After checking the possibilities for new modern pens on Friday and considering my choices overnight, I arrived at the show with a plan. It was a close call but I decided on two pens instead of just getting a Kanilea Pen Company.
Step one, Waffle House. Step two, check the Franklin-Christoph table right away. That was a good call because a model 66 in Italian Ice had been on my wish list and there was one. I picked it up, checked my notes on nibs and went with a cursive calligraphy nib. Jim Rouse tuned it for me and eye droppered it with Sweet Maroon ink.
The second pen was from Carolina Pen Company. I knew I wanted an Aiken model and Jonathan Brooks had some nice ones. The range of ebonite Aikens was tempting but I kept coming back to a gold sparkly acrylic named Forest Moonlight. That is the one I choose and I went with a medium nib that laid down enough ink to really be able to see the ink but thin enough to use for lots of things. I started it with KWZ Green Gold.
I say all this like I was a pen buying machine, but there was plenty of visiting and a little browsing as well. I had some of my budget allocated for a vintage pen. My first fountain pen was a Sheaffer Legacy and in the last couple of years I have collected 5 various Sheaffer Snorkels. So a natural combination of those two is a PFM - the Legacy is based on it and it is a snorkel filler. As a bonus they are about the asme age as me. I like the idea of using things as old as me. Maybe if a pen that age still works, there is hope for me too. There are various models but I was thinking a III because it was a gold nib (and gold filled band and clip) but the cap and barrel are both the plastic color. As far as colors go, the burgundy appealed to the Texas Aggie part of me. Gig’em! Better get back to pens before I get carried away.
David Rea was also looking for a Sheaffer. In his case, an Oversize/Standard Balance in Rose Glow (cool red) to go with a mini and short-standard he was carrying in his pocket. We had decided to go hunting together. This is a lot of fun especially since we were both looking a Sheaffers. We got into some interesting talks at the vintage tables.
I saw various nice PFMs. There was a black IV which was a twin for my Legacy, but a burgundy (maroon) III was my choice. Dave has not found his oversize Rose Glow Balance yet. I told him the hunt was half the fun for vintage pens.
I had come to Atlanta expecting to buy a Karas Kustoms Fountain K, probably in Delrin. A titanium nib was also calling to me, but that is only available in the INK. Then a blue INK started calling my name and by the end of the day, I knew it needed to be mine.
That takes us to the evening. This is already long. Sorry, I didn’t have time to write a shorter post. Besides the social aspect of a show is best experienced in person. I will just say podcast …
and pens, ink, and friends!
Still one day left.
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