This year’s D.C. Pen Show is almost upon us, at less than 3 weeks away! Once again, I plan to attend and be behind the Vanness Pens table for most of the show. Since it’s “the big show,” I strongly encourage everyone to attend this event at least once. This week’s Deals & Drops includes several things I’ll be looking to see in person, including the latest releases from Kanilea Pen Company, the redesigned Aurora Duo-Cart, new Field Notes, and a bunch more of this year’s limited and special releases. Happy shopping!
Aolani Fountain Pen (via Kanilea Pen Company). It’s become somewhat of a D.C. Pen Show tradition to pick up the latest Kanilea release in D.C., and rumor has it that I may get my hands on an Aolani fountain pen for a pre-show review and photos!
Redesigned Aurora Duo-Cart Fountain Pen (via Pen Chalet). Aurora has tweaked the design of their Duo-Cart fountain pen that they released a couple years ago, and which really impressed me. I believe the redesign had to do with increasing security of the cap, as well as some new pastel colors that are on their way.
Aurora Optima Riflessi Cento Italia Fountain Pen (via Pen Chalet). I’ve really enjoyed Aurora’s releases for their 100th Anniversary. I appreciate the hints of red on this Optima.
Esterbrook Estie Blueberry Fountain Pen (via Vanness Pens). The gold-trim version is already sold out, but the silver/chrome is still available. I hope some of these will be left so I can see one in person in D.C.!
PenBBS Ink (via Vanness Pens). I hear that Vanness will have a wide range of PenBBS Inks available in D.C. In the past, these have sold out so fast that I’ve not yet had the chance to try them out.
Sailor Pro Gear Graphite Lighthouse (via The Nibsmith). I still haven’t seen the Graphite Lighthouse in person, because I haven’t been to a pen show since Atlanta back in April, and this one still intrigues me even though it’s fallen down the list of limited editions in terms of “newness.”
Sailor King of Pen (via Anderson Pens). I hope to visit the Andersons’ table in D.C. and check out the Sailor King of Pen offerings, because I’m sorely tempted after hearing how much people enjoy the nibs!
PenBBS 308 Manjusaka (via PenBBS/Etsy). YES! Here we go. PenBBS has started releasing more pens, including the cartridge/converter filler 308, in the red-webbed “Manjusaka” material. For additional photos, check out my review of the PenBBS 469 double-ended fountain pen. (I’m still holding out for a Model 456.)
Pelikan M101N Grey-Blue (via Appelboom). This year’s Pelikan M101N - the pleasant surprise of the year - is definitely high on my list for a 2019 D.C. Pen Show acquisition.
Sailor for Montegrappa Ammiraglio 1939 (via The Nibsmith). While the pen itself is far outside my price range, this “Butterfly” material is absolutely gorgeous, and I really want to see it in person. Plus Nagahara nibs on a Montegrappa pen?!?
Yoshi Nakama’s Handcrafted Pens (via 18111com/Etsy). This may finally be the year that I spring for one of Yoshi Nakama’s hand-turned/hand-painted pens. He usually brings an outstanding selection to D.C.
Pilot Explorer Fountain Pen (via Goldspot). Seriously, what’s the matter with me? I’ve not seen Pilot’s latest entry-level offering even though it’s been on the market for quite some time now. Goldspot has the Explorer available at less than $20 on the “Weekly Dip” page.
National Parks Edition (via Field Notes). I wrote a piece a few weeks ago about how I let my Field Notes subscription lapse. Then Field Notes comes out with something like this! It’s enough to tempt me again.
Kaweco Skyline Sport Limited Edition Lagoon Blue (via Amazon). One thing I love to hunt for at pen shows are limited edition runs of favorite pens. Unfortunately special edition Kawecos go quick so you mostly have to get them online.
Kaweco Skyline Sport Limited Edition Serenity Blue (via Amazon). Another beautiful blue Kaweco made for the Chinese market.