I’m looking forward to the Long Island Pen Show this coming weekend. It will be my fiirst pen show. I’ll only be there a day but I’m also planning the get to the DC show in August for several days with a trader pass. So this weekend will let me get my feet wet before jumping into the deep end.
The March Bad Cartoon at Fountain Pen Geeks addressed the Evolution of Pen Show Preparation. Despite being my fist show, I seem to be exhibiting none of the beginner traits and many of the Advanced traits. A good sign?
Here’s my pen show list..
- Acquire my first vintage pen. Parker 51 seems like a requirement so I’ll seek it out. Esterbrooks are also top of mind, mainly because of the nib assortment and they happened to get mentioned on recent podcasts.
- Look for Faceted Namiki Vanishing Points or Pilot Capless pens. These are vintage too, but I’ve wanted to see them since I got my first modern Vanishing Point so it’s a separate want.
- Delta Vintage Green Fine Nib – These pens look great in pictures and seem like a good value. If they live up to expectations and I find a fine nib I’ll be getting one. Speaking of Delta, the Fusion 82 intriques me too and I’d like to see and hold one, but a purchase will wait.
- I want to see the latest Gate City Pen, the Readyfill although I probably won’t add one to my accumulation. I suspect the pen will be too small for my taste.
- Everything else on my list (except the Vac 20 bottle) are just things I want to get my hands on to see and compare. Some things, like the Edison Pen materials may not be in Long Island but they’re on the list anyway.
Of course, I’ll be browsing everything and building a wish list for the future. Hopefully I’ll avoid being a kid in a candy store and consume things as I find them.
Update: The results are here.