Flurry of Fountain Pens: Pen Group Meetup

pair of Pelikan M800 Grand Place fountain pens

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.Β  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.Β  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.

vintage Waterman fountain pen

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.

vintage Waterman fountain pen imprint

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.

MY63 pen case

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.

Kaweco Liliput and Kaweco AL-Sport fountain pens

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.

7 thoughts on “Flurry of Fountain Pens: Pen Group Meetup

  1. That M800 Grand Place rocked my socks, haha. I’m loving the brown-and-blue combos right now. And I have to say, that sounds like a wonderful afternoon!

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    1. I know: when I first saw a Grand Place in person I was blown away. Such a beautiful pen. Luckily, the M800 size does not work for me at all. Because Pelikan has been crushing those lately: one after the other, each one nicer than the next.

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      1. Yeah, I think M800 would be yuuge for me, too. It’s an international treaty sort of size lol, where they want the pen to be visible in the commemorative photo of the signing even though it’s wide-angle with like ten people in it πŸ˜›

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  2. I’m officially jaleous now. πŸ™‚ And not only the beautiful pens – I really would like to see if I can actually make a leather case like that.
    I’d love to have the opportunity for a get together like that, but sadly, no one in my region ever seems to have the same hobbies as I do. It’s the bane of my existence.
    I hope you will share some pictures of the Chicago Pen show, though. I’m really curious.

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    1. I know how you feel Nadine, it’s the same for me! For a couple years in a row I posted on the pen forums about a get-together of pen people in my area, and nobody showed up! lol.

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      1. Aaw, I’m so sorry! That really is sad.
        I actually found another pen lover in my current company, by pure chance, the other day. Perhaps we’ll do mini-get-togethers… I cross my fingers that you’ll find someone in the area soon to share this with you. And until then, feel hugged πŸ™‚

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