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The LA Pen Show is one of the favorite times of the year for me. Over the years, it has grown beyond the pens and more like a family reunion where you get to see that 'favorite aunt or uncle'. If you frequent pen shows, you develop bonds with members of the pen community and you get to catch up at the shows. This year I decided to arrive a day early. I needed some time off and last year, there were big deals getting done while I was still eating my breakfast. So this year I was determined to be there ready on Thursday morning by leaving on Wednesday.
As things work out, taking vacation rarely means I'm free from work. I had to run an errand at CalTech so that we didn't have to fly someone down to do it. I left early on Wednesday and made great time to the southland. I got to SoCal at lunch time and decided to fill up on soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung in Arcadia. I got out of the car and it was warm! The weather was absolutely perfect (low to mid 70's). After consuming delicious dumplings I headed for Cal Tech. I did a bit of work at Cal Tech and then headed off to Manhattan Beach for the show.
So we begin this year with the sun. Here's an image of the sun taken from the viewer inside the Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science.
On the way to the car I nearly tripped on Kip Thorne's Parking spot.
I made it to the hotel in perfect time to get my room and I avoided the 405 entirely.
My instincts about the show were correct. On Wednesday night in the lobby, I returned from dinner and pen people were already hanging and showing pens in the lobby. As it turned out, Thursday was the busiest it has been for a number of years.
On Thursday morning I got up early and had breakfast with Maxim from Artus pens. Maxim had flown directly from Moscow and was enjoying the warm weather. He had his sign right at the entrance to the main hall.
At around 8:00 am, there were quite a few people beginning set-up.
A number of people were already selling
The Anderson's came for the first time to the LA Show. This meant there was actually ink at the show on Thursday. They drove many hours but brought a lot of merchandise.
Syd arrived early to set-up for the launch of the newly reformed Wahl-Eversharp company.
Here's the W-E banner
Here's Syd and his partner talking to Farmboy.
So here are some of the pens. When I took this, the pens were still in the cases. I'll have more pics later in the report. These are the final productions. I saw some prototypes during the SF Pen Show last October.
Here are the pen boxes for the editions with classic cars.
Here are the pens and cars.
I asked Syd about the 'ceramic nibs'. So these nibs are steel nibs that have been gold plated and then had a ceramic coating applied over that. Syd gave me a pen to try and it was very smooth and wrote very well. The price points are more than reasonable and the pens themselves are very well made. They are a high quality product. Since it was early, I left Syd to finish setting up. I'll have more to say later.
Syd's W-E shirt.
I left Sys and headed over to talk to Bob Novak. As soon as I entered the room, Todd told me that Bob was looking for me. So I went to chat with Bob and looked at some of his pens. For those who don't know Bob, he's a dealer who specializes in high end vintage pens.
Examples of Bob's wares.
One thing did catch my eye. Bob had this incredibly clean MB 246 set in a tiger's eye arco pattern. I have many vintage Italian pens in this material but had never seen it on a MB pen. I was sorely tempted even though I don't buy MB pens. The pen was mint and had the word "Schiesse" engraved in the cap. I know what you are thinking......
My buddy Sarj was set-up next to Bob on Thursday. It's always good to see Sarj. Besides, it was a good omen on Monday when Sarj's team West Brom beat Liverpool.
Sarj always has a great selection of modern and vintage pens. He is a good source for some hard to find modern European pens as well as vintage pens especially UK pens.
Spina di Pesche
Some rare Vacs
A 'Ripley' Vac
Solid Gold Sheaffers next to the 'Ripley' Vac
Here are some pens Sarj sold to a person (not naming the buyer). Had the person not wanted the Conway Stewart Tiffany I would have bought that in a heartbeat. This is a mint vintage Conway Stewart Tiffany in casein.
Loren was looking for a Parker 51 Demonstrator so I found some. As with vintage pens of this type, one needs to have some specialized knowledge.
Edited by AltecGreen, 19 February 2013 - 17:18.