Did I mention the M800? There were two of the current limited edition M800 Grand Place pens at the meetup. Pardon the cellphone camera’s distortion, but at least you can see the gorgeous acrylic.
But actually, our group at the table owns three M800 Grand Place pens in total. And I have a friend who was out of town and couldn’t be at this meetup who owns a fourth. So this is clearly the most popular fountain pen in Chicago right now. And for good reason: it’s stunning.
We also got to look at a vintage Waterman with a number 8 nib — huge — that’s going to be for sale at the Pen Show’s auction.
I don’t collect Waterman pens or know anything about them, but this one could change anyone’s mind. It was gorgeous, from ebonite to trim, and in amazing condition. Here’s a closeup.
There also were many more modest, but equally excellent, pens. I really liked some Sheaffer Imperial IV pens, some Stipulas and some modern Rangas.
And pen cases. We got to see this really beautiful pen case from MY63. Fantastic in blue and yellow.
And I found a subject for further research for me. Below is a Kaweco Liliput in black, next to my AL-Sport in raw aluminum. This restaurant lighting is great for glare, but you can get an idea.
I had always assumed the Liliput would be too small, but actually, it was very nice. And it has the same nib as the AL-Sport, which I really like. I think the two of us Kaweco owners each fell for the other’s pen. But Kawecos are like that.
Okay, I fell for every pen. But I’m like that.
Finally, I found another beautiful pink ink. I have no photo of it, and we’re not even sure which ink it is, but it’s even more badass than my Montblanc Pink. This ink detective will be on the case soon. I have to track it down.