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Can Anyone Recommend A Pen Shop In Toronto Or Washington Dc?

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#1 b1lynch

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 00:40

I split my time between Toronto and Washington DC and am looking for pen shop recommendations.  I have purchased off ebay, amazon and Laywine's in Toronto but would like to broaden my perspective.  Missed the DC pen show but think that may have been the place to look - thoughts?



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#2 Suji

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 00:43

Wonder Pens is good, but probably has less variety than Laywines. Sleuth and Statesman is another one I'm aware of. I've never been to either S&S nor Laywine's though. (All in Toronto- downtown)


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#3 Tylerjordan

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 00:43

Wonderpens is in Toronto.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 00:58

I just had my first in-person experience at Fahrney's on F Street in DC. I had purchased ink and other items from them online, but I wanted to visit the store itself. The verdict? Super shop, nice selection of pens and inks and paper, good specials, and friendly sales and repair folks. I went twice, first for ink and a look around, then for a lovely Conway Stewart Model 58. I'll be visiting again the next time I'm in DC!



#5 b1lynch

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 01:14

SujiCorp, Tylerjordan - thanks!  Wonderpens looks interesting - would also love to take an Edison out for a spin ;-) 

 

jrobert6 - Fahrney's!   ...lived in DC for ten years and I have never been there <:-|     Will definitely check it out.  The Model 58 looks beautiful - how do you like it?



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 01:16

+1 for Fahrney's.Very friendly and helpful staff.

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 01:21

SujiCorp, Tylerjordan - thanks!  Wonderpens looks interesting - would also love to take an Edison out for a spin ;-) 

 

jrobert6 - Fahrney's!   ...lived in DC for ten years and I have never been there <:-|     Will definitely check it out.  The Model 58 looks beautiful - how do you like it?

 

I LOVE it. Haven't had a chance to review it yet, but it is such a gorgeous pen with wonderful hand feel and a smooth F nib. 



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 01:34

Other DC area pen shops include -- Bertram's Inkwell in North Bethesda (on Wisconsin Avenue), see website for details. There are also mainstream pen boutiques in both the Montgomery Mall (near Bethesda) and Tyson's Mall in Virginia. 



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 02:24

Another vote for Wonderpens - went in today and like every other trip there it was an enjoyable one. Mostly Japanese pens but there is a sweet selection of ink and paper.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 02:38

Wonderpens - Nice little store.



#11 Mags

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 03:00

I can only echo what others have identified.  Laywines, Sleuth and Statesmen, WonderPens are your must try pen stores.  The Jewellers like Birks' also carry fountain pens (Montblanc's).  The store in Cambridge called Phidon Pens has about 100 or so models and luggage and leather and stationary and I make the drive out towards London to visit once a year.  I have never been disappointed.

 

 I think the WriteStyle its called which is on Leslie Street carries Lamy and FaberCastell.  Its been awhile since I went in there though.

 

The Toronto Pen Possee meets once a month and you may find a willing seller or trader at the meetings if you like Visconti, OMAS, Pelikans etc.  Plus Scriptus the Nov 2 pen show is at the Reference Library in Toronto this year.  

 

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 03:29

+1 for Bertram's Inkwell in Rockville, Maryland.

 

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#13 william2001

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 04:41

I live about 5 minutes away from DC.

The pen shop I always go to is Paradise Pen in Tyson's Corner.

I heard that there is a Montblanc shop in Tyson's too.

I don't know about Toronto.

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 05:01

I'm actually planning to visit Wonderpens myself next time I go to Toronto.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 10:26

The Montblanc shop is in Tyson's Galleria (a Mall next door to Tyson's Corner Mall, which has a Paradise Pens).  I've found they know next to nothing about pens, but the Mall is packed with very high end shops.

 

+1 for Bertram's Inkwell. Both Bertram's and Fahrney's are close to Metro (You have to walk about 1 mile to Bertram's and less to Fahrney's).

 

Paradise Pens is nice (pleasant helpful staff, nicely stocked), but I do most of my business with either Bertram's or Fahrney's.



#16 b1lynch

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 16:12

Thank you all - exactly what I was looking for!



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 20:15

What about Pen Haven, still around?  Never been there but it is on my "must do" list.

 

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http://www.thepenhaven.com/about.html



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 20:38

I've ordered from Fahrney's in DC online but never been there in person.

 

Re Toronto I've been to Laywine's, but you already know about that place. I think Wonder Pens is fairly new as I don't recall hearing about them before. I'll check them out the next time I'm in Toronto.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 20:48

What about Pen Haven, still around?  Never been there but it is on my "must do" list.

 

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http://www.thepenhaven.com/about.html

I was going to ask the same question. Bert Heiserman passed away a while back but he had another person in the shop with him so I wonder if it's still up and running. IF SO, It's a terrific place that sells gorgeous vintage pens... I bought my first vintage pen a beautiful burgundy vacumatic... 

 

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 21:07

There's also a Montblanc boutique on Bloor St W near U of T. I bet they're pricey, but I've heard that they do have sales sometimes. Not sure if those would ever include pens or ink though. Its proximity to Laywine's and The Papery is a plus, too.


Edited by BBU, 18 August 2014 - 21:31.






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