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  1. The Philly Pen Show is only five weeks away and I'm thinking of going. Have attended once before. A novice, but am due to enjoy the buzz of show. —Are you attending the show? January 13-15th Show: https://phillypenshow.com/ Exhibitors: https://phillypenshow.com/exhibitors/ Schedule: https://phillypenshow.com/info/schedule/ Tickets: https://phillypenshow.com/attendee-info/ Location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sheraton+Philadelphia+Downtown/@39.9549701,-75.175521,14.91z/data=!4m16!1m7!3m6!1s0x89c6c632880cc80d:0x822a9fbfdcd7a946!2s201+N+17th+St,+Philadelphia,+PA+19103!3b1!8m2!3d39.9570991!4d-75.1670329!3m7!1s0x89c6c63287d90f09:0xfd16cfb6dbdc275b!5m2!4m1!1i2!8m2!3d39.957391!4d-75.1672683 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phillypenshow/?hl=en (They need to beef this up...) Images are from Jan 2020, before the craziness....
  2. I love this ink, and I should have bought a second bottle when my first one leaked a little over the label on my way back to the hotel through the remnants of the 20+ inch accumulation blizzard at the memorable and thoroughly enjoyable 2015 Philadelphia Pen Show. It's a wonderful dark green that, in a fine nib can initially be confused with black. I've had no problems with vintage lever-fill pens, and it's easy to clean. I'm 3/4 of my way through my bottle, and I'd be interested in hearing about any similar inks (or mad scientist mixtures) for when it finally runs out. Thanks!
  3. Having just moved to Philadelphia late last year for a new job with a wonderful nonprofit in Center City, I was giddy and excited when I found out about the Philadelphia Pen Show. I've never been to a pen show either. I made my way up on a morning that was a brisk change from the unseasonably warm weather we've been having lately. I budgeted about three hours or so to check out every table and maybe even have a second go after narrowing down a few potential takers. Near the end of two hours I stumbled across the small but well-stocked tables of Mr. John Colton! Several of the more swarmy dealers had already put me off. I don't care how nice your Duofold Lapis and 80s Pelikan m800s are, I don't like greasy sales! Mr. Colton was a pleasant, kind and gentle man. He clearly cares about what he sells and stands by his pens. His prices were also very, very fair. I ended up with a great deal on my first Omas! I never thought an Italian could take me away from my Pelikan and Teutonic collecting passions -- but I've flirted with the Italians before. Mr. Colton had a 'black pen special,' and after holding it my hands and being pleasantly surprised by the very, very smoooooth BB nib (!) on this Milord old-style I knew I had to have it. I'm glad I did and I can't wait for my Italians, especially Omas to join! A nice old-style 360?

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