Deals and Drops: Things I saw at the D.C. Pen Show

As the largest pen show in the world, the D.C. Fountain Pen Supershow (new name needed, right?) is THE place to be to check out the latest releases and limited editions. Here's some stuff that I got to see in person, plus a few other items mixed in. 

  1. Sailor Anchor Gray Limited Edition (via Pen Chalet). A gorgeous color that's a North American exclusive. I prefer the 1911 Large, but there's a smaller standard version as well.
  2. Pen Chalet 20 Pen Display Case (via Pen Chalet). Need a place to store all of your new shinies from DC? Ron at Pen Chalet is selling these house-branded pen display cases, which look nice and are very reasonably priced.
  3. Platinum Shungyo Limited Edition Red Demonstrator (via The Nibsmith). The latest Platinum demonstrator would have been my last purchase at the D.C. Show had I not run out of money.
  4. Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche (via Anderson Pens). Stunning pens, though be warned they are a touch on the slim side. In addition to black, there are gray, dark brown, cognac, and blue versions as well.      
  5. Retro 51 Desk Pen in Black Cherry (via Vanness Pens). This Retro 51 Desk Pen in a red-black color scheme was one of the most pleasantly surprising things I saw all weekend. 
  6. yStudio Desk Pen (via Vanness Pens). Vanness carries both the yStudio Portable, which is the pen that gets the most attention, but they also have the Desk Pen in stock, which features a larger nib. 
  7. Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown (via Appelboom). At some point, I'll pick one of these up. A close second to the Burnt Orange, which is still my favorite. 
  8. Haleakala Silhouette Fountain Pen (via Kanilea Pen Co.). This pen is even more gorgeous in person than the pictures show. It's on my list for a future acquisition, because I couldn't pass up one of the Nui Nalu models. 
  9. Giuliano Mazzuoli Casseta End Mill Rollerball (via Giuliano Mazzuoli). I stopped by the Luxury Brands (distributor for Noodler's Ink, Platinum, and other brands) table on Sunday at the D.C. Pen Show and saw these rollerballs, which are sold with a handful of different refills, a clutch pencil insert, and a leather sleeve.
  10. Penvelope Six (via Franklin-Christoph). Eventually I need to upgrade my pen storage solution, and I've long coveted one of these "Penvelopes."  
  11. Inventery Mechanical Pen (via Inventery). Some of the best-looking machined pens I've used in a while, and they feature a single facet on one side to serve as a roll-stopper. Look for a review soon. 
  12. iSonic Ultrasonic Cleaner (via Amazon). My go-to for deep-cleaning pens and removing crusted ink. Some people think they're unnecessary, but to me they're an indispensable tool.  
  13. Traveler's Notebook Weekly Calendar Insert (via Amazon). I've bounced around between notebook "systems" for years, but the MTN and this weekly calendar insert
  14. Traveler's Company Brass Fountain Pen (via Amazon). Another unique item (a bullet fountain pen!) that I had the opportunity to try out at the D.C. Show. Attach to your Traveler's Notebook using their pen loop.  
  15. Updates from Nashville Typewriter (via Etsy). Seller and restorer Nashville Typewriter on Etsy has some new offerings up on the website, if vintage typewriters are something that interest you. Check out that maroon Corona and the red Olivetti
  16. Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter (via Roterfaden). Don't try to pronounce it, just look at the pictures. I played around with one of these in D.C., and it may be the solution I need for constraining all of my loose notebooks. 

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