seeing more pens in one place than you’ve ever seen before.
For visiting favorite vendors.
[Scott Franklin, of Franklin-Christoph]
For adding to your already healthy stash of ink and pocket notebooks.
For meeting the very nice guys who make those notebooks.
[Story Supply Co.’s Vito Grippi and Gabriel Dunmire]
For finding the pen that calls your name…
and meeting the man who made that pen…
[Carl Fisher, of Fisher of Pens]
AND the man who made the material for that pen.
[Jonathon Brooks, Carolina Pen Co., and his wonderful wife, Elizabeth]
For having a little nib work done.
For helping a friend at home get started with this fountain pen
For testing the patience of your “not really into pens” husband.
(In all honesty, he did very well. Better than I do at car shows, where I’m “over it” after an hour or two. When we got home Sunday night, he did say, “Well…I think I’ve seen enough pens to last me a few years.” Fair enough.)
For saying a few words of thanks to the people who inspire you.
[Ana Reinert, The Well-Appointed Desk and Brad Dowdy, The Pen Addict]
it’s about spending time with friends.
[Michelle, me (looking goofy), Karen, Phil, Tracy, Ashley, and Ira. So many more not pictured.]
[My pen show buddy, Joe Lebo]
The pens, paper, notebooks, and ink are all great, but there’s so much more.
There’s sharing and hugs and laughter. There’s friendship. There’s love.
There really is nothing like a pen show.
It looks like you had a blast at the pen show, and I’m so glad for you!
I had no idea that Fisher of Pens and Carolina Pen Co. even existed – two great new sources to add to my shopping list! I did explore both web sites, and put in an order for a wonderful Fisher pen that I’m hoping is still available (there is a note on the web site that the inventory may not be updated due to his trip to the show).
Many thanks, as always, for your blog posts – they are definitely something I look forward to!
All the best to you, Mary!
Susan Jones Blue Seahorse Studio
Thanks! I had a blast! Already thinking about next year. 🙂
Which Fisher pen are you looking at? I have my eye on a rollerball, but if you’re looking at the same one, no worries! Both Carl and Jonathon are authentic, super nice…and talented…guys.
This looks like a truly wonderful event! I wish there were something like that near here. I’m new to all this stuff, so getting an opportunity to test so many pens would be so great … as opposed to “taking my chances” at Amazon. We don’t even have pen/stationery store here.
I only have a few Lamy pens, but I would like to buy a real high-end pen, like Montegrappa or some such … you know, like a “pen for life”, but I can’t make such an investment without trying it out first.
Hello: Very well done, very well said. Bob $
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Lovely post, Joo…oops…Mary! Really, so, so happy you had that time with your peeps!
Hah! Thanks, friend!!
Very cool! Looks like it was a blast.
Yay! Iroshizuku Yama-budo. I’ve only been into fountain pens for less than a year but it’s already one of my favorite colors!
Hello, I am trying to find the lovely couple who were selling luscious leather zipper bags in the lobby area of the Washington, DC pen show. I forgot to get a card from them!
Gosh…I have no memory of this vendor! Sorry! Maybe Ana or Brad would remember?