Azizah from Gourmet Pens shares her experience as a first-timer to a pen show. My favorite bit was:
I had a very short mental list of things I was interested in (Mabie Todd/Esterbrook). I was quickly distracted from this mental list and kept adding things to it as I walked around.
This is exactly how I go into pen shows and is usually the exact opposite of what everyone recommends. Dare to be different.
Brian Anderson of AndersonPens.net gives a lengthy 2-day recap of the show. Brian is a hardcore hard rubber fanatic and gives a lot of details of the pens he was hunting, found, and purchased. One amazing pen Brian picked up was a dip pen that is just astounding:
For probably two weeks or more, Mike had been
torturingtexting me with pictures of the most amazing dip pen any of us had ever seen. It was large. Dare I say almost ridiculously so, and coincidentally bore the name Bard & Brothers and was a number 8 sized nib and came complete with the holder.
The pen is mind blowing! Be sure to check out the full article. It’s an easy read.
Julie, at PENS PAPER INKS…WHATEVER!, doesn’t so much cover the show as much as she details one of her acquisitions: a Stipula Etruria with some gorgeous maki-e. One of only 10 made! I had a the pleasure of actually seeing this pen in person and it truly is a sight to behold. Congrats to Julie for acquiring such a phenomenal pen.
If I missed any show recaps please leave a link in the comments. Next up, Michigan!