@ Honeybadgers -- That is really disappointing to hear. I liked the range of nib widths available, and I liked the size of the the Singularities (the other pens were too heavy for my hand) but didn't like the colors. Back when Birmingham Pens still had a brick and mortar store here in Pittsburgh, there was talk about maybe doing some out of ebonite and I would have been right there going "Take my money!"
I keep hoping that they find another location and re-open the brick and mortar store at some point (that's a fairly regular discussion at the Steel City Nibs meetings: "Hey, has anyone heard whether Nick has found a new location yet?"
I have a few bottles of Nemosine ink (including Snowball Nebula) and several of the Birmingham line.
@ katerchen -- That was the trouble with the B&M location. It was on the edge of a high-end neighborhood shopping district, but at the other end of the area from the two other stores that sell some pens and inks. They were on a side street that didn't have parking available, and on the main drag meter parking is expensive and hard to find (and they weren't really close enough to the pay lots or the parking garage either). I was lucky in that I know the area well enough to park just outside the business district in the section where there is stickered parking for residents if you're there for more than a couple of hours, and didn't mind walking the couple of blocks on to the shop -- but if you didn't know the Walnut Street area at all, you might not even have found the place.
The other two stores have a limited selection. One is a stationery store that carries Kaweco pens and sometimes ink, and occasionally J Herbin inks -- but mostly just the 1670 line; they have recently started carrying Edelstein inks and a few Pelikan pens. The other, around the corner, is a combination card store, novelty shop bookstore; they carry some Pilot pens (and are now carrying Iroshizuku ink in some colors) and some Sheaffer pens and a random assortment of Skrip inks, plus a few Acme pens -- but the pens are really pricy (I think one of the Retro Pop Metropolitans had a pricetag of around $23, and I didn't pay ANYTHING like that amount in Boston at Bromfield Pens when I bought mine -- even with paying for commuter rail and the T).... The place that's selling the Edelstein inks are asking full price for those as well, and I have to weigh the relative merits of getting a discount but paying shipping vs. supporting a brick and mortar store at full price plus a couple of bucks for parking.
There have been rumors since the store closed that they are looking at locations in Cranberry Township (which is up in the next county, and about 30 miles away). Which makes people who live south of Pittsburgh unhappy. But I keep pointing out that if they're in a strip mall somewhere in Cranberry, there will be *PARKING*....
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."