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    Default Pen Catalogs

    Let's talk about pen catalogs.

    Knowing our tendency to meander to who-knows-what territory, let me be very clear on what I am talking about:



    I got these from Fahrney's once in a while, because I bought a pen from them once, I don't even remember exactly what... Retro 51 maybe.

    And I enjoyed these catalogs even though I am (as you all know) a vintage pen guy. At least these allow me to get a sense of what is coming out on the market these days.

    So my question is, who else besides Fahrney's have a printed catalog like this? Or even digital ones.

    And of course, please share your catalog stories. Do you like them? Don't like them? Don't know about them? etc.
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    Fountain Pen Hospital got my address from a pen show purchase, and Montblanc got my address from purchases at the (now closed) boutique. Both used to mail catalogues to me until they dropped my name from their mailing lists. I don't keep catalogues.

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    Default Re: Pen Catalogs

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Fountain Pen Hospital got my address from a pen show purchase, and Montblanc got my address from purchases at the (now closed) boutique. Both used to mail catalogues to me until they dropped my name from their mailing lists. I don't keep catalogues.
    Is the FPH catalog similar to Fahrney's?

    I don't want Montblanc catalog because they just sell one brand.
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    Default Re: Pen Catalogs

    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    ...Is the FPH catalog similar to Fahrney's?...
    Probably, but I'm not familiar with Fahrney's catalogue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Fountain Pen Hospital got my address from a pen show purchase, and Montblanc got my address from purchases at the (now closed) boutique. Both used to mail catalogues to me until they dropped my name from their mailing lists. I don't keep catalogues.
    Is the FPH catalog similar to Fahrney's?

    I don't want Montblanc catalog because they just sell one brand.
    FPH has an annual paper catalog with listings from many pen manufacturers, an ink section, and miscellaneous accessories. I've saved mine going back 10+ years as reference material. Over that time the annual catalogs have steadily shrunk. FPH also sends out smaller seasonal(?) catalogs with a narrower focus.

    Fahrney's sends out catalogs intermittently. I don't remember an annual catalog. The intermittent catalogs are similar in size and scope to FPH's.

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    Default Re: Pen Catalogs

    Here's the thing for me: a current or even recent catalog shows me stuff that I can easily see online. I already have limited, specific interests in modern pens, so the majority of the catalog wouldn't be of interest. As such, it is just a waste of trees. A pen magazine with articles about older pens I don't know things about is very worthwhile. I guess I'm just not a catalog guy.
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    Default Re: Pen Catalogs

    GoldSpot Pens sends out a catalog that borders on a magazine around the holidays. It's a good resource for those new to the hobby.
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    Joon issued lovely catalogs before going extinct some 10 or so years ago.

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    I get the FPH catalog every season I think...even though like Jon says you can read + discover all the same things online, the formatting of the catalog makes you compare pens and brands you wouldn't otherwise compare, and sort of makes the whole racket feel more official.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fountainpenkid View Post
    I get the FPH catalog every season I think...even though like Jon says you can read + discover all the same things online, the formatting of the catalog makes you compare pens and brands you wouldn't otherwise compare, and sort of makes the whole racket feel more official.
    Thank you, Will. You've articulated perfectly why I enjoy these paper catalogs.
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    Default Re: Pen Catalogs

    I receive the Farhney's and the FPH catalogs, but frankly just flip through them and recycle.

    Their websites have the exact catalog you can flip through online if you would like. Much less trouble.

    I think I will go out and remove myself from their mail list.

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    At least once each year, FPH sends me their gorgeous, four-color (maybe five-color!) catalog. Every time I cut out the mailing label and send it back to them instructing them to remove me from their mailing list. Next year I get another catalog. And every time I think about the Seinfeld episode where Kramer tries to stop his mail because of the incessant catalog mailings.

    The FPH catalog is great for those who need it, but I do everything online. Frankly, it makes me feel guilty even to dump it into a recycling bin. I wish they would stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kazoolaw View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Fountain Pen Hospital got my address from a pen show purchase, and Montblanc got my address from purchases at the (now closed) boutique. Both used to mail catalogues to me until they dropped my name from their mailing lists. I don't keep catalogues.
    Is the FPH catalog similar to Fahrney's?

    I don't want Montblanc catalog because they just sell one brand.
    FPH has an annual paper catalog with listings from many pen manufacturers, an ink section, and miscellaneous accessories. I've saved mine going back 10+ years as reference material. Over that time the annual catalogs have steadily shrunk. FPH also sends out smaller seasonal(?) catalogs with a narrower focus.

    Fahrney's sends out catalogs intermittently. I don't remember an annual catalog. The intermittent catalogs are similar in size and scope to FPH's.
    The FPH annual catalog is a resource. It has an index and covers many items, including paper, ink and other accessories. Last year's was 82 pages. I place it high on the drool spectrum.

    In contrast, the seasonal catalogs are small and don't have indices. A recent one was 35 pages.

    Fahrney's doesn't have an annual, thorough catalog. All you can get are the seasonal ones, with the same limitations as FPH's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyIvan View Post
    GoldSpot Pens sends out a catalog that borders on a magazine around the holidays. It's a good resource for those new to the hobby.

    yes indeed!
    I receive one of those catalogs every time I order from them. I've gotten at least 3 or 4 this month.
    I'll mail them off to various friends next month and spread the addiction.
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    I get the Goldspot, Fahrney's and Fountain Pen Hospital catalogs both when I order something and at periodic intervals. Yes, I know I can ooogle all the pens online, but I love getting "pen porn" in the mail, just as I love getting plant/flower catalogs in the mail ("flower porn"). Even if I'm not buying either, I like being able to sprawl on the couch in my jammies and turn pages.

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    Physical catalogs are safer to read in the bathroom too...if you know what I mean.
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    The FPH catalog came in the mail recently. I think i put it in the recycling immediately. I guess it could be a useful reference, but modern pens are outside my main interest and there’s only so much room here.

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