Tombow Mono Zero eraser (the rectangular shaped one)
Tombow Mono One eraser
Nomadic PE-06 case in yellow/orange
Homemade/prototype copper pencil case for the Palomino
I pretty much stick you fountain pens whenever I can, using the ballpoint only when it seems I have to. I use the Kerry when drawing-up plans (and I know there will be a lot of erasing), and the Palomino is my go-to tool for crossword puzzles.
I always carry a Preppy loaded with Rouge Hematite – that would be my favorite combo.
Least Favorite Combo:
This is my first time using Take-Sumi – it seems fine but I’m not a big fan of black inks. It works well with the 2000 though and I don’t like to put anything in that pen unless it will be easy to clean.
Nice Loadout you have here! You have everything covered, from different nib sizes to ballpoints. It’s important because fountain pens can’t always do the job. Thank you for submitting!
Brad and Myke were kind enough to bring me back AGAIN on this week’s episode of The Pen Addict Podcast. The Long Island Pen Show was this past weekend, and I did a full recap post you can see here. The main topic of discussion on the show was my newly purchased, custom ground Pilot Custom 823 and general pen show order of operations. Enjoy!
“In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Ed Jelley to recap the Long Island Pen Show. Ed provides great insight, especially concerning a purchase he made that knocked Brad’s socks off. We also discuss Myke’s Nock Co. order landing across the pond and the new Retro 51 Tornado Touch.”
This past weekend was the annual Long Island Pen Show. I attended last year, and I’ve been looking forward to this year’s show for months. This was only my second pen show, but going last year really helped me to know what to do. First thing worth mentioning, is that I completely broke all the rules by not having a list. It helps a lot to go into these things vaguely knowing what you want, and then seeking them out. This post is pretty much a casual rundown of my day there, and if you have any questions regarding pen show etiquette or routine, please feel free to ask!
My first order of business upon walking in the door was to immediately get my name on Richard Binder’s list to get some nib work done. As soon as I got in the door, I headed over, and got lucky #13 on the list. They predicted the wait to be about 3 hours, which gave me a ton of time to see the rest of the stuff at the show.
There are tons, and TONS of vintage pens here. Most of them are vintage actually. I’m not too much of a collector, but it’s cool to see so many different makes, models, and years of fountain pens. Last year I walked away with a vintage Parker Vacumatic from Terry, who runs the show and the Long Island Pen Club. I also purchased a NOS Sheaffer Snorkel last year, that has done a good job at holding me over from buying more. I was on the lookout for a Golden Web Vacumatic, but the only one I saw there was $275 with a bum nib. Ouch. Front and center of the entryway to the show is the Anderson Pens table. They have a TON of new pens, everywhere from cheaper Pilot Metros to some awesome Viscontis. The Andersons are both super friendly and approachable, and it was great to see them again this year. It was an absolute pleasure chatting with them throughout the day. I ended up picking up a bottle of Sailor Jentle Epinard (an awesome dark green with a gold sheen) and a bottle of Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa (a dusty purple iron gall that I love).
Here’s a view of all of the Rhodia / Exaclair goods that Terry was selling. You can see the corner of the ink testing table in the lower lefthand side of the frame that had a ton of Noodler’s and J. Herbin inks to try out. The station had some dip pens so trying out a bunch of inks was an easy task.
So here’s where my wallet took the biggest hit. I didn’t intend to buy one, but somehow I ended up with an AMAZING vacuum fill Pilot Custom 823 in amber, with a custom 0.7mm Hebrew/Arabic italic grind done by Richard Binder. If you buy a pen and want a customization, you essentially get to skip the line. It makes sense that anyone looking to purchase a pen will get priority. It’s a real treat to see Richard grind the nib and drop some serious fountain pen knowledge at the same time.
The pen performs like a stub nib, but reversed. The downstrokes are narrow instead of broad, and the cross strokes are broad instead of narrow. It makes for some really awesome looking writing. Also, instead of it shading downwards, the ink shades sideways. It’s unlike anything in my collection, and I really love it. Expect a full review of this soon. Also, Todd of ThatOnePen.com was at the show and we talked for a bit. Great meeting him as well!
