Saturday, March 16, 2019
The Pen Show!
Three years ago I saw an article in the paper about something called a "Pen Show" that was happening that weekend. They mentioned that they would have pen repair people at the show, and people who could "tune" pen nibs. I had an italic nib in one of my fountain pens that was not working properly, so I went and had my pen fixed. I missed the pen show last year, but this year I decided to go back. What was stunning was to see the number of mostly used pens on display! Maybe this gives you some idea - these pens are on display at just one dealer's table. It is fun to see pens, some going back to the 50's and 60's. This show is for hard core collectors!
This is one of the more famous people who do the nib repairs that I spoke of. He wasn't the person who repaired my pen two years ago, but I stopped to talk with him a couple of times today and learned so many interesting things about nibs and pens. What is interesting is that the most rewarding things today, were the conversations I had with individual vendors as I wandered through the show.
And THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is the ugliest pen I have ever seen! It is made by a famous Italian pen maker, and it is called "Chaos." The designer of this pen, I am told, was Sylvester Stallone! Can you imagine carrying this around in your pocket? Can you imagine even trying to write with this? I cannot. The cost is $5,770, in case you want one.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:30 PM