Wow! If you have never been to a pen show you really need to attend one; it is a wonderful experience and you will meet some great people. The Miami Pen Show continues through today at the beautiful Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.
It was a long day since I drove from the Tampa area. I left home at 6 am and returned at 7:45 pm (about 8 hours driving and 5 hours at the show, wish it had been the other way around) but it was well worth it. It was awesome to see so many pens that I have admired online and in catalogs - it's just so different seeing them in person.
I had the pleasure of meeting one of my penpals, Deborah Basel, (that's me on the left and Deborah on the right) who also taught the calligraphy class. Deborah is a wonderful teacher, extremely patient and talented, if you have an interest in calligraphy and the opportunity to attend one of her classes you definitely need to attend. She will be teaching at the upcoming DC Supershow August 6 - 9 - don't miss it.
A not so short list of some of the wonderful people that I met, Andreas Lambrou, author of Fountain Pens of the World; Bert Oser from Bertam's Inkwell; Michael Masuyama of Mike It Work, Michael is wonderful - I have an upcoming post on the work he did to my Sailor 1911; Deb Kinney, The Pen Connoisseur - another nibmeister; Chuck Swisher of Swisher Pens; Susan Wirth and John Martinson; Roger Cromwell of Penopoly; David E. Ushkow, Pen-Site.com. There were also great representatives from David Oscarson, Yafa (informed me they have big plans for Conklin, which they just acquired) and too many others to list.
So all that said, I think that I restrained my urge to buy pretty well; I was on almost overload, so many pens! I couldn't remember where I had looked at what.
I only made two purchases a Libelle 5-Pen Leather Wrap Case - I am beginning to believe that pens multiply in directly relationship to the cases you acquire, what I mean is, if you buy cases you must by more pens, if you just restrain the urge to purchase a case for them you can contain the urge to buy more pens, since you don't have any way to properly store them.
My second purchase was, of course, a pen (I almost escape but this one trapped me as I was leaving). It is a lovely little Conklin Vest Pocket/Ladies Crescent filler (see the photo below) the pen needs a sac, has one tiny dent and does not have the correct #2 Conklin nib, but is unengraved and in super condition otherwise, a sac can be installed and I look at replacing the nib. I will feature it in one of my future featured pen posts (which will return next week).
Ok, so drum roll please, here is the finale: photos from the show. I also took a bunch of photos in calligraphy class but it's just a bunch of people sitting around doing calligraphy, so I didn't include them here. Although, I would like to let you know that one of our fellow students won the raffle for the pen which was given away at the show. I knew at one time what that pen was, but cannot find anything on it now. RATS!!