It's true: the number of new pen makers this year was really remarkable. The SF Show organizers are setting a high bar for the future direction of pen shows, with a healthy mix of interests - still plenty of old guard collectors, new pens (commercial and bespoke), a growing number of vendors with all the accessory items (ink, paper, tools, cases, etc) and more. Add in the Ink Testing Stations (over 784 inked pens were available, each with a different ink) and the many seminars and classes and you can see how they are growing a new generation of pen afficianados, both users and collectors.
Hats off to Syd Saperstein, Ricky Chau and Todd Eberspracher, the principles pulling this off. Last but certainly not least, the wonderful SF Bay Pen Posse members who kept the show running, from the classes to the registration to the social events in the evening. What a great weekend!
I'll hope to write a short set of my impressions in a day or two. I'm already missing all the people I spent time with, far too little with most of them!