It was a big surprise to see Sunny here. Sunny works for Exaclair Inc., the US distributor of all things Rhodia, Clairefontaine, and J. Herbin. I had the pleasure of working with Sunny on some videos for Rhodia back in May. It was great seeing him again, and I tried my hardest to get him to spill the beans about new product, but he’s a tough one to crack. All I got out of him is that there’s some cool stuff coming soon. So I ended up buying the Pilot Custom 823 with the custom ground nib, and I got my Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black “Binderized”. It was writing a little scratchy, and the flow wasn’t as inky as I wanted it. After a few minutes on Richard’s bench, it was writing like it never had before. The pens are resting on a pen tray I picked up from the Go Pens table (they sell them online too for $7) that I had cut to fit a desktop box I had at home.
I’m really happy with how it came out, and it fits a bunch more pens than the foam I had crudely cut that was in the box before. I have another tray of the felt-lined material that I want to get a larger box to line. So far, so good though.
Overall, I’m really happy with my purchases, and I had a great time. I have some new ink to play with and a new pen that I absolutely love. It was great to meet some readers of the site as well. Someone had found out about the pen show because of my post the other day, which was really cool. We introduced ourselves, and Saul and I got to talking, and he found my site through the Pen Addict Podcast. He found the Pen Addict podcast because he listened to other podcasts on the 5by5 network, and kind of fell feet first into the fountain pen world. He ended up picking up a new TWSBI 540 and a Pilot Vanishing Point in Gun Metal / Matte Black. He had mentioned that since listening to the podcast, he backed a bunch of kickstarter pens as well. I happened to have my Karas Kustoms INK with me, and I let him try it out. He really liked it, and I was glad that I could give him an idea of what to expect. If you can, definitely try to make it out to your local pen show (if you are fortunate enough to have one near you). It’s the best way to get your hands on a bunch of different styles of fountain pens and meet some of the nicest people around.
Have any questions about attending your first pen show? Feel free to ask in the comments!
Spring is almost here, and thank goodness it doesn’t look like it did here a few weeks ago. Last year I attended the Long Island Pen Show, it being my first pen show. I’m very fortunate to live very close to where the show is held. There are lots of collectors, companies and vendors, and the show was a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to getting a few pens tuned up by Nibmeister Richard Binder and hoping to cross off some items from my “wanted” list. If you’re going to the show, please let me know! I’d love to meet readers of the site. I also heard that they revamped the room that the show will be in, including the addition of better lighting. Last year, this was a bit of an issue and I’m looking forward to being able to properly see everything in the room.
I’m a fiction writer and college teacher, and most of my writing tasks this week will consist of correspondence and editing student work. From left to right, we’ve got:
Pilot Prera F
TWSBI Classic 1.1mm Stub
ACME Studio Rollerball
Vintage Parker Vacuumatic
Pilot Custom Heritage 92 FM
Retro 51 Tornado Snapper
I’ll probably be writing letters with the Parker and TWSBI—either on the Rhodia DotPad you see here or on some Tomoe River paper that just arrived and that I have never tried. The Prera I’ll use in that Field Notes Cold Horizon, for general note-taking. (I used to be terrible at remembering to keep a notebook on my person, but I’m trying to change that, lately.) These pens are filled with Diamine China Blue at the moment. The Custom Heritage is my editing pen, and I’ve been enjoying Diamine Oxblood for this purpose.
The ACME and Retro 51 are new, and I’m trying them out. Thumbs up on the ACME—it’s quite heavy and solid, and the Schmitt refill writes great. So far, I’m not wild about the Snapper, I’m afraid—it rattles like crazy. It looks cool, though.
Definitely the Heritage with Oxblood. It feels great, it’s cool-looking, and the nib hasn’t let me down yet. I wish more pens were manufactured with FM nibs—it’s just about perfect for me.
Great picture, thanks for the submission! Even though I’m not a big fan of the paper in the Cold Horizon edition, it looks awesome with that Pilot Prera, and it picks up on the blue in the mug in the top left of the photo. I have yet to try an F-M (although the Sailor Clear Candy I have is an M-F – I wonder if they’re the same?) but it sounds intriguing.