I have to join the previous "threaders" regarding Bromfield Pen Shop in Boston. It's a great place with knowledgeable Fred (the owner), Mary and several others whose names I don't recall) employees who are more than happy to spend time with you (and let you test pens which they will have to clean up after you leave - if you don't purchase them.
They have a very nice selection of pens, paper and inks. I second the motion about doing your online research ahead of time so you know the going prices. Not sure where you might be paying the $20.00 for the Iroshizuku on line except for maybe Japan with $12.00 shipping.
BTW, after you have done your homework and decide that you do want specific items at a B&M location, you can always ask if they can do a little better price-wise. Sometime the store will give a small (10%? or so discount) just for the asking.
If you get on their mailing list you also get notified of their sales, clearance events and vintage stuff - as available.
Come visit them (Bromfield) at the Commonwealth Pen Show on September 20th in Somerville and they may have some nice discount deals.
Finally, I have no affiliations with Bromfield or any other dealer - AND I do make it a commitment to visit Bromfield whenever possible during my Boston visits.
Enjoy your pen and ink and --- Don't forget to write!!
Edited by brgmarketing, 06 July 2015 - 00:18.