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Posted by AndrewC on August 31, 2017, 2:48 pm
I managed to get to the SF Penshow for a short amount of time, and have to say it was far too little time to see what was there. It has really grown, and I was surprised at how many young people were there. That was a great feeling. I don't think I'm that old (57), but there were many people who were probably half my age. I remember going to shows where there might be a few people that age, but most people were my age and up, so I know the hobby is thriving. There were, as mentioned in the other report, lots of new pen makers with some exciting stuff. Got to meet Shawn Newton finally. He makes great writing instruments, but he also teaches art to high-schoolers (I think he still does)and uses his pens and artwork to raise money for scholarships for the kids. I talked with Andy Lambrou, and he is very excited about the prospect of working on a new book about pens of the USA that will include the new generation of pen makers. He had some of the new pens including one that is facetted that was stunning. Spent time talking with Rick Propas which was great. He had some pens assembled from parts that were discovered at Kaweco by the new owners. The parts are from the thirties, so essentially they are NOS pens from then. Mine is a blue and black marbled celluloid with an enormous ink-view window and a lovely nib with a bit of flex. It is marked IA-40. Anyone know what that means? If so please let me know. I also spent time at the Franklin Christoph table playing with one-offs and prototypes. They now have a falcon type flex nib that is really a joy to use, and it is close to a M-F so it it really smooth. I took home a blue Omnis with the flex nib and a back-up fine nib. THey check and tune each nib sold then and there, and I got my flex nib taken down a little to accommodate my small writing. I bought a couple bottles of ink from the hundreds that were there. They had several tables of inked pens, each pen a different color. I talked with two women who were on day two of test-driving inks. The website for the show had a pdf you could print with a list of all the inks they had plus room to write next to the name for keeping track. There were a lot of people there that were more ink enthusiast than pen. It was eye-opening. I was looking at some pens when a young lady started discussing Sailor inks with the gentleman at the table with all the fervor of a teen going on about their favorite pop-star. She knew how many bottles of LE inks were released in what country and dates of release. Mind blowing to be sure. I went, initially, to take a couple pens in for nib work.I wanted to have Michael Masuyama work on them, and got there right at 10 when doors open to the general public. Turns out if you have the right ticket you get in at 8, and Mike was booked already for the day. That was okay, though, since he said my pens would actually have to go home to the shop to done right. (Dropped a pen on the nib and curled it right under like a bird beak.)There were a couple new (to me) pen workers there as well, which I take as a good sign.
Funny. Didn't think I had much to say since I was only there a couple hours. There's more I could go on about, but, enough. Next year, if you can, you should go to the show. It was great. My hat's off to those who put the show together. The people staffing the show were great, and the venue was well-lit and pretty roomy. Even my wife enjoyed herself, and she is not into pens. (We hit Ikea on the way home...) Thanks to those who made the show happen. I'm already looking forward to next year.
Sorry no pictures. It never occurred to me to look at my phone.
- Thanks for the report, Andrew! You described it so well that we didn't need pics >>> - Maja August 31, 2017, 5:07 pm
- SF Pen Show notables - Jon Szanto August 31, 2017, 5:43 pm
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- Re: SF Penshow - Rena September 2, 2017, 11:03 am
- Thanks for the show report - Len Provisor September 3, 2017, 11:48 pm
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