The show took place in the Hannover room, which means nothing unless you've been in the Hannover room. It's a decent sized room, although I was hoping it would be bigger. You know, ten times the size of an Olympic swimming pool and filled with tables of pens, wall to wall.
Fontoplumo's Frank and Agatha had one of the very few set ups with modern pens, inks, and notebooks. If I didn't have to trek back home with a back pack, I probably would have grabbed a bottle of Aurora Blue ink, and some of the rainbow Rhodia R notepads. Aren't they adorable? I love how they presented themselves and their table!
Montegrappa Kazan Limited Edition fountain pen. Very limited edition. One piece, and a special pen to them both. With a price tag to match, but it was neat to hold it. They had some awesome Delta deals (see those three right in the middle?) - so if you're ever looking for a steal on a pen, you should go to a pen show. Apart from all the pen show glory and magnificence, you'll probably find a pen you really want at a great price.
I enjoyed hanging around with Cliff Harrington and having a chat with him. He let me touch some of his prized pens including the Parker Aztec, a tiny itty bitty (fully functional) Waterman eyedropper, and his entire table. I saw Cliff at the Tilburg Pen Show the last two years, and he's always been friendly and cheerful!I appreciate that Cliff took the time to chat with me about what he had, whether I wanted to buy something or not. We talked about pens, he let me check out even his prized pens, and we even ventured into the territory of social media and bloggers. He was warm, friendly, open, and welcoming. He even posed adorably for this picture. Thank you, Cliff!
Various other things that caught my eye include, but was certainly not limited to, the following items: a Montblanc nib sampling set up (want),
I enjoyed seeing the not so hardcore fountain pen stuff as well - cute, vintage boxes, and other paraphernalia. Books, baggies, post cards, note cards, tins, and more.
The following table caught my eye the first time I strolled by, because I was on the look out for the Pelikan M620 City Place series - any of them, really. Michael and Bianca from Hamburg had a lovely display - not a whole load of pens, but some really lovely stuff. Including the Montblanc 146 Music Nib. I also had my eye on that Pelikan Brown Tortoiseshell, but in the end, the music nib won out. Hi Michael and Bianca!
A peek around the room - it was definitely busy when the public came in. Narrow aisles, lots of people, not enough food and water (why is there not a doughnut dispensing machine?).
What did I leave with? From the pen show itself, a Montblanc Meisterstück 146 with a music nib - something I had only heard of, and a Pelikan M400 Brown Tortoiseshell with an extra-fine flexible nib. I was looking for a Pelikan like this, and I only found it near the end of the show. Good price, excellent condition.
A few cards I picked up:
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