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What I picked up in Atlanta:


Well, I didn't get a whole lot. I was doing some "work" at the Anderson Pens table, so I didn't wander around as much as I generally would have, and I really go to these shows to talk to other pen-nerds about the stuff we nerd-out about. In that sense, I was super-successful. It was awesome to meet all of the people I met, and some people even wanted to take a picture with me. That's crazy-flattering, folks. 

I think I just used up my quota of hyphens. Too bad. I'm gonna be using more.

I haunted the Franklin-Christoph table a good bit, and some of my stuff came from there. Not a surprise, really. They're kinda my favorite modern pen maker.

This is a Franklin-Christoph Model 20 in an acrylic that I hadn't seen before. I was considering one of the new Model 45s, but I dithered too long and people snatched up the ones I was considering. They all got good homes, though, I'm sure.

Don't think of this Model 20 as a consolation prize, though. I really like this pen, and I can't steal my wife's all that often. She has some that she is okay with me stealing, but she keeps her 20 to herself. I can't blame her. It's a great pen.
 Lookit them speckles. Aren't they fun?

The nib on this is a broad "stublique" nib that Jim Rouse was doing at the show. I always joke that I'm going to throw all of my pens at him and let him do what he wants with them. Yeah. It's a "joke." I'm slowly having his adjust all of my pens one at a time. That way he won't notice that he's doing ALL OF THE NIB ADJUSTMENTS.

I also got one of the new things that Franklin-Christoph brought to the show. I'd long wanted one of their Penvelopes, but I hadn't gotten one yet. While I like their new leather, I'm sort of a fabric kind of guy. They've got them in fabrics now! This one is called "Dark Denim Linen" I think, though it's not very dark at all. It's sort of a blueish grey.

The maroon interior looks sharp, and the pen loops are awesome. This is a nice, safe home for my pens, and I love it. They've also got pen wraps, and there's a blackened denim one that I have my eye on when it comes to the penvelope. I don't have a picture, but you'll have to trust me that it's hot.

The new ink in the lineup was debuted at the show (and on my hands, below), and it's a very pleasant blue. I don't think I tightened the cap correctly or something, so the label got a little bit soaked in ink. No big deal. It was in a little plastic bag, and hardly any ink was on the bag. I haven't used this ink much, but I'm really liking what I see so far.

As a two pen-lover household, Audrey came home with this beautiful Retro 51. I was prepared to dislike this one, but it's actually really pretty. The golden ends of the pen are a perfect compliment to the cream and flowers motif. It's the spring edition, and it's numbered, so get one while they're hot.

The pictures above suffer from being taken at night in my office under some pretty lame lighting. Old-timey incandescent bulbs. Ugh. The ones below are taken in daylight. Yay for light!

This nice wooden pen rack was sitting on a table with lots of others, and I had to have it. Sometimes these are really expensive, but this one was a great price. Probably because it doesn't have any brand names on it. I can total live with that. You'll be seeing this in my pen reviews in the future.

I didn't get any pens from Carolina Pen Company. That was probably a bad idea. I did get a pen stand and a pen rest, though. You'll be seeing this in some reviews, too.

This is the pen rest. It's a cool charcoal and blue pattern. I have a couple of clip-less pens, and this'll help them stay where I want them.

Another pen? Yep. I picked up this Karas Kustoms Fountain K at the show. I've already got one of these in brass, but this orangey-copper finish is great. And this is the 2.0 version, so now I've got one in each version. This aluminum pen is also much lighter than the brass version.

 I did get a brass section, though. I like that weight at my fingers.  Also: Pen stand in action!

I found the one guy who actually had the new Lamy stuff in stock (Crazy Alan), and got a package of carts with this new Dark Lilac ink. It's a really good purple, so far, but I haven't really had any time to use it yet. I don't think my camera picked it up, but there are some interesting gold and red tones in this purple ink. Looking forward to using this one in the near future.

Lastly, I found this pen roll from Elizabeth Newton. You saw this in the other post (as I was in the act of buying it), but I should put it here, too. Too cool to leave on the table. I almost bought that Dalek one, too, but I showed some uncharacteristic restraint and only bought one. These are well-constructed and extra-fun. Check them out.

Okay. That's it. That's all I have. Man, that was a fun show. I hope we can make it back next year, and it makes me really look forward to the Triangle Pen Show in a month or so and DC after that. If you see me there, then you should come up and say "Hi!"
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Beth said...

Great finds! Was there any word on when the fabric Penvelopes will be available?

Mike Matteson said...

Thanks, Beth. Nope, I haven't heard when they'll be on the site. They have the pen rolls on there now, though. I know that at least one person contacted FC directly about the penvelopes and I guess they're selling them if you want one. I would hope that they'd have them up soon, though. They're really nice if you're not into leather.

Rasmus Korra said...

This is a gorgeous place, and I won't soon forget it. Attended an event here sponsored by the company. The reception hour was held in one of the rooms next to the San Francisco event venues hall. I loved their buttery mashed sweet potato.