Deals & Drops: The Pen Show Collection

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.

Happy Shopping!

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

Deals & Drops: Back to Baltimore!

I’m off to the Baltimore Pen Show, back on the circuit, early tomorrow morning, and hope to see many of you there. I’ll be behind the Vanness Pens table for a good part of the weekend helping out, so don’t forget to come visit! For those of you who can’t do the pen show thing, here’s a great selection of deals, discounts, special editions … you know the drill. Don’t miss the 20% off all Monteverde Ink sale at Vanness, using the coupon code “TGS20"!

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  1. Monteverde “Bloo” Ink Set (via Vanness Pens). Monteverde has started to release their inks in sets at discounted prices, including this set of their excellent blues. Grab a further 20% discount on all Monteverde Ink at Vanness using the coupon code “TGS20”!

  2. Faber-Castell Fountain Pens (via Vanness Pens). Faber-Castell makes a broad range of excellent writing instruments across a wide spectrum of price points, including some of the best stainless steel nibs available. Check out my review of the Faber-Castell Loom, an excellent entry-to-mid level offering.

  3. Opus 88 Eyedropper Pens (via Vanness Pens). Opus 88 pens sell exceptionally well at pen shows, and I think it’s because their unique design is even more visually striking in person. They also it at an appealing price point. If you love pens with large ink capacity, check these out.

  4. Matte Black Shuttle Space Pen (via Huckberry). My favorite iteration of the Fisher Space Pen (the “Shuttle Pen”) is on sale, in a cool matte-black color scheme I haven’t seen before. Curated retailer Huckberry maintains a great selection of EDC items, including pens, knives, and personal audio, among others.

  5. Lamy Studio Special Editions in Terracotta and Olive (via Pen Chalet). Lamy has finally started to do more with the Studio, and FINALLY brought these special editions to the U.S.!

  6. Lamy Scala Special Edition in Rose (via Pen Chalet). The Scala is one pen from Lamy that I’ve never seen in person. If you like pink/rose-colored pens (which can be uncommon), check this out.

  7. Namiki Nippon Art Fountain Pens (via Anderson Pens). These are gorgeous, and not at all obscenely priced for the work that goes into them.

  8. Moonman M2 Fountain Pen (via Amazon). The pen sitting on my desk right now, inked with my favorite red ink of all time and ready to mark up some documents! I love these inexpensive eyedroppers.

  9. Sailor Professional Gear Tequila Sunrise Limited Edition (via eBay/CoolJapan). Nice pricing on this limited edition Sailor Pro Gear, and one of the prettier color schemes that’s been released into the Japanese market.

  10. Pilot Prera Limited Editions (via eBay/Pensachi). Want to have fun with the Japanese limited edition craze but not spend a ton of money? Check out these limited edition Pilot Preras in Ibis Red and Parrot Green.

  11. Soubriquet Vacuum Filler Fountain Pen (via Desiderata Pens). I’ve been really pleased with my Soubriquet that I purchased at the L.A. Pen Show. Note that now these can come fitted with a JoWo No. 6 nib, in addition to the Zebra Flexible Calligraphy nib that Pierre has long offered.

  12. Leonardo Officina Italiana Pens (via Goldspot). Goldspot is now carrying the Leonardo line! These are one of my favorite new pen brands on the market, so look for them soon.

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Deals & Drops: Coupon Code for 20% Off Monteverde Ink from Vanness Pens

Many thanks to Lisa at Vanness Pens for offering my readers an exclusive coupon code that lets you grab 20% off purchases of Monteverde Ink! With the discount, you can snag a 90ml bottle of any of Monteverde’s great colors for just under $11. This week’s Deals & Drops also features some of the items I scored at this year’s L.A. Pen Show, as well as some limited regional and store-exclusive pens from overseas that are popping up online. Happy shopping!

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  1. 20% Off Monteverde Ink Using the Coupon Code TGS20 (via Vanness Pens). The ink van came home from LA with a TON of Monteverde Ink in tow, and at least for now I can offer you this exclusive promotional offer using my coupon code. Thanks Lisa!

  2. Vanness “Pinnacle” Fountain Pen by Newton Pens (via Vanness Pens). The Vanness/Newton Pens collaboration was a huge hit at the L.A. Pen Show, and it’s been fun watching everyone post their new purchases on Instagram!

  3. Colorverse Inks on Sale (via Vanness Pens). It’s time to make room for the new “Season 5” that’s on its way soon! Vanness has the previous seasons of Colorverse marked down to make room.

  4. Colorverse “The Standard Model Set” (via Pen Chalet). This is a cool idea, if a little pricey. The set contains 17 mini bottles of ink that represent the “building blocks” of matter.

  5. Sailor Pro Gear Slim Kohaku Yellow Demonstrator (via Pensachi/eBay). Wow. I love yellow pens, especially demonstrators, and have never seen this one before.

  6. Sailor Limited Edition 55th Tatsunoko Production Profit Standard (via Pensachi/eBay). Another Japanese exclusive where Sailor is collaborating with another brand. I love the red/orange accent at the top of the cap.

  7. Platinum 3776 Celluloid “Karakusa” (via Anderson Pens). One of the best pen show purchases that I’ve made in a long time. The engraving work on this pen is absolutely beautiful, in one of my favorite form factors.

  8. Desiderata Soubriquet (via Desiderata Pens/Etsy). I’ve really enjoyed using the Soubriquet that I picked up at this year’s L.A. Pen Show. Pierre’s pens now have a vacuum-filling system, and can be fitted with either a Zebra G calligraphy flex nib or a standard JoWo nib.

  9. Kaweco Skyline Sport Serenity Blue (via Amazon). A limited edition intended for release in China, now available via Amazon.

  10. Kaweco Skyline Sport Lagoon Blue (via Amazon). Another limited edition that I believe may have been made for China or Hong Kong. A pretty color that was in demand for a while.

  11. Kaweco AL Sport Lilac Limited Edition (via Amazon). If you insist on “catching ‘em all,” you may be willing to pay the premium for this uncommon Lilac AL Sport.

  12. Goldspot’s Weekly Dip Special (via Goldspot). This week Goldspot has some price reductions on OMAS ballpoints, some Delta Pens, and a bunch from Franklin-Covey and Waterford.