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#1 AltecGreen

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:52

I got back from the show earlier than expected so I figure I'll throw up some reports for Friday and Saturday.



This is the second year for the revived San Francisco Pen Show. This year the location of the show moved from the East Bay where I live to San Mateo which is south of San Francisco. I have fond memories of the hotel having spent my high school years there going to Dundracon. The hotel used to have a medieval theme with castle towers. The hotel is now a Marriott and boasts many large banquet and meeting rooms. Unfortunately, we were in none of those as the hotel was running multiple large events. We were situated in an odd area that consisted of four meeting rooms, the outside corridor and the remnants of one of the old castle towers. There probably was more room than last year but it was broken up into essentially six different areas.


The crowd was decent on Friday. I arrived there before lunch but a number of dealers had not even arrived. Blame it on the fog.


Here is Kudzu exiting the 'castle tower' room.
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When I arrived, Pendleton was already busy grinding away in the central hallway area.
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Here's some of the early Friday action. The lighting was weird because the meeting rooms had windows and weak interior lights. It made photography tricky.
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Here's Teri Morris and Tiger
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Steve Curnow made a brilliant strategic move to relocate his table from one of the rooms the hallway outside of the room. This will pay off in spades on Saturday.

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Some of Steve's leather samples
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Lisa aka Nakayanatutrix picked up John Mottishaw and Jonella from the airport. Their flight was delayed so their set-up was delayed.

Lisa was helping out John again this year while also acting as a field reporter for FPGeeks. Here is the live video interview. This exchange was too funny but I do not have it captured. I hope Lisa posts the video.
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Here we are shooting each other.
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The rare Nakaya ring-top
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Nakayas can have a strange effect of people. Here is Lisa the Duchess of Urushi (I coined this one) aka Nakayanautrix aka the Nakaya Evangelist. What is she wearing you might ask? That's the fountain pen tie Pendelton gave Lisa. We then had an adventure while I tried to show Lisa how to tie the tie. I think we have that fiasco on video.


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She's hogging all of the Nakayas
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In other Pen show action, we have self service pen repair.

Here's Farmboy using pb2's self service pen repair station.
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That's all of the pics for Friday. Friday night was the night for our formal Pen Posse dinner. So I spent the remainder of the day 'winging it'. We had around 20-22 people at a Greek-Italian-Pizza place. It wasn't long before a Pen Posse broke out. Sorry no pics for this kind of event.
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:05

Thanks, Ricky, I knew I could count on you for documentation!
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:17

I got to the show on Saturday early enough to catch breakfast at the show. Saturday was much more crowded with a lot of one-day people showing up.




Rick Propas was there selling his pens and promoting the Swann Auction Galleries pen auctions. Rick brought some pens that will be up for auction next March.


Here's a sneak peak. I've already planned out my targets for the next auction.
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Here's Doug Berg showing Bert Oser the rare Conklin 'prototype' pen. I'll let someone else tell this story.
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Actually, it's more of a how not to use an ultrasonic cleaner. I personally blame BSB.





Our own Syd is entering the pen business with the re-introduction of Eversharp pens. Here are the prototypes.
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The pens will be available from Pensbury Manor and at pen shows according to Syd.



Speaking of Eversharp, look at the pretty colors.
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Pendleton's still at work
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The line for pen work was long. Mike Masuyama's list started around 9 am and it was almost impossible at times to even reach John's table. Pendleton always had a crowd at his table and he even skipped our Pen Posse dinner on Friday to do pen work.



Newcomers Sula Jane and Earl had a beautiful display of colorful leather pen wraps and other pen related leather goods. I love the brilliant colors. They were also blessed with a location with good light for photography so I can bring pictures that show off their goods.
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Also sharing the tower room with Sula Jane and Earl was Susan Wirth
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Roger Cromwell is always good for bring something different. You need this.
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Here are some of Roger newest pens. These are ebonite pens in a really elegant and timeless shape.
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Edited by AltecGreen, 07 October 2012 - 15:24.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:38

More Saturday stuff.






