A week of old favourites, Manchester, and looking ahead to the London Pen Show…

I moaned in my State of the Collection blog recently that I had a lot of old favourites sitting unloved in my pen drawer. So for this week’s loadout I’m leaving the Karas Ink, Nakaya and Conids behind and rediscovering old flames.

I’m taking a brief trip for work to Manchester this week, which will involve a lot of note-taking, so I’m choosing carefully.

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Lamy 2000

I am pretty sure this is inked with Tsuki-Yo. It’s a fuss-free, flowing medium and seamlessly comfortable.

Visconti Homo Sapiens

Scary when the finest nib in your pen case is a Visconti! I’ll be making dense notes and writing lists with this. Let’s hope KWZ Azure #5 doesn’t smudge too much.

Montblanc 149

I used the 149 a lot today. It seems to have got wetter than I remember! The colour-changing Homer Greek Blue is an endless delight.

Visconti London Fog

I’m almost ready for another fill of Edelstein Topaz in the London Fog. I expect to run it dry this week.

Sheaffer Legacy

It transpires I’ve picked all blue inks and all silver trims apart from the odd-one-out Sheaffer. Its soft gold finish, soft broad nib and the calming Edelstein Aquamarine ink will be my companion in the late nights this week.

London beckons!

I can’t believe the London Pen Show has rolled around already. This time again I’m taking my daughter with me. I’ve got my parking booked and I’m starting to build my list of things to see and do at the show. Not easy without an exhibitor list!

Here’s my plan so far:

  • Head to the Writing Desk to get my hands on a Conway Stewart to see what the fuss is about.
  • Ogle some Yard o Leds. I’m on a sterling silver kick right now.
  • Nip to Martini Auctions (if they’re there) and keep my fingers crossed that there’s a ruthenium Graf Classic Macassar for a bargain price.
  • Swap a nib for a buddy at the ASC stand.
  • Drop my EF Pelikan nib off for a tune.
  • See if Pure Pens have any bargain Kaweco Art Sports (I know, I know…).
  • Threaten to bankrupt myself looking at Oldwins.
  • See if there are any cheap Pelikan M815s to conflict myself over.
  • Maybe finally pick up an Opus88 Demonstrator.

Beyond that, I’m all set for inks and there are precious few pens on my wishlist. A good place to be?!

I expect a good bunch of the local pen meet folks will be there, so I’m looking forward to bumping into them and swapping bargains.

What’s on your list?

6 thoughts on “A week of old favourites, Manchester, and looking ahead to the London Pen Show…

  1. Good to see your plans for the pen show! I also hope to see Write Here to take a look at the Opus 88 koloros possibly with a Ti nib after watching Penultimate Dave’s review. Also Roy of Izods Inks to see any Leonardos, possibly a new Furore or another Momento Zero in dark blue with a different nib. And maybe a vintage Duofold… Oh stop!

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  2. I need to get my Pelikan 600 Medium nob looks at too, any recommendations for nib tuners? I’m also might have a look at a Pelikan M800 or Vintage Montblanc 146/9…… Just looking of course

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  3. I need to get my Pelikan 600 Medium nob looks at too, any recommendations for nib tuners? I’m also might have a look at a Pelikan M800 or Vintage Montblanc 146/9…… Just looking of course

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    • Alas no recommendations for nib tuners — I’m not sure who will be at the show, but I am hesitant to recommend John Sorowka, who is the default answer in the UK.

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