Deals & Drops: L.A. Pen Show Travel Edition

On the road again, to Los Angeles, for the first pen show of the year! (Well, at least for me, since I missed Philly.) I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone, since my life has been a pen show desert since D.C. last August. This week’s Deals & Drops highlights some of the things I’ll be looking for at the show this weekend. Current plan is just to look, no buy, but we all know how that goes at pen shows….

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  1. Aurora 88 Nettuno (via Pen Chalet). Aurora is getting ready to release the Neptune-themed “Nettuno,” the latest release in their line of special edition pens based on the Planets. Kenro typically has prototypes at shows, even if the pens aren’t for sale.

  2. Pelikan M101N Blue-Grey (via Pen Chalet). Another pen that I want to see in person before making a decision. I’d love to add a M101N to my collection, but is this the one?

  3. Pelikan M815 (via Pen Chalet). One of Pelikan’s 2018 releases that I’m still considering, as the understated look of this particular pen appeals to me and Pelikan’s metal-striped barrels are always really well-done.

  4. Colorverse Ink (via Vanness Pens). Vanness is making the cross-country road trip from Little Rock to the LA Pen Show, and I’m sure they’ll be bringing their “wall of ink” with them, including a selection of Colorverse sets.

  5. PenBBS Official Store (via Etsy/PenBBS). I’m hoping to see a PenBBS pen in person at the L.A. Pen Show. Some of their acrylics and other materials look interesting, but I’ve never written with one or even seen one in person.

  6. Sailor King of Pen (via Anderson Pens). Ok, I’m finally intrigued enough to check out Sailor’s K.O.P. series, and I’m sure Anderson Pens will have one or more at the Los Angeles show. I hear Sailor also sometimes appears with their own booth.

  7. Pelikan M120 Gift Set (via Goldspot). Goldspot is still running a promotion in which you can grab a significant discount on the Green-Black Pelikan M120. Check out my review of this excellent vintage-inspired pen here.

  8. Armando Simoni Club (via ASC Pens). Even though most of their pens approach (or exceed) the top of my price range, I love what they’ve done with old-stock Omas celluloid. This is always a fun booth to visit at a pen show!

  9. Leonardo Officina Italiana (via Bittner Pens). Bittner carries the Leonardo Momento Zero (along with a selection of ASC Pens), and I hope they have them in L.A. I’d like to see some of these resin/steel Momento Zero pens in person.

  10. Pelikan M1005 Stresseman (via Appelboom). This is more like wishful thinking, since I don’t think these have been released yet, but I can always hope!

  11. Sailor Pro Gear Cocktail Tequila Sunrise (via eBay). One of the reasons I want to go to the L.A. Pen Show is because of all the special and limited edition Japanese pens that tend to appear at that show. I’d love to snag a Tequila Sunrise right now (and I’m only partly referring to the pen).

  12. Bellroy Classic Pouch (via Amazon). My absolute favorite travel accessory that is currently sitting beside me in the airport lounge. Highly practical, and it looks great to boot.

Deals & Drops: New Materials from Leonardo Pens, Return of the S.I.G. Nib, and More!

I’m glad to see things are starting to pick up a bit on the new release front, with Leonardo Pens announcing a new material for their “Momento Zero” pen, Pelikan announcing a new M101N, a new book from Cal Newport and more! On the horizon (maybe for next week?) is a new season of Mars-themed inks from Colorverse! Happy shopping!

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  1. Opus 88 Koloro Demonstrator (via Pen Chalet). The large Opus 88 transparent demonstrators are now available in gray, orange, and red, with a stub nib option! Check out my review here.

  2. Wancher True Ebonite “Dream” Fountain Pen (via Pen Chalet). Many of you are still waiting for your urushi Kickstarter rewards to arrive, but the ebonite version of the “Dream Pen” has already hit stores.

  3. “Final Drop” Offerings (via Pen Chalet). I wasn’t aware of this until recently, but Pen Chalet has introduced a new section of their website that features all sorts of open-box deals and greatly reduced pricing.

  4. “Grandpa’s Basement” Specials (via Vanness Pens). There are only two Aurora 88 Minerali pens and three Optima flex pens remaining on clearance! Don’t miss your chance to pick up one of these pens at a steep discount. I love the Minerali I purchased late last year, and you can read a review I did of one of these pens here.

  5. Conway Stewart Pens (via Vanness Pens). We’re headed into pen show season, and Vanness has Conway Stewart pens back in stock but who knows for how long. They even have one of the Honey Noire pens that I reviewed a while back.

  6. Franklin-Christoph S.I.G. Nibs Now Available! (via Franklin-Christoph). It’s absolutely wonderful to see Jim Rouse’s creation, the Stub Italic Gradient (S.I.G.) nib, back in the hands of Audrey Matteson! They’re available for purchase now, either separately or on a new pen.

  7. Sailor King of Pen Fountain Pen (via Anderson Pens). The team at Anderson Pens has one of the largest selections of the Sailor King of Pen models out there, including the recently released “Tangerine” and “Fresca” models.

  8. New Pelikan Releases from Appelboom (via Appelboom). Looking to pre-order the new Pelikan M101N Grey-Blue or the Pelikan M1005 Stresemann? Appelboom has great prices and quick shipping.

  9. Pelikan M120 Weekly Dip (via Goldspot). Goldspot is running a deal this week on the black and green Pelikan M120, at a LOW price with a special “historic label” bottle of Pelikan Blue Ink. You can check out my review of the M120 here.

  10. Leonardo Momento Zero in Pietra Marina (“Sea Stone”) Resin (via Pen-Venture). You’ll be seeing a lot of Leonardo Pens on the blog this year, and the latest version of the Momento Zero is absolutely gorgeous.

  11. Golden Falling Sakura on Bonfire with Gold Sakura Branch (via 18111com/Etsy). Ok, now these pens from Yoshi Nakaya are just getting ridiculous, in a good way!

  12. ATELEIA Pens (via ATELEIA/Etsy). Love the Hi-Tec-C or the Energel, and want a great modern-looking pen body? ATELEIA Pens get rave reviews.

  13. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (via Amazon). Cal Newport’s latest book was an insta-buy for me, and I can’t wait until I get my hands on it tomorrow.

  14. Curated EDC Pens and Accessories (via Huckberry). Retailer Huckberry has refreshed their pen and paper selection, and now offers a range of interesting options from brands such as Inventery, the James Brand, Field Notes, Bellroy, and more!