Long Island Pen Show 2017

The Long Island Pen Show is happening this weekend. While this is as close as it gets to a local show for me, I unfortunately won’t be able to make it this year.

There will be a calligraphy workshop on Sunday, which is new this year. The cost is $25, which covers materials, including nibs and holders. The workshop runs 10am to 2pm.

The website also lists a Playing with Your Letters workshop on Sunday that runs an hour on Sunday and is free (space may be a limiting factor).

Richard Binder missed last year but is returning this year and will join several others for nib work and pen repairs.

The weather forecast calls for rain through Saturday morning but then precipitation free for the rest of the weekend.


Pen Shows and Pen Clubs Added to Resource Pages

Fine Steel Nib of the Edison Nouveau Premiere Cherry Cordial LE fountain pen

Nothing to do with this post. I just wanted to return to the first picture I published on this site.

A nice relaxing holiday weekend was a good time to put together some information I’ve been collecting. I’ve added two new pages to the resources section. They’re available from the Resources selection along the top menu. If the drop-down is too finicky for your mobile device then go to the main resource page and you find links there too. or just click the links further down in this post.

US Pen Show Schedule

I put together all the US pens hows that I know of and listed them here. The 2017 dates are already finalized for a few shows and are listed. The Long Island Pen Show has moved back a couple of weeks and is now in April. If the show has passed and there’s no “next” show scheduled then the show is listed without a date in the month when it typically occurs.

Pen Clubs

Also, I’ve been collecting pen club information and finally listed it. These are clubs which have in-person meetings on a regular basis (although “regular” is wide-open to interpretation.) These are ones I found online. I’m sure I’m missing many others, especially outside the US. If you know of any that I missed you can contact me using the form or email found here. I prefer that the club have their own online presence for contacts and meeting announcements, but if this isn’t possible we can probably work something out so that my info doesn’t become incorrect over time.



Fountain Pen TV Is Returning

Usually I’d include this in my Sunday links, but by then it will be too late. FPtv will be returning on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8:00am Pacific.

I don’t have any more information than what was provided on the website, so you might as well get the info from the original announcement.

Mark your calendar.

Leigh Reyes Pen Auction to Benefit Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Leigh Reyes from the My Life as A Verb website is auctioning off some of her pens, drawings and doodles to benefit Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda victims. The entire amount of the winning bids will go to the Philippine Red Cross. Check the right sidebar of her site or search for Auctions as each item is a separate posts.

If you prefer, donations to the Philippine Red Cross can be made through their website using a multitude of payment methods.

Fountain Pen Reviews: Call For Ink Suggestions

I want to pick up the pace of my fountain pen reviews this year. I’ve got several pens in the queue and part of what I want to do is run a variety of inks through the pen as part of the review. I’d like to get your suggestions for ink to use. I can’t promise to try every ink request. But if I have the ink available or can get a sample at low cost I can give it a try. These would be inks to try in the pen, not a full ink review.

Leave a comment on this post or use the contact form to submit your suggestion. Feel free to suggest a pen review for any pens in my accumulation. I figure it will take a month or so of use before I can review the pen, but I’m hoping to be able to write one every two weeks.

The pens currently in the review queue are:

  1. Sailor Pro Gear Imperial: I’ll use the supplied black ink cartridge along with the supplied Sailor bottle black ink. This pen demands black ink, so I’ll only take those for suggestions. Aurora Black is one of my favorites so it will get used eventually.
  2. Platinum 3776 Century in Extra Fine and Fine nibs. I have a couple Platinum 3776 Century pens and plan to do a combined review.
  3. Stipula Model T: This one currently has Noodler’s Apache Sunset. Wide open for ink suggestions on the Titanium “one size fits all” nib.
  4. Faber-Castell E-motion – Just finished a converter fill of Diamine Oxblood and I’m looking for the next ink to use on this smooth medium steel nib.

So let me know what you want to see.