I attended my first pen show this past weekend in Manhattan Beach (Los Angeles) and it was an amazing experience. I will be posting more in the coming days but thought I would start by showing off some of my acquisitions.
Edison Pen Company
The new Blue Steel option for the Edison Collier joins one of the most beloved pens in my collection, a Collier Persimmon Swirl with a broad steel nib; a finalist for being the smoothest nib I have ever used. One of the reasons for attending the show was that the Edison Pen Company would be there. I ultimately decided to purchase two pens from their Signature Line, spending a wonderfully long time with Brian and Andrea Gray selecting the models, body materials, filling systems and nibs (folks, this is why a pen show is a must for any enthusiast - you simply cannot experience the quality of the pens and the people any other way). The ETA the pens is about 4-5 weeks and I will post photos and details when the pens arrive in the spring.
The reborn Wahl-Eversharp company was launched at the 2013 LA Pen Show. The new pens are specifically designed so parts are fully interchangeable with Wahl-Eversharp vintage pens. Anderson Pens at this year's pen show announced they would be an authorized re-seller.
The packaging for Wahl-Eversharp is very impressive, with a fur-lined, brass hinged black piano lacquered wood case. The pen is suspended in a separate clear hard plastic sleeve, nestled into a depression in the white fur.
Speaking of outstanding packaging, the Nakaya box with beautiful pen wrap, is impressive in its own right.
This is my second Lamy 2000 (the other being a fine). Purchased from Lamy expert Bob Nurin, who explained that the MK nib (no longer in production) may be more comfortable for lefties (such as myself) - I agree.
Not all of the pens purchased at the show were new. I also added a few vintage pens to the family.
My first OMAS and it is a beauty. Released in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the body is made from a deep green vegetal resin. My sincerest thanks to Brian and Lisa Anderson for recommending the vendor (John Colton) and this pen. My exploration of fine Italian pens takes a big step forward.
Parker Vacumatics are beautiful and relatively easy to find, making them a nice vintage pen to collect. The Emerald Pearl body is bright and in good shape. This is definitely the finest nib (regarding the ink line it puts down) of my current four Parkers.
The Vacumatic's body and nib are marked "Canada" and as is often the case with the Canadian versions the gold nib is a flexible extra fine. The clip is referred to as a "Split Arrow", which would suggest the pen dates from around 1937.
What I know for certain is its beautiful deep red color and flexy nib makes this a very welcome addition to my collection of vintage pens.
The Golden Pearl is the sole missing striated color to round out my Parkers.