Here's Marta who came all the way from Long Island. She did this cool art thing that I can't remember the details to. Ether is going to flog me for forgetting. Marta came with us for our Pen Posse Dim Sum excursion. Here she is waiting for her new Nakaya being fitted with a nib.
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Here's Ether showing off Marta's work.
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Ether's hard at wokr for FPGeeks interviewing Bert Oser
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Our part of the hotel included this cool little balcony area. Perfect for some Pen Posse outdoor pen repair action.
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We had a 'cross cultural event' at the show. The hotel had another bigger event going on outside of our area. But the other event was using some of the meeting rooms near the pens show area so the attendees of the other event had to go through the pen show corridor area to get to their meeting room. This worked out for Steve Curnow who was setup on that path. The women for the other event saw Steve's hand bound journals and leather goods and all went crazy. many came back after their meeting to partake in the pen goodness. I think Steve made out ok.
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There were several seminars today. Here are scenes from the journaling class.
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Sailor set-up a pen testing station.
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Here's ParkerBeta testing some pens.
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Now time for random shots of Saturday action





Miles Cohen-the next generation
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Some Faux wax
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Not wax. These were pretty good.
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Beautiful Joe Calli Pens
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The Nakayapocalypse
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Some new Taccia pens
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A new prototype Taccia done in Nashiji Nuri urushi with silver overlay and jadite stone.
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Small journals perfect for your pets.
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That's all for now. I have more pics of pens but I'll throw those up tomorrow. If anyone wants pics of something let me know and I'll try to snap some shots tomorrow.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:35

Great pics of the new Taccia! I even forgot to ask Shu-Jen Lin what it is going to cost, but I'm afraid it's probably much more than I'd be prepared to pay :(
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:48

Ricky, your photography is just friggin' awesome! I could almost reach out and touch the subjects in the image. Posted Image
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Thank you for that virtual experience. Can't wait to see the videos by ether! Posted Image
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 14:13

Great pics Ricky!

Sunday pics for those of us who want to be there, PLEASE :rolleyes:

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 15:38

I love these reports. For those of us who can't attend, it's almost like being there! What fun!

Thanks so much for taking time to post these great photos.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 16:03

Thanks for taking the time to post these pictures and write ups. It is very enjoyable to read about the pen show and have pictures to go along with the report.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 16:14

Marvelous! I love the pictures - and the supporting narrative! Thanks for all your hard work!
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 16:47

Hey Ricky! Soooooo glad you posted these! I've been to dc and la shows but was really curious about the SF show... so I'm glad I got to see it.
Do you happen to remember where you saw those little leather journals (I like the coment 'perfect for your pets!')... do you happen to remember
the seller?
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:30

HA! Thanks Ricky. Great photos...

You know, I did notice Lisa and Cherry were EVERYWHERE!

My only complaint was the $9.00 parking, and the random tiny rooms. I think I missed some sellers, because of the layout. Otherwise, great location for us Peninsula pen people.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 18:52

Excellent pics and commentary!

Thanks for sharing it....was almost like being there again....

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 20:57

Great report, thanks for doing this. I must plan to make it there one year, looks like a great time!
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 01:15

Being there was almost like... being there!

I am now down an undisclosed amount of currency, but I am up:

1 Nakaya
2 Mars Pens Mini-Mag pens in hard rubber (write up to come soon!)
2 full bottles of Parker 51 Tunis Blue
1 1950s Omega Sub-Second automatic watch to drive Glenn crazy
1 Seiko Diver's automatic watch that was just too cool to leave behind

Not including various little gifts for friends, as well as the wonderful little project conversations...

It was fun...
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:33

Oh wow... ha ha ha, thanks for documenting the pen show, Ricky! When I turn in my report to fpgeeks, it's going to be the URL to this thread. :-D

I am so tired in the best way. I had a great time, and I feel like thanking so many people for making the SF Pen Show feel like a huge Pen Posse/FPN bash; that is, so much fun!

Loren, congratulations on your beautiful Nakaya acquisition. The black matte with rhodium trim is gorgeous.

I have to transfer my photos and clips to the computer. I'm aiming to have a report up by tomorrow afternoon.

Fun people, fun show -- yay! (So tired!)
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:48

Yeah, gee thanks Loren! But that Conklin helps make up for it :-)
(thank you, Ricky!!!)

Great to meet you, Marta!

And all that time spent looking at Nakayas... does help figure out what I'll eventually want. So many choices, that it just takes lots of hands-on time to figure it out.

Can't wait to hear next week's FPGeeks podcast to hear Ether's commentary.

Nice pics, Ricky!


