I saw so many great pens, inks, paper products, and more at this past week’s D.C. Fountain Pen Supershow! This week’s Deals & Drops focuses on some of my favorites, including some new products that made their debut at the show. Also note that Vanness Pens is now stocking Galen Leather products, so you are now able to order your Galen Leather from a U.S.-based store and not worry about delivery time and customs! The D.C. Pen Show is one of my favorite events of the year, and I’m sad that it’s over. You can read my show recap here, along with pictures from Friday and Saturday.
Notebook Covers and Leather Pen Cases from Galen Leather (via Vanness Pens). Vanness is now the exclusive U.S. retailer of Galen Leather! Look for more products to come soon.
Retro 51 Old School Tornado Popper (via Pen Chalet). What’s better for back-to-school season than a school-bus themed Retro 51?
Vinta Inks (via Vanness Pens). Vinta Inks were this year’s ink draw at the Vanness Pens table. Made in the Philippines, Vinta inks feature a range of attractive colors that include shimmer and/or sheen!
Aurora Duo-Cart (via Pen Chalet). I received my mint green Duo-cart last week, and fully expect this pen to get a lot of attention now that it’s back in Aurora’s lineup. I love these Archivi Storici reissues!
Graf von Faber-Castell for Bentley Centenary Fountain Pen (via Appelboom). While this particular pen was just a little out of my price range for this past weekend, it’s certainly still on my radar!
Sailor Ringless Epinard 1911 Large (via The Nibsmith). People either loved this pen or didn’t care for it at all, mainly due to Sailor’s decision to drop the cap ring and pair a rhodium nib with ruthenium trim. Personally, I would go for an all-ruthenium trim model with a ring on the cap. The Epinard acrylic is a perfect match for the Sailor Epinard ink!
Sakura on Green, Elegantly Falling (via 18111com/Etsy). The Yoshi Nakama pen that I came closest to buying this past weekend! A bit different from what he normally has done, I really loved both the shape and the finish on this pen.
Col-O-Ring Oversize Notebook (via Well-Appointed Desk). I took home a Col-o-ring Oversize pad, and can’t wait to incorporate this into my ink reviews! Also available from the Skylab Letterpress Etsy Store, where you can combine shipping with any of the great Skylab Letterpress stationery.
Sailor Ink Studio (via Anderson Pens). Now available for order through the Anderson Pens brick-and-mortar store, by telephone. Details through the link.
Narwhal Pens (via Goldspot). Though they were nearly all sold out by the time I made it over to the table, Narwhal Pens were a big hit with their reasonably priced demonstrators. I understand that the proprietors are affiliated/formerly affiliated with PenBBS.
Moonman C1 Fountain Pen (via Amazon). So I finally had the opportunity to handle one of these, and in addition to the price point and nib, what’s the most attractive aspect of this pen? The fact that the threads are double-cut to line up the facet on the body!
Galen Leather Writing Box (via Galen Leather). After some initial hiccups with the first round of writing boxes, Galen Leather has made some adjustments and the results are beautiful. I picked one up at the D.C. Pen Show along with the leather carrying strap.
PenBBS 308 in Red “Manjusaka” Acrylic (via PenBBS/Etsy). PenBBS was not at the D.C. Pen Show (other than their ink lineup at the Vanness Pens table), but many people had their pens. This red acrylic in the cartridge/converter 308 model is one of their better-looking creations, in my opinion!
Diplomat Aero Volute Limited Edition (via The Nibsmith). Diplomat is starting to do some amazing things with the finishes on it’s “Aero” line of pens, and given how unique the shape is, it makes for an interesting canvas. This “Volute” water-transfer finish is gorgeous.
Lamy AL-Star in Bronze (via Goldspot). This week’s “weekly dip” special from Goldspot features the Lamy AL-Star Bronze special edition on deep discount.