This year's D.C. Pen Show will be held from Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5 at the Marriott Fairview Park in Fairfax, Virginia. I'm pleased to announce that if all goes as planned, I'll be working this year's show at the Vanness Pens table! Please stop by and say hello if you attend. I'm really looking forward to this particular show. Because so many hitches have been thrown into my pen show travel schedule, there are a bunch of new releases that I haven't had the opportunity to see in person yet. Here are just a few!
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- Diplomat Fountain Pens (via Pen Chalet). Pen Chalet is now stocking the entire line of Diplomat pens, from the entry-level Diplomat Magnum, to the more unique Diplomat Aero, all the way up to the Excellence. Pen are available in both gold and steel nib variants. Check out my review of the Aero and the Esteem to learn more.
- Ensso PIUMA Fountain Pens (via Pen Chalet). I'm glad to see that Ensso is gaining more exposure, as Pen Chalet is now stocking this brand as well. I recently reviewed the PIUMA, and came away impressed.
- Sailor Pro Gear Slim Purple Cosmos Back in Stock (via Pen Chalet). Pen Chalet has more Purple Cosmos fountain pens back in stock.
- Platinum 3776 Kumpoo (via Pen Chalet). This year's 3776 Fuji Shunkei limited edition is one that I'll need to see in person, probably at D.C. The wavy textured barrel looks amazing in photos.
- Bexley + Vanness 80th Anniversary Fountain Pen (via Vanness Pens). A collaboration between Bexley, Vanness, and Jonathan Brooks/Carolina Pen Company that I really want to see in person. Hopefully there will be some left in D.C.
- Pro Gear Slate Blue Special Edition (via Anderson Pens). I'm looking forward to seeing the Anderson Pens special edition Pro Gear at the D.C. Show.
- Lamy 2000 Specialty Nibs (via the Nibsmith). Dan just announced that he now carries the full range of Lamy 2000 nib options, including double broads and obliques.
- Pelikan Souveran 815 Metal Stripe (via Goldspot). The new Pelikan 815 with a metal stripe sports a quite unique look that Pelikan hasn't had in their lineup in some time. Goldspot has it in stock and the price is much better than I initially feared when I first saw this pen announced.
- Montblanc Rollerballs (via Appelboom). As I mentioned yesterday, Montblanc rollerballs are among my favorite, and Appelboom has an outstanding selection.
- Kanilea Hanauma Bay Fountain Pen (via Kanilea Pen Co.). Kanilea is doing two shows in August, D.C. and San Francisco, so don't miss you chance to check out their offerings in person, including the new Hanauma Bay!
- Lamy 2000 Rollerball (via Amazon). Given my newfound love/obsession with rollerballs, I may have to add one to my Lamy 2000 collection.
- Paper from Taroko Design (via Taroko Design/Etsy). Need to stock up on Tomoe River paper and notebooks prior to the second stretch of pen show season? Taroko Design has a wide range of A5 and A6 notebooks with different paper weights. They also sell leather covers.
- Yoshi Nakama Fountain Pens (via 18111/Etsy). It looks like Yoshi will have a new range of designs available for D.C., including some incredibly detailed roll stoppers.
- Bellroy Leather at Huckberry (via Huckberry). I can't rave on my Bellroy products enough. If you like well-made leather goods, consider Bellroy, whether you're looking for a wallet, pocket notebook cover, or a portfolio.