And another note: I had a nice chat with the chap from Yafa about the problems quite a few of us had with Stipula steel nibs. John Mortishaw fixed mine. When the guy from Yafa heard that, he offered me a small something very nice to make up for having had to spend money on it. He said that the Stipula people evidently did tighten up the steel nibs reducing ink flow, but have now fixed that. I sure hope so, since having the same problems for quite a few people causes a loss of faith in the Stipula products. To me, though, with Yafa's efforts things sure seem MUCH better! Thank you Yafa.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:51

Hey Ricky! Soooooo glad you posted these! I've been to dc and la shows but was really curious about the SF show... so I'm glad I got to see it.
Do you happen to remember where you saw those little leather journals (I like the coment 'perfect for your pets!')... do you happen to remember
the seller?
skyppere
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I am pretty sure that the tiny journals were at Pendemonium - info@pendemonium.com or www.pendemonium.com
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:02

The back of my head (and my bright orange backpack) keep popping up in photos. :headsmack:
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:13

Instead of asking Ricky to move the continuation of his excellent report back to this thread, here's where he's posting more photos and reporting: San Francisco Pen Show thread. (Shhh... Don't tell him!)
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:19

I only made it to the show Friday and Saturday, but had so much fun! First off, Pendleton Brown, nibmeister extraordinaire, reground a *bunch* of my nibs. I'm so happy I could sing (but I won't -- I promise). Switched out a Nakaya nib with Mottishaw whose Fineness I didn't love to one I now love, thanks to Lisa letting me play with her Nakayas. Got a few vintage pens, too, in addition to having Todd fix pens for me. Best of all was hanging out with all the pen people, Pen Posse folks being the best of the best. Ricky, you always enlighten me, and your photos of the event really captured the flavor of this year's show. I got to do an ink exchange with Carroll, and played with MaryAlice's gorgeous acquisitions since we last saw each other. Everyone was delightful. Another successful pen show. Can hardly wait for Lisa's video report!
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:40

Sorry for the delay. Lisa and I went to an after show dinner with John Mottishaw, Jonella, Susan Wirth, John Martinson, and Deborah Basel as well as John's daughter Petra. Fun times with Tapas and pitchers of Sangria.


Today was a little slow. It's amazing that the show landed on one of the busiest weekends in recent history. Let's see, we had two Divisional Baseball playoff games, the CAL-UCLA football game, the 49'ers game, the America's Cup, a bluegrass festival, Fleet week, and a little pen show in San Mateo.


I got to the show after a little late because I had to return home to bring Pendelton his lamp. I am the keeper of Pendelton's lamp. After some mods, we may see a new improved lamp in LA. Heh Heh Heh.


Pendelton was hard at work again!
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I always love Pendleton's work area.
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Across the way, Mike was busy at work clearing his work queue.
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It was quite in the morning and a perfect time to snap some shots. People on the Japan forum wanted some shots of Nakaya pens so here was my opportunity.
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It was a surprise that Max Davis showed up at the show. Max is one of the great Waterman experts who apparently relocated from London to California. He brought some incredible Waterman stuff.
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Waterman sections and nibs.
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Bags of Waterman parts
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Got Ripple?
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Some cool Waterman Ephemera
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:41

Fred Krinke's Fountain Pen Shop is 90 years old. He had some really cool NOS pens by a company called Golden Rule. They were based out of New York but had a west coast office in Long Beach. These are nice pens that used to compete against Waterman. So give Fred a call.
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Fred's sign.
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People on FPN are always asking about parts and tools. My advice, go to a pen show. Or at least learn the names of the vendors that frequent pen shows. Most of these individuals are not on FPN or any online pen board. But.........
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A good way to get parts is to raid the parts boxes of guys like Dale Beebe, John Strother, and Alan Brookings (and many others) at a pen show and build a stock of parts.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:42

At this point, I'll just throw up some pictures of pens that I found interesting and then pics of people at the show.



Here is a unusual Gold Bond
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Here are some nice Laban pens
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Here are some primo Taccia pens.
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Here is a Parker Duofold with a Charles de Gaulle Head.
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Rather than take your chances with eBay, why not buy something restored?
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A striking Joe Calli Pen
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Here are some of Roger Cromwell's Steampunk pens. These are always pretty unique.
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Here is a vintage Postal Pen bulb filler which Gate City pens based their pens on.
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Here is a green version with a 'Bonded' imprint.
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There were plenty of modern Omas pens.
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Here's the celluloid set that Omas sold. These are slightly different than the standard 90's Omas celluloid pens because they have a greek key band on the section.
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Some of Dayne Nix's pens
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Rick Propas's Pelikans
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Some of the Rosetta Pens that Pendelton was selling. I had to do an intervention on Friday when I told Kudzu to put the pens down and back away. A marriage saved. My job was done.
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There were a lot of desk pens. These are great if you always use the pen at your desk.
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Here's a little Stipula
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The new Eversharp Prototypes
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Got cases?
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There was not a lot of ink and paper at the show because Refill Monster did not show. Sam and Frank had to fill in the gap. They had a lot nice vintage ink bargains.
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This pen is one of the bargains of the show. It is a Long Island Chilton in the brilliant blue bronze celluloid. The pen was absolutely mint.
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Fountain Pens were not the only game in town.
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Edited by AltecGreen, 08 October 2012 - 06:58.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:43

It's really the people that make the show. It felt like I knew almost everyone who came through the door. I can't count how many times I ran into someone whom I never met who knew me. As Lisa said above, it really felt like a giant Pen Posse. Everywhere we gathered, we did what we always do the Pen Posse. At times like these, the pen community feels more like family. I see many of these people several times a year at shows. The dinner tonight was a perfect example.


