I will try describing what my experience at the show, hopefully in concise fashion.
I went on Friday and Saturday.
First of all, I am a little introverted, so I usually have a hard time introducing myself to people I dont know. However thanks to Kimberly whom I met at SF Show last year, she guided me to become more social and eventually I started talking to people. I guess, after all, we are there for the same things... pens. Once I engaged in conversation, I enjoyed every second
Everyday passed so fast.
On Friday, I immediately went to Mike Masuyama-san to get some nib work done for my Aurora Mare and Montblanc 262. Aurora Mare, like many other Aurora pens, had feedback and the medium nib was a tad broad for me. Montblanc was in a good condition but was a very dry pen. Mike did amazing work and made these pens into dream pens. We chatted while he was working on the nibs. Mike explained to me why my pens were not working perfectly so that I understand if the same thing happens to other pens. Really great person.
I talked to Darrel at Musubi after that, who sells premium journals, hand made by artisans with incredibly beautiful fabrics mainly from Japan. He is really polite and you can tell his great personality. First thing he did was to hand over one of the journals to me and asked me to feel the journal. I immediately realized the quality of the journal. I decided getting the one with the blue dragonflies on off-white background.
Then, I went to talk with Lisa and Brian Anderson. I watch their podcast every week on YouTube. I feel like I know them well, but I knew they wouldnt recognize me...they probably meet thousands of people at each pen show. I love wrist watches too and Brian just got this beautiful watch with Urushi dial, so I went up to him and asked if I could see his new watch. Brian showed me his watch and we started talking about watches, cars and pens. Lisa joined the conversation too. As you see in their podcast, they are wonderful people. Sure they are there to sell pens but they dont put any pressure on you to buy. Instead they try creating relationship with each person and they know their pens. I was originally planning to get Sailor 1911, but ended up getting a beautiful metallic blue Pro Gear Slim with Music nib.
After that, I went around and chatted with new and old friends. I met Jason and Richard who are amazing people. Usually I leave the show right after vendors start closing their booth, but Jason invited me to a dinner among SF Pen Posse group. I had a really nice dinner at Tin Roof Bistro, with nice conversation with pen friends. Fantastic evening...
Next morning (Saturday), I went back to talk to Lisa and Brian. What fun people they are. I didnt buy anything then, and I walked toward to get out of the big room, and Will from redeem pens called my name. I started chatting with him, he had some vintage pens collection. He is one of the Dallas Pen Show organizers. Wonderful man with beautiful heart. As he explained to me the pens, one pen caught my eyes. It had a sticker in Japanese that said Pilot and Stub. It was a Pilot Custom 67 with factory stub. I tested it really wanted it. Will gave me a deal that I couldnt refuse.
Then I went to Franklin Christoph. Audrey and Jim are always friendly. They dont put a pressure to buy their pens either. I guess if you have conficence in your products, you dont have to push people to buy. There was the last piece of Model 45 in Italian Ice, was calling me to get it. Once a pen calls you, you have to get it, right?
One of my missions this time was to sell one of my pens for the first time. I went to John Corwin to see if he can give me some recommendations of who to go to. He then asked me to show my pen. I had a vintage flex pen. He took a look at the pen and offered me what I had in mind. I was trying to aim for the price I didnt take a loss. With what I got, I went to John Stroeders booth. I was recommended a while ago to visit him. He is a really nice person. Right away, I knew I could trust him. He had a warm aura. I probably have used the word nice 100 times by now, but I am being honest. Pen people are nice! I saw this silver Waterman 412-1/2 that I just couldnt resist. Maybe I was grinning while I was testing this pen.
After that, I went back to Musubi and got another journal. By that time, I was only focusing one chatting with friends as I ended my days at the show. I finally met jonszanto. Once again, a very nice person. You can just tell by talking to him. I must be doing something right to meet all these wonderful people.
Because there were not too many people on Friday and Saturday, I was able to chat with many people. Making new friends is one of the most valuable things for me. At my age it is so hard to find new friends I can trust and can be frank. I had such a wonderful time at the show. Hope I can save up to go to SF show this Summer