, men's packs and many other products, so I may buy this rack and do a review. I usually get these products from the seller to do a review and share the products and I give a honest review on them. I spen many hrs up to weeks at time yo get the right presentation for the product. But who knows I may get one and I hope it's all I've head being a Worth wel prod to purchase . Larry's Fountain Pens
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These look great! I'll pay for quality work from independent makers. I'm in. Can't wait to load it up with my favorite pens. Cheers!
markdwight
Shill much? Lord know's there's any number of not-gonna-make-it drops that could use your help!
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Lanier 15-Pen Upright Wood Stand and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will ship the individual orders directly to you. The current estimated ship date is 1/24.
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The vendor is still working on shipping the last couple of orders. Based on current estimates these should be on their way by the end of the week. We will make sure to update the group when the complete order has been shipped.
Thanks for your patience and expect an update from us on 9/19 or sooner if something comes up.
Just got mine, looks even better than in the photos.
Yes, it's over $100. Who cares? You've supported an American small business and gotten a very appealing pen stand to boot!
I've got mine prominently displayed in my office and have already gotten lots of complements.
Hoping some of the Lanier pens drop soon, too!
Individual packages have started to ship! The vendor confirmed earlier that majority of the group's order has been sent out with the rest scheduled for pickup shortly. Once your package is scanned into the courier's system an email will be sent with shipping confirmation and tracking info.
Expect another update from us on 9/12 or sooner if something comes up.
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Just about there! We've been in touch with the vendor regarding the group's order and they've let us know that they are still working to gather and package the group's order for individual shipment to each of you. We will continue to check in with them throughout the fulfillment process and update the group again as soon as everything is sent out!
Expect another update from us on 9/6 or sooner if something comes up.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (https://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Lanier 15-Pen Upright Wood Stand and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will ship the individual orders directly to you. The current estimated ship date is 9/23.
We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 9/2.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (http://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
I'm astounded that 12 people have already thrown money at this.
Two chunks of 1/4" wood with holes drilled into them, and a set of plastic looking stanchions is not worth over $100.
I rate this product 100% garbage.
GarbageMan
Then you only show your ignorance of exotic woods. What would make you make such a hideous comment? You don't like it, don't buy it. But your comment makes you a TROLL. You sure picked the right name.
Hi Shadowphd - we did a Drop about one year ago for a 5 pen and 9 pen Upright Wood stand. The 9 pen version is very similar to this 15 pen version. You can find the details by looking at the Writing Community and scrolling thru the Ended Drops. We have also had other pen stand drops with good results. If your a Wood person like I am this item will make a great addition to your work area. There is nothing comparable to polished Exotic Woods. Sorry if you feel the price is on the high side but I have to make a living.
Lanier
Thanks for the addition information and context. And yes, I am very much a wood person which is why I've partial to the pen holder and to its simplicity or perhaps minimalism is a better choice. I know & appreciate that we all need to make a living! :o))
You don't quite understand. Ebony even a small piece is about $25.00 and rose wood cost about $15.00 a board foot. You need to drill all the holes accurately which is more the fifteen holes it is 38 holes when you connect top and bottom board plus the holes for the end connection pieces. then you have to cut each one to size including the small pieces for the end and the caps. You then need to sand ever piece and clean it very well so when you put on the finish it will not have sawdust bits in the finish.Them finish it in several steps and re-sanded for a smooth coat. This will take approx. 1 1/2-2 hours total to finish. So not really a fast as 15 minutes and a is good product.
crowbait
Thank you for helping clarify this. Also, I might add that its not as easy as one might think to drill a 3/4" hole without having "blowout" on the underside. There is a level of skill that is required to make these. We have been producing similar stands for about 5 years now and I must say it takes practice in order to do a good job.