So here are the people that make the show. There are many stories we traded this weekend and we cannot nearly do justice to those stories in this forum posts.


Here are the people who make the show.

Rick Propas
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Leeds Levy was guarding the pens for the next Swann Galleries Auction.
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Steve Curnow(sdcurnow) and his wife
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Here's Stuart working on a Snorkel
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Here's ParkerBeta celebrating after scoring the last bottle of blue Herbin 16230 ink.
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John Strother, Alan Brookings
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Here's Frank who recently returned to the Northern California Area. Time for a Pen Posse to celebrate. Are you listening Doug?
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Detlef and Cindy
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John at work
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Teri and the Peyton Street gang
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Dayne Nix
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Pendelton just finished a nib for a customer and wanted someone to test the pen out. Rather than embarass myself, I got Gale, a Pen Posse member, to do the testing. At work we call this delegating.
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Here's Gale
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She's pretty good with a pen.
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Bert and co.
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Here's Loren thinking of new ways to taunt tenney. The watch.....the watch.....
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Here are my final thoughts about the show.


The show was a blast as usual. It was a non-stop party. I keep on harping this point for those who go to shows. You get much more out of a show if you do not just go for a few hours and then leave. A lot of the fun and learning happens at the end of each day, at dinner, etc. It's building the relationships.

The show itself seems successful. Sunday was pretty slow but there was a lot of competition for attention this weekend. Still, there is room for improvement. I think getting the word out sooner will draw out a large un-tapped market of casual users. If the show grows then we can attract more vendors from outside the northern California Area. I'm working on it. :thumbup:

It was fun hanging out with all of the pen community for the last three days. I need time to unwind and recover. Time for a Pen Posse. :roflmho:

A shout out to new friends. Thanks Kelly (aka Dix) for the pen wrap. I'll let the Pen Posse play with the one you gave me and I'll put up a review. It was great meeting Marta and seeing her Devil's Dictionary. Of course a shout out to all of the Pen Posse members and old friends.

Edited by AltecGreen, 08 October 2012 - 07:01.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:44

Instead of asking Ricky to move the continuation of his excellent report back to this thread, here's where he's posting more photos and reporting: San Francisco Pen Show thread. (Shhh... Don't tell him!)

It's ok.

I moved everything to the correct thread.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:46


Hey Ricky! Soooooo glad you posted these! I've been to dc and la shows but was really curious about the SF show... so I'm glad I got to see it.
Do you happen to remember where you saw those little leather journals (I like the coment 'perfect for your pets!')... do you happen to remember
the seller?
skyppere
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I am pretty sure that the tiny journals were at Pendemonium - info@pendemonium.com or www.pendemonium.com



Mary Alice is correct. The little journals are from Pendemonium.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 07:35

Once again, Ricky, many thanks for allowing all of us 'out here' to get a feel for the weekend - looks like a lovely time was had by all!
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 15:18

This was my first pen show and I don't know what took me so long. I have been collecting and using fountain pens since the late 70's and the wealth of knowledge I gained from actually being there was a real treat. The damage to my bank account was also a "treat" :roflmho:

I went home with a used Nakaya Portable Writer in Ishimi Kanshitsu with a Ruthenium clip and nib that had been ground to a cursive italic by Mike Matsuyama. My wife picked out a silver pearl Vac Debutante with excellent translucency. I could have spent so much more as there were several pens that I have wanted for years that were hard to set down. I guess that maturity is setting in (about time) and besides it gives me reason to plan on another show (Hmm LA is not that much farther away).

I wish that I had more time and could have met more of you (Hi Lisa) but it is hard to know who is a FPN'er and who is not.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 15:37

(Hmm LA is not that much farther away).

I wish that I had more time and could have met more of you (Hi Lisa) but it is hard to know who is a FPN'er and who is not.



Definitely go to LA.


It's a much bigger show (4-5 times bigger) with dealers from around the world not just the local area.




For FPN'ers, you can just ask many of the dealers or Lisa to point them out.
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