The Saki Collection pen roll (P-661) is a fabric pen roll available in six different traditional Japanese fabrics. The P-666 which is another variety of the same design available in seven solid colors with contrasting ties, if you are not a pattern lover.
The case holds about six pens, two in each of the three divided areas. Thinner pens or pencils might fit up to four in each compartment. Its a good option to keep finer pens from rubbing against one another if you store just one pen per compartment. My pens aren’t so fine that I need to be that cautious. It definitely is a better solution for full length pens, my little Kawecos and Ohto Tasche got sort of lost in the compartment though they did seem quite cozy all tucked in.
The Saki Collection pen roll is a lovely, elegant option at a reasonable price. Is it time to give your pens a classier home?
Available from JetPens for $13
The darling Oh, Hello canvas zip pouch is 6.5” x 5” and ships with two matching temporary tattoos designed by Mike Lowery. It’s just big enough to protect small items from the rough-and-tumble life inside your bag but not quite as long as the average pencil pouch. If your favorite pens are Kawecos, this would be perfect! $15
The Victorinox Secretary in all-metal finish is the perfect solution for on-the-go needs of the Well-Appointed reader whose work may be done on a coffee shop table, park bench, front seat of the car or other far-flung locales.Use it to “open envelopes, pry open staples, cut out crossword puzzles, clip articles/pictures” (a direct quote from a reader). The name alone makes it a covetable item in my book.
Just remember to check it in your checked baggage when traveling. $22 from Victorinox
(tip from a reader of The Well-Appointed Desk, thank you very much!)
The most recent Kickstarter project for the pen-obsessed is the Pen Quiver created by Alicia Klein. It is a 3-compartment case to contain your favorite writing tools. Back the project for $30 and be the first to get one of these leather pen quivers. The project is about halfway to the goal with about three weeks left.
Another step to securing your digital life is having a good back-up system in place. One great option for active files and things you might need to share or access from multiple work stations is Dropbox. It is an online storage service that provides a great desktop applet that integrates seamlessly with Macs ad mobile devices (It also provides software that runs on Windows and Linux as well but I’ve not used it so I can’t speak to how effective it is).
I use the service to store various text documents, logos and image files I use regularly and as back-up of current projects that I’m still working on. Once a project is completed, its moved to other storage.
The free basic account provides 2GB of space and you can earn additional free space when friends sign up. Their service can also be upgraded to hold 50GB, 100GB and 1TB+ through a monthly service fee starting at $9.99/mo.
Once you’ve password protected your computer, locked all the doors and windows and backed up all your data, what could possibly be left to do? Protecting your passwords and making them as secure as possible. Thanks to 1Password, you can store all your passwords within one application under a master password. Also, 1Password can generate new and even more secure passwords for you behind your master password providing protection from online hacking. It will also store serial numbers, credit card data and notes under lock-and-key. Software can be backed up to Dropbox or your harddrive. The software is pricey but the peace of mind is free. $49 for desktop app. $14.99 for iOS.
Update: 1Password is available for Android and Windows as well as the full array of Apple products.
Next up in “Safety Week” is Hidden. It is an app you store on your computer that, when activated, will track your computer’s location, collect pictures using your iSight camera and snap screenshots of your computer in use so you can see what the thief is doing with your computer. All the feedback on the site suggests that Hidden is very effective in tracking and retrieving a stolen computer within hours of a theft. Prices start at $15/yr for a single computer with options for multiple systems and businesses. Fifteen dollars a year seems like a small price to pay for a bit more piece of mind.
Rickshaw Bags scaled down its Commuter Messenger for the new mini Commuter. Its designed to comfortably carry a Moleskine, netbook, e-reader, iPad and other petite-proportioned electronics while maintaining all the features that made the Commmuter 2.0 the “bag of choice” for on-the-go technorati.
Some of the extensive features:
$100 (currently available in 15 different colors and materials)
When I think about office, I also think about “the mobile office”. As working professionals, we all need to carry some part of our office with us. If you’re in law, accounting, or management, chances are you need to carry a laptop. If you’re a photographer, designer, or work in fashion or advertising, chances are you need to carry a camera. The on-going struggle for the girl-on-the-go is to not look like you’re carrying thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment or have to carry a manly camo-print bag that totally clashes with your summer skirt.
That’s where Ona Bags come into the picture. It’s a camera bag ($309) and purse all in one! Made from full-grain leather and specially designed with soft, customizable interior and foam padding. Since most leather handbags start at $200, this upgrade isn’t that far out of range.
Check out this video about the bags and Tracy Foster the owner of the company.