I’ve spent a LOT of time on the road over the past two months, attending three pen shows in three months, with one more coming up. I thought I’d collect a few of my favorite things I’ve seen for this week’s set of Deals & Drops, including a few items that I picked up for myself. If you’d like to read further on a few of these, and hear more about what I’ve seen and done in my travels, check out my recaps of the LA Pen Show, Baltimore Pen Show, and last week’s Arkansas Pen Show.
Retro 51 Fountain Pens (via Vanness Pens). I haven’t written about these yet, but one of the more surprising discoveries has been the redesigned Retro 51 fountain pens, which now feature JoWo No. 6 nibs.
Pineider “Quill” Nibs (via Vanness Pens). Lisa let me borrow one of Pineider’s new “Arco Collection” pens to review, which will be forthcoming. I really ended up liking the Pineider nibs - the semi-flexible broad nib is quite stubbish. And, Vanness is running a 40% off sale on Pineider now, no coupon necessary.
Star Wars-themed Notepads (via Skylab Letterpress/Etsy). Imperial Orders or Rebel Plans? Your choice, but I bought both from Ana at the Arkansas Pen Show.
Pilot Custom 912 Specialty Nibs (via The Nibsmith). Pilot uses its “Custom 912” Model to showcase its specialty nibs, including the flexible FA, the stub SU, the ultra-fine PO, and the Waverly nib that can vary line width depending on writing angle. Dan gave me a pen with a PO nib to review, so look for that in the future.
Lamy 2000 Specialty Nibs (via The Nibsmith). Dan has the Lamy 2000 in stock in all available nib sizes, including the rarely seen double broad and oblique nibs. I had the opportunity to write with a few of these in Little Rock, and they’re a fun way to make an old favorite interesting again.
Desiderata Soubriquet (via Desiderata Pens/Etsy). Look for a review VERY soon. Pierre is releasing new versions of the Soubriquet all the time, and I think this is easily his best pen yet.
Platinum 3776 Celluloid Collection (via Anderson Pens). I picked up a blue celluloid pen with the “Karakusa” design, and I love it. Platinum pens are always a good deal, and these are some of the best-priced celluloid fountain pens on the market.
Esterbrook Phaeton 300R Fountain Pen (via Pen Chalet). I had the opportunity to handle one of these at the Kenro table and bring one home for review. It’s a nice inexpensive hooded-nib fountain pen, and seems like a reliable writer.
Weekly Dip Special (via Goldspot Pens). This week’s “weekly dip” special is a full set of the Pilot Metropolitan fountain pens in the “Classic” design.
Leonardo Momento Zero Sea Stone ST Fountain Pen (via Appelboom). I finally have my “Sea Stone” Leonardo Momento Zero in hand and its everything I thought it would be! Leonardo makes amazing pens, and it’s one of my favorite discoveries from this year.
Additive Pens Double Helix (via Additive Pens). I love my Double Helix eyedropper that I purchased in Baltimore. It’s also available in a short-barrel version!
Tactile Turn Gist 2.0 (via Tactile Turn). The Gist fountain pen has been redesigned, with new materials for increased durability and a slightly longer body to accept a standard Schmidt converter. I have a titanium model for review, so stay tuned.
KACO Edge Fountain Pen (via Amazon). Modern Makrolon design at an incredible price? Sign me up. KACO makes some very reliable fountain pens. A #penshowsafterdark discovery.
Moonman N3 Fountain Pen (via Amazon). So Moonman has a new “celluloid” line that I’m planning to check out. I’m leaning towards the green pen.
KACO Retro Fountain Pen (via Amazon). Another great low-cost hooded-nib pen from KACO, yet another benefits of after-hours pen talk at the Arkansas show.