I rolled out early on Friday prepared to drive the 400 miles to the Atlanta Pen Show. With a few caffeine stops, I reached the edge of Atlanta around noon. The route to the hotel did not require a detour around the bridge collapse. It did require sharing the road with people detouring the man-made disaster. So an hour later I arrived.

Fisher of Pens Water
Fisher of Pens Water

I was the man with a plan and the Friday I really stuck to it. First stop Nock Co to get a ticket to the Pen Addict live podcast. Next was a quick survey of some pens I was afraid might go quickly. So I visited Franklin-Christoph, Fisher of Pens, Ryan Krusac Studios, Carolina Pen Company, and Karas Kustoms in quick order. At this stage I decided to defer a Ryan Krusac pen because I am going to work with him on a custom order. My favorite Fisher of Pens creation was the Water in the Elemental Line. It has to be ordered so I deferred that one as well. So now I had a short list of 3, until I saw the Kanilea Pen Company choices. I added Kanilea to my short list. Luckily, nothing demanded an immediate decision. I didn’t make it to that many tables without saying hello to various people, but I tried to stay on task until I had seen all the candidate modern pens.

Kanilea Kahakai
Kanilea Kahakai
Ryan Krusac
Ryan Krusac

With my early planning out of the way, it was time to check on a few other items. I wanted a couple of nibs tuned up, so I got on Mark Bakas’, the nibgrinder, list. I also wanted to find a convertor to fit an Aurora Style I picked up last year. Knowing that Vanness carries Aurora, that seemed a good place to start. A good choice. It didn’t take a standard international convertor, but Lisa went to the Kenro table and got the right info. She handed me a convertor that worked perfectly. A lot of effort for a $5 item, but that’s Lisa. I checked my inks I want list and picked up a bottle of Robert Oster Copper and a fun zipper pouch.

Karas Kustoms Fountain Ks
Karas Kustoms Fountain Ks

I wandered back across the cool kids room to watch Mark Bakas work since I was up next. It didn’t hurt that he was right next to Carolina Pen Company, so I could oogle Jonathan Brooks’ work while I waited. And the next table over was Karas, so I had plenty to occupy me why I waited. It really didn’t take very long for Mark Bakas to get to me. First he tuned up a Vanishing Point with an architect grind. I wanted the fine line finer and now it is. The second pen was my Sheaffer Legacy. It had taken a bad fall right on the point of the gold inlaid nib. It had been repaired once, but since then had started being pretty dry. It is now writing great again.

Mark Bakas at Work
Mark Bakas at Work
Sheaffer Legacy and Pilot Vanishing Point
Sheaffer Legacy and Pilot Vanishing Point

There are so many tables to visit, but I soon worked my way over to the Anderson Pens tables. I picked up a Retro 51 Apollo to add to my collection. Number 1087 - a prime number just like I like ‘em.

Retro 51 Apollo
Retro 51 Apollo

And of course, there was Friday evening with lots of showing off of pens.

Friday Evening
Friday Evening
I had brought my Retro 51 collection all in one case. This photo does not include the Apollo I acquired that day.
My Retro 51s
My Retro 51s

p.s. Get out a pen show find and write someone